teddoman: I own wool glomitts. I've always wished for the perfect gloves and this story has some great comments in it. I wonder if they're going to be able to build a perfect glove that fits everyone's needs. For me, thin gloves are the right size but too cold, and thick gloves are the right warmth but too thick. I just ordered some cheap 7 mm neoprenes to see if those will work for me. Would it make sense for Vallerret to design some sort of attachment so people can cut off the tips of whatever gloves they buy to match their size/warmth needs and then still be able to cover their fingertips with the attachment?
True, but only the glomitt allows the layers to be separated down to fingers without actually removing a layer. If you spend enough, you can even get them in camo :-)
Actually, I use this approach (different weights of liner gloves). As an alpine climber with Reynaud's (causes loss of blood flow to fingers), keeping my hands warm has been critical for decades, and this is the best system I've come up with. Try using a chemical hand warmer in the mitt of the glomitt (seems to stay there OK) to keep your fingers warmer.
Use a liner glove under your glomitt - anything thin enough to still use your camera controls - works great!
Glomitts - fingerless gloves with a mitten cover (so warmer than gloves) have been available for decades and are great for all manner of cold weather applications. I use a very light synth thin liner glove with Outdoor Research (OR) fleece glomitts - total system is half this projected cost, warmer, and more versatile. Neoprene fishing gloves are really cheap - nip a finger or thumb as I do. These folks are way too late and way too overpriced. Plus, can you really get your card out without taking off the gloves?
Nice images and very informative text - well done!
Nice work from a wandering Pentaxian . . .
klimbkat: At $64 (plus harness) I want one for each of my cats . . . now we'll finally know where they hide.
I think I can handle it - at least now I'll have the option (unless the harness is stupidly expensive)
At $64 (plus harness) I want one for each of my cats . . . now we'll finally know where they hide.
Wow - really underwhelming, particularly since Kauai is so photogenic. Why bother showing such mediocre snapshots?
Beautiful series, quiet and thought provoking. Many of the photos are simple yet subtly urge the viewer to consider the how and why - for example, why is the light bulb on the mantle? The answer could be many things (or nothing), but we are left to decide ourselves (sometimes a supreme challenge with AZ). That is the mark of good art - it involves us and does not supply everything we viewers need to make our own connection. Well done.
Intriguing photos capturing a fascinating subject - the transition from a traditional life through the decay of the Soviet era infrastructure. Undoubtedly, this is but one facet of Romania. For those that would like to see other facets (say happy young people is sports cars or shiny new buildings), I'm sure there are plenty of images out there for your to find. But if not, here's yet another opportunity to grab your camera and go shoot what interests you. Rather than complain about this photographer's choice of subject or scope, appreciate the beauty of his work and celebrate his right to choose his own vision, a right we all share.
Rick Knepper: Portraits of the living legends of blues
Since 2008, photographer Lou Bopp has made regular trips down Mississippi's Route 61 — known as 'The Blues Highway' — to document the lives of unknown musicians who have made important contributions to the classic American musical genre.
These fellows are either living legends or unknown musicians. I don't think you can have it both ways. Since I own CDs of most of the Legends of Blues, living or otherwise, I was surprised to see these names mentioned under a title containing the term "Living Legends". DPR, you need to work a little harder on your editorial skills.
)What did these particular guys contribute to the genre to make them specifically such important contributors to it?
The roots of the genre, which is much more than just its recordings - its the setting and characters. Perhaps these 60-70-80 year old bluesmen are not "Legends" with a capital "L", but their place and their voice is legendary. Plus, they make great photo subjects . . .
> Legend (noun) - a famous or IMPORTANT person who is known for doing something extremely well
These guys were/are important in their contributions to a unique American genre. That they did not make the 'big time" is of no moment, because they built the foundation on which the modern blues players stand. These old guys are the real deal and, again, their photos speak louder than any of us on 11 (and I've played, blues etc., pro for 40 years incl. w/ Albert Collins in mid 70s).
Geez - just because YOU have not heard of these guys (they don't havebig label press kits and mass-marketed cds) does not mean that they are not both the real deal and genuine "legends." Many of the big names in blues are there only through a lucky break or two, and if you ask those folks, they give it up for the many others of similar talent that never made it out of the regional scenes. This area, in particular, has been characterized as a particularly vibrant traditional blues scene from which some of the bigger names emerged. DPR is right on the money to call these photos of legends, and good work too - some very evocative images. There's a ton of legendary blues out there few folks have heard of - great that some of this history is captured before it is gone. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Blues_record_labels
For a photo site significantly populated by gear heads and pixel peepers along with many, many very good photographers, posting this kind of junk is not helpful to anyone. Poorly framed pieces with lousy technical attention may be OK for a P&S, but for a new, cutting-edge semi-pro DSLR, this seems like a bad idea. If you must post random out-of-camera jpgs, then the burden is on the photographer to optimize the setting AND the capture. Of course, if the intent is to make the camera look bad to folks that don't know better, perhaps this is the way to do it . . .
A local law firm wanted to use some of my images - for free, of course," for the exposure." I asked them if I did so would they provide me with free legal advice the next time I was in need - and I would, of course, tell everyone I knew how great they were. Needless to say, that is where the conversation ended.
In addition to photography, I've worked 40 years as a musician - same drill there (and the same answer - no freebies).