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Date : August 2014

Sometimes Minutes (Or Seconds) Matter In Photography

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Published on: 2014.08.31

In sports photography (how I cut my teeth), the importance of timing is obvious. What my friend Richard Barron recently called the “moment of conflict” doesn’t last very long. I’m not always conscious of how important timing is in other types of photography, other than the obvious “Jeb blinked, so let’s shoot this family portrait[…]

How To Lose An Argument

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Published on: 2014.08.30

My first train of thought here was “Why do people get so upset/angry during discussions?” Particularly discussions or arguments about politics, religion (often versus another religion or versus science), social issues, and so on. My quick conclusion was that many (most?) people don’t know how to have a civil discussion, argument, or debate. Disclaimer: I[…]

Black Is The New Black

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Published on: 2014.08.25

My Tamrac camera backpack (Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.) I’ve lived the bulk of my life in the hotter areas of the U.S. — and it’s hotter than it used to be — so I learned early that objects of a darker color are hotter that light colored objects when left out in[…]

True But Anecdotal Anecdotes About Racism And My ’74 Monte Carlo

To my knowledge, this is the only photo of the 1974 Chevy Monte Carlo that I owned from late 1995 through late 1998 (Copyright © 1997 by Geraldean Fry.) (I didn’t record the following incidents in my journal — I wasn’t writing often in my journal in the late 1990s — so I’m depending on[…]

Book Review: Richard Nixon (Brodie, 1981)

(Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: Richard Nixon: The Shaping Of His Character Author: Fawn McKay Brodie Year: 1981 Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company ISBN 0-393-01467-3 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads View it on Google Books Wikipedia page on Fawn M. Brodie ◊ Summary One thing that strikes me[…]

From My Journal: Early Environmental Tendencies

As far as I know, the first mention of environmental issues in my journal is from 1991. It was Monday, August 19, during a “Back To School Retreat” in Corpus Christi, Texas, with the youth group from my church. Not long after arriving at our hotel, a bunch of us went to the beach, but[…]

Lighting 102: 7.2 | Time In A Bottle

My daughter, lit thrice by a single flash during a single 9-second exposure (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   This is the final assignment for David Hobby’s Lighting 102 course (which he finalized in 2008), the assignment called 7.2 | Time In A Bottle. Assignment: Your photo should contain a[…]

Memory Is A Funny Thing

Categories: Notes on Fatherhood
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Published on: 2014.08.15

I couldn’t forget this if I wanted to. But thankfully, I don’t remember it very often. (Copyright © 2010 by Wil C. Fry.) Memory is a funny thing — which is probably the main reason I began keeping a journal and also one of the reasons I became interested in photography. I’ve often shaken my[…]

Shock And Awe In Ferguson

A police officer prepares to move in. Seminole, Oklahoma (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) I hesitated to post at all about the recent hubbub in Ferguson, Missouri. “It’s not my fight”, I seemed to be thinking. “I don’t really know what’s going on anyway — who can be believed?” But then I read[…]

How Do You Surf The Web?

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Published on: 2014.08.13

I didn’t know there were such things as web surfing competitions, but the story behind this one got my attention. The rules were simple: get from one URL (start) to another URL (goal) without a keyboard, without right-clicking, without using the back button, and without using the browser’s search box or address bar. The idea[…]

Some Cops Worry About Accused Killers Being Fired

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Published on: 2014.08.10

Some cops are calling it the “worst possible nightmare” that some of their colleagues might lose their jobs or be jailed. This is only ironic since they might be fired or jailed for killing an unarmed man who’d apparently just helped break up a fight. Seems being killed by police is not quite as bad[…]

Why The Fear Of Driverless Cars?

Categories: InTheNews, Technology
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Published on: 2014.08.08

Often traffic congestion is caused by human error (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) I’ve been to this rodeo before: news media announces a new technology or a new application of an existing technology, and immediate response from populace (and sometimes from the media itself) is “FEAR IT!” The internet will steal all your[…]

Study: You’re Stuck

Categories: Education, InTheNews, Poverty
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Published on: 2014.08.07

A 25-year study by Johns Hopkins researchers, which I found via NPR, tracked nearly 800 children from first grade into their late 20s, originally trying to “better understand how early home life helped some children successfully acclimate to first grade”, but eventually learning how it affected their entire lives. The results aren’t happy-making.

Which 53%, Mr. Carter?

As much as I detest misinformation on the web, it is perhaps even more frustrating when accurate information is used to the exclusion of other accurate information. Most often, this happens in politics. Take my own U.S. representative, Judge John Carter, for example. Today, he tweeted that “Obamacare approval rates continue to decline” and provided[…]

DIY Flash Gels Made Of Drinking Straws (UPDATED)

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Published on: 2014.08.05

(Updated 2014.08.05 to add test image at bottom) Before I bought the MagMod basic kit (mentioned yesterday, also see my review), I was thinking about flash gels and ways to do them cheaply. I’d already tried a piece of crepe paper streamer taped in front of the flash:   My daughter, lit by direct flash[…]

How I Feel About McRaven at UT: Not Sure

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Published on: 2014.08.04

After watching the documentary Dirty Wars two days ago, I promised my wife it wouldn’t send me on some new crusade, especially since this one involves secret operations by special forces, including the killing of civilians in countries we aren’t at war with. I don’t want to be disappeared. So I just absorbed some stuff[…]

Lighting 102: 6.3 Assignment | Work That CTO

Self-portrait, using three speedlights, two of them gelled (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   Here’s my 13th assignment from David Hobby’s Lighting 102 course. This one is 6.3 | Assignment | Work That CTO. Assignment (paraphrased for brevity): Use a CTO gel in one of these two ways — both[…]

It’s All About The Gear, And Whether You Brought It With You

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Published on: 2014.08.01

I’ve posted before about the fact that sometimes your camera does indeed matter. It can’t substitute for your artistic vision (or make up for a lack thereof). And I think too many photographers get too caught up in “which lens is better” debates that waste countless man-hours. But I went to the beach this week.[…]

Another Use For Stitching Software

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Published on: 2014.08.01

My children, each from a separate photograph (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   I’ve been using Microsoft ICE (free) for panoramic composites (mentioned here and earlier), but today I found a new use for it. And it’s something that I assume other stitching software* could have done too. (* I’ve[…]

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