Frying Friday

I don’t even know if this will get published, but it’s a rant (a little tongue-in-cheek too) anyway so maybe it’s just as well.

Three blogs I read this week caused me to grumble. Let’s take the mildest one first.

It’s about film recipes. There’s this person that does them and does them well, except that they all kind of look alike when you get right down to it. Proudly promoted as “Kodacolor” or whatever, they’re all low-saturated, cool-toned, and bluish. I guess no one but me remembers Kodak’s standard of rich, warm colours meant to please the average consumer. Most of these digital recipes look like they should have the “Ekta-” prefix, not the “Koda-” one. If you don’t know the difference, that’s part of the problem. In later years Kodak literally toned down their colour experience because too many people couldn’t remember Uncle Bob spending so much time in the sun that he looked like he was part lobster. Whatever. Save it for post processing is my advice. The same with the cyan prints, which can easily be done that way. Oops! Did I just give something away?

Second complaint: someone said forget about getting a Pentax Spotmatic for a first film SLR. SERIOUSLY? Must be the STUPIDEST photographer on Earth! You want fantastic film photo results, get that Spotmatic with its incredible Takumar lenses – if you can. The idiot was recommending only newer, electronic film cameras. Yeah, right. Good luck finding one that still works or doesn’t break down two frames after you start snapping away. They weren’t dependable when new. You’ll learn more about photography with the manual camera, people. A lot more.

Complaint number three is rooted in someone once again declaring all cameras save pro DSLRs and smartphones are dead. Kind of misses the fact smartphones suck six ways to Sunday. Go ahead; change my mind. I’m waiting. I know lots of people who have and use them and think they’re fine. I should video their performances as they constantly swear at the things and repush touch-spots on the tiny screen trying to get the damn device to do what they want. Yeah I had that with the Lumix and it’s my #2 complaint about the camera. Frankly anyone managing to get a smartphone to do anything right is just plane lucky. The things are pure techno-trash. Undependable, unreliable, and unimpressive.

You can see I’m in a good mood. No, really I am. I’m actually having fun with my good cameras and have a few quite remarkable shots coming up to share. In the meantime here’s a “bleach-bypass” version of a picture taken with the cursed ZS60*:

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Better times ahead!

*Footnote: the Panasonic Lumix ZS60 actually seems to work better in 3:2 ratio rather than 4:3. I don’t know why, and it’s not a major improvement.

Toy Camera

Inspired by Ritchie Roesch’s Digital Holga experiment.

Since my Panasonic Lumix ZS60 takes lousy photos anyway, it’s the perfect choice for turning on the “toy camera filter” and giving it a try. The Canon also has this “feature”, but it’s a bit silly to downgrade the quality of its lenses when the Lumix is pretty fuzzy to begin with. The Lumix results are A-okay, and simply a matter of whether or not the style is to your taste.

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Dreamscape
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Nebulous Moon
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The tall tree
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Distant flight
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This one hardly looks affected
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Marley hurries into Spring

Due to the erratic nature of the Lumix’s exposure control, all of these had to be adjusted a bit post-shoot in order to look ‘right’ – although what ‘right’ is under the circumstances can be debated.

So it’s quite the artistic little camera, but it does bring up a point I often try to make: why spend money to get soft images (as in buying certain low-quality lenses) when you can come by them so easily? Getting a good, sharp, realistic picture is the difficult bit. If your camera can achieve that, changing the look ‘downward’ after shooting is easy. The Lumix, alas, does not manage to make good pictures to begin with. It’s like buying a digital Holga – when you hadn’t intended to.

Does anybody really know what time it is?

So this morning at 2:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time reverted to Pacific Standard Time.

Now let’s just stay there.

I have spent 50 years explaining to people that this time shift is idiotic and accomplishes nothing good, and it seems the populace is finally beginning to understand. There is a large segment of it even here in BC who want it ended. So much so that our incompetent legislature just passed some unnecessary law that will make the end of changing easier. They don’t know what they’re doing of course, and this is proven by the fact they think the switch should be to permanent DST! They aren’t doing it now, of course, because we don’t have a leader; he wants to wait until the neighboring (north/south) areas do it first. Never take the initiative when you can go along with the sheep, right? Some pathetic excuse about it being too confusing to be out of sync with other time zones. Like the rest of Canada or the rest of the world. I guess it’s irrelevant on the longitude and only matters on the latitude. No, he’s just stupid. So we’ve switched again and probably will do so in the Spring and then maybe again and again and again.

Despite the fact Sandford Fleming was Canadian.

Despite the fact noon is when the sun is directly overhead (ask any sundial).

Despite the fact there is a large body of scientific data demonstrating that DST, and not just the biannual time shift, is harmful.

Yeah, let’s do it wrong shall we? What else can you expect from government?

Anyway here’s a picture of a Piper PA-31 plane I took the other day. I’m including it for no particular reason. That seems to be the rationale behind everything these days.

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