A quick text + photo post from my Mongolia trip last May.
I recently lost my Canon 80-200 ƒ/2.8L while I was touring Mongolia, and I only wish that this came sooner and more widely used. You can find my list of gears here.
If you long for simplicity in photo editing in an un-bloated piece of software, give LightZone 3.0.6 a try. Its unique visual approach to editing, time-saving Styles, and well-designed help system will aid the learning process. At the speed at which major enhancements are being released, I can’t wait to see version 4.
At the time of that writing, LightZone was a $200+ citizen of the photo editing elites, it has recently became a freeware.
That brings us to Darktable, a “virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers” whose user interface reminds me of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
Mark Myerson wrote a pretty comprehensive review of the app which I pretty much agree about.
I have yet to try LightZone, since it’s still on beta for the Mac, but Darktable is available for the big three OSes.
Stephen Mayes, the then-CEO of VII Photo in August 2011:
James Nachtwey is no longer affiliated with VII and is currently managing his professional affairs through his own studio.
April 10, 2013:
It’s very tough to leave this great, talented team, but I feel the need to pursue new creative projects that will combine my experience and passion in many different parts of the photographic world,” says Mayes in a press statement. “It’s been a privilege to work with the world’s greatest photojournalists for the past five years, and what I’ve learned from them has been invaluable and is instilled in me for a lifetime.
The old agency way is phasing out.
You can learn a lot on how to be better in whatever you do from reading Ebert’s pieces. He transformed a genre of writing synonymous with arrogance, hatred, and extreme judgment, into an elegant voice of wisdom that goes beyond movies.
Ebert was much more than a movie critic. He was a voice of a generation.
My rules for Twittering are few: I tweet in basic English. I avoid abbreviations and ChatSpell. I go for complete sentences. I try to make my links worth a click. I am not above snark, no matter what I may have written in the past. I tweet my interests, including science and politics, as well as the movies. I try to keep links to stuff on my own site down to around 5 or 10%. I try to think twice before posting.
He’s a regular participant in the New Yorker’s Cartoon Caption Content, and I discovered that he also had a passion for drawing that nobody seems to care about.
The man just kept surprising me, even after his departure this week. He did not win Oprah Winfrey’s heart, but he won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1975, the first ever awarded to a critic. He swore not to marry before his mother departed, and he soon married Chaz, the woman of his life, shortly after his mother died.
This is the kind of actions real heroes do. They need not to scream on a battle well-fought, but people marched upon his victory on his exit.
So long, Roger.