The best Leica camera yet, flow advice from one of the greats, a Saint Laurent collab with Magnum, hundreds of megapixels for cheap, cameras that look like C3P0 and Darth Maul, Intimacy lessons, the (last?) cheap medium format camera, cures for blurry corners, thrilling news from Instagram (apparently), the untimely demise of the metaverse, making a diffusion filters with stones, and more 🙂
You can tell you’re getting old when everything was better before 😉
We bought a 2 grand anti-mozzie device that works well, but needs recharging on a very regular basis. Which the company (Qista, might as well give them publicity, boooooh) hasn’t met so far. So I’m trying to type this while swatting like a frenzied dolphin. The pool guys didn’t spot a major issue that my wife did, on first inspection. My solar panels stopped working during a power cut. We’re getting more and more of those, and things ain’t going to get any better with the current greenwash craze of simultaneously shutting down nuclear plants and buying EVs. This, when we had strictly specified, and paid for, a redundancy system. None of those 3 companies give a …
Tell you, everything was better before. TBC down the bottom.
Following from the top …
The thing is, the world isn’t going to $HIT, my stem cells are 😉 And with them, my patience for little irritations such as those mentioned in the intro.
The world isn’t going to $HIT, it is merely shifting to other priorities, other people, other models. In France, you need two young doctors to replace one that retires, because they just don’t want to spend their life working day and night. Can we blame them for choosing comfort over work? The great resignation/reconsideration is taking the world by storm. It is said that viruses are the main agents of evolution. Well, covid sure is making our societies change. Friction always causes thunder, but the feeling after the storm is always wonderful.
We need to embrace change.
In photography, for me at least, this means giving up on the romantic idea of a third Mamiya 7 or a second Linhof view camera, living – as I do – far from reliable labs, repair shops and film stock. Digital it is. I’ve given it much thought, and there are ways to make it work.
First of all, the tactile joy offered by analog cameras (and so irksomely violated by so many digital ones) can still be found with some gorgeous offerings from Hassy, Leica or Pixii (more on which very soon!) Secondly, film users tend to digitise their negatives or slides with … digital cameras. Why couldn’t I meet them halfway, coming from the other side of the road? No film preset matches the look of the original film. So what? An analog look is what I’m after, not a specific reference.
So this is my current fun experiment. I’m playing with highlight shoulders, clarity, colour casts and shifts, contrast, lens correction, grain … trying to find some interesting looks (hence the oddities inflicted on you on this page 😉 ) Most fail, but I’ll get there, eventually. It won’t fix my pool, power cuts or my mozzie infestation, but it’ll sure fix my temper 😉
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