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Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-02-2020
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
Sorry for the long, slow, delay in responding. ...

Sorry for the long, slow, delay in responding.

Thank you for the suggestion of the Daniel Klein book. Our local library has it and I'll try and pick it up later today.

I may already be one of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-30-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,632
Posted By Steve Williams
It's sad to think that so much photography will...

It's sad to think that so much photography will vanish. Museums and universities only want collections that arrive along with a six-figure check to help handle management and scholarship around a...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-30-2019
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
Going through boxes of silver prints made from...

Going through boxes of silver prints made from 1990 until 2010 convinced me that I was doing far better and more consistent work than when I looked at my digital prints from 2010 until recently. For...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-30-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,762
Posted By Steve Williams
Interesting observations regarding the sort of...

Interesting observations regarding the sort of things that are easily dismissed under the umbrella of "elderly idiot" or whatever other old age excuse people devise.

Looking at your list -- here's...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-30-2019
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
Two years have passed since I last posted a...

Two years have passed since I last posted a comment on this thread. And a year and a half since I retired from Penn State. The idea of the empty mind has floated to the surface more than...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-23-2017
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
I last commented on this thread in February of...

I last commented on this thread in February of 2009. A lot has happened since then photographically. And the years have taken a toll on my body. The Vespa has remained the same throughout and I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-27-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 4,912
Posted By Steve Williams
The Leica M6 definitely will function without a...

The Leica M6 definitely will function without a battery. My skill at estimating exposure without a meter left me decades ago. I'm fine in bright sunlight but am in trouble in every other situation....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-27-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 4,912
Posted By Steve Williams
My friend Paul got the cover loose for me this...

My friend Paul got the cover loose for me this afternoon and replaced the batteries. Turns out he's just stronger than me. My arthritic fingers just can't apply enough pressure.

We inspected the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-27-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 4,912
Posted By Steve Williams
Any idea where to find said slotted cover? Seems...

Any idea where to find said slotted cover? Seems like a fine option.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-26-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 4,912
Posted By Steve Williams
I give up -- for tonight. I've tried the...

I give up -- for tonight. I've tried the following:

1. Heat
2. Rubber glove, pressure and turning until my thumb is so sore I can't use it on the spacebar typing
3. More heat
4. Tighten and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-26-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 4,912
Posted By Steve Williams
I might be able to find a rubber stopper around...

I might be able to find a rubber stopper around somewhere but no lighter fluid. Would hate to have to use WD40 on a Leica but I'm getting close.

Thanks for the suggestions.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-26-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 4,912
Posted By Steve Williams
Angry Leica M6 battery cover stuck

Was out shooting this morning and the battery died. The cover has always been difficult to get off but eventually it would loosen. No dice this time.

I've just stopped tapping the edge of the...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-23-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,870
Posted By Steve Williams
Despite ample evidence of the power and...

Despite ample evidence of the power and importance of giving prints to subjects I confess a far less than perfect track record in this area. I've yet to ritualize this step into my workflow,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-23-2011
Replies: 75
Views: 7,168
Posted By Steve Williams
A long time has passed since I last looked at...

A long time has passed since I last looked at this thread and I suppose it's no coincidence that it came up after my weekly, Sunday morning meeting with a fellow photographer and our discussion over...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-06-2009
Replies: 75
Views: 7,168
Posted By Steve Williams
You raise an important point about narcissism --...

You raise an important point about narcissism -- one that I have been quick to apply especially when listening to some artist's talk about their work in terms of process. It took me awhile to get...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-04-2009
Replies: 75
Views: 7,168
Posted By Steve Williams
Excellent! That is exactly how I feel. Thanks...

Excellent! That is exactly how I feel. Thanks for making it so clear.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-04-2009
Replies: 75
Views: 7,168
Posted By Steve Williams
What a great scale Frank! As I look at it I...

