contadorfan

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Father Bouvier: Leftist extortionists got money from another victim. Remember, the despicable guy who said, "If You've Got A Business, You Didn't Build That."

I suspect La Raza, which profited handsomely from many a DOJ shakedown, is involved. La Raza is now UnidosUS, a name change which occurred after complaints of DOJ settlement billions going to Dem-supporting grass roots groups (La Raza one of the most prominent) instead of going into the US Treasury. It's all politics.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 14:10 UTC
On photo West Quoddy Head Light in the Lighthouses challenge (15 comments in total)

What a beautiful photo!

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 at 16:23 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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Deutsch: Good article. I grew up and went to school in Pittsburgh. When I was at the University of Pittsburgh in Engineering back in the early 70s, there was the Carnegie Library there on campus, next to the Carnegie museum. While I was in the library, I discovered a huge folder collection of W. Eugene Smith's original prints in a glass counter case, not on display.

Had to be at least a hundred prints around 11x14 in size, all loosely thrown in a folder, each one in a plastic sleeve, not bound, just stuck individually in the folder. I asked the librarian if I could look at them. They gave them to me and I'd sit for an hour or two at the table there going through them. They slid all over the table in those plastic sleeves. I used to go back every month.

Moved away from Pittsburgh after graduation. Now, years later, I went back to Pittsburgh to visit, and they're no where around and no one knows what I'm talking about. I suppose they're in some photo collection somewhere?

Fascinating. Thanks for posting your story. I hope the photos are safely ensconced in the library archives, awaiting digital cataloging. Having worked in a library as a cataloger, I know there are sometimes old items that need to be cataloged "by hand" (as opposed to downloading a prefab record), and if the library is short of trained staff, it can take awhile to get to those items.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 17:57 UTC
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contadorfan: I've waited for the publication of Sam Stephenson's book for what seems like forever. I was beginning to think it was his own Pittsburgh Project, one that ran on and on and on in pursuit of perfectionism at great personal cost to the author's sanity & personal life, but never completed, such as what happened to Gene Smith when he undertook his Pittsburgh Project. Now the book will soon be in my mailbox, and I can hardly wait to get lost in the absorbing details.

Last night I rented the documentary "The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith" from Amazon. Fabulous and fascinating. Great photography, great music!

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 17:53 UTC
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entoman: I'll never be as good as the greats, but that doesn't bother me because I'm happy to admire the work of the greats and have something to aspire to. I'll never be satisfied with what I produce because I'm a perfectionist, but I sure as hell have NEVER considered giving up photography - it's frustrating when things don't go according to plan, but extremely rewarding when it all comes together. Photography takes me around the world and opens my eyes to the beauty around me.

Well said, entoman. Plus, at least in my case, I can say, "I'm sure a heck of a lot better than when I first started." Hope is a great motivator.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 17:32 UTC
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Brueghel: Is this art?
🤔

No. I think it's Cindy Sherman's tendency to poke fun using her own image. I like that she doesn't take herself too seriously.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 20:47 UTC
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contadorfan: I've waited for the publication of Sam Stephenson's book for what seems like forever. I was beginning to think it was his own Pittsburgh Project, one that ran on and on and on in pursuit of perfectionism at great personal cost to the author's sanity & personal life, but never completed, such as what happened to Gene Smith when he undertook his Pittsburgh Project. Now the book will soon be in my mailbox, and I can hardly wait to get lost in the absorbing details.

Also,
Four years ago I first encountered Smith's work at an exhibit of his jazz loft photographs at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona. The prints were stunning: a fabulous range of grays, velvety blacks, and varying highlights to lead one's eye around the scene. I was admiring a rainy street picture, wishing I could run my hands over the rich texture of gray wet pavement, when I realized, "Holy moly, he can make even asphalt look sensuous!" I broke out in a cold sweat & had to leave the room to compose myself. It made me realize the impossibly deep & wide chasm between my own amateur efforts and Smith's genius, and it completely blew me away. I didn't know that photo prints could have such depth, richness, and an almost tactile quality to them. Never in my life have I had such an overwhelming response to photography or to any other art form like I did to W. Eugene Smith's prints.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 22:31 UTC

I've waited for the publication of Sam Stephenson's book for what seems like forever. I was beginning to think it was his own Pittsburgh Project, one that ran on and on and on in pursuit of perfectionism at great personal cost to the author's sanity & personal life, but never completed, such as what happened to Gene Smith when he undertook his Pittsburgh Project. Now the book will soon be in my mailbox, and I can hardly wait to get lost in the absorbing details.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 22:23 UTC as 4th comment | 3 replies
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munro harrap: What is wrong here? First the picture shows someone unable to see anything through anything with the camera in the grass too close to work in focus. 2. Then whoever it is endangers this machine with a coffee in his hand. 3. Then there is an article about the share price of a company, when this is allegedly a photography site, not lloyds of London, The Financial Times or an appropriate area...

