Pete Turner, 1934-2017

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By Rob Atkins

Pete Turner died in his sleep yesterday morning at his home in Wainscott, New York. Pete was many things to many people: mentor, teacher, icon, true innovator of color photography. He was all of these things to me, and more, but one role loomed far greater than the others. Pete was my friend. That will endure forever. The most profound lesson I learned from Pete was this: Color can be used to convey an emotion. Take his image “Road Song” as an example. It’s still a successful image when reproduced in black and white, with its graphic
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Speaking of Andrew Jones…. (OT)

...Mike Plews pointed out these Andrew-Jones-designed Pioneer speakers at B&H Photo. The price seemed incredible (i.e., not believable), so I actually contacted B&H to see if it was accurate. It turns out the $129 is for a single speaker, which at least brings it into the range of the plausible. But at $258 for a pair—even with Chinese manufacture, even for a volume-produced box, even for a minimal crossover—it still seems hard to believe. You're buying eight drivers, and two crossovers with eight parts each, which is not as minimal as crossovers get. Never mind shipping cartons, markup,
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Speaking of Andrew Jones…. (OT)

...Mike Plews pointed out these Andrew-Jones-designed Pioneer speakers at B&H Photo. The price seemed incredible (i.e., not believable), so I actually contacted B&H to see if it was accurate. It turns out the $129 is for a single speaker, which at least brings it into the range of the plausible. But at $258 for a pair—even with Chinese manufacture, even for a volume-produced box, even for a minimal crossover—it still seems hard to believe. You're buying eight drivers, and two crossovers with eight parts each, which is not as minimal as crossovers get. Never mind shipping cartons, markup,
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Best Small Speakers

Elac speakersThis is today's "Open Mike" and it's off-topic. I didn't put either of those things in the post title this time because the title of this post is meant to be a search term. People enter things like "best small speakers" into a search engine, and if they can land here, so much the better. I don't know if that works, but I know I don't try it enough. To paraphrase Jerry Garcia, "I'd sell out if only I knew how." Of course I don't know if these are the "best" small speakers. I haven't even heard these. But
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Of Hurricanes

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The Gulf of Mexico from Siesta Beach near Sarasota.
Photo by TOP reader Bob Rosinsky from the series "Horizon."

The world has looked on with concern and dismay at the widespread carnage caused by the recent hurricanes. While it's almost too much to get our heads around the scope of the damage and the extent of the disruption, what's certain is that we have friends in the affected areas...nowhere in the world are TOP readers thick on the ground, but, apart from central Africa, central Australia, and the poles, we come from all over the world. Surely,

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