What a great scale Frank! As I look at it I would probably be a 1/2/8. There is perhaps another category that I have to consider:

4. Thinking about cameras and pictures but not doing anything...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-04-2009
Replies: 75
Views: 7,168
Posted By Steve Williams
We are an amazing lot and are at so many...

We are an amazing lot and are at so many different points on the road that I have to remember what may work for me might have the opposite effect on someone else.

For me, I feel like I have spent...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-04-2009
Replies: 75
Views: 7,168
Posted By Steve Williams
I always think of Chuck Close and the way he...

I always think of Chuck Close and the way he dealt with limitations in his vision that led to an entirely new body of work. I have toyed with the idea of invoking limitations in gear but wrestle...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,094
Posted By Steve Williams
All those possibilities. It can make my head...

All those possibilities. It can make my head swim if I think too long about it.

How do you choose?
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-04-2009
Replies: 75
Views: 7,168
Posted By Steve Williams
The Power of Less

At some instinctual level I know this is true. I recently began reading "The Power of Less" by Leo Babauta, author of ZenHabits blog. The book's premise of doing less and accomplish more was an...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-27-2009
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
I definitely take more chances with digitally. ...

I definitely take more chances with digitally. Or so I thought. What I found was I may just be taking more of the same pictures I do with film. At least compositionally. Big difference between...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-27-2009
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
So, what kind of Vespa are you riding? A friend...

So, what kind of Vespa are you riding?

A friend just dropped off a small box camera for me to admire and put on a shelf. He thought it required 620 film but when I opened it I was happy to see that...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-25-2009
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
Hello Ara, I smiled when I read that sentence. ...

Hello Ara,

I smiled when I read that sentence. Your recent posts have pushed me ahead I think. For years I shot and shot and did not think a lot of what I was doing or why I was doing it.

Then...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-25-2009
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
Oh no! Homework.;) There is a lot of work and...

Oh no! Homework.;)

There is a lot of work and reflection in answering those questions. I appreciate you posting this and I will spend some time with them while I am in the darkroom, for me a great...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-25-2009
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
I'll respectfully disagree. I believe what works...

I'll respectfully disagree. I believe what works for you or me may have little bearing on what works for another. There are many paths to the same destination.

While I agree that the mind is the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-24-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 3,804
Posted By Steve Williams
I got my first Leica in graduate school and used...

I got my first Leica in graduate school and used it obsessively to photograph my wife. The 50 was my lens of choice with a 35 often in my pocket with an extra roll of film. I have a 90 but seldom...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-24-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,864
Posted By Steve Williams
I used 4 inch PVC pipe and an inline fan placed...

I used 4 inch PVC pipe and an inline fan placed outside, the kind used in Radon reduction. The pipe has inlets built right into the backsplash of my darkroom sink with a fresh air vent overhead. It...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-24-2009
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
NH3: I've read your post a number of times and...

NH3: I've read your post a number of times and it has a lot of things in it that resonate with me. Determining the what the right subject is for me is a real challenge. Waiting doesn't work for me....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2009
Replies: 53
Views: 3,226
Posted By Steve Williams
I sold a Zone VI 8x10 camera, lenses, film...

I sold a Zone VI 8x10 camera, lenses, film holders, tripod, the works. While worlds away from what I shoot with my M6 it served a purpose for what I can only say was a more engaged experience...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-01-2008
Replies: 50
Views: 5,050
Posted By Steve Williams
I continue to shoot film outside my professional...

I continue to shoot film outside my professional digital life. I agree with your ideas of photography and a connection to memory. I need to think awhile longer about it be specific to film in the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1,588
Posted By Steve Williams
I just said hello to Senator Obama as he was...

I just said hello to Senator Obama as he was first greeting the five people in the group he would be touring the dairy complex with. He was quite relaxed and personable for someone who has been...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-31-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 1,509
Posted By Steve Williams
I started doing in when I was seeing slightly...

I started doing in when I was seeing slightly heavier development at the long edges of my film. Turned out I was just being a bit too aggressive with my agitation. But I have never stopped a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1,588
Posted By Steve Williams
A few days before the event I had to supply my SS...

