Posts Tagged ‘issues’
“If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge”?
The title of my new podcast comes from a passage in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. I simply changed the pronoun in an attempt to make it more personal.
The Merchant of Venice is seen by many modern readers and theatregoers as a plea for tolerance. Something appropriate in this day and age of cultural clashes that fall on issues of gender and race and this is what my new podcast is actually about.
Anyway, besides announcing it here, I wanted to show that Apple saw fit to bleep out the title of the podcast.*
First why and second what’s the point when the words still exist in the logo? Is it because of the very loose sexual association? It’s a very standard verb and isn’t as focused in use like the verb ‘fuck’ for instance. You can’t even say, ‘prick me’ to somebody and have it make sense. So because Apple sees something sexual with it, now everybody needs to do so as well. It’s like where Apple decides to tell us what pornography is or isn’t in content like here (that’s with only a depiction of flesh, there’s nothing pornographic about it. It’s only because they think they see something pornographic). Or when Apple bans words relating to female anatomy, but not male when it comes to iPad engraving.
I would expect more open mindedness from a company that is now proud of it’s many human issues that it’s engages in now, (now that Steve Jobs has passed away). I would expect more from a company that has a gay man as its CEO and I would expect more from a company that is located in one of the most liberal places on the planet.
Some fucking tolerance please.
That aside, the new podcast is going to deal with issues of feminism, sexuality, relationships, dating, race and some news critique. The first episode discusses the issue of starting a conversation with these new mobile dating apps, how do we need to greet each other and are the problems of starting a conversation a consequence of the success of playing with these apps like Tinder and OKCupid? Hopefully the perspectives gathered in this series will be engaging and informing.
It’s on the iTunes store now, new episodes will be out every week until February at the moment.
*You can still find the podcast using the words ‘prick me’.
David discusses how photojournalists go abroad to create their stories instead of staying here and documenting stories here back home in the UK or the US. There are more ‘x’ number of journalists documenting ‘the other‘ rather than what is happening at home, David mentions how foreign stories outnumber domestic ones by a 3:1 ratio. It’s a great thought provoking read. I recommend it if that’s your bag. Kinda worrying in my view if the issues at home are being ignored.
I believe as a photographer and just as a person, we as a society should take care of social issues at home first before we look at other social issues around the world. Looking inwards as opposed to looking outwards for most of the time.
It’s MY bag because I’m shooting a project in Swansea, documenting culture here, I was happy to see a number of links to other photographers who have created various projects in the UK and the US with which to inspire and encourage me.
I’ve included them here as well for those who want to see some great documentary photography:
- Liz Hingley – ‘Under Gods’ stories from Soho Road. – Shot in Birmingham, investigating multi-faith communities.
- Liz Lock & Mishka Henner – Borderlands. – Shot in Oldham, taking a look at the city as it tries to redefine itself. Hinterlands is also another project they undertook with regard to social housing in Manchester and Salford.
- George Georgiou – Multiculturalism in Motion. – Touching on the subject of immigration. By Panos Pictures.
- Zarina Holmes – Changing the Face of Human Rights.
- Also from the original article is this great BBC story – Where are today’s Steinbecks?
There is a ton of more material in the original (first) link. Plenty for me to get my teeth into at least as I’m trying to better understand how to represent those in society with my own project.
There is an interesting discussion in the main Flickr group for the Fuji X100 regarding the focus mechanism employed. Most commentators in the forum hope for a software fix for the focus ring as from what I can read, takes too long to manually focus. Aside from thinking it would be a good read, it’s also a shout out to anybody else who thinks the same and should contact Fuji over this issue in case a software fix can be applied. There’s no point just discussing it on the Flickr board after all. Especially if the issue rests on the software.
Another fairly good review for the Fuji X100. A personal review from Ian Wilkinson, a working photographer from Australia. Ian shot a wedding and described his experience using it. He hates the Silkypix software that comes with the Fuji X100 but didn’t mind the write speeds (must have had a fast card :-)) or surprisingly, the focusing mechanism. He has this to say about it:
I found the best way was to choose manual focus and use the AE/FL button to focus while in MF mode; that’s a very clever feature Fuji has given us there. Doing this the camera fires instantly.
On a side note, I really like his watermark and generally, I don’t like watermarks.
UPDATE: Ian Wilkinson, who I’ve linked to in the past when he has reviewed the Fuji X100, has posted a gallery of wedding photos here. He is certainly showing off what the camera can do in a work environment.
There is a discussion over on the largest Fuji X100 Flickr group about little tips to using your Fuji X100.
Another discussion, this time from the DPreview forums. It’s about the parallax focus shift in the Fuji X100. www.x100rumors.com comments, that while the discussion is informative because it illustrates how a rangefinder like this works, it also shows the differences present within this camera compared to a P&S or a DSLR and people’s incorrect expectations of using it.
