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Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 66
Views: 2,854
Posted By Bob Michaels
Almost all my collection of Paterson tanks were...

Almost all my collection of Paterson tanks were purchased on E-Bay from sellers who listed using the misspelling with two t's, thus attracting the attention of few or no other potential buyers. It...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,420
Posted By Bob Michaels
Bill, with all due respect, the phrase "jump the...

Bill, with all due respect, the phrase "jump the shark" comes to mind.
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,142
Posted By Bob Michaels
Tim: my 2 cents is a variance with most here but...

Tim: my 2 cents is a variance with most here but that's no problem for me. I can only tell you what worked for me when I was in your situation.

First, do you have a general idea what is wrong with...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 65
Views: 2,449
Posted By Bob Michaels
Gibara, Cuba - your basic Cuban pork sandwich...

Gibara, Cuba - your basic Cuban pork sandwich moments before the first bite. These sandwiches always cost 10 Cuban pesos or the equivalent of 40 cents US.

...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 434
Views: 61,689
Posted By Bob Michaels
tent revival - Mobile...

tent revival - Mobile Alabama

http://bobmichaels.org/tent%20revival%20AL/slides/DSCF0847.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 65
Views: 2,449
Posted By Bob Michaels
lynnb: no such limitation exists in the minds of...

lynnb: no such limitation exists in the minds of a few of us. Too often what begins as a strict literal interpretation of the theme devolves into members posting their version of the same basic photo...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,142
Posted By Bob Michaels
Do I not remember these discussions being exactly...

Do I not remember these discussions being exactly the same back when cameras were moving from 6mp to 12mp? Does anyone think the discussion will change when cameras are moving from 250mp to 500mp at...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 517
Views: 47,719
Posted By Bob Michaels
The town of St. Joseph, in the Florida panhandle,...

The town of St. Joseph, in the Florida panhandle, was founded in 1835 and rapidly became the largest community in Florida. The constitution establishing Florida as a state was written and signed...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 65
Views: 2,449
Posted By Bob Michaels
Cienfuegos, Cuba ...

Cienfuegos, Cuba


http://bobmichaels.org/cuba_Jan2011_initial_select/slides/nursing_mother.jpg
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,142
Posted By Bob Michaels
Could it be that the internet and related market...

Could it be that the internet and related market aspects in the modern era have caused too many to be focused on numbers whereas in the "old days" the criteria was only "looks good to me".

Life...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 718
Posted By Bob Michaels
I am convinced that it has everything to do with...

I am convinced that it has everything to do with the subject's perception of themselves being photographed. Some have convinced themselves that are not "photogenic" and create a self fulfilling...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-18-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 400
Posted By Bob Michaels
Absolutely! I bought cameras and lenses from many...

Absolutely! I bought cameras and lenses from many dealers in Shutterbug in that time frame. Always great people to deal with. You could call them on the phone and they would go get the item you were...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-18-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 400
Posted By Bob Michaels
original Shutterbug Ads magazine also product of Apollo program

We should acknowledge that the original Shutterbug Ads magazine was one of the many things that came from the Apollo program at KSC. It originated as the classified section of the KSC camera club...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-18-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,585
Posted By Bob Michaels
Seeing any of the NASA 70mm films at the five...

Seeing any of the NASA 70mm films at the five story tall IMAX 3D theater at the Kennedy Space Flight Visitor Information Center brings the experience to a totally new level. The visual impact cannot...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-17-2019
Replies: 616
Views: 15,621
Posted By Bob Michaels
Yordanka Harambouru Zaldivar, Cuban poet and...

Yordanka Harambouru Zaldivar, Cuban poet and writer. Also my wife. I made this photo on our first date.

http://bobmichaels.org/unlinked/slides/DSCF2106.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-04-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,748
Posted By Bob Michaels
http://bobmichaels.org/unlinked/slides/DSCF4338.jp...

http://bobmichaels.org/unlinked/slides/DSCF4338.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-03-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 9,257
Posted By Bob Michaels
Pentudlian and Kuuan: thanks. Transportation for...

Pentudlian and Kuuan: thanks. Transportation for Cubans has been a real problem for decades. However, their creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and social structure of sharing seems to bridge the gap....
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-02-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 9,257
Posted By Bob Michaels
Here is a little photo story about some of the...

Here is a little photo story about some of the various modes of transportation seen around the one block downtown area of Cueto, the small town in eastern Cuba where I live part time. (13...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-02-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 9,257
Posted By Bob Michaels
Barajagua, Holguin, Cuba: local picking up his...

Barajagua, Holguin, Cuba: local picking up his kids from school as he does everyday. Horses are normal transportation in Cuba because they are inexpensive to use needing no petrol. Few Cubans can...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-27-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 9,206
Posted By Bob Michaels
http://bobