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Date : December 2013

My Photography Philosophy

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Published on: 2013.12.29

Self-portrait, October 2005, the exception that proves the rule (Copyright © 2005 by Wil C. Fry.) Photography is a time machine that only works if you make the image now, and only if you view it later. Some say photography is — or should be — an art. For me, photography is not an art.[…]

Another Review Done

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Published on: 2013.12.29

I’ve reviewed my new Westcott photography umbrella. It’s posted on a non-blog web page on my site, since that’s easier for me to find and edit in the long run.

Reviewed: LumoPro Umbrella Swivel (LP633)

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Published on: 2013.12.28

I’ve reviewed the LumoPro Umbrella swivel/adapter. Like most of my recent reviews, it’s on a non-blog page, here. I find it easier to edit/update my reviews if they’re not on blog pages, so I’ve taken to using that method.

Sefuan ‘Papi’ White Going Big-Time?

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Published on: 2013.12.21

It’s always kind of cool when a local boy gets to the big time. My brother informed me today that Seminole (Okla.) High School’s Sefuan ‘Papi’ White is getting interest from several NCAA schools for football. “There are some qualities he has that make him the best running back we’ve had”, said SHS Coach Mike[…]

Book Review: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism (Chang, 2010)

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Published on: 2013.12.18

Title: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism Author: Ha-Joon Chang Year: 2010 Publisher: Bloomsbury Press ISBN 9781608193387 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books Wikipedia article on Ha-Joon Chang Author Ha-Joon Chang (ranked as one of the world’s Top Thinkers by Prospect Magazine), perhaps more well known for his 2002 book[…]

Flash Photography: Guide Numbers

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Published on: 2013.12.17

UPDATED, 2014.01.20: Added my new flashes to the tables at bottom Self-portrait with Olympus C750UZ and Vivitar Auto30D flash unit (Copyright © 2005 by Wil C. Fry.) I briefly mentioned guide numbers in a previous entry — Measuring Brightness, but wanted to explore it more fully here. For the uninitiated, a guide number is a[…]

Measuring Brightness

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Published on: 2013.12.15

(This isn’t a “teaching entry” as much as it is a “learning entry”. Sometimes, I come to grips with information better if I write it down or type it. Typing is much faster for me. It’s here in public in case anyone else wants to join in.) I noticed a couple of years ago that[…]

The Sun Is More (Or Less) Powerful Than You Thought It Was

You might remember my diatribe from September 2012, in which I complained that the internet’s problem isn’t too much information but information of poor quality. I regularly run across examples of this. Here’s another one. Yesterday, while researching an entry about measuring brightness, I decided I wanted to know how bright the Sun (Sol) is.[…]

DIY Triple Flash Bracket (UPDATED)

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Published on: 2013.12.14

As promised in yesterday’s post, I turned one of my DIY dual flash brackets into a triple flash bracket today, by drilling one more hole. Three flash units mounted to the T-strap with winged screws (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.)

Just For Fun: DIY Dual Flash Brackets

While searching for items to fill my Amazon wish list, I kept coming across flash brackets. Since I love off-camera lighting, they caught my attention. The cheapest multi-flash bracket I found was this one ($19.99), which — even in the company’s slick photo — looked a little flimsy. Then there were $50 flash brackets (Lastolite,[…]

Congress Wants A Cookie For Basic Job-Doing

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Published on: 2013.12.13

What’s being called the Murray-Ryan Budget passed the House of Representatives easily today, with much fanfare and handshaking. Those few against it seemed pretty well resigned to let it happen; they’ll fight again another day. Those in favor of it were strutting around like peacocks or winners of a beauty pageant. It was surreal to[…]

Migrating To Off-Camera Flash

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Published on: 2013.12.12

My photographic journey has been a fun and interesting curve — with plenty of plateaus to be sure. Looking back, I can spot some of the fundamental shifts in the way I think about it. One of those fundamental shifts was the realization that it’s all about the light. Other fundamental changes — including the[…]

Words That Bug Me: ‘Kiddos’

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Published on: 2013.12.10

“Kiddos” has been around for a while. The Oxford English Dictionary (here) and other online resources say it’s just an informal “friendly or slightly condescending form of address”. I’m fine with that definition. My complaint is about when parents use the term for their children: “Here’s a picture of the kiddos”, they’ll say with a[…]

2013-14 Bowl Predictions

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Published on: 2013.12.08

Just for fun, my wife and I predicted some of the scores for this year’s college football bowl games. We might change them prior to the actual games, based on pre-game news of injuries, coaching changes, etc. Updated with actual scores, as they come in.

Who Made Who

Categories: Music, Nostalgia, Poetry
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Published on: 2013.12.07

Listening to AC-DC’s Who Made Who on my Sony MDR-ZX100 headphones — the nicest headphones I’ve ever owned — I contemplate how much I’ve changed since the last time I listened to this song — or You Shook Me All Night Long. Was it in a nightclub in Little Rock? Or with Big Joe in[…]

Review: Travelers Hotel [LP], Chris Taylor (2013)

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Published on: 2013.12.06

Album cover, used without permission (Disclaimer: I don’t receive any compensation for reviewing any items; I do this on my own free time. I also don’t receive “free samples” of products I review; I pay for them out of my own pocket.) Since first blogging about “Chris Taylor & Windows” three years ago, I’ve regained[…]

Getting Silly With Boycotts

Categories: Business, Religion
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Published on: 2013.12.03

The American Family Association announced last week its annual boycott of Radio Shack: “Radio Shack is censoring the word Christmas, pure and simple. Yet the company wants all the people who celebrate Christmas to do their shopping at its stores.”

The Catch-22 Of Tech Reviews

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Published on: 2013.12.03

There are — literally — thousands of websites that review tech products, covering everything from television sets and BluRay players to cameras and smartphones. Though many of them have archived pages for older reviews of older products, all of them cater to the latest offerings from electronics companies. This makes sense, since most consumers want[…]

UnReview: UnDead Rebel XT

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Published on: 2013.12.01

Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D), With Sigma 18-125mm lens (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry.) This isn’t a review. It wouldn’t make much sense to review a nearly 10-year-old DSLR that you can’t buy anymore — aside from scattered eBay or Craigslist postings for well-used models. This is just me spilling my thoughts. As[…]

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