Prime sequences

Sometimes advice is good and bad simultaneously. Good when it helps you consider something you might not have considered before. Bad when it’s conveniently followed without further thought.

Like in a previous posting, this is a story about a tip often heard, a common advice on forums and in real life. Well, not so common, because it’s exclusively about lenses with a fixed focal length.

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Art-ificial gloom and doom

It’s near impossible these days to read any technology related site without getting swamped in stories on ChatGPT. Or tech-oriented forums, comment sections and so on. As users are exploring the abilities of this technology, more and more use cases emerge.

So today, on a Dutch technology site, somebody wondered whether it signaled the end for the ‘graphics industry’ – mostly meant as graphics designers.

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Quick update

It’s been more than a bit silent on this site. All my fault. Busy with other stuff, short holiday, a backlog on photos to cull, edit and process. Actually, I’m trying to go through that backlog first a bit, to be able to add to the album on this site, and to have some visuals to liven up postings here.

So with all that… real updates will have to wait for the next year.

Have a great start to 2023, and hopefully it’ll bring a year that improves on everything that 2022 ended up being.

Totally unrelated photo, just because I happen to like it.

Recipes I like (V)

Everything is getting more expensive these days; there seems no escaping that every day you run into something that costs more than you cared to remember.

Shortage on electronic components sure drove prices for digital cameras and lenses up. Increasing popularity of film photography drove prices for old gear up in many cases. As I already mentioned some time ago, prices for film consumables (film and chemistry) have also gone up.

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The curious R6

No, this is not about the Canon mirrorless camera. Sure there will be more people knowing the EOS R6 than the actual subject of this post, but let that be a lesson for Canon to not re-use names from others. The R6 already existed (as did the R5 and whatever else they have in mind, only R1 and R2 are unused).

I’ve shortly mentioned this R6 in the past; this time I’d like to dive a bit deeper about its virtues and shortcomings for my uses.

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Light Drawing

The word “photography” was created from the Greek roots φωτός (phōtós), genitive of φῶς (phōs), “light” and γραφή (graphé) “representation by means of lines” or “drawing”, together meaning “drawing with light”.

I guess one of the most spot-on descriptions there could be.

What I particularly like is how it emphasizes that light is the key ingredient. It’s easy to get caught up on discussions on composition, intent, colours, technique or the gear used. I am guilty of all of those. But in the end, it’s about light.

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Seriously good, with a twist

Previous posts may not have make it seem that way, but my main cameras are Nikons, not Leicas. When I moved to a DSLR, I went for a Nikon. In time, I got a couple of older manual focus lenses for it, including the fantastic 105mm f/2.5. When I added film cameras to the mix later, it made sense to go for Nikon, as I already had lenses for it.

Today, still my DSLR is a Nikon, and for film I have a set of cameras with enough lenses to keep me entertained.

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