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Angels on rooftops, acrobats with buns of steel, grungy leaping dancers in hoods, eerie figures in the crowd, poetry, a spectacular 3D projection on Town Hall and Goldie in a mac.
All ingredients of a brilliant show that lasted for magnificent four nights and these were from Thursday’s. Click on the photo above to go to the full gallery on my performance photography Facebook page.
Is what I got asked by rääm on Flork, and I suppose it’s a point of consternation for quite a few people, because I get asked similar questions quite a lot. Therefore I felt it time to put the record straight, from my end at least, to this matter, so we can all get on with taking our pictures. Plus it’s about time I made a photography post on here!
“Hi rääm, it’s funny you should ask as I don’t usually use that strap in the picture anyway. As you did, I think I should give some context into why I use the cameras I have. When I first got into digital photography it was using my friend’s Nikon Coolpix 5700 which was a good introduction but because it was essentially a compact camera with a built in telephoto zoom lens it really didn’t have much power to it and it soon became evident that it was extremely slow.
Part of this realisation was due to the fact that my friend, Stan, had already bought a second-hand Canon 300D, which, although large and chunky, was so much more advanced (as you’d expect a DSLR to be). After using this for quite a while, I soon found that comparing it to a 20D, which another friend (John) had, gave the impression that there were more functions and capabilities I was missing out on which I could make use of. As with all technologies, a lot of what it is that attracts us into the market is something we don’t have but we’ve seen.
At the same time, when I was looking into buying my own DSLR, I really had to weight up all sorts of pros and cons because I still wasn’t very familiar with the range of options offered by various brands and specific models. I’d been looking at the Olympus range for a while because I used an OM-1n throughout University and something about them felt very comfortable, but because they were digital now I didn’t feel familiar enough with the functionality to just dive into it - plus it wasn’t until later that I knew all about the smaller sensors etc., which would have been limiting (but I would still appreciate a built in image stabiliser!)
I did look into Nikons when I played around with a D200 (belonging to Gary) which was really impressive but the model was well beyond my price range and there was nothing second-hand I could lay my hands on. Which is essentially why I ended up with a Canon 30D, because I knew the layout of its buttons and software AND because I discovered someone was selling their kit with 3 lenses at a price I could manage to pay off. It felt like the practical option, and it served me well - I recently bought a 50D body partly as an upgrade and also to have two bodies.
So in my case the answer is because I feel like I know what I’m doing with it - I know that was a very long-winded way of saying it (sorry), but there’s usually a reason for everything!
I don’t think it’s strictly true to say “everybody’s got a canon,” as I see plenty of Nikons and Sony Alphas around too. I think it’s unfortunate that the market isn’t more spread out around other good brands like Sigma and Pentax but then they rely on their other selling strengths, respectively: lenses and compact systems.
I also don’t think there’s anything wrong with Nikon, they do their thing very well and I’ve not heard any complaints from their users (if anything, they’re probably a bit too used to defending themselves against rabid Canon fan-boys!). If I’d known their system first and realised their advantages, I probably would have gone down the Nikon route, but the truth is that the two main brands have plenty of similarities that make selecting one system or another nothing more than a toss of a coin or other random twist of fate.
It’s bad enough that this is an American Problem, the unfortunate thing is that it’s been exported across the capitalist world.
(seen on Reddit)
Image Courtesy of Mallory Dyer (pu-sama on deviantArt) and according to her journal she wants to make it into a shirt - don’t let her reconsider! Stylistically, this is a
thanks hedgewytch for the heads up!:
For the Doctor who fan’s out there ;)
(Sorry I forgot who on Twitter I just got this from ;()
(fanboy ramblings after the break)
I’m getting somewhere near, this might actually be my first project related post…
freeboprich.com is nearing something like a cohesive state, a bit more complete looking now, with space for another gallery for when I want to add to it.
But the Deviant Art portfolios really are showing their limitations. I can understand the need for a concise body of work to heighten interest and keep attention as high as possible, but who decided on a limit of 18 images per gallery? Which seems especially weird as actual storage space for the portfolios seems pretty vast. Surely that should be my choice considering I’ve been paying for a subscription for lord knows how long and the ad-free, self-named portfolio is the first thing I’ve had out of it that seems to be worth much.
Still there’s the advantage of being able to add more portfolios, which can be useful… (much more after the break…)
“I’m mystified by the laziness of people looking at how she presents herself, and somehow assuming that implies there’s a high level of intelligence in the songwriting. Her approach to image is really interesting, but you listen to the music, and you just hear glow sticks. Smart outlets for musical journalism give her all this credit, like she’s the new Madonna […] Although I’m coming from a perspective of also thinking Madonna is not great at all. I’m like, fair enough: she is the new Madonna, but Madonna’s a dumb-ass!”
Joanna Newsom, on Lady Gaga (via andrewfutral)
Go on, our Jo, taunt the press!
Hello bright and fancy! Yeah, ok so I’ll be toning down the repressive darkness - it’s not really me anyway, i just assumed it made pictures easier to see. As much as I like the background now, it’s a bit… generic - I guess you have to get a paid theme to play with things like that (somewhen I’ll have a portfolio and blog to match, how about that?). Anyhow, bright and fancy lookin’ stuff here, so check out some awesome (sorry Stan, “Ossum”) comics to make you giddy with joy:
Commander Kitty by Scotty Arsenault (resurrected!)
xkcd by Randall Munroe (because it’s hard to do without a good geeky giggle)
And not with the same kinda comic aplomb, but because they’re labours of love and brilliance that I just can’t get over:
Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell (ok yeah there’s still plenty of dark and creepy here right now, but check the archives and you’ll find plenty of merriment… kinda)
* direct link to the creator’s blog
PS: new icon too!
Such an eye-catching concept from Z Akma, reminding me of a torn photo of a couple or the Pixies lyric, “there’s a hole in the sky.”
Things worth voting for…
Modern Women at Play by Leanna Lomanski
Leanna’s entry, a spectacle of refined energy!
The Fountain by Tim Needles
A stylish and extremely lucid composition, a man wearing his influence on his sleeve!
Please show your support for the artists! I might even get around to entering myself…
I am so effing incensed right now… http://copyrightaction.com/forum/uk-gov-nationalises-orphans-and-bans-non-consensual-photography-in-public
Ok yes I knew about this ages ago but I thought such a dumb idea would have fallen by the wayside long ago - please read this article and be aware of the wrongs being committed here. With awareness comesthe ability to speak up, please join me in challenging this!