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Endeavor Through Los Angeles in Pictures and Time Lapse

October 15, 2012 by News, Photography

The Los Angeles Times has a great time lapse of this once in a lifetime event.

And The Atlantic has a great collection of photographs.

At one point, while the Endeavor was on first part of Manchester Blvd, it passed within two blocks of my house.

Everybody’s Favorite Photo Gear Review Site Goes Mobile

October 12, 2012 by News, Opinion

Digital Photography Review launched a site named Connect which is all about mobile photography technology.

With billions of images being shared by millions of smart phone photographers around the globe, the world of photography is experiencing an explosion of creativity and engagement that hasn’t been seen since the first consumer digital cameras arrived almost two decades ago. This time it’s different though. It’s about the power of the snapshot to tell a story, to build a community, to record the mundane as well as the remarkable. It’s about people who don’t even think of themselves as photographers never stepping out of the door without a camera. It’s about photography’s power to connect. And that’s why we’re here.

Looks like all the nay sayers of Dan Chung using his iPhone at the Olympics were wrong. You don’t need a $7000.00 camera to be a “real” photographer.

Michael Britt thinks that the DP Review site had to spin off the mobile reviews into its own separate entity lest they alienate their hard core, big gear loving fan base. I’d say he was right about that.

Frankenanswers

If you haven’t had a chance to see Frankenweenie yet, please do. It encompasses all the wonderful things, good writing, good directing, black and white, and stop motion. It’s fabulous.

And if my praise isn’t enough, you can have an opportunity to peer into the mind of the writer.

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Do You Have Spec Obsessive Disorder

Evan Luzi from The Black & Blue, guesting at Fresh DV:

For cinematographers and directors, skills that enable you to light, to compose, and to translate the ethos of a story into the visual medium of film are far more useful than the ability to dive into the minutiae of sensor size. For producers, your ability to go beyond specs and learn more about the tone of the project, the budget of a project, and the practicality of a camera in the reality of a production is paramount.

I couldn’t agree more.

But Luzi forgets one extraordinarily important by-product of Spec Obsessive Disorder (SOD).

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Giving Larceny a Badge, John Pistole and the TSA

October 9, 2012 by News, Opinion

An Ex-TSA agent is telling his story after he spent 3 years in prison for stealing $800,000 worth of goods from passengers. What slays me is that he speaks of the thievery as if it’s part of the job description. The criminal TSA agents are using the X-Ray scanners as a tool to locate what gear to steal.

Pythias Brown, a former Transportation Security Administration officer at Newark Liberty International Airport, spent four years stealing everything he could from luggage and security checkpoints, including clothing, laptops, cameras, Nintendo Wiis, video games and cash.
Speaking publicly for the first time after being released after three years in prison, Brown told ABC News that he used the X-ray scanners to locate the most valuable items to snatch.

I feel bad for the good TSA agents for whom this is just a job. They are going to be in the shadow of this ugly cloud. Which is why I urge you to keep your cool when you go to the airport. Not everyone in a TSA uniform is a criminal. Assuming such is not the answer.

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Looper

October 8, 2012 by Feature Film

A phenomenally well done movie about time travel that doesn’t cook your brain with time travel theory.

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