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Saturday, 10 November 2012


Thanks for the pointer to Ken Straiton's website. I was particularly taken by his "Tokyo street" project - pictures of the "near hinterland" of Tokyo, not grand, or beautiful in the normal sense, but full of visual interest.

I also rather liked the way Ken Straiton built his website - too many photographers have become addicted to Flash. His site is elegant and Flash-free, with proper links everywhere. If Ken is reading this, perhaps he could give a hint as to how his site was developed.

Ken's Burma shots remind me of Pierre Verger (https:// www.google.co.uk/search?q=pierre+verger&hl=pt- BR&rlz=1C1ZMDB_enGB505GB505&prmd=imvnsbo&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=TTmeUM7AJcLG0QWe94GIBg&ved=0CC4QsAQ&biw=1920&bih=919)

Ken's, Aaron's and Howard's works are lovely, Mike. Thanks for the alert.

But you're such a rutster! B&w + mugs = Happy Mike.

Too many good links in one post. You need to spread these out more. Now I'm not going to get anything done today.

Hi Mike

Am curious about which history of the Roman Empire you're reading... I'm an amateur Classicist and amateur photographer!


Is it me or does that look like a Hollywood scene? Picture it: the eccentric professor who's an expert in medieval something or other explains to the team how to interpret the symbols in the photo.

Just sayin'.

Sadly due to a prior commitment was unable to attend.
Perhaps next time. Obviously those attending had a great time...

And yes, far too many links in one post. Shall note them for future reference when time is on my side.

Thanks! I've been waiting for the Disappearing Shanghai book since... well, since 2007. Just ordered my copy.

Hey, that's me with the (black) moustache. I was glad to hear Ctein show and talk about his prints. Unfortunately, I had to leave early, but I did get a chance to also see some of the impressive work of Ken Straiton and Peter Bowers.

I do find it really bizarre that his kind of event is such a "guy" thing. I'm involved in a group show for next years Contact Photography Festival, and 18 of the photographers in the show are women. I wonder if Ctein has found the same thing in similar talks in other cities.

"Hi Mike Am curious about which history of the Roman Empire you're reading... I'm an amateur Classicist and amateur photographer!"

It's Simon Baker's "Ancient Rome." It kind of hits the high points, and tells the stories in a close-to-novelistic, page-turner kind of way. I suspect it's over in the pop-history column for a Classicist.

It's just that I've always been meaning to read Gibbon and I finally realized I never will. So I'm going to read some more modern books about ancient history. Tom Holland's "Rubicon" is next up.


MIke - before committing to Gibbon, remember he only starts when things begin to go wrong....

Dear Jack,

Yes, it's typical and, yes, I find it distinctly disturbing. And not typical of groups I frequent at home.

These are, of course, events where I have no involvement in who attends (aside from tendering private invitations to friends).

pax / Ctein

Another rockin' picture by the rockin' Fuji X-Pro1!

I'm getting very comparable results with mine. The Fuji X-Trans sensor is a breakthrough, IMHO, for image quality, dynamic range and high-ISO, low noise performance. A breakthrough that reminds me of when the Canon 5D appeared on the scene 7 years ago.

To top it, off, it "draws" absolutely beautifully in black and white.

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