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I had a similar experience with writing when I was younger. No burning, but the same "recoil" when I found myself mining deeply. Regarding "talent", I'm reminded of Stephen King's quote: “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” Which, I'd argue, you have done, Mike.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2017 on Yourself But Better at The Online Photographer
I think you are so right on the mark here. To put it another way, nostalgia is priceless. Or another way: in my 20s we were all broke, lived in terrible apartments, drank cheap beer, smoked all the time, didn't know anything, and our cars broke down every 5 miles. Gosh I wish I was 20 again.
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2017 on The Revenge of Analog at The Online Photographer
For movies, how about:Le Quattro Volte -- beautiful & mysterious Far From Men -- nice turn from Viggo Mortensen, also lovely cinematography Force Majeure -- interesting moral tale
I use Chrome on Mac. If you have a Google "profile", it will back up what you wish to the cloud. Bookmarks, passwords, you choose. As backup, and for use in Chrome on your phone, etc. Again, you control what it does. Just for one example -- I use it to store travel ideas for a given city. When I arrive in that city with my phone -- tada! It's also a good browser!
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2017 on Book Report at The Online Photographer
I'm a big fan of Schjeldahl. When I'm reading back issues of The New Yorker, and passing by articles just to keep up, I never skip his. Here is another good one from last August: "Seeing an unfamiliar painting by Rembrandt is a life event: fresh data on what it’s like to be human."
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2017 on Looking Glass at The Online Photographer
My strategy is to read one book of fiction, then one of non-. There are lots of good suggestions for novels above, but may I suggest you try Moby Dick again? If you get bogged down on the chapters that deal with technical aspects of whaling (oh joy, another chapter on try-pots!), just skip them.
Another interesting possibility -- Vermeer and Leeuwenhoek, the inventor of microscopy and lens pioneer, were contemporaries and neighbors. There is no definite connection, but ...!
Really enjoyed this piece! I think much of it applies to other creative work, too (i.e. writing).
That is a great quote! And as I am just starting to study Ancient Greek, it's a bonus that I was able to read and translate (somewhat) the Greek letters. Another good food book that is doing me a lot of good in the past few months is "Always Hungry" by Ludwig. It is a book on the science and practice of good eating, and includes recipes. The appetizing (!) thing about his approach is that while it omits bread/sugar, as do many others, they are replaced with whole-milk dairy. The idea is that the "lusciousness" of cheese and rich dressings helps to make you feel full, while losing weight. And I do, and I have.
Yes, I would definitely buy a MF Fuji. I miss the beautiful look of 120 negs and prints (so much that I just bought a used GA645). It would have to be affordable, and I don't agree with the poster above who thinks that $9000 is "affordable" to most. One of the key things is that, even if one has $9K worth of cameras or guitars or stamps, he or she probably bought them $1K at a time. That's a lot easier to chew (and/or explain to a spouse). Last point, I also take a bit of issue with this comment: a rangefinder-ish body (the XP's), and the various digital-brick shapes, led off by the XE's I think the XE's are more rangefinder-ish than the X-Pros. My M3 has no bumps or grips, and I think we can agree it's a rangefinder. Not a big deal, just feels a bit pejorative to call the XE-2 a brick (also it's a term for "broken electronic device").
Is the XT the flagship, or the X-Pro? I mean, the latter says "Pro" right in the name!
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2016 on Woo-Hoo, Fuji X-T2 at The Online Photographer
I tried holding the photo over an open flame, and it wouldn't burn. Or dodge. I guess the trick is not minding.
I just bought one of those, and my M3 did cost around $600! I did buy Tri-X (of course) but not in bulk. So I guess I'm no better than the digital guys :)
Toggle Commented May 3, 2016 on I'm Just Sayin'... at The Online Photographer
I have a "one that got away" story when I had the right camera in hand. I was at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, in the gorilla exhibit, standing in a view-corridor made of impact-resistant 'glass'. I had my trusty Nikon D50 in hand, and fiddling with my controls to take a shot of the male gorillas about 30 yards distant. I looked up, and saw a young gorilla running full speed at me. He was probably 10 feet away. I had a 50mm AF lens and my finger on the shutter. If I has just moved that finger one inch, I would have got the photo of my life. But I'm a mammal -- I was frozen in place and watched in amazement as he hit the glass with a tremendous crash, bounced off, and his warning delivered, wandered back to his mates. I think my story, like many others posted here, shows that even (especially?) when you miss the amazing shot, you still end up with an amazing memory.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2016 on The Ones That Get Away at The Online Photographer
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