Month: July 2008

On Point Radio has a new web site

One of my favorite NPR radio shows, On Point has a new web site which is not only nice looking, well organized and “modern” but also has commenting on each show.

I predict that a lively community will form there because it’s a great show. More on their new site.

The site also includes a more compatible audio player for those of us who don’t want to use Real Media Player. I subscribe to On Point’s podcast too so I can more easily time shift listening as well as listen on my iPod on airplanes.

This is an excellent radio show which is carried on a growing list of NPR radio stations.

Layers of woods and light

Layers of woods and light

Warren, Connecticut. This summer the weather has either been so bad I don’t go out with a camera or so good the light is bright and flat. I wanted to find a place that would give me more drama with light minus the bad weather and shooting from shady woods into a sunny meadow did the trick.

Cuil

Cuil is a new search engine that has a nice clean look and has lots of features that make it extremely useful.

What will be interesting to track is how it does competing with Google. Even if it’s the better tool, Google has so much momentum it may be hard to catch. Nothing like a bit of competition to keep things moving forward. All for the good it seems.

One thing’s for sure, the page output of Cuil is a hell of a lot easier on the eyes than Google’s.

MobileMe Meltdown

John Markoff reports on the MobileMe meltdown at Apple.

Dang, I’m glad I’ve avoided this part of Apple. I remember when they came out with their AOL competitor, eWorld. It was also a dog in that it was overly graphical to the point of breaking under its own weight. Apple gets a lot right but in my opinion they have not gotten their online products right yet. MobileMe has a long way to go to be reliable and stable.

The Young Turks of Cyberspace

The Young Turks of Cyberspace

This disjointed grab bag of gossip has its elucidating moments, but as the definitive tale of the rise of Web 2.0, “Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good” serves as a reminder that the latter-day equivalent of Tracy Kidder’s 1981 book, “The Soul of a New Machine,” the gold standard for technology nonfiction, has yet to be written.

Oh, I loved The Soul of a New Machine, but I also enjoyed Ellen Ullman’s Close to the Machine and Steven Levy’s Hackers.

Wilted yellow daisies

Wilted yellow daisies

Pasadena, California. I guess high summer is not the best time to photograph the herb garden at the Huntington Library and Garden. Most of my favorite plants had gone by or were wilted in the heat. Of course, I have an eye for flowers in decay and tried to make the most out of it but even the prize roses in this garden looked like I felt in the 90 degree (F) heat.

An Approach to Street Photography

Mitch Alland has a nice essay on An Approach to Street Photography at The Online Photographer.

It was only when I conceived of doing a book about Bangkok on the difficulties of living in a huge, hot, tumultuous and chaotic city, that I started doing street photography. The point here is that street photography, like any other type of photography, is easier to do when you have a project, even when you set the project yourself. This may be especially important for street photography because, without a purpose, street photography can be meaningless, particularly if the pictures don’t have any graphic distinction: how many times have you seen on the internet humdrum photos of street people, of old men sitting on benches, that say nothing either socially or graphically? The other point here is that even photographers that have no experience in street photography can do it when they have a purpose and a reason for doing it.

Amen. This may be the push I need to get over my “issues” doing street photography.

Mastering the Only Five Camera Settings

Aaron Bieber has a nice post: Mastering the Only Five Camera Settings.

Shooting mode, Aperture (or f-stop), Shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, Exposure value (EV)

Each of these settings affects the others. It’s like a five-way see-saw where changing one setting will require that you change another to compensate for it. So why change the settings at all? Because each setting has a different aesthetic effect on your image.

This is some of the clearest writing on getting started with controlling exposure on a DSLR I’ve ever read. A great read for anyone, even experienced photographers as Aaron thinks and writes clearly and simply.

[via Steve Splonskowski]

Debut of Salon Radio with Glenn Greenwald: An interview with Dan Ellsberg

Debut of Salon Radio with Glenn Greenwald: An interview with Dan Ellsberg

Fantastic. This is going to get me excited about Salon again.

You can subscribe to this as a podcast via the iTunes Music Store here: Salon.com: Glenn Greenwald Radio.*

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David Pogue on the Sigma DP1

State of the Art: Big Sensor a Small Step for Cameras

So kudos to Sigma. It has done what was once considered impossible: it has built a big sensor into a tiny camera.

But did it have to be such a lame camera? No zoom, no stabilizer, no focus lamp, no optical viewfinder, no live histogram; weak flash, washed-out screen, quarter-size movies, infinite shutter lag, loose lens cap. Hello, Sigma? 1998 called. It wants its camera back.