A few days before the event I had to supply my SS number, birthdate, name. Since I was being added as a member of the host tour no credentials were issued. They did go through my equipment, checked...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-30-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1,588
Posted By Steve Williams
The Pretend Photojournalist

I spent about an hour this morning as part of the press pool following Barack Obama at Penn State. I was asked to document the activity surrounding the visit. Photojournalism is a practice far...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-26-2008
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
Definitely a small world. The Vespa and the...

Definitely a small world.

The Vespa and the camera seem like a natural pairing, at least to me. Sorry to hear your inspiration for the Vespa is now your ex but at least you still have the...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-16-2008
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
For good or ill I have followed my friend's...

For good or ill I have followed my friend's suggestion and put the M6 aside this past week in favor of the Nikon D200. I made around 100 exposures that I consider within the 3 Prints Project. It's...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-13-2008
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
You might be taking the term "Empty Mind" too...

You might be taking the term "Empty Mind" too literally. I think my friend intended in as a suggestion to me to let go of my rules, expectations, beliefs, and such as it related to photography. ...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-12-2008
Replies: 122
Views: 8,825
Posted By Steve Williams
I started with the family Zeiss Ikon folding...

I started with the family Zeiss Ikon folding camera at age nine and became the official family photographer for vacations, events, and was even allowed to shoot non-official pictures.

Two years...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-11-2008
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
My God! That's it. Except I am closer to being...

My God! That's it. Except I am closer to being you're polar opposite. For good or ill I don't pay as close attention when I am not photographing. The camera parallels a hearing aid.

I have...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-11-2008
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
Carrying a camera around with you all the time is...

Carrying a camera around with you all the time is something that you just decide to do. Even if I have the Domke satchel with me the camera is always around my neck (M6). Traveling light I just...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-11-2008
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
I didn't set out shooting the two rolls with any...

I didn't set out shooting the two rolls with any thought or concern about the end products. I did it to assure that I would continue shooting personal work. Photography not connected with my...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-11-2008
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
That's what has prompted me more than once to...

That's what has prompted me more than once to consider drawing lessons....
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-10-2008
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
First, I want to thank everyone for their...

First, I want to thank everyone for their insights and suggestions. Even though some of you suggested following my own intuition my personal experience has proven that insight is best tempered by a...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-10-2008
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
Waiting for motivation spells certain doom for...

Waiting for motivation spells certain doom for me. Motivation only arrives for me in the doing, especially with photography. I don't want you to think that shooting film has become a chore. Quite...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-10-2008
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
Hello Roger, The M8 has crossed my mind more...

Hello Roger,

The M8 has crossed my mind more than once. The cost still scares me though.

I am curious though about the Empty Mind not being compatible with photography. Seems as if a visual...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-10-2008
Replies: 138
Views: 18,700
Posted By Steve Williams
The Empty Mind -- film vs. digital

Since the end of November I have committed myself (along with a friend) to shoot two rolls of film each week, process, and make three silver prints. At the end of January I started posting the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-13-2008
Replies: 85
Views: 2,560
Posted By Steve Williams
This has been a fine exchange of thoughts and...

This has been a fine exchange of thoughts and ideas for me. I didn't realize when I posted the thread that this issue would generate so much discussion. I suppose it has some universal...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-11-2008
Replies: 85
Views: 2,560
Posted By Steve Williams
Paul -- I think you have summed up my fear. What...

Paul -- I think you have summed up my fear. What I wish is that I can remain aware of what I am doing and that blur becomes the result of a conscious decision just as focus, depth of field, and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-11-2008
Replies: 85
Views: 2,560
Posted By Steve Williams
When I posted this thread I was referring to...

When I posted this thread I was referring to camera motion induced by very slow shutters speeds. Nothing to do with any inherent characteristics of the lens.

