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Happy Saturday, and happy perusing of the blog posts I liked most this week!

In the articles-I-wish-I’d-written dept., James Tocchio, writing for Casual Photophile, gives a bunch of valuable tips to help beginning film photographers deliver results better than their budding skills. Read How to Cheat at Film Photography

Ann Althouse shares an ad for the new Toyota Camry and how the company’s ad agency targeted different cultural groups differently. This may be the car for everyone, but it’s not marketed the same to you as to someone else. Read Race-targeted ads for Toyota Camry – don’t miss the one that’s for white people

I love to photograph what I find by the side of the road. Leticia Roncero, writing for the Flickr blog, tells of a photographer who finds meaning in photographing everyday city scenes, especially unattractive ones, in the UK. Read What Places Tell Us About People

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You know the drill, Roadies: here are the best blog posts I read this week.

When I was a kid, my dad used to sing a snippet of a song: “My father said son you’re gonna drive me to drinkin’ if you don’t stop drivin’ that hot rod Lincoln!” I was in my 30s before I learned that this wasn’t just something he made up! Paul Niedermeyer, writing for Curbside Classic, tells this song’s story. Read In Search of the Real Hot Rod Lincoln

You never know the people you will encounter. I once met Jim Belushi, completely at random, in the last place on Earth you’d expect: Michigan City, Indiana. Alexander Denault tells a story of a man who, while singing on the street to earn a buck, ended up with a brief lesson from none other than Luciano Pavarotti! Read You Must Sing Louder

James Tocchio reflects, without resorting to blind fawning, on Kodachrome: what made it good, why it wasn’t perfect, and why Kodak is unlikely ever to bring it back. Read Looking Back at Kodachrome: Kodak’s Most Famous Film and What Made It So Special

It’s not often I’m arrested by a photograph, but I was by this one by ehpemSee Irregular Patterns II

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Happy Saturday, Roadies! Here’s a bumper crop of great blog posts from the week.

When the media hypes every story, how do you know which stories matter? That’s the question Philip Greenspun asks. Read General hysteria from the media makes it tough to pay attention to real issues?

When a conservative commentator writes that he wants the Dreamers to stay, it gets my attention. That’s just what conservative commentator Abdul Hakim-Shabazz wrote this week. Read Dream A Little DREAMER Of Me

Have any old film rolls or single-use cameras lying around? Joe Irvin urges you to get them processed! He did that recently and found some memories of a childhood home. Read The power of the latent image

“Civilization doesn’t exist to maximize capitalism,” Seth Godin insists. “Capitalism exists to maximize civilizaiton.” Read Unbridled

When the McMansion Hell blog isn’t gleefully pointing out the absurdity of modern large-home architecture, it educates on architecture, space, and place. This week, Kate Wagner writes about suburban sprawl under the guise of residential horizontalization. Read Looking Around: Horizontal Space

Jim Cavanaugh, who’s never smoked anything stronger than a cigar, recounts how he once got to participate on the wrong side of a drug bust. Read How To Get Invited To A Drug Bust

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Greetings from Zionsville, Indiana! Enjoy the blog posts I liked most this week.

Nikon made a major marketing blunder recently as they introduced a new DSLR to market. Nick Gerlich, professor of marketing at West Texas A&M University, breaks down how in this world of instant worldwide social commentary, every company is under an unforgiving microscope. Read The Camera Never Blinks

The wonderful Peeling Walls blog, which shares photos from abandoned places, explores the Michigan Theater in Detroit. I’m sure you’ve seen photos of it before, but this time you’ll see some images from hidden places in the theater. Read Detroit: Behind the Boards at the Michigan Theater

Eric Swanger praises the imperfect photograph. Read We Saw Names

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I am shockingly busy. Moving into my new home in Zionsville is only one thing in my life consuming considerable time and energy. I’m sure I’ll write about it all someday.

But thank heavens that a giant burst of post inspiration in about mid-August led to my post queue being full through about the first of October. I love it when the words flow freely and the posts nearly write themselves. Otherwise, this blog would have had to go silent through most of September.

The only thing I’m doing for the blog right now is answering comments — and aggregating each week’s favorite blog posts.

Have you noticed how film cameras seem to pop up in advertising for things not related to photography? Stephen Dowling has, and he has a hypothesis as to why. Read Why Are There So Many Film Cameras in Adverts?

Jennifer Bowman writes of the feeling of wonder, and how its experience is a luxury and a privilege. Read An ethic of wonder

Some are pointing to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma as evidence of climate change. Scott Adams says not so fast: you can’t determine a long-term trend by looking out the window. And in many fields, experts get it wrong all the time. He’s not saying that climate change isn’t real, and he’s not saying that these hurricanes aren’t evidence of climate change — he’s just asking us to be rigorous in our analysis. Read When to Trust the Experts (Climate and Otherwise)

Gas station architecture has evolved greatly over the last 100 years. Paul Niedermeyer, writing for Curbside Classic, shares from a cache he found of 1950s-60s Kodachromes of gas stations. I remember seeing some stations like these during my 1970s kidhood! Read Vintage Kodachrome Snapshots: Gas Stations of the 50s and 60s

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Another Saturday, another roundup of blog posts I read and liked all week. While I normally share posts from all of my interests, this week all of the posts I liked best are about photography!

I think Ilford Pan-F Plus 50 is slow film, at ISO 50. But this week Mark O’Brien shared his experience shooting ISO 6 film. Yes, that’s right, six. And on some shots, he wishes he had metered at ISO 3! Read Slow Poke. Shooting with Kodak 2366 b&w film.

Darren Rose pauses to reflect on the end of summer, and share some wonderful photos he took of late-summer light and of some ponies. The pony photos look like they belong in a fantasy novel! Read The End of Summer

Here are some stunning photographs from Mike Connealy on Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros black-and-white 35mm film. Mike’s shot a lot of this film in medium format, but never in 35mm. He really makes the stuff sing. Read Acros

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