Ich habe auch einen Test der X100 auf heise.de gefunden. (German website that reviewed the X100. Check out the four way ISO comparison with the Fuji X100 against the Canon 500D, Canon Powershot S95, SONY NEX5 at 3200 ISO and 12,800 ISO). The Fuji X100 does really well, less noise and sharper overall.
Having trouble with the X100 ISO? This blog post by Patrick la Roque might help. He has a website you should check out, frequently trying to do something different with the X100. Original source, Robert Catto’s blog (also interesting).
One clever photographer is using his X100 with a Canon 430EX mk2. I’m not sure yet whether it can communicate directly with the flash or it’s entirely manual, most likely the later. Here is his Flick Stream with his latest fashion shoot. Various videos of the behind the scenes shoot are here (also shot with the Fuji X100).
Looking for more coverage on this camera than what you find on this site? x100rumors.com is one place to go, I’ve mentioned it in the past but it’s worth another pimp since it’s more focused resource than my blog. Another is Brandon Remler’s blog, why? He’s the US Fuji representative. He’s quite upfront about things planned for this camera (the firmware updates), the marketing speak is non-existent, it’s his voice and he is using the camera for himself.
A followup article by Luminous Landscapes regarding the flaws present in Fuji’s camera of the moment. Luminous Landscapes received an email from a reader, he is largely negative about his shooting experience with the Fuji X100. It’s a continuation from Luminous landscapes previous review of the camera and the issues within the camera’s software.
Accompanying the email, and the discussion to hope Fuji is taking a knife to the software inside the camera (meaning, they will bring out a decent software update soon), there is also a short article about Moire and the AA filter.
On a similar note, here is a discussion about the accessories x100 forum users are purchasing. Plenty of suggestions for furthering your enjoyment of this camera.
Or will you just want the Special Edition X100 Camera case and straps designed by Luigi Crescenzil?
Another honest review from Heathcliff O’Malley can be found here as well. It doesn’t go into much detail but it does confirm what others are saying about the camera; great ISO abilities, good viewfinder, slow buffer (but as I posted a few days earlier, it depends on the card), fiddly controls. Otherwise its still good to get general impressions from other photographers.
What Digital Camera have published their review for the Fuji X100. One of those review spread out over multiple pages. The last page just lists the specs so save yourself the time if you already know. They are not so down on Silkypix and What Digital Camera didn’t mind the weight of the camera either.
A review by a DPreview member ‘tashley’, lots of nice big images.
Want to pay more than retail price for your Fuji X100 because you can’t wait? Click here. :-)
Photographer Craig Arnold has posted his personal thoughts on his Fuji X100, it’s in four parts:
- First thoughts and pics.
- X100 configuration – part one – ssshhh. – Talking about the optimal settings to make the the Fuji X100 silent during use.
- X100 configuration – part two – focus. – Talking about the right focus.
- X100 Niggles and Annoyances. – Title says it all.
User ‘Pinphot’ from the rangefinder.com forums has made some really great observations about the Fuji X100 and has been in contact with Fuji, so there is hope the eventual firmware update will address those issues he stated.
If you have specific issues regarding the FujiX100 there is a dedicated email address for this camera.
Now the fun stuff, the FujiX100 with adapter has a 49mm screw thread. So if you want to shoot at 24mm with this retro joy, then buy this. It’s a Raynox wide angle conversion lens.
Have you read the FujiX100 manual? Pengtoh did, there are interesting little tidbits in there he has read for us.
This is a great personal review I found over at Photo Rumors. It doesn’t cover all the things we’ve already read 10 times over either. It focuses on the important little details that matter to us. Details like the OVF framelines and manual focusing. ‘Dan’ the reviewer goes as far to say two things:
“In the world of single lens premium compact digital cameras, this is the best there is.”
“…after-market prices have now risen to twice official price and at this level many people will balk. Look at it this way: yes, you could buy a second hand Leica X1 for 25% less but the X100 is far superior a package and for the time being at least, far more exclusive.”
Not from the Flickr pool of Street Life photographs, but an image that is doing the rounds on Dpreview. I’d suggest checking out the largest image offered. Seems to be the sharpest image shot at f2 with the Fuji X100.
Largest version can be found here.
VOFAN’s Flickr stream.
Oh yeah, coming very soon, just bought the new Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 lens. I’ll be comparing it to Canon’s mark 1 24-70mm f2.8 L version and my 24mm prime L series lens. Leave any comments if you want anything specific from me that I should test.
I bought it from Jacobsdigital for £560 with a coupon. Normally its £599, which is strange and good value in itself because it retails for £799 elsewhere in the UK. Normally for me I would buy my gear second hand and normally I would buy Canon L as well. I had my eyes set on repurchasing the Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L which at second hand pricing is between £700-£800. But I had given it some thought as to whether weatherproofing was worth £200 extra. All the stories about Sigma’s mis-focusing or quality control are entirely subjective and can’t concern me until I have one in my hands.
Now I have one and a review will come, my housemate has the Canon L version so I have the opportunity for a good review.