Kindle No Competition for iPad and Some Reading Pictures by Me

I bought a Kindle Paperwhite because I thought that the bright screen of my iPad might be hindering falling asleep. In practice there is little difference in screen brightness when reading in the dark. The page refresh thing that Kindle does is really irritating and the page size annoyingly small. The refresh means that as you change page the screen goes black before you get the next page….every fucking time, I find this very distracting.

The Kindle is also limited in its connectivity, no browser, just Wikipedia and one dictionary.  Using an iPad or Android phone (Huawei p20 pro) the world is your lobster.  I like being able to look up references on Google instantly. Just hold your finger on what you want to research and you are away. Murakami for example has loads of references to classical music and jazz which I can listen to in a beat.

I still read paper of course I have received 2 books this week.

Here are some pictures that I have taken over the years involving the written word.  I find that too much explanation spoils what I am looking for in my work. I like people to enjoy interpreting what I do, most of it is capricious.  Yet I feel there always an echo there of something else.

Please let me know what you think of this blog, the art or the ramblings about Kindle. Click the pics to big ’em or slide ’em.

 

Photo Stories

Last year at Shrewsbury Festival, music teacher and musician Diana Buckle asked me if I would take a few shots of her mandolin workshop. The weather was absolutely foul, my duties as steward weren’t particularly onerous, so I agreed.

Having the consent of the facilitator means that no one complains about being photographed in my experience. I grabbed a few introductory shots of the weather and the empty tent before people arrived but most it of happens by instinct. Much of the storytelling happens in the editing. How do you decide which is the right shot? Not easy. Years ago I bought a book called ‘The Right Picture’ by a photographer Ken Heyman and John Durniak a picture editor. Its probably time I read it again but it has made editing easier over the years. Its still available new and used. I edited this down to 9 shots from around 50.

It was an interesting exercise. I was using a Panasonic Lumix G9 micro four thirds camera and an Olympus 17mm f1.2 lens. Both are weatherproof. I have used this outfit in heavy rain and snow for several hours without any problems.

The G9 is not my favourite camera I find it heavy and cumbersome. The shutter release is a real hair trigger job and not recessed to prevent accidental operation. If you leave it switched on whilst carrying it accidental operation is inevitable. I can’t fault the image quality, the extra pixels of the 20mp sensor are evident. I miss my old Lumix GH4R’s they were light and a delight to use but their 16 mp sensors were outdated.

The Olympus 17mm f1.2 is again a heavy piece of kit but indispensable in wet weather its f1.2 maximum aperture gathers lots of light in very dark conditions.

My preferred lens is an Olympus f1.8 which is minute in comparison but doesn’t have a built in raincoat. Combined with my GX9 body(also 20mp) they will fit into a large pocket. I shall be publishing a blog about the 17mm lenses I use soon.

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