I carry the Leica with me everywhere...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-10-2008
Replies: 85
Views: 2,560
Posted By Steve Williams
A release from sharpness

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=55770&d=1202699124For many years I rigorously pursued images exhibiting tack sharpness, fine grain, etc., etc, and etc. It...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-09-2008
Replies: 1
Views: 1,448
Posted By Steve Williams
This is cool. I have the three DVDs at a time...

This is cool. I have the three DVDs at a time plan and with that I appear to get unlimited Watch Instantly access. Just tried the HCB video but it said I need to use Internet Explorer instead of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-09-2008
Replies: 64
Views: 1,999
Posted By Steve Williams
Photographer Bill Emery ran into trouble taking...

Photographer Bill Emery ran into trouble taking pictures on the sidewalk outside the White House. He has an audio recording of his encounter with a federal officer. In the situation you don't have...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-09-2008
Replies: 64
Views: 1,999
Posted By Steve Williams
Over the years what has served me best in these...

Over the years what has served me best in these situations is yes sir, no sir, no excuse sir. The police hold all the relevant cards now, especially in light of the Patriot Act, to argue much with...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-04-2008
Replies: 109
Views: 10,120
Posted By Steve Williams
In big shoots the final results for me are always...

In big shoots the final results for me are always better with an art director on site. Even my assistant monitors the images as they load on the laptop looking for problems. It was a different...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-03-2008
Replies: 64
Views: 3,421
Posted By Steve Williams
Same here. Wide open in the right kind of light...

Same here. Wide open in the right kind of light and the image has a glowing halo around sharp edges. I thought I would have to pay extra for that....:angel:
Forum: RFF Polls 02-03-2008
Replies: 109
Views: 10,120
Posted By Steve Williams
I never thought about it that way before but...

I never thought about it that way before but there may be some truth to it. When I shoot assignments I will often tether the digital camera to my laptop so that the designer or art director can see...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-26-2008
Replies: 27
Views: 1,297
Posted By Steve Williams
Now which button do I push for that to...

Now which button do I push for that to happen?:)

I don't have the Commodore 64 anymore but I still have the cassette tape that the data was stored on. Not sure how I would get that into my PC or...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-25-2008
Replies: 27
Views: 1,297
Posted By Steve Williams
I've been reading this thread with interest. As...

I've been reading this thread with interest. As each New Year rolls around I swear a solemn oath to finally get all my negatives organized and filed away safely. Looking at the copious amount of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-24-2008
Replies: 33
Views: 1,703
Posted By Steve Williams
I spent the last few hours with my father in a...

I spent the last few hours with my father in a hospice and photographed him until the end. I have come to realize that it's just the way I process what's going on. Some consider it disrespectful...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-24-2008
Replies: 109
Views: 10,120
Posted By Steve Williams
Professionally I am 100 percent digital. It...

Professionally I am 100 percent digital. It makes sense in terms of time, expense, process, and it's what the art director wants and expects from me.

I shoot black and white exclusively and process...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-22-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 1,683
Posted By Steve Williams
I've been riding a Vespa for over two years now...

I've been riding a Vespa for over two years now and shooting as I go, mostly with a digital camera of some sort but have wanted to shoot more black and white film on rides.

The picture taken on this...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-22-2008
Replies: 57
Views: 4,948
Posted By Steve Williams
Professionally I work exclusively with digital...

Professionally I work exclusively with digital tools. All my work is for publication, the Web, or for exhibit panels handled by designers. Because of this I have never really explored inkjet...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-22-2008
Replies: 51
Views: 5,033
Posted By Steve Williams
Gene, I'm hoping it becomes easier and habitual...

Gene, I'm hoping it becomes easier and habitual over time. I suffer from an overabundance of inertia which probably accounts for why the trim is still not up in our bedroom after 12 years.

In...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-22-2008
Replies: 51
Views: 5,033
Posted By Steve Williams
After graduate school my personal photographic...

After graduate school my personal photographic output declined dramatically as I pursued my professional work. A friend and I made a pact before this past November that we would shoot at least two...
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