#819. Plan vs guidelines (and the Wabi Sabi challenge)

#819. Plan vs guidelines (and the Wabi Sabi challenge)

Can something be beautiful and ugly at the same time? Well, a brief 1-week tourist raid in Egypt was enough to radically change my feelings about the aesthetics of local dwellings from the cultural shock experienced on arrival.     To a pampered Westerner’s eye, urban scenes in the larger

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#815. Photography and Wabi-Sabi – part 1 & challenge

#815. Photography and Wabi-Sabi – part 1 & challenge

The concept of Wabi-Sabi is central to (some) Japanese aesthetics and separates it from what we Westerners have been taught to appreciate and strive for in all our undertakings : flawless perfection. Tourists flock to Kyoto’s Zen gardens from all over the world. And the stone, moss and gravel creations

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#810. Is film only for hipster kids?

#810. Is film only for hipster kids?

To digital photographers, film often feels like that esoterical backwater only frequented by people in search of a raison d’être. What if film photography was teeming with life, potential and creativity?

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#807. Photograph it like you mean it (a DS challenge).

#807. Photograph it like you mean it (a DS challenge).

A photo that’s technically bland but ful of emotion is a winner. The opposite is a fail. Will you dare to take our challenge?

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#788. Monday Post (19 Nov 2018) – Printswapping

#788. Monday Post (19 Nov 2018) – Printswapping

That’s one word, like trainspotting, please. Two would make it an act, I wanna talk about the concept. And project.     Sooo, continuing my two obsessive themes of the year, printing and (collecting) art, as means of becoming a better photographer … here are some thoughts behind printswapping.  

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#775. Does collecting art make you a better photographer?

#775. Does collecting art make you a better photographer?

The spectrum of relationships to photography runs very wide. The plumpest section of the bell curve is devoted to recording events and places for a purely personal notebook use : birthdays, family reunions, selfied or unselfied travels, graduations, … The driving force behind this is mainly social. Many asian travelers

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#770. Printing saga update n°1: the poetry of a b200

#770. Printing saga update n°1: the poetry of a b200

GAS update : 10 minutes into my noble printing quest, and I’m out 300 bucks. Snafu. And my next update might be in a while. It all started with the best of intentions: testing. Since Canon printers are known for: being tolerant of longish periods of sleep being easy to

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#769. Monday Post (17 Sept 2018) Of landscape photographers but landmark cameras. Why the Hasselblad X1D is a landmark camera!

#769. Monday Post (17 Sept 2018) Of landscape photographers but landmark cameras. Why the Hasselblad X1D is a landmark camera!

There are good cameras, there are remarkable cameras, and there are landmark cameras. For example, the Nikon D850 does everything very well indeed, at levels unthinkable just a couple of years ago. It is a remarkable camera, as DS contributor Dallas can attest to. That said, it is not a

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#768. Should you print your photographs at home?

#768. Should you print your photographs at home?

According to Wikipedia, DIY culture, with its grassroots societal overtones, spans a range of activities that includes Kit Cars (science fiction in a country overrun by administration such as France), naked cycling events, guerilla gardening, anarcho-punk and cult of the dead cow. But not home printing. I wonder why. It

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#767. Recent new camera announcements from Nikon, Canon, and even Zeiss have me asking “why?”

#767. Recent new camera announcements from Nikon, Canon, and even Zeiss have me asking “why?”

Who, I wonder to myself, is buying these new cameras and lenses and, again, why? Are they more capable? Depends on your definition. Large of sensor while incrementally smaller and lighter than their predecessors? Appear to be. But, towards what end? What are enough of us doing with these state-of-the-art

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