Yoohoo! It wasn’t easy, but I managed to see my children after 9 months of absence from the UK 🙂 🙂 🙂 The pictures in my future posts will be dominated by green Britain and the broad vistas of the Alps. But before then, here are some news about new pages, new projects and a few reminders such as challenges. Plus photos, of course 😉
We take so many things for granted. Catching a plane was little more than boarding a bus, not that long ago. Last week, it felt like a joyful event. I know Greta and Flygskammers would disapprove and don’t care in the slightest. If public transport was more developped, we could all travel and pollute 5 times less than we do. 99.9% of the responsibility for travel pollution is the government’s. Me, I got to see my kids, and that’s all that matters, right now 🙂
Wherever you are reading this from, I hope the situation is improving for you. It seems that while Europe is slowly recovering (and doing its very best not to fall back into chaos, now that unmasked ninkenpoops are roaming the streets and beaches as if nothing ever happened), other areas of the world are now being hit hard. If you’re in one of those areas, stay safe, don’t listen to negationist leaders, and know that the tunnel does end with bright light, some day 🙂 My best wishes to you!
Quick plug: I’ve added an Items for sale page to the main menu. For now, 3 lenses and an adapter are up for grabs, and the sales will finance more purchases. All the lenses have been used and reviewed on this website, the adapter has never been used. If you want to grab nice stuff I can no longer use at great prices, take a look 🙂 If you’re interested, simply make me an offer via the contact form! And if you have stuff you’d like to sell, I’m happy to post it there 🙂
The RAW challenge was meant to be our next, but let’s play a slightly different game while there’s an interesting opportunity. Comet Neowise is a great opportunity to – literally – challenge ourselves to try something different.
Above is my first attempt at photographing it. It’s not Hubble-worthy, but it’s a start 🙂 For this, afocal photography on a small 3 inch refractor was used. This allowed me to photograph the comet magnified 40 times, through my phone. But a photograph in the context of a skyline, a seascape or any other location requiring no magnification, would be just as interesting.
So, how about we each try to grab a few photons from the comet while it’s visible. It doesn’t take more than a tripod and a short tele. Oh, and an alarm clock, as you’ll have to get up early 😉 If you’re interested, here’s a good article describing how to view it!
Southern hemisphere readers, please receive my apology as the comet isn’t visible in your sky 😉 But any photograph related to astronomy will be accepted (milky way, moon, night sky colours …).
Before the “break”, I briefly mentioned a project called the “Incubator”. This initiative is meant to stimulate collaborative photographic projects (such as the comet photography idea, for instance), create great educational resources and make our online galleries a reality. Mostly, it is a way of placing DS’ future and usefulness in more capable hands than mine (but please don’t tell those involved 😉 ) In the coming days, we will get started, so expect to see news on this front before the end of the month.
Finally, I’m hoping to bring back gear reviews to the website. Not just mainstream gear reviews but also more specialist equipment as well. Jean-Claude Louis has kindly prepared some fascinating content for this, and this will hopefully trigger some ideas in others 🙂
Why gear reviews, after ranting against them so often? I stopped writing those heavily labour intensive posts feeling that focusing on gear sent the wrong message. Besides, manufacturers are focusing more on larger wesbites than they used to (it’s a huge mistake, they’ll come back) so it’s not that easy to get my hands on interesting stuff anymore.
But gear also leads to interesting directions and those are what I want to examine in future reviews. My recent forays into HiFi have shown me just how useful good reviews are and how misleading bad ones turn out to be. So we’ll try to populated the Interwebs with more of the former 🙂 If you have any specific desires, please let me know. Better still, if you own interesting gear, why not publish a review yourself? We’ll help you with the process 🙂
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