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Since it is a walking city, it is also a great city to sit and watch. The Pariseans have conveniently placed cafe's with outdoor seating for that purpose. La Chappelle is a wonderment. Oh, and learn a few "politenesses", I was amazed how far courtesy would take me, and I have a terrible accent. I also found smaller, working parish churches to be more interesting than tourist draws; just walk in. Relax, you can't see it all in a city that has a restaurant devoted to L'Escargot. Enjoy what you do see.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Ctein in Paris at The Online Photographer
Looking forward to Zander's story. "Organizational Aptitude". My youngest has none, but is stubbornly independant, and contrary to a fault. Go figure. Why not use Pages on your Mac, then copy and paste?
A superb explanation of lens quality, with illustrations that, do illustrate. I love that it is also an illusive quality, and that "measuring" with the eye is how one discerns it.
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2014 on A Little Lens Tale at The Online Photographer
"Someday I will tackle an essay as to why art appreciation is not just "a matter of opinion." It should make for an entertaining rant even if you don't end up agreeing with it. But it will have to wait until the puppy grows up. At the moment, I'm exhausted. --Mike]" Looking forward to it! Bron
Song Sparrow (I looked again). Song Sparrow, with 24 valid sub-species, is a "cryptic" species; hard to sort out who is who. 8-)
It looks to be a female House Finch, protecting the territory around it's nest.
"Egregious canard". Is there a universally accepted "standard", or is it opinion? Must have missed that class. Sure hope there is an iPhone app for that, an easily applied standard of good vs bad art, that doesn't require education, thinking, and then having an opinion? Having an external editor, or critic, changes a personal vision to a collaborative vision; guess I'd rather muddle along with my bad personal vision. [Hi Bron, Nobody here said you had bad personal vision. Someday I will tackle an essay as to why art appreciation is not just "a matter of opinion." It should make for an entertaining rant even if you don't end up agreeing with it. But it will have to wait until the puppy grows up. At the moment, I'm exhausted. --Mike]
Apropos of #1 in murder, some local statistics found while seeing if any copies of John' s latest are available at my local library. St. Joseph Co. IN. Of the 65 copies, all hardbound I'm sure, the library has, all are out, and 20 patrons are waiting in line for some to be returned. No E-book copies, yet. After dinner, through your link of course, I will brave the weather of the ether, go to Amazon, and get my very own Kindle copy.
What John Camp said! The problem with flat to flat is understanding what the camera and lens distorts; photography has been a great boon as a resource for draughtsmen. I do think the photo should be ones own, though. Silly me.
Toggle Commented May 9, 2014 on 'Going From Flat' at The Online Photographer
Having grown up the son of a landlord, no, focus on what you do best. The pain and suffering of dealing with tenants will never be compensated by the monetary gains, though maybe I was at the wrong end of the equation. (Cleaning up after tenants). I am however, a firm believer in making an offer on property you are interested in. Low ball is good; don't let the broker tell you it's insulting. My wife and I halved the asking price of the house we are in; I knew they could never sell it the way it was, except to somebody like me, and all of the problems were surface. Mike, make an offer based on where you are now, don't take any BS from agent, their job is to present offers, and don't worry, let them counter. It is possible to insult sellers, but again, the agent needs to do something for their commissinon, convince the sellers this is a serious offer based on your position, not an insult!!! We remodeled, but we are 1 mile from my wife's museum, and 50 feet from my studio, (though there are zombie raccoons and snow drifts), and we like our home. We can fit a lot of kids in here. It just sounds as if the other house is better; and don't hesitate to let everybody involved know your situation; it might be a factor.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2014 on Thanks! (Update) at The Online Photographer
It did make me smile, though it was more at the distinguished linguist acknowledging that a living language trumps him.
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2014 on Our Changing Language at The Online Photographer
First "real" camera, Nikon F, 50 F1.4, black, 1968, built like a tank, heavy like a tank, even sounded like a tank .... no wait, .... Canon S110, small, fits in pocket, almost silent, shoots in available darkness, and is usually with me. Like it a lot! 8-)
Kinda late, but ... Chandler, Stout, Richard Stark, and amongst contemporary crime authors, John Sandford, AKA John Camp.
Thanks Ctein, and a John Sandford/Ctein novel; I'm intrigued.
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2014 on Ch-Ch-Changes at The Online Photographer
I've manfully controlled myself, no snark, but sometimes an image just is ... to alter something the painter, Edward Hopper said, "If I could say it, I wouldn't need to photograph it". Nice discussion, but sometimes words get in the way of what is a visual medium.
Having been a self employed artist/craftsman for most of my adult life, the reality is that it can be a difficult lifestyle. After a long, hard day, you have the luxury of sitting down and having a good worry. Recalcitrant materials, bone head blunders, insane customer demands, and fast approaching deadlines can all lead to more than a few “all-nighters” sometimes double “all-nighters”. Not to mention the bandages and blood, aching knees, sore feet, and late bills, because the check that’s in the mail always seems to come the long way around the planet. But, the satisfaction of answering the deep need to create and build, to turn the stomach churning blunder into an “ahh-hah” moment, and getting that check for something I designed and built, yes, priceless. Even the best jobs have their bad moments, some very satisfying ones, and sometimes, a nice check. 8-)
I was impressed at how quickly photos are imported on the iPad, even RAW. Disappointed that neither Photos, nor iPhoto can resize photos. Fortunately Photogene deals with RAW, and can resize, and is only $.99, for a fairly complete editor. I too, am incresing the actual "work" that I can do on the ios devices, though they are still not a replacement for a desk or laptop. Close.
I have the new Mini; the retina displays are very nice. I read, watch movies, go to the library and borrow books, post to my blog, all quite comfortably from a soft chair. I like the smaller size, though sometimes it can seem a little cramped, so it was a tough choice between the mini and the air, which is a minuscule 4 ozs. heavier. I haven't tried magazines yet, though I agree about illustrations in e-books; especially annoying are static ones, that can't be zoomed.
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2014 on The iPad Air for Reading at The Online Photographer
In the same way that a Pigeon grade shotgun appeals, O/U, or S/S, though I don't shoot any more, it would have to be the Leica, just because. I already own very practical cameras, work horses for what I want to do; interesting to have a thoroughbred in the house.
Toggle Commented Dec 18, 2013 on Christmas Present for You at The Online Photographer
Nice post. Much empathy for the "not exhibiting". Early I exhibited, but found it detracted from my work some of the qualities I prized most, and was physically and mentally exhausting, and sometimes emotionally, too. I was and still am devoted to the unsung "art" of being a framewright, and time left from that and the demands of kids and family, was better spent actually making art, than exhibiting. Also, empathy for the selling of tools to make the nut.
Sorry, I did cyber Monday on Friday. If I'd known it'd bum you out, I could of waited. I do like my new pocket camera, though, even more than I thought, and it was a very good deal, if you appreciate the monetary gains of being a little behind the times.
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2013 on Irony (OT) at The Online Photographer
Grade B maple syrup is a nice addition to oatmeal. Grade B is stronger in flavor.
Noodlers ink might be the most "archival" ink.: http://noodlersink.com/noodlers-durable-ink-classification/
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2013 on Need Your Help at The Online Photographer
"curmudgeons-in-training." Aren't you the inventor of the verb "curmudge"? Liked the shot, though the red felt burnt my eyeballs. 8-)
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2013 on A Cool Shot at The Online Photographer
All in all a very fine selection. I don't like some (maybe too strong), personal taste, but overall, all 3 batches are great. Tough, judging! I have not pointed to any favorites for the simple reason that there are too many.