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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

A Review of the A-Slim Tsuki and Machete Wallets

And over on Tools & Toys, Bradley Chambers reviewed two different wallets from a relatively new (to us) manufacturer. A-Slim sent Bradley the small Tsuki wallet and the larger bi-fold Machete wallet to test out for a few weeks.

Turns out, they also sent me the set of wallets, so I had the chance to photograph them with that new off-camera lighting system.

These were shot during the day, with both flashes acting as fill lighting. Again, it was lots of fun to experiment.

Being able to control light changes everything about firing the shutter.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The Best Blogging App on Mac for Wordpress: MarsEdit

Today on the Sweet Setup, the team posted our pick for the best blogging app on Mac for Wordpress. It’s MarsEdit, of course.

In fact, MarsEdit is so good, it has me wanting to switch to WordPress just to use the app. It’s so simple. So straightforward. So fast. It also happens to be one of the older apps we’ve recommended in quite some time. Just look at Shawn’s review of MarsEdit back in 2008.

The hero images for this review are a particular stepping stone for me. I recently picked up two Cactus RF60 flashes, a Cactus V6 IIs transceiver, and two Cactus CB-60 softboxes, and this is the first set of hero images shot with the new off-camera lighting system. Never before have I been able to shoot in this context and it’s truly game changing for my workflow.

These were shot at about 9:00PM a few evenings ago — pitch dark outside and only ambient incandescent lighting in the house.

I have so much to learn when it comes to flash photography, but it’s been addicting to practice over the last few evenings.

Photography aside, this review of MarsEdit by Stephen Hackett is pretty darn good. Be sure to head over and give the review a read.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Instagram Pressure

Colin Devroe:

I can say I’ve felt this pressure. Amazing photographers are on Instagram and the more of them I follow the less I want to post – thinking I cannot compete.

Good point. I believe I’ve felt this as well.

Back in 2014, I wrote a post reflecting on Jaclyn’s change in spirits after she dropped Facebook from her social media life.

The ultimate litmus test of Facebook’s shackles are birthdays. Wishing someone a happy birthday is the very definition of “obligatory”. It’s a simple, personal and oh-so easy way of showing someone “you care”. And the more “Happy Birthday” splattered across your wall, the more positive your self-concept.

Facebook is bad for this.

And Instagram is worse.

I fell into the trap of following people I know personally, only to find nothing in my life measured up to the carefully curated feeds of the people down the road. I post one of my best photos from a trip. They post a photo of their morning coffee. And they double my like count. It’s a bad trap to fall into.

I tried to fix this by unfollowing just about everyone I know personally and following as many talented photographers as I could find. The result of that decision: enormous inspiration to get out of the house and travel, but also to a confidence-shattering reflection on my own photos. Now, instead of posting what I thought was one of my best photos, I opt to hold back because it doesn’t measure up.

Colin’s thinking is spot on. No matter what you do, you can’t win.

A quick aside: be sure to take a peek at that video from itchban. Downright trickery right there.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Crossing the Pyrenees with a Fuji X100T

Sunday, February 05, 2017

"$3 million to blast the ashes of author Hunter Thompson from a cannon."

Johnny Depp’s characters all have a loopy tinge to them, so it only makes sense to hear it spreads over from his personal life. Some of these personal spending habits are hard to take seriously.

Over $75 million to “acquire, improve and furnish 14 residences, including a 45-acre chateau in the South of France, a chain of islands in the Bahamas, multiple houses in Hollywood, several penthouse lofts in downtown Los Angeles, and a fully-functioning house farm in Kentucky.”

And:

$30,000 per month on wine “he had flown to him from around the world for his personal consumption.”

I certainly enjoyed the $25 bottle of wine I had last night.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

The $95 Million Penthouse at 432 Park Avenue

I’m sure New Yorkers are well aware of 432 Park Avenue. From the outside, those 10’ x 10’ windows are an eyesore on the NYC skyline.

But then you see the inside and they become a work of art.

“Her bath” probably warrants the $95 million price tag. And the photos on the official site certainly don’t dilute the price.

Life wouldn’t be better living in a penthouse like this, but it’s certainly fun to dream on a Sunday morning.