Here's an utterly amazing shot off of Shutterview, a Canadian photoblog: Condemned; I've just discovered Shutterview, adding it to my list of photoblog tabs in Mozilla (I just called it Mosaic, evidencing the fact that my brain really hasn't wrapped around new technology since 1995 or so). Arne, who runs Shutterview, is a film-using photoblogger, so he gets bonus points in my book.
Query to all of you other neo-luddites who refuse to go digital (or, rather, who refuse to give up on film): What is your favorite speed/brand/format? For the past three months, I've been favoring Fuji's ISO 1600 Fujicolor film, because it's fairly versatile. This doesn't mean I don't rely on other films, and that, regardless of conditions, I'm standing out there with 1600 speed film in my Canon. I try to keep a range of film in my case, starting with Kodak Gold ISO 100 (why I didn't think to get the Portra, with its better colors, I don't know), Kodak Gold ISO 400 (again, why I didn't go with the Portra....), Kodak Max ISO 800 (since destroyed by my mini-fridge, so now I need a better storage space as well), and Kodak T-Max B&W ISO 3200.
I've not used Ilford films before; I might give them a shot. I've never really gone completely B&W, either; perhaps it would be good to do that for a while. Lately, I've been bored with shooting, so forcing myself to become solely dependent on shading and texture instead of color might be interesting.
Getting bored with shooting happens to me every now and then. In early summer, I shot at least three rolls a week. Then, I went about three weeks, in late summer, without taking a shot. All of a sudden, one night in August, I broke that streak and went through four or five rolls in six hours. I then paused again.
Now, I'm just waiting for inspiration again. It usually comes with the changing of the seasons, so I should be feeling it rather soon (I've been planning two possible photo trips, in fact: the first is to the Meadowlands Expo Center, in order to take pictures of a tattoo convention; the second is up to Morristown National Historic Park, to shoot Washington's Winter Encampments). Still, maybe it helps to have direction from outside. Any thoughts?
I'm not one for using Photoshop extensively on my images. A lot of times, I will simply use the application to resize my images and edit out a speck of dust that I can't seem to get off of the photograph or scanner. More rarely, I'll decide to change an image from color to black and white if I think that the color version of the image is too cluttered or distracting.
One image editing tool that I have used frequently enough as to make purchasing it worthwhile is Neat Image. Neat Image is a shareware application that helps eliminate a lot of "noise" from a picture. In a few images that are coming up, I've used it when my film was underexposed, either due to my misuse of the film or the photo lab's poor development, in order to eliminate a lot of the graininess in a photo. In the past, I used it on a couple of images (example 1 , example 2, example 3, top image only in Example 3) in my Allaire (beginning here) project to give the shot a soft feel.
I've relied on Neat Image to do things that I probably could do within Photoshop. It's a more intuitive, user friendly interface. It also works as a plug-in within Photoshop, Photoshop CS, and Photoshop Elements, for those that don't want to switch between applications.
I've noticed that a lot of photographers are coming out with Photoshop plug-ins that make the application more user friendly. I think this is a good thing, although it probably points to Adobe's need to work, on its own, on Photoshop's interface and instruction manuals. Here's another one, OptikVerve Lab's Virtual Photographer. I haven't used this one, but did come across it on the Photoblogs.org group blog, a site worth checking out. I'm probably going to download and give Virtual Photographer a shot. The intent behind this application is to create Photoshop plug-ins that are particularly intelligible to film photographers (i.e., make the picture look like it was taken on ISO 1600 film when it was taken on ISO 400 film, create a tintype effect, etc.).
In The End
Sea Bright Public Beach, Sea Bright, New Jersey.
Sorry, kids, it's over. Pack up the boogie boards, dump 'em in the minivan along with the sand that you manage to inadvertently carry with you at the end of each year. The kids are over-tired, sit 'em down in back on the brown fabric seats with a dripping soft ice cream cone from Strollo's or Hoffman's. You've got work on Monday. And I've got my shoreline to get reacquainted with.
Supposedly, this is one of the local "places you must take out-of-towners because it 'represents' the area." I wouldn't know. I'm one of those locals who "develops cholera-like symptoms upon ingesting lobster or crab."
