Thursday, June 28, 2012

Well, they got what they wanted...

Our President has succeeded in "fundamentally transforming" America from a society that - in general -rewards productivity to one that - in general - rewards entitlement. 

Twenty years from now when the quality of medical care you receive today is impossible to find, and your local doctor's office is overrun with patients exhibiting the aggressively entitled welfare mentality that permeates the current underclass (no work ethic, no personal responsibility, no behavioral control), and the amount of money the government spends on administering healthcare has skyrocketed - in short - when the medical system has completely ceased working for all but the most politically connected and the richest among us, you will be able to look at the period from 1/21/2008 to 6/27/2012 as the tipping point when Americans collectively ceased believing in freedom and liberty and decided they'd rather be peasants and beggars than free men. 

And finally, I don't think I can properly convey how ironic it is that America's first black president is the man who used the perceived moral authority of his status as a descendant of slaves to convince Americans to willingly surrrender their rights as a free people in order to enslave themselves to the Federal behemoth.  How far the United States have fallen.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Velvia in Oregon

I finally sent the film I shot in Oregon (in March) off to be developed and scanned.

Wow, do I love Velvia 50 at dawn and dusk. I still haven't quite figured it out during full daylight, but in soft light it is really great.

Neither of these shots has any digital trickery. I was using a 1990 Nikon N90s, with a Nikon 50mm 1.4, shooting Velvia 50. I had a neutral density graduated and polarized filter on it, but no color filters. This is what the film saw.

Here's one shot in harsher light that highlights how much trouble I have with this film in less than ideal light. Please excuse the composure, I didn't want to take the time to crop and straighten a shot I'm not going to do anything with.