Monthly Archives: November 2013

Tidbits for a Friday: Camera Size and a Form of Naming From Without

1) In today’s “The Ideal Retro Camera” at The Online Photographer, Mike talks a bit more about the new announced Nikon Df and what would be the perfect retro digital camera. Amusingly, he uses the Nikon FM3a in size comparison against the new Nikon Df and states that the perfect lens would be a Zeiss Planar 50mm not the new special edition Nikon 50mm.
When I shoot film with my Nikon FM3a, I do not miss digital. But when I use my Nikon D800, I wish it was the size and weight of the FM3a. I would be wildly excited in a new Nikon professional level DSLR that was small and light like the FM3a. The new Nikon Df is still a bit big.
I realize that many of you would say that Fuji has already made that camera with their mirrorless X-E and X-Pro series cameras, but honestly I would rather invest in a few more F mount lenses than get a new body or a whole new system right now. Also, my Nokia 808 PureView and the Lumia 1020 satisfy my pick-up, go and shoot, urges than remembering to bring a mirrorless along with the lenses.
But the guts of a Nikon D800 or D4 stuffed into a FM3a body? A Nikon Df2…
2) Patrick J Endres’ wonderful photo of the Big Arctic.
3) A great quote from 3 Quarks Daily’s Abbas Raza:

“There should be no dividing line between science and the arts. I think they should all be taught as equally important intellectual activities. And that’s what we have tried to do at 3QD; we try to find things that are interesting. It doesn’t matter what subject area they’re in.”

4) Well worth the read, an essay on naming, slurs, and college by professor Amardeep Singh:

“But when someone calls me “raghead” or “towelhead” or “Bin Laden,” that can be a form of naming from without. This is why it’s not enough to say, “oh, it’s just words, you can shake them off.” Actually, you can’t shake them off so easily, any more than you can shake off the primal association you have with your own first name. As with ethnic slurs, the names we are given by our parents are not chosen by us. And yet we accept them as helping to define who we are. Do slurs that are wielded against me also then define me?”

Spiral, Nokia House

Spiral Staircase at Nokia House, Espoo, Finland

Wed 11.06.13 – As promised, I will start posting photos from my shooting Ilford black & white film spree…
Photo of a spiral staircase at Nokia House in Espoo, Finland, taken by Ms. Jen on 07.25.13 with her Nikon FM3a, a manual 50mm f/1.8 lens, and Ilford XP2 Super 400 film.

Life by the Vending Machines

The Vending Machines at Sunset

Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia Lumia 1020.

“They are _____.” – CJ said after listening the young men by the vending machine talk.
“How do you know? It is their accent?” – I ask.
“It is everything.”
“Oh.”
****

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Patton Oswalt: The Horror of New York City

Mon 11.04.13 – I am one of those people who likes my cities a bit spread out and , like London, Istanbul, Mumbai, and Los Angeles. While I have visited New York City four or five times in my life, I have almost always wanted OUT of this city by half a day or less*. I have only ever spent time on Manhattan Island and have only passed through Brooklyn and the Bronx.
When Andrew Sullivan linked to the below Patton Oswalt stand up comedy routine about the horror of New York City, I laughed hard. Really hard.
The following video is definitively Not-Safe-For-Work-or-Religious-Conservative-People (NSFWoRCP – Strong language warning), but it is really funny whether you are a fan of NYC or not:

* This summer, when I went to the Nokia Lumia 1020 launch event in NYC, I wanted out before I even left La Guardia airport. NYC summer plus Ms. Jen’s don’t equal or match or even mildly agree with each other. Chennai just before the monsoon is more pleasant.

Autumn Camellia

The first of the camellia's fallen

Photos taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia Lumia 1020.

Sun 11.03.13 – Last weekend when I went for a photo walk to the Huntington Library and Gardens, the camellia trees adjacent to the North Lawn were not flowering and only had small buds, usually to bloom in January or February.
Today, eight days later, one rain storm later, and a few hot days later, about 5 of the camellia trees had bloomed and dropped faded flowers into the leaf litter.
Hello, November.

Sweet, but Evil

Hello, 3:39am!!!! Game on. Here's Mousie!

Photos taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia Lumia 1020.

Sat 11.02.13 – The two sides of Belle le Cane in real life today:
Left or first photo: 3:39am after she woke me at 3:11am up by hopping up and down on me as I slept (she weights 16 lbs / 7.25kg) and then after two walks around the apartment complex would still not settle down to let me go back to sleep.
Right or second photo: 7:48pm when it was time to play with Mousie.
Belle is now over 8 years old and has the energy of a 2 year old. ((O.o))

It is That Time Again: The Annual NaBloPoMo!!!

Yes folks, after you have said your “Rabbit Rabbit” and properly put on your All Saints Day / Día de Muertos attire*, it is time to start with the 9th annual November National Blog Posting Month!
If you need a few reasons to blog daily, Eden Kennedy is here to help.
I am going to do my very best to write out a text / typed post every day during November and a photo or photo/essay. I also have a backlog of photos** that need to be posted, including some awesome black and whites from the Nikon FM3a.
* What?!?!? You aren’t dressed up as your favorite Saint or Día de Muertos’ figure today?
** Can I say Helsinki and the visit to Nokia House in July? Ummm… Why yes, those photos did fall down into the black hole that is my computer’s ‘Pictures’ folder!