I liken our Goverments? to Photoshop except with Photoshop it is totally honest and you get what you asked for not what you did not want. Let me briefly explain, You buy Photoshop and get a package, nothing more nothing less and whatever you do with that package it does it time after time and does not deviate from doing exactly that unless you change the way you want it to run. With our Goverment ( UK ) you do almost the same, you elect to buy them into office, there the simularity stops, its not honest, its not clever, its not helping the people that put them there, and when you ask it to do something it thinks for a while and then does whatever it likes, usually there is a massive brown pay envelope at the end of the trail laying on the dashboard of some ministers car.
The BSkyB empire is a prime example with the current case against them on hacking, so much like the Bond film without the pretty girls, but a greedy person at the helm steering the family to riches and power beyond belief and corrupting everyone who comes into contact if it fits in with the flavour of the day and furthers the blind ambition of world dominance.
Getting back to Photoshop, if the goverment or said moguls want something done, use the eraser tool, it fills in where the origiinal was and you cant see the cracks, if something is falling apart use the repair tool, just wave the wand ( or money maybe ) and it all goes away and looks as good as new, but we all know its torn and tarnished and was beyond repair, and if you want something to really stand out use layers to enhance or HDR to give outstanding results, I could go on for hours but I think you are getting the message.
Who would I rather purchase in this day and age, a Lying cheating uncaring Goverment or a honest overpriced piece of software? Photoshop wins every time, at least you have control, and can elect to close it down when you want too.
In this digital age someting caught my eye today with regards to the ever increasing cost of sending a letter or communication through Snail Mail the British post office. The following paragraph comes from Webpronews and I thank them for the use of it.
“Not only are people relying more heavily on online bill-paying services now, they are also turning to the web for interaction with others; rather than sending a birthday card or party invitation, they send an email or e-vite, citing social media sites like Facebook and Twitter as major modes of communication. The introduction of media sources like Netflix and Gamefly saw a brief surge in mailroom activity, since millions of DVDs and games were being sent back and forth every day. However, even those companies can’t be relied on anymore by mail carriers, because they’ve conveniently added streaming and downloads to their services. And with more things going digital every day–even books–people are using their computers and digital devices more than ever, seriously decreasing their need for mail service. ”
My personal comments are as follows.
When you weigh all of the postage costs up just for a letter now is it really worth it when you can just compose and send, maybe some will say that you cant hang or display the cards but with a simple display unit, laptop or digital photograph display you can just as easily and have non of the carbon footprint of printed material, how far can it go? I personally think that the British Post Office have moved into a position where they have now priced themselves out of the market, instead of a review of how to manage the business it has always been slap more money on the cost of sending, simple but unfortuanately now inefective for many, delays in delivery, against instant dispatch and recieve, no contest. The cost and inconvenience of letter not delivered because they are not the correct size or maybe weigh that gram too much, all this is not helping the business in any shape or form, in fact the many people I do business with have declared war on our postal system through its inherrent beuracracy. One very large company that I deal with have pointed out that they are so quick to deliver tons of useless information and advertising paper based rubbish before they deliver the important mail that they have taken steps now to stop the Post Office delivering and all their paper based work in carried out by private courier.
I could go on for hours with regard to this British institution and its steady downward spiral, and I am sure that there are many views out there that do not reflect my own thoughts, but I feel it is a sad day when people have a system and that system is racing headlong to self destruct, taking the loyal servants that have worked for that business into the abyss with them.
At home we have the pleasure of Jackdaws trying to nest in one of our chimneys, I really dont mind but for the fact we use this particular one alot. The chimney is a large inglenook and lucky for us it is too wide in the flue for their twigs and branches to jam in, however every morning we come down to a pile of twigs that fill our log burner twice over, and if we leave the house on our return they have been at it again, its the mess of the twigs and soot on the carpet that is the problem.
Now I feel sorry for them as they have been at this for over two weeks now and they cant grasp the fact that it is not going to work, at first I was in the summer house at the bottom of the garden, taking some photos of their building attempts, but now I feel like somehow getting rid of them for the mess they make in the living room every morning, do I put up and shut up and hope they go away or take more drastic action, I have to think this one through, after all they did give me some fun with the camera early on.
What would you do, how would you deal with this, I am going to fit a cowl over the pot, but the height of the stack means I have to get a professional in to fit it, with the roof and high stack its just over thirty five feet high, and everyone is quoting mega monies because they want to erect scaffolding at that height, for a pair of randy birds. HELP.
