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Date : February 2014

The Right To Deny Service

Categories: Business, Racism
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Published on: 2014.02.28

In my previous entry, I asked the question: which religion advocates denying service to someone based on sexual orientation? And I pointed out that Christianity (the religion with which I’m most familiar) does not advocate such a denial. In the discussion that followed, I was reminded of the usual argument that “People have the right[…]

Which Religion Advocates Denying Services To Gays?

I’ll keep this one relatively short; it’s just a question. Is there a religion that says its members must/should deny goods or services to homosexuals (or anyone else)? This question arises from the (now-vetoed) bill in Arizona, which would have granted the legal right for businesspersons to deny service to a gay couple if they[…]

Essential, Must-Have, Absolutely Necessary Photo Gear

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2014.02.26

All my photo gear, Jan. 2007 (Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.) If you’re an old photography pro and want a laugh, take a look at some of the lists I link to below — and find even worse ones with a search engine like Google. If you’re a beginner, ask your spouse to[…]

Good For You, Oklahoma

Categories: Education, Finances, InTheNews
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Published on: 2014.02.25

In The News: Oklahoma Requires Students Learn Personal Finance To Graduate (PBS News Hour, Feb. 24, 2014) Though I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about it, I’ve long been a proponent of schools teaching practical life skills alongside (or even instead of) less useful courses. I know I’ve mentioned this to family and friends, and[…]

Book Review: Lost To The West (Brownworth, 2009)

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Published on: 2014.02.23

Full Title: Lost To The West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization Author: Lars Brownworth Year: 2009 Publisher: Crown Publishers ISBN 978-0-307-40795-5 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books Wikipedia page on Lars Brownworth

Lighting 102: 3.3 Balancing Flash/Ambient Indoors

Eight full stops of shutter speed adjustment (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.) Here’s my eighth assignment from the Strobist Lighting 102 course. This one is 3.3 – Balancing Flash/Ambient Indoors. Assignment (paraphrased for brevity): Start with a photo of an object (indoors) that’s lit only by the flash — ambient[…]

Lighting 102: Redux of 3.1

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Published on: 2014.02.17

Recently, I said: “I do hope to get another chance at this later in the year when both the temperature and time-of-sunset are more cooperative. And maybe choose a better location this time.” Another try at it: 1/200, ISO200, f/9, flash at 1/8 power (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.) I[…]

Words That Bug Me: Changing Definitions

Categories: Words That Bug Me
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Published on: 2014.02.17

Words that used to have multiple meaning but now just have one, or words that used to have a neutral connotation but now are inextricably tied to the negative connotation — these irritate me mainly because most of us have, at best, a tenuous grasp of the language, and it doesn’t help that words keep[…]

A Reason For Flags (Photography)

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2014.02.16

I think the first time I heard the term “flag” in the context of light modification was during a free workshop by Kirk Tuck in Austin a couple of years ago. I didn’t really get it. But now I do. A few days ago, I was photographing a new product I’d just received: a couple[…]

Voting As A Right v. Voting As A Requirement

Categories: Elections, Human Behavior
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Published on: 2014.02.16

When I voted on November 5 [2013], one of the half-dozen poll workers said to me as I left: “Thanks for exercising your right to vote.” I gave him a thumbs-up, put on my cheap sunglasses, and strolled out into the November heat. I felt his tone was plaintive — there weren’t many Texans voting[…]

Let’s Use ‘Deep South’ Correctly, Please

Categories: InTheNews, Texas
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Published on: 2014.02.15

Yes, I know that South Carolina IS technically in the Deep South. But it bugs me when something happens in a specific slice of a region and is reported as having happened in the entire region: “The Deep South has been shaken up this winter in more ways than one: First, there was the unusual[…]

Movie Review: Lone Survivor (2013)

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Published on: 2014.02.13

I enjoyed Lone Survivor, but not in the “I had a great time!” way; it was more of a “I feel differently about my life now” feeling, which is rare with modern movies. The last war movie that provided a similar feeling was probably Saving Private Ryan in 1998.

I Will Avoid Your Site/Business If…

Categories: Business, Internet
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Published on: 2014.02.11

Dear Business Owner, You may wonder why I (and other people like me) don’t frequent your store/office/website anymore, or why I only visited once and never came back. Here are some of the reasons:

My Ideal Flash (UPDATED)

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2014.02.10

Reportedly, the LumoPro LP120 was designed specifically for Strobists (off-camera, manual flash users), and LumoPro’s subsequent models were designed specifically from the feedback on the first one. Of course, like any company, they tried to please as many people as possible with the same product. But what if I could design a flash specifically for[…]

Lighting 102: 3.2 Balance: Flash/Sun Crosslighting

Here’s my seventh assignment from the Strobist Lighting 102 course. This one is 3.2 Balance: Flash/Sun Crosslighting. Assignment (paraphrased for brevity): Put the daytime sun behind your subject, either right or left. Put your flash in front of the subject, either left or right (opposite the sun). Try to match them.

Lighting 102: 3.1 Balancing Light: Twilight

Here’s my sixth assignment from the Strobist Lighting 102 course. This one is 3.1 Balancing Light: Twilight Paraphrasing the assignment for brevity: “Shoot a photo of your model using the twilight sky as a backdrop, lighting your subject with a flash so that he/she is correctly exposed.”

Undividing: One Place To Start

Categories: State vs. Federal, Waste
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Published on: 2014.02.08

I can’t swear to the accuracy of all these designs, but the ones in the states I’ve visited in the past decade or so are accurate.

Catch-All: Foxghazi, Obammigration, Snowdensation, Etc. (UPDATED)

Just because I don’t blog about something doesn’t mean I don’t have an opinion about it. I’ve missed a lot of topics over the past few months that I really wanted to mention here. I wanted to fact-check some fairly idiotic stuff said by the people who run our country. I wanted to document more[…]

TV As A Light Source

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2014.02.04

If your television is on while you’re taking photos indoors, you’ve probably used it as a light source without realizing it or without intending to, as I did in this image two years ago: My daughter, wearing a tutu as a crown (Copyright © 2012 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.) But yesterday, I[…]

Axing the Ambient/Aperture Axiom

Categories: Pet Peeve, Photography
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Published on: 2014.02.04

In various photography forums, I regularly see this old saw bandied about: “Your shutter speed controls the ambient-light exposure, while your aperture controls the flash exposure on your subject.” (Quoted from this page.) For me, the whole “shutter speed for ambient, aperture for flash” axiom has a few major problems.

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