I'm having one of those weeks. Three cases simultaneously before the Federal bench. A full two weeks of "no gym and no gin makes TPB go crazy." The sort of headaches that only come after two to three days of getting no more than four hours of sleep. So don't mind me for a bit. I'll be back with more of America's pastime (surprisingly, by saying "America's pastime," I don't mean "graft"), grainy pictures that were all shot to hell by the studio I use for developing. Or used to use. One of the two. I've got to find someone better, I think.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is not your poorly thought out Sunday piece. This is Blawger Bowl.
"Thunderdome? I thought we were going to Giants Stadium."
Patently Obviousv. Bizz Bang Buzz.
Patently Obvious: 101
Bizz Bang Buzz: 44
Last week, Bizz Bang Buzz was kind enough to host the inaugural week of the Blawger Bowl update. This week, Bizz suffered an unholy trouncing at the hands of Patently Obvious. For a while, Bizz and I were in the midst of a "race to the bottom" (that's for all you legal theory geeks out there; me? I can't even spell formalism).
Bizz won the race.
"No, Mr. Cerminaro, Marbury was not the town where Barney Fife lived."
Loosely Coupled v. Libertarians
Loosely Coupled: 102
In Week #1 of Blawger Bowl, I beat Loosely Coupled like Joel Steinberg.... oh man, even I can't make that joke. It must have been first week jitters for L.C., though, because he smacked around Stephen Kinsella's Libertarians like he was Ike Turner.
"Remember, kids, if they're offended, you know they're listening."
Ernie the Attorney v. Ernest Miller's 'The Importance Of...'
Ernie the Attorney: 102
The Importance Of...: 77
Last week, Ernie the Attorney, a Big Easy classic amongst us blawgers, scored a respectable 90 points. Unfortunately, Stephen Kinsella's Libertarians scored a preposterous 125 in their season opener. This week?
Ernie v. Ernest:
The battle of the guys with the identical names.
"Mommy's leaving daddy because he wore a dress in one of his movies and liked it."
Even Hurricane Ivan couldn't stop Ernie, who wasn't phased by last week's loss.
Ernest proved that you can use a dangling participle in your blog title.
Invent Blog v. CRC's Inducers.
Invent Blog: 93
CRC's Inducers: 66
Stephen Nipper runs Invent Blog, which involves patents or something (actually, it's a good resource for many areas of intellectual property law). Chris Rush Cohen is an intellectual property lawyer from New York.
That's right folks. This wasn't just a match-up between lawyers. It was a match-up between nerd lawyers. [Just kidding, guys.] Cohen has been gracious enough to remind us that it is consistency that is the mark of a well-tested legal theory by losing for a second straight week.
This image has nothing to do with the rest of this post, but how could you not love this face?
[Holy crap. This takes a long time to do. Where are my monkey minions to help me?]
Tech Law Advisor v. Promote The Progress.
Tech Law Advisor: 101
Promote the Progress: 92
"In case you haven't figured it out, TPB cracks jokes throughout this post because he knows jack s____ about football."
Unbillable Hours v. Actual Malice.
Unbillable Hours: 70
Actual Malice: 98.
Actual Malice whupped me. Whupped me good. Mostly, this is due to the fact that apparently I picked a bunch of backs and receivers that neither run nor receive. This usually means that you own the New York Jets (You want them, West Side? Take 'em.), but for me it meant that I had... Jerry Rice?! Going into Monday Night Football, I had 28 points. The remaining 34 points are due to Donovan McNabb. I choo-choo-choose you, Donovan!
"Look, any fair-minded boy with a professionally bonded smile on his face and a Carpenters song in his head can be an optimist. Being a pessimist - now that requires faith in one's convictions, a negative capability that would make Keats stand on tiptoes and above all else, creativity." Dave Itzkoff, Lads: A Memoir of Manhood, quoted in David Carr, This Lad's Life: Write, Ogle. Rewrite, Ogle. Drink, Ogle. Repeat., N.Y. Times (Sept. 14, 2004) (link).