While I laud many efforts here, reporting ANY companies finances is not one of them.

That's Sony's latest camera -- 42mp uncompressed raw files AND it will mow your grass for you too. Kind of like a Roomba for the lawn with a great sensor for photos.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 00:11 UTC
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dennis tennis: Any act that may cast Trump in anything less than absolutely orgasmically great and awesome, is considered acts of treason. Lucky journalists they were not shot on site.

"Lucky journalists they weren't shot on site."

Please ask Congressman Scalise which political faction is doing the shooting.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 02:34 UTC
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Weerterbos: Well... the 'no photo/video' restriction is in question now.
https://nppa.org/news/nppa-posts-letter-concerning-news-coverage-interference

There are 'no photography' signs in those hallways, but there were talks between NPPA and the Senate people/ managers/rulemakers about this. So it gets more confusing.

The No Photography rules have been in place for years. Don't try to tell me the photographers didn't know they were in a No Photography zone.
https://www.pressphotographers.senate.gov/?page_id=83

Of course security told the press to delete the photos. But was anyone forced to comply? Were their cameras confiscated? Looks like there's plenty of coverage taken from other vantage points.
http://www.salon.com/2017/07/26/reporters-allege-capitol-police-blocked-their-coverage-of-health-care-protests-forced-them-to-delete-footage/

A false controversy, IMO, ginned up by the anti-Trump crowd.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 02:26 UTC
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maxnimo: Some years ago there was a huge anti-war protest in Washington (over a million protesters) but it was ignored by all mainstream news media, so no outsiders really knew about it.
Freedom of the press now means freedom for the State (and its masters) to control the press ... and you know where that leads to.

Re information controlled society: some of us have realized it for years. That's why we voted for Trump -- to break the media/DNC dominance that tries to dictate how we should think & live our lives.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 01:52 UTC
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sh10453: Welcome to the United States Third Reich.

That was apparent during the last administration. Obama spied, the media lied.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 17:34 UTC
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Aaron801: Why am I not surprised? It seems very clear to me that the MO of this administration is to tightly control the information that gets out to people. If the president doesn't like the idea of some ugly truth getting out, he's going to do everything that he can so that it doesn't... Free access to information is not a high priority here...

It's the media that tries to control the information. Thank goodness for the internet.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 17:32 UTC
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Rdefen: That one horrendous act in 2001 seems to be paying perpetual dividends.

Don't blame Bush, blame Mohammed Atta and his ilk.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 13:28 UTC
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contadorfan: Much food for thought here. But what to do when your photo opportunity occurs in harsh mid-day sun?

Beautiful examples, Bad Science. thanks.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 12:39 UTC
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contadorfan: Much food for thought here. But what to do when your photo opportunity occurs in harsh mid-day sun?

Uh, thanks, composed, but looking through your gallery didn't reveal anything compelling. So, uh, no thanks.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 00:12 UTC

Much food for thought here. But what to do when your photo opportunity occurs in harsh mid-day sun?

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 19:31 UTC as 12th comment | 8 replies
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Lawn Lends: Pfaw.... I will skip this one, and the next time, I will fly my Learjet up to Nova Scotia...

Lawn Lends, I knew you were Warren Beatty all along!

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 23:07 UTC
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retr01976: I used to shoot FF, Canon 5D Mark III and 6D bodies. The FF advantage is a complete myth. I started using a Fuji XT10 and couldn't believe how much more color depth and incredible dynamic range the Fuji crop sensor has. In fact every Fuji picture I took easily bested my Canon bodies save for the very highest ISOs which I don't bother with anyways. Fuji optics are fast and provide such lovely bokeh that the DOF advantage is basically non existent. I don't see myself returning to FF anytime soon, the differences between crop and FF are minimal these days and you need the most expensive heavy glass to enjoy it.

Or try the Sony a99ii. FF goodness in a crop-sized body. I think its sensor is the same as a7rii.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 12:48 UTC
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