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Aerial Selfie, Take 2.
(Mt Tam, California)
Brandie caught a photo of me taking photos with the quadcopter (aka “drone”) up on Mt. Tam this weekend.
Washington’s antibusiness prohibition of drones is reminiscent of the beginnings of the Internet. For years, commercial use was a crime.
A handbook issued at MIT in 1982 warned: “It is considered illegal to use the ARPAnet for anything which is not in direct support of government business…
Sending electronic mail over the ARPAnet for commercial profit or political purposes is both anti-social and illegal…””
Playing around with some scans from the Nishika camera. I took these back when Leah Gupta was a babe.
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
“Sometimes I just wanted to take a picture of my mind; a precious moment, a feeling or a dream. I discovered that I didn’t need a science fiction machine to make this possible, just a pen and paper.”
Every. Single. Character.
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“Post -50°F things get weird… I once peed outside and my urine evaporated before it hit the ground.”
After two and a half years, the GF1 was replaced by the slightly improved Panasonic GX1, which I brought on the six-day Kumano Kodo hike in October. During the trip, I alternated between shooting with it and an iPhone 5. After importing the results into Lightroom, Adobe’s photo-development software, it was difficult to distinguish the GX1’s photos from the iPhone 5’s. (That’s not even the latest iPhone; Austin Mann’s superlative results make it clear that the iPhone 5S operates on an even higher level.) Of course, zooming in and poking around the photos revealed differences: the iPhone 5 doesn’t capture as much highlight detail as the GX1, or handle low light as well, or withstand intense editing, such as drastic changes in exposure. But it seems clear that in a couple of years, with an iPhone 6S in our pockets, it will be nearly impossible to justify taking a dedicated camera on trips like the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage.
I know a lot of people hate this reality. But it is going to be a reality.
I went from Nikon D70 + Canon S100 → Panasonic GF1 → Panasonic GX1
The GX-1 is more fun than a phone. It does take better photos.
But the difference is marginal and most of the time it doesn’t matter.
We started shifting to a mobile photography focus 3 years ago, and it was one of the smartest decisions we made.