i mean ... i know my own perspective of time is rather skewed compared to other people. i'm sure there's at least one who will attest to this.
it's not just time i think ... blogging on this platform is so much more of a pain in the ass than uber.com used to be.
i never really said much about what i thought about the demise of uber. i didn't really want to until the street contest ended and the prize ended up in the correct hands. honestly, i don't really get why people would bitch, moan and fucking complain about something that was free to the winner. what made me laugh hardest, of course, was that the people who were identified to me as the biggest bitchers had ABSOLUTELY no chance of anything close to contention. odd.
and now ... a perfectly deserving photographer ... ironically living on one of my favourite streets in amsterdam ... has a new camera. so stoked that i could use my contacts to make that happen for someone.
will i do it again? dunno.
i'm a working photographer ... not some wannabe art school grad who couldn't make it as a "real photographer" nor am i someone who hates the fact he wasn't "good enough to go pro" and would rather be a househusband.
much much much different being a working photographer.
ya' know i found that my new 2tb drive and mac wouldn't format the win fat32 discs as mac discs until i first partitioned them as two 1tb drives. very odd.
wish i didn't have to know that kind of bullshit.
i just want to make photos.
and now i have 7 tb of drives to worry about. it's amazing to me. 7-fucking-tb.
worked out all of my aperture issues, too! that took some time. and now i get to re-think the way i index all of that stuff.
oh, yeah, uber. seriously, when i saw some people i greatly care about lose their jobs ... yes ... i was fucking pissed. not necesarily at the management of uber but the whole financial mess the us/world got itself into. besides the idiots who got into mortgages they knew they couldn't afford and u.s. carmakers who are so clearly fucking out-of-touch with reality i guess i blame the international bankers.
ever since uber took a nose-fucking-dive ... dunno if i've really had blogging in me as of late.
i haven't stopped making photos. i have lots.
in fact, going to the lab today to pick up more processed film and scans.
yes, i do plan on sharing some of the work ... but ... typepad's way of doing things is a bit clunky.
i know. i could use a bunch of different free services.
honestly, fuck free services. i'd rather pay.
i don't see how anything "free" unless it's owned by google will survive.
i've also been on an archiving-fucking-mission of late. crazy archiving.
on the archving front ... j did an amazing job editing and laying out "the dog book." i'm done with the e.u. book. j's just got to put some finishing touches on it. then on to usa 01, usa 02 and usa 03.
my eyes would go bleary from seeing so many goddamned photos.
and ... notice that i haven't called any of them street. i'm tired of the term street photography because so many dumbasses and "others" think of street photography as literally photographs of streets. i get it. i get why someone may think that. for sure. not only ... but when you say "yeah, i shoot street" you get the craziest blank expression from "laypeople." then again, street also includes material not made on a street per se. then why call it street?
it's not that the onlinephotodudewhocan'tshoot came up with "street" ...
when i look at successful photos in this genre they all depict humans within their respective environments. they depict "the human condition."
"the human condition" exists on the metro, on the bus, on the street, of course, inside restaurants, hospitals, bars ... everywhere. that's why calling it street ... just don't feel it anymore.
fyi ... i like printing photos within aperture so much more than i do in ps.
just so you know.
it's almost that silly-fucking-season again. cannot believe how fast 2008 went. jesus.
*watches the final bit of this latest terabyte copy from one drive to another*
yes, i'm a backup fanatic.
oh, yeah, the 5d mark 2. yes, it's pretty damn amazing. funny that my photographer-friends (the ones who do this for a living and don't just postulate on the fucking internet) ... are most intrigued with the video capabilities.
*waits for the returned phone call about the use of someone's gyro*
what sucks about the video capabilities is that you can't force the aperture. you'll notice that reverie was shot at night. also ... the af is not only noisy -- as you can hear every little movement of the lens -- but it's slow as shit. you're way better off manually focusing.
i see it as very useful as a b-roll camera during interviews.
we're still trying to find out if it's 24 fps or 30. there's some arguments about this.
handling in the still-photo-world ... um ... this is amazing. it's so fast. almost as fast as my venerable monster. i like it because it's lighter, too.
and, no, i won't be buying the grip. i wasted us$400 on the one for the last 5d.
bastards changed batteries again.
i don't really notice any autofocusing differences between the old 5d and the new one. the 85/1.2L is still slow as shit. so is the mark 2 version. the 50's much quicker.
the general feel of it is way better than the last version.
and nikon comes out with an $8K d3x. canon should further reduce the price of the 1dsm3. ;)
yeah, i know ... i got one and paid full pop ... but ... unlike most on the web ... mine's already paid for itself.
in multiples. ;)
i think i have to get in the shower and get the day going.
thank you all for being so patient in terms of waiting for some photographs.
there ARE photographs.
i just haven't had the time to do anything but work-related stuff and archiving.
seriously, i believe blurb.com is the way of the future. i showed some of my friends blurb and they were amazed. i was amazed they'd never heard about it. then again, working photographers don't have as much time to see everything that's out there.
my working-photographer-friends usually wait for me to tell them about it.
so ... hope you're all very well ...
cheers from the now-feeling-like-late-fall l.a.!