This is something that we should all take seriously –Even doctors are now saying that there is value in trying “LEMON”
So, a tablespoon of “real lemon” (the concentrate in a bottle) in a glass of water every morning. What can it hurt?
A must-read- The surprising benefits of lemon!
I remain perplexed! ================================ Institute of Health Sciences, 819 N. L.L.C. Charles Street Baltimore , MD 1201. This is the latest in medicine, effective for cancer! Read carefully & you be the judge. Lemon(Citrus)is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000
times stronger thanchemotherapy.
Why do we not know about that?
Because there are laboratories interested in making a synthetic version that will bring
them huge profits. You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease.
Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy. How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial multimillionaires large corporations?
As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes. You can eat
the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets,
pastries, etc… It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors. This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types.
Some say it is very useful in all variants of cancer.
It is considered also as an anti microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is
too high and an antidepressant, combats stress and nervous disorders.
The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that: It destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas …
The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product Adriamycin,
a drug normally used chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the growth of cancer cells.
And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells.
Institute of Health Sciences, 819 N. L.L.C. Cause Street , Baltimore , MD1201
Just a few shots from my folder relating to a local zoo. Love going there when there is a lull in work, gives me time to do the things that take my mind off the run of the mill day to day issues, basically a bit of me time to do what i love doing.
At home we have had a recent disater with my wife’s mother, she came round to dinner over the last weekend and had a good day, on her return to her home she fell and broke her hip, next day a replacement was fitted after a 5 1/2 hour op, things here are a little unsettled at the moment.
So what is to do when your not sure if your going to be called out and cant commit for the next few days, my answer is to blitz the studio with all the chores you keep putting off. So batteries all checked and topped up, cameras given a runthrough and sensors checked for foriegn bodies, flashguns given a clean and check, and biggest job of all offload those files from the memory cards that have been stored awaiting downloading, its amazing what you can find. Medium format film cameras shutters and backs checked, and then run a quick roll through each one making sure that all is good. with all that done have a cuppa, then think about what next, well there is not a lot to do so for me its get my favorite subject and do a little studio work with him. Chips is a poseur, point a camera at him and he immediatly goes into “Look at me” mode, how do you want me daddy on my back, laying flat out, to one side, looking at the lens or away, he is worth his weight in gold, and knows it, so an hour or two with him then a day that was totally up in the oir has produced a cleaner studio, things where they should be, cameras and accesories all checked, and a bonus of some lighting techniques played with, and a few not too bad shots for the family album. Did I mention it was raining also so having a studio is not a bad way of keeping out of mischief.
I have watched the Bun fight here and even tried to be logical about it. One thing I would say Gentleman, we are all individuals we run our businesses as exactly that, although others ideas often help, but this thread is starting to dictating to everyone on it how they should run there business. The bottom line is I run mine, if I am not happy I have to change or get out, if I am happy I am willing to share to the greater good, but not to get into a debate about my strategy, that is mine, take it or leave it. The world is big enough for us all, I have been doing this for over 40 years ( just had a reality check ) and I am happy with my life style, if I was not I would change it, each to there own, but dont condem a fellow for trying to expain his methodology. Bottom line we are all different, that is what makes the world go round.
Must applaud the originator for his first comment, bet he did not expect the influx that has come through.
“People are paying less, photographers are willing to work for little, or no money,,,Is the photography business dying?”
In reply my thought’s to the above, an earlier comment from a photography group I am part of.
Photography was dying some few years ago 35mm and medium format were declining at an alarming rate then came along Digital, everyone could use a camera, everyone could view what they had taken straight away, so in definition they were a photographer? If you look now although digital is bringing out zillions of new cameras every day ( it seems ) the world is starting to slide back into that era of the late 80s early 90s digital is slowing down a bit, and for many of the people I know Film is making a little bit of a comeback, I shoot medium format ( with a pair of Bronicas ) for some jobs, the beauty is it makes me think about my trade and the way I take a picture, reminding me of my roots. So in reply to the initial question posed I dont think its dying in any way, slowing down, yes, but the photographers who do this for a business will move with the times and restructure their business to meet the challenges of the market place. Uncle henry with his compact digital £59 camera will still be taking the odd wedding for his niece, but time will show that what he takes as a hobby will not satisfy the bride who for that special day requires professionalism, equipment that works and has backup systems in place, and at the top of the list images that both bride and groom can cherish forever, couples that go for the no pay or cheaper option’s will get some photographs of a certain quality but will they regret that in the future?
So to sum up there is always work for the professional, in these lean times you just have to sit back review and rethink your working strategy.