This is a documentary about making music, from instrument making to playing to mixing, mastering, and listening. It was sponsored by Sony although there are only a few plugs in it for Sony gear, the rest is a variety of musicians and music producers talking about how they make and share music. It’s about an hour and 14 minutes long.
The comparison to photography is interesting:
Music: one needs a great song, well played on a decent instrument, well recorded and mastered and played on a decent audio player to channel what the musician laid down.
Photography: one needs a great image, well recorded with decent equipment, well processed and seen on a decent screen or a decent print to channel what the photographer saw and recorded.
In the photography world I like to think of Ansel Adams: he chose great subject matter (Yosemite), used a view camera (big negative, high definition), stopped down to small apertures (more detail), used filters (to get the dramatic look he wanted), and he took great care in developing his negatives and making his prints. If you’ve ever seen a large Ansel Adams print, in person, it’s a thing of wonder and you can feel that care in the print, very much like these musicians and producers talking about the care they take in making and sharing music.
Flickr member Carsten Heyer took this dramatic image of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain.
This is all about being close enough to this amazing and very large structure so that looking up at it foreshortens the towers.
You can see a similar effect in my shots of some amazing tulip trees on the Appalachian Trail near here.
Flickr member David Strom took this great image of a translucent leaf and seeds on snow.
Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.
An old friend who hasn’t been on snowshoes in many years and I took a lap around this big field. What looked like a fast approaching storm ended up being nothing. Great to be out though and snowshoeing is a lot of fun.
This image is looking west, the next one is looking back this way from the other side of the field.
Next time we’ll go up the hill at the back of this image. My wife and I broke the trail up and over it a few days ago. The back-left of the hill is called “Waramaug Rock” and it looks out over Lake Waramaug which is about 3/4 mile to the left edge of this image.
This image is looking east, the previous one is looking back this way from the other side of the field.
We’ve been missing John Oliver the past month but he’s back and thank god. In this piece he takes on Donald Trump’s proclivity to exaggerate and lie. It’s brilliant including the ending.
Flickr member Flat Ivor took this great, almost panoramic image on a road in Peckforton Estate, Cheshire, UK with a Fuji X70.
L-R, top to bottom: Kellyanne Conway, Mike Pence, Donald Trump, Sean Spicer, Stephen Miller, Stephen Bannon, Michael Flynn (resigned), and Reince Priebus.
There are many more but this has been my protest sign in the marches I’ve taken part in. I’ve heard Julia Hahn is part of the team now, a recruit from Breitbart.
Feel free to take this and use it as you like.
I’ve been sitting on my hands and not posting political statements to Flickr or my blog but the time has come for any of us who are seriously worried to get to work in any way we can to save our country.
I’ve never stopped taking pictures even though my output is low, I’m simply so upset about what’s happening in my country to focus on much else and I’ve been tossing most of the images I take. Being upset has a terrible affect on one’s creative output although for some it can stimulate it. For me it’s led to a lot of sleepless nights.
Stock up on Xanax.
My flickr contact Charlie Nowlan took this great minimalist landscape on Uttakeiv Beach, Norway.
My flickr contact and friend Gary Sharp shot this fantastic landscape image of a tidal pool and surrounds on the Dellenback Trail on the Oregon coast with his Ricoh GR II.
We were listening to NPR on the drive home from the train home from New York and got totally into an episode of This American Life: No Coincidence, No Story!.
The host was Sarah Koenig of Serial fame.
This American Life asked folks to send in their best coincidence stories and they picked great ones to put on the air. It’s a great show.
Had I known, I’d have submitted mine: It really is a small world.