Monthly Archives: August 2005

My cousin, the photographer

Over the weekend I was mistaken for a press photographer by the nice people in Rowley. Well, my cousin Marianne Mather actually is a press photographer in the Midwest. She’s quite good at what she does and has won a … Continue reading

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“Merit badge?” asked the ag man

Yesterday I left the house far earlier than ever before to photograph at sunrise with some camera club folks on one of the beaches of Plum Island. I like the ocean, but I’ll confess to being a landlubber (photographically at … Continue reading

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Hermione Granger

I’ve just started reading the first Harry Potter book. Lisa is dying to talk to me about the most recent book. Apparently somebody dies? (Don’t tell me who it is, or it could be you!) Anyway, here’s a little quiz … Continue reading

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Aanch

After getting my haircut, I cruised the DVD section of the Newton Library. From the recently-rented-and-to-be-reshelved cart I found a Hindi film: आँच (Aanch). I’ve had a hankering for Indian films recently, so I checked it out despite the fact … Continue reading

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My Outsourced Life

Today while waiting to get my haircut, I read A.J. Jacobs article in Esquire magazine. Jacobs was inspired by Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat to outsource some of the drudgery of his daily life. The article is at turns … Continue reading

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Any color you want as long as it’s black

The folks behind the wildly successful Piezography inksets for black and white photography have finally come out with an inkset for the Epson 2200. Why is this a good thing? Believe it or not, but B&W is not color. I … Continue reading

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CIELab as a colorspace for image editing?

Conventional wisdom holds that editing an image in Photoshop is best done in an RGB (red-green-blue) or CMYK (cyan-yellow-magenta-black) colorspace. About the only thing most people attempt to do in L*a*b* is sharpen the L* (luminosity) channel, which preserves color … Continue reading

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National Geographic Photo Contest

Lisa and I always used to say that you had to travel somewhere very far away and/or very exotic to have a shot at winning the National Geographic Traveler magazine’s annual photo contest. Well this year we went some place … Continue reading

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Minding the Gutter

Officials in India are trying to make much needed sanitation improvements. In one case the minister of rural development is urging chief ministers to prevent village elders without indoor plumbing from running for office. And in Delhi the government has … Continue reading

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Polaroid “P” Magazine online

The newest issue of P, Polaroid’s international photography magazine, is online. Once again, it contains a nice collection of art photographs made on Polaroid materials. In the past I’ve really enjoyed receiving the magazine in print, but bankruptcy can hasten … Continue reading

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Recent Work

Over the last couple of weeks I went to Wales, Holland, and Peru as part of my on-going Commonwealth project, which will include photographs from all 351 towns and cities in Massachusetts. I started the project last summer and have … Continue reading

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Holga camera

It might seem odd to those who read the entry about the digital camera that I’m saving to buy to find out that I have a $17 plastic medium-format camera that I’ve just started using. Awhile back I asked Ben … Continue reading

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Will the Sensex catch the Dow?

A couple of years ago — okay, it was more like six — I told Lisa that “the Dow won’t break 10,000 for years.” A few months later it shattered 10,000 on its way to a peak of 11,908.50 in … Continue reading

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Thanks everyone!

Well you’ve really been faithful readers, and I thank you most sincerely. Last month was the busiest ever for this web site: over 6,000 page requests; more than 25,000 text and image files served; and in excess of 625 megabytes … Continue reading

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