Classic Mike: The Glow

[This little column was one of my talked-about when it was first published on The Luminous-Landscape in 2002. Reprinted here for preservation purposes, apropos of our discussion of classic B&W movies the other day.

I no longer have the file of the original illustration, and I don't know where the print is. —Mike the Ed.]

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Gigi and Mari Years ago I worked as the Lab Manager at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. The Corcoran School has a fancier name now, but it’s still the same good old place, tucked into the basements and attics and other
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If You’re Looking for that Classic Film Look, Try Classic Film

Friend-o'-TOP Steve Rosenblum wrote yesterday:

For those who like the look of older motion picture black and white negative film, Eastman "Double X" negative film (5222) can be purchased rolled into 35mm canisters from places like the Film Photography Project. They buy large reels of the motion picture film and then load it into 35mm canisters for sale. There are a number of articles and forum posts online about it as well as images on Flickr. This film stock was used in Schindler's List, Casino Royale and many other films to achieve that classic look. It was introduced in

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David Sparks and the Black Skimmers

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Photo by David Sparks

In support of the Sunday Support Group this week I thought I'd share a personal project by TOP reader David Sparks. Here's part of what he wrote:

I am an 80-year-old retired neuroscientist and a longtime lurker on TOP. My retirement hobby is nature photography, primarily bird photography. The stimulus for sending this note was your posts about the Sunday Support Group.

The project I just completed is a collection of photos of Black Skimmers, each of which is intended to illustrate historical quotes that describe the unique structure and behavior of this bird. The quotes

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Sunday Support Group: Great Crash

My self-belief crashed this past week (did it seem kind of arid around here? I was depressed). I read the descriptions of several leading thrillers, re-read mine so far, and got morose. I thought, what's the use? How can I compete? But here's the interesting part: I recovered again. I thought, well, I'm a bit weak-willed, and I don't have a well-armored belief that I can do what I want to do. But I've committed to doing it. So I hauled out the calculator again, figured out the number of words I've written every day on average so far and
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Sunday Support Group: Great Crash

My self-belief crashed this past week (did it seem kind of arid around here? I was depressed). I read the descriptions of several leading thrillers, re-read mine so far, and got morose. I thought, what's the use? How can I compete? But here's the interesting part: I recovered again. I thought, well, I'm a bit weak-willed, and I don't have a well-armored belief that I can do what I want to do. But I've committed to doing it. So I hauled out the calculator again, figured out the number of words I've written every day on average so far and
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Random Excellence: Kai Plews

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Kai Plews, Dex and Gus

'Daddy Goggles': I got this note the other day from TOP reader Mike Plews, about the photograph above, which was taken by Mike's son Kai:

This is an example of a person’s critical faculties completely deserting them. Kai sent me this shot he took with his phone on Sunday. It is of Dex carrying his kid brother Gus back to the van after a play in the park.

I completely love it but this is a case of double-thick daddy goggles at work. A picture taken by my son of two of my grandchildren

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Counterpoint (and Some Casteneda)

After yesterday's post I got this wonderful response from my friend Kirk Tuck of VSL, which really provides the best sort of counterpoint:

I must be especially dumb. I've been doing this photography thing as a full-time professional since 1988. I worked in advertising and academia before that. I am so dense that I just ignored all the articles and talk about how hard it was to be a photographer and spent the time...being a photographer. While I'm not going to see my work in any museums, and no-one is rushing to make a monograph about my career, I

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How To Become a Professional Photographer

I heard a great joke the other day: "I got a Ph.D. in philosophy. Which means I'm really smart. And also that I'm really not very smart." I wonder if you could say something similar about pro photography these days. Being a professional photographer means you're really skilled and smart...and, also, it may not be a very smart thing to be. It's a tough profession, one that requires a multitude of competencies, wide-ranging expertise, and more energy than most ordinary people possess. Also very good work habits, very good basic organizational skills, and, almost always, great people
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Sunday Support Group (A Day Late)

I've been posting notices about my book-writing project on Sundays, as a way of encouraging others to keep up with their own large 2018 projects. A day late today. March was, to put it kindly, a setback for me. The Joni Cole Rule is "touch it every day," meaning, whatever you're working on, at least open it / sit down to it / pick up the instrument or the camera—whatever "touching it" means for your project, do it every day. Not to apply any porcine lip-gloss, I failed at that in March. We had a big snowstorm with a loss
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Strange DNA

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Some things never change: Fast and slow Zeiss 35's on the Sony A7III.
Illustration from CameraSize.

Companies don't have DNA and neither do product lines, and yet, mysteries persist. Many moons ago, I had caught the photography bug and was saving for my first camera and considering what to buy. I was taking classes at the University of Maryland, and on the way home from College Park I'd get off the Beltway and stop at Industrial Photo, where I'd befriended a counterman named Ray Mohr. Ray raised pot-bellied pigs out on a farm in Maryland. Although he liked photography, he
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Outages

Sorry about the recent "Origin DNS Error" outages. This was a scheduled outage for maintenance by TypePad. Supposedly over now. I didn't have anything to do with it nor could I / can I do anything about it. I hope it won't be any more trouble and I apologize for any inconvenience it might have caused—

The M.C. Without a Clue

Connectedness

You surf, sometimes you hit flotsam and jetsam. This still survives on Pinterest (I generally loathe Pinterest, by the way)— Screen Shot 2018-04-19 at 10.53.14 PM Look at that handsome youngster! The text is "Meet Butters a Petfinder adoptable Labrador Retriever dog | Waukesha, WI" (top left). The original Petfinder page has gone 404. (He's actually a pit mix, though I would bet he's half Lab at least.) Butters was a difficult adoption—he suffered from anxiety, especially separation anxiety; coprophagia; leash reactivity; and DHD (doggie hyperactivity disorder. I just made that up. But he had it). He couldn't be crated (he would have an involuntary
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