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Whitestown UMC
Olympus OM-1, 50mm f/.8 F.Zuiko, Adox HR-50, Adox HR-DEV 1:49, 2020

πŸ’» Pete Saunders grew up black in Detroit. He tells his family’s story — despite having done economically well for generations, overt and covert segregation led to neighborhoods that didn’t flourish and in some cases decayed. Their homes didn’t appreciate in line with inflation, which limited their economic power. Read Repost: A Personal Segregation Story

πŸ“· I may never fully forgive Kodak for its 620 film boondoggle after they stopped making the film in the 90s. Old 620 cameras are still plentiful, though, and Leslie Lazenby gives you some very good tips for making the most of one. Read Vintage 620 Film Cameras – An Overview

πŸ“· Olli Thomson shares a compositional technique he developed after studying Dutch and Flemish paintings. Read The Rule of Fifths

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πŸ’» Stephen Dowling shares the photographs of Giacomo Mantovani, who made stunning black-and-white images of London, deserted during COVID-19 lockdown. Read The eerily empty London streets captured as coronavirus hit

We're on the path
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55, 2020

πŸ’» Om Malik on how Dropbox has lost its way. I just wish they had a less expensive paid tier for casual users like me who want a little more than the free tier, but don’t need everything in the (shockingly expensive) base $120/year plan. Read Dropbox is a total mess

πŸ’» My inner geek loves to know the backstories of technologies we take for granted. Tom Halter obliges me greatly by telling the origin story of automatic climate control in cars. Read Cold Comfort: The History of Automatic Climate Control

πŸ“· It turns out you can process regular black-and-white negative film as positive film — slides. Fred Baboulaz did just that with a roll of Fomapan 200 and got some great results. Read Fomapan 200 for my first Black and White slides

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1956 Cadillac Series 62 and 1956 GMC 100
Canon PowerShot S95, 2012

πŸ’» Paul Niedermeyer reviews the book Driving While Black, which tells what it was like for African-Americans to travel by car during the Jim Crow era. You should not be surprised that even in the North it could be dangerous. Read Book Review: “Driving While Black” — Not A Jet Smooth Ride

πŸ’» Blogs have been with us for more than 20 years. But in the early days, before Twitter, before Facebook, people tried to use their blogs to fulfill those same functions. The coming of social media changed blogs forever. Phil Gyford looks back at blogging in 2000. Read What was it like?

πŸ’» Monette gives us a brief tour of the Cup Noodles museum in Japan. Yes, there’s a museum to the cheap ramen noodles you buy at Walmart. Read Japan | Cup Noodles Museum

πŸ“· Mike Eckman reviews the KW Pilot, a 1931 folding TLR. What an unusual camera! Read KW Pilot

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Tyson United Methodist Church
Canon PowerShot S95, 2018

πŸ’» My longtime friend Kurt Garner has some direct words for the Christian church and its responsibility to respond strongly to our nation’s institutional racism. The church can be a force of healing and unity. Read So goes the church, so goes America: blunt terms for institutional reform

πŸ’» We live in strained, strange times. J R Smith reminds us to seek joy in our present circumstances — it is there if we look hard for it. Read Find Joy Wherever and Whenever You Can

πŸ“· Alyssa Chiarello reviews the Ansco Anscoflex, a funky pseudo-TLR for 620 film. I’ve been curious about this camera for years. Read The Anscoflex

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πŸ’» The colors were bolder than life. J.P. Cavanaugh tells the history and explains the technology behind Technicolor, the first viable color motion picture film process. Read Technicolor: The Most Colorful Black & White Movies Ever

Pumpkins for Sale
Agfa Clack, Fujfilm Neopan 100 Acros, 2012.

πŸ’» Alister Scott recently gave his longstanding blog (about software testing) a major upgrade, which included going off WordPress.com to self-hosted WordPress. I was at a similar crossroads earlier this year and chose WordPress.com Business Plan, so I was especially interested to hear Alister’s reasoning. Read Why self hosted?

πŸ’» Scott Galloway makes a compelling argument that post-COVID 19, non-elite expensive colleges and universities will have a reckoning, and most won’t survive. Read Post Corona: Higher Ed, Part Deux

πŸ“· This Kodak Instamatic is a proper camera, with full manual control, a coupled light meter, and a fine Schneider-Kreuznach lens! Neil Piper reviews it. Read The Kodak Instamatic 500 / Type 048

πŸ“· Mark O’Brien takes his Agfa Clack out for some exercise. This little box can do some great work, and Mark got some lovely images this time out. Read The Agfa Clack – a 6×9 gem

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πŸ’» Daniel Miessler reminds us all why RSS is so awesome. What’s RSS? If you use Feedly to follow blogs, you use RSS. It lets you choose what information sources you follow, rather than whatever Facebook or Twitter push on you. Read It’s Time to Get Back Into RSS

Ferris wheel in the evening sky
Canon PowerShot S95, 2015

πŸ’» M. B. Henry tells the story of the first Ferris wheel, and how George Ferris pushed past every roadblock to see his vision made real. Read The Ferris Wheel — A Guide to Dealing With Naysayers

πŸ’» “One of the reasons I think we’re having such problems with the virus right now is that the economic contract is suspended. And, we haven’t decided about the social contract yet.” Johanna Rothman with a fascinating take on the societal issues around COVID-19. Read When Do We Choose the Social Contract & When Do We Choose the Economic Contract?

πŸ’» Steve Mitchell‘s dad served in Korea — and shot some Kodachrome to prove it. Steve tells some of his dad’s story, and shares incredible scans of his dad’s slides. Read Remembering My Dad

πŸ“· Kevin Lane has started sharing only scans of darkroom prints of his film photographs on his blog. Daggone it, his reasons are super compelling. I’m envious. Read Say “No” To the Scans (But “Yes” To the Prints!) Part One

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