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Mary Ellen Mark

May 27, 2015  

Mary Ellen Mark (photo: Mike Peters)

I’m surprised by how much I’ve been affected by the recent passing of Mary Ellen Mark. She always seemed sincere, dedicated and real somehow. She is one of my favorite photographers.

Static Again

May 26, 2015  

Long story short, I had a bot (or something) damage my Wordpress site despite having Wordfence, etc. installed and what I thought were up-to-date plugins.

I spent a couple of hours moving things back to Hugo so that shouldn’t happen again. I’ll be dicking around with themes and such for a while probably, so please excuse the mess.

The Online Photographer: Camera Stores and Unicorns

May 25, 2015   #photography 

Mike Johnston:

The other day I was driving north on US23 towards Ann Arbor and home. On the right a large billboard flashed by advertising CameraMall, a new camera store in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. I blinked my eyes, turned down the music, and thought that perhaps I had just hallucinated. A new camera store in Ann Arbor? No way! Yesterday I parked my car and walked up Washington Street, behind the legendary Michigan Theater, and, sure enough, there it was—a camera store. I could not have been more surprised if I had seen a knight of the realm riding a unicorn up the street.


Interesting that they carry a decent selection of film.

The Most Photographed Generation Will Have No Pictures in 10 Years

May 23, 2015   #photography 

2025 - You just found that DVD you had in that drawer you couldn’t remember which one it was. Along with 9 old cell phones that no longer will work with today’s new technology. Your 3 inch by 3 inch cube computer no longer has a DVD drive since in 2015 they were totally phased out. Your 3rd grandchild is sitting on your knee and asks to see pictures of their Mom- and all you have to show them is this piece of round plastic that is pretty much worthless. Not to mention dusty and scratched from all those old cellphones moving around every time you opened that drawer. And since Instagram had been merged with another company, and they started charging, you let that go 8 years ago.

Source: The Most Photographed Generation Will Have No Pictures in 10 Years! | Mike Yost Photography

I’ve been saying this for years, the best way to preserve your photographs is to print them.

I know that my digital photos will be around for at least as long as I am, because I’m a nerd and I care deeply about them, but what about after I’m gone? Maybe no one cares and maybe it doesn’t matter. I believe it does matter. It matters a great deal.

Just print a few of your photos every year. It’ll be worth it.


ConnectedText via Parallels vs Crossover

May 9, 2015   #connectedtext 

I love ConnectedText but have been struggling with using it via Parallels on my Mac. Everything works fine, but requires many moving parts in order to make it something I can live in.

It was suggested1 that I try running things via Crossover so I did and have been surprised by how well it works. It’s too soon to tell if the experience with Crossover will be good enough, but early signs are encouraging.

Here are some quick notes after the first few hours…

TextExpander works as-is. No need to also run Breevy and deal with configuring sync between Breevy and TextExpander.

Projects are stored in ~/ConnectedText on the main Mac partition. I’ve been synching with Bittorent Sync and with Parallels the mapped [C] drive holding project files is only available while Parallels is running. With Crossover the project files are always available for sync. I had also tried using SyncBackSE under Parallels for syncing to a Dropbox folder but again, too many moving parts.

Menu items (e.g. Topic->Edit use Command-E vs Alt-E). This feels more natural.

Crossover uses way fewer resources on my Mac than Parallels. Watching CPU and RAM usage was a surprise, since ConnectedText/Crossover seems to use no more resources than a “normal” Mac app. So far between wine server and ConnectedText I’m seeing CPU usage at about 5%. With Parallels it was more like a steady 30%. No partitions, drive mapping, or reserved drive space to deal with either.

The biggest drawback so far is that I can’t seem to dock windows. Dragging, say, the Topics window to the edge of the editor window has no effect. The upside is that all “child” windows drag along with the main window, so once they’re arranged how I like them they stay put. Still not ideal.

Another issue is that I don’t know if I can run Python scripts or other Windows utilities. I don’t use AutoHotKeys or anything fancy so this may not be a problem for me.

Parallels is much more polished and complete, but so far everything feels stable and much simpler under Crossover, at least as far as running ConnectedText goes.

  • Thank you Alan Sandercock 

  • The latest New Flickr might be the one that I needed

    May 9, 2015   #flickr  #photography 

    I’ve been uploading photos to Flickr since 2004. It’s always been my favorite way to share images, even during its dark years when things languished for way too long.

    Flickr offers unlimited storage, so I’ve always wanted to upload everything there, but I haven’t. The reason is that the Photostream displays all of my photos (public and private) when I’m logged in, with no easy way of viewing it as other people see it. I’ve worked around this by using a different browser or logging out. This works, but is a pain so I rarely bother. The Flickr mobile app has always allowed me to switch between public and private views, so why not the web app?

    The changes Flickr rolled out yesterday are pretty great. They include a better integrated search, newly-designed “home” page, and a “Camera Roll” view which makes organizing and editing groups of photos easy, without needing to resort to using the “Organizer”. Those updates are nice, but my favorite is the ability to filter my Photostream based on each photo’s visibility.

    Flickr ui

    Now I can upload everything without all those photos polluting my Photostream.

    First attempt using New55’s R3 Monobath Developer

    May 7, 2015   #Analog  #film  #photography 


    That didn’t go well.

    This was my first time using the R3 Monobath Developer from New55. Other people have great results with it but I’ve obviously done something wrong.

    The image above is a scanned 4×5 negative (HP5+) shot using an ancient Crown Graphic. Many things can fail when shooting large format film that I’m certainly not ready to blame the developer. I’ve never seen this sort of ghosting effect before so it’ll be fun tracking down what went wrong.

    Another thing I learned is that I’m finally going to need an exhaust fan in the darkroom. The R3 contains ammonia and phew it’s strong. Probably not good for me to stand there for six minutes in the dark just breathing it all in.

    I love the idea of a monobath developer, especially for large format so I’m going to keep trying.

    A Primer on Fountain Pens | The Art of Manliness

    May 6, 2015   #Analog  #Writing 

    Around the yard with the OM-2n

    May 3, 2015   #35mm  #film  #Olympus  #photography 

    I was cleaning out a closet and found my bag of unused Olympus gear. I couldn’t remember why it was unused so I grabbed one of the OM-2n bodies with a “silver nose” Zuiko 85mm f/2.0 and shot a roll of Tri-X. I’ve found the 85 to be a bit prone to flare. Like this…

    Demonstration of flare with Zuiko 85mm f/2.0. Leeloo (2015)

    Generally, though, I still like the OM-2n. My favorite is the OM-1n but auto-exposure sure can be handy. Here are a few other images from the roll (scanned on the Pakon and basic curve adjustment in Lightroom).

    Interview with Brunello Cucinelli, King of Cashmere

    Apr 29, 2015  

    Om Malik interviews Brunello Cucinelli

    You must believe in the human being, because the creativity of a company — Let’s say you have a company with 1,000 people. Maybe we were told that there are only two or three genius people in the 1,000. But I think that if you have 1,000 people, you have 1,000 geniuses. They’re just different kinds of genius and a different degree of intensity.

    I want to quote the entire interview, but just go read it. Cucinelli is my new hero.