Month: May 2008

Depth of field resources

In the photography world there is much discussion about how to control depth of field through the focal length of the lens, aperture control, the distance from lens to subject and the distance from subject to background. Here are some web sites that discuss and offer resources for understanding and better using depth of field to compose photographs.

Bob Atkins Photography DOF calculator
Depth of field calculators for Photographers
Cambridge in color: depth of field tutorial
Online Depth of field Calculator
Photo Composition Articles: Depth of field calculator
DP Review: Depth of Field
Depth of field Calculator

A Superhighway to Bliss

A Superhighway to Bliss

The New York Times has an excellent piece on Jill Bolte Taylor who I posted about in March with the the TED video.

In February, Dr. Taylor spoke at the Technology, Entertainment, Design conference (known as TED), the annual forum for presenting innovative scientific ideas. The result was electric. After her 18-minute address was posted as a video on TED’s Web site, she become a mini-celebrity. More than two million viewers have watched her talk, and about 20,000 more a day continue to do so. An interview with her was also posted on Oprah Winfrey’s Web site, and she was chosen as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for 2008.

If you’ve not seen the TED video of that address: TED | Talks: Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight I urge you to watch it.

[via Stormie]

Sydney Pollack, Film Director, Is Dead at 73

Sydney Pollack, Film Director, Is Dead at 73

Sydney Pollack, a Hollywood mainstay as director, producer and sometime actor whose star-laden movies like “The Way We Were,” “Tootsie” and “Out of Africa” were among the most successful of the 1970s and ’80s, died Monday at home (in Los Angeles). He was 73.

Wow, I’m shocked. His directing and cameo roles were always first rate. He will be missed.

For those of you who don’t know who he is/was, here’s an old clip from Tootsie with Dustin Hoffman and Pollack.

Experience and camera gear

In a discussion on flickr on what it takes to be a “great photographer” the conjecture is that one can’t do it with a point and shoot camera. It’s both an immature conjecture and an interesting consideration wrapped up together.

O/T Point and Shoot Rant

In one of my replies as I was struggling to voice an opinion I came up with this, which may be my first koan in the photographic world:

An experienced photographer can do more with less. An inexperienced photographer does less with more.

The Obama Connection

Roger Cohen has an excellent editorial in today’s NY Times: The Obama Connection where he discussed the connection between Obama’s experience as a community organizer putting him in a perfect position to appreciate and use web-based communication and organizing to help drive his campaign and introduce himself to people who don’t know about him.

If Obama has promised to appoint a chief technology officer, to open up government via the Web, and to make dialogue rather than war a centerpiece of policy, it’s because he knows he must speak to a 21st-century world.