Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Photography in 1946: Nothing has changed

This video from 1946 is proof that nothing changes.  There is nothing new under the sun.  Sure, most of us may have gone digital, and now use photoshop instead of actually tools to touch up the negative, but the idea and practical use of photography hasn't changed one bit.  Light is light.  In the end how it is captured and developed largely doesn't matter.  In the end it's all about the print.

What is funny to me is how much more skill was involved back in the day.  Sure, it takes a great amount of vision and technical skill these days to pull off a great shot, but I can assure you that 80% of "pros" these days wouldn't know the first step to developing or especially retouching their own negative.  Myself included.

That being said, I love shooting film and I am fascinated by wet plate photography and huge large format box cameras, but I have yet to take the plunge.  I still eye those old 6x6 Rolleiflexs everyday on Ebay everyday.  One day.

Enjoy this video on photography from 1946.  Change a couple of words here and there and this could have been made today.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


It's here, and it's awesome.  Mumford & Son's sophomore album doesn't disappoint.  The only thing I was worried about was that my expectations were too high, and that they couldn't possibly live up to them.  But no worries.  This album is foot tapping good from start to finish.  If these songs don't get you going I just feel sorry for you.  I can't say I have a favorite yet, but these are a few of my most listened to so far, including one they recently performed on SNL.

Enjoy this now, but pick up the entire album later, it's amazing.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

From Reno with love

It's not everyday you get to see a scorpion up close in Louisiana.  This little bugger was hiding in a shipment from Patagonia.  Their warehouse is in Reno.  It was actually really small, but with a flash and 100mm marco he seems much bigger.  They don't look any nicer close up.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Must listen: King Charles

Yet another brilliant singer/songwriter from London.  I don't know what took me so long to discover this album, I'm just glad I finally did.  I actually saw this guy open up for Mumford & Sons a couple of years ago at the Republic.  At the time he was just a one man acoustic set, and this album is anything but.  A great surprise.  And even better, Mumford & Sons even guest star on one of the tracks.  

This entire album is insanely good and's also insanely hard to put in a certain genre.  It's a brilliant mix of Vampire Weekend and folk music and Queen-like harmonies, all mixed with reggae beats, infectious riffs and classical undertones.  I don't know if that made any sense, so just listen.  Check out the whole album, there's not a bad song on it.  Looking forward to more of this guy to come.  

Watch this video and check out these songs, you'll be glad you did.  This guy is awesome.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Robbie the Sausage Thief

Just woke up from a long nap.

Smelling sausage, he plots his steal.

Sausage in hand as he makes a run for it.  

And stuffs his face...


Fully cooked and ready to eat.

Until next time...

Monday, September 10, 2012

A Pensacola Weekend

Providing a much needed break from the idiot Isaac, this 3 day weekend could not have come at a better time.  Good times were had by all, except for poor Little Soldier Boy.  (See his story here.)

I only took a few photos and never even bothered to take my camera out to the beach, but here they are, a reminder of a good weekend.  All of these were shot with my little X100, perhaps my favorite digital camera ever.  I'm with Zack Arias on this one...the thing has a soul.

This is what happens when you bring a cold camera outside...I kinda like the effect.

Weird mirror. 

The AV Club.

The final resting place of Little Soldier Boy.  Rest in peace buddy.