Have you ever tried to like something because it was the thing to do? We all have. I was told that Susan Sontag was a genius so I picked up her book ONPHOTOGRAPHY. As I’m trying to read her book I thought that she must not have ever photographed anything. It was so much garbage I never made it very far. At the first opportunity I sold it.
Quotes like this convinced me she was an idiot:
“To photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them that they can never have; it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed. Just as a camera is a sublimation of the gun, to photograph someone is a subliminal murder - a soft murder, appropriate to a sad, frightened time.”
Well finally I stumbled upon an old editorial putting into words what I couldn’t about why I hated her book
If ever a single person was living proof that intelligence is a meaningless quality without modest common sense, it was Susan Sontag who died last week. The reverential tone of the obituaries served to confirm that self-proclaimed intellectuals, no matter how deluded or preposterous, exert a strange, intimidating power over non-intellectuals – especially if they employ that infuriating literary device, the epigram.
Beware the epigramista. Beneath the veneer of apparent profundity of the epigram’s internal contradiction, there is usually a deep well of meaninglessness, from which other intellectuals can extract similarly worthless academic baubles. The foremost proponent of the apparently profound but actually worthless epigram was Oscar Wilde – as in “All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.”
Thanks to the nice neighbor lady who moved to Florida - she gifted me a Canon Ftb which is great. She also gave me the 4 point and shoots which I think I will love shooting. She also had in the box a Vivicam 335 - a 1.3MB digital camera. Here are the results. Safe to say the camera is well on it’s way to some landfill
The surest way to fail in photography technically is to grab an old point and shoot that you’ve never used and put in 16 year expired film and go shooting. You folks will just have to wait till I get the film back but his is exactly what I did.
Porsche Club Racing which is a national series actually started in the 1970’s here in Colorado at 2nd Creek Raceway. This weekend was the 2019 installment. Just a few photos from the time spent at the track
This weekend in Santa Fe the Colorado Airstream Club had a rally. Just down the road from Santa Fe Skies RV park was the grand opening of the Vintage Trailer Supply Store. They put on talks, food trucks and a place to see some vintage trailers. A very good time.
Every year in South Eastern Colorado there is a migration of Oklahoma Brown Back Tarantulas. These are 8-10 year old males looking for a mate. The females are in burrows in the grasslands. Once the males have mated they are usually dead by November because of cold exposure. They are docile for the most part. Their bite is not poisonous but if bitten one could get infected. They also have hairs on their abdomens that can be “sprayed” at an attacker. The hairs are irritating.
If you’ve every wondered how YOU could become more American than your friends or neighbors, here’s the solution.
Get yourself a big ole ass of a truck and hang the Stars and Stripes on it WITH a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag for good measure. I will never understand this phenomenon. In a much milder form are those folks who wear an American Flag Pin on their suit coat. What is your point. We’re all American’s here ( for the most part). But somehow you need to be a Super American? Sheesh.
Started off as a BW Cinema only film. Now is available in 35 mm cassettes for still photography. Here are a few shots, M7 35/1.4ASPH. A little graining on these scans. When the film is sent back to me I will rescan and see if that’s what the problem is.
is a blended whisky from Suntory’s three distilleries: Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita. This is a round and sweet blend with a refreshing citrus character and a spicy finish.
‘Toki’ means ‘time’ in Japanese. Toki has a different composition to its sister blend, Suntory Hibiki, and its main components are Hakushu single malt and Chita grain whisky.
Hibiki Japanese Harmony
is a blend of Japanese malt and grain whiskies from Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita. Presented in the brand’s trademark 24-faceted bottle representing the Japanese seasons, this is light, approachable and moreish with enticing notes of orange peel and white chocolate.
“Here we have a full meal from the whisky’s kitchen. Fumes of briny peat, malt, and robust smoke emanate from its double doors. The palate serves up smoked meats, crushed almonds and peppercorns, along with a generous helping of creamy malt. You’ll want to chew on this for a bit.”
This is a rangefinder 645. The lens is very sharp and it’s easy to use walking along a street. It doesn’t have TTL metering so the exposures aren’t always perfect. Here’s a sample of photos taken in the last two weeks
I started commonmanphotography blog as a place where newcomers could learn more about photography - especially digital photography. It is at first mostly about equipment because this is where most of us start. Ideally, you would start at technique, how to see, what is your vision? The fact is that most of us start way down the line at the equipment questions. So this is where the blog starts.
“The Nikon 35Ti was a rich guy’s vacation camera. The model name means 35(mm lens) and Titanium covers. It cost about a grand ($1,000) when it came out in 1993.
The Nikon 35Ti is one of the very best non-SLR 35mm film cameras ever made, and has one of the best lenses ever put on a 35mm camera by anyone.
In 2009, the Nikon 35Ti remains a fantastic film camera, especially if you value technical image quality. The 35Ti has a real Nikon Matrix meter, and give great results even with picky Fuji Velvia 50 slide film.
Because of the Matrix meter and extraordinary lens, the Nikon 35Ti is the best compact film camera ever made for landscape, nature and fine art photography.
For speed and ease-of-use by a pro photographer, especially for people photography, the Konica Hexar operates and focuses more quickly. The Hexar’s meter is as primitive as a Leica, meaning its only an old center-weighted meter. The old style meters, like Leicas and the Hexar, require constant babysitting and exposure compensation to yield perfect slide exposures. Because of this, the Hexar is best used with negative film.
The Nikon 35Ti is best for careful photos of things. The Konica Hexar is best for people, action, news and sports.”
I’ve pretty much decided that this is the camera I’m taking to Japan in 6 weeks. I’ve also realized that for best results use fresh film. Duh? I’ve gotten away with using out of date film but unless you want to do lots of post scanning processing it’s best to use the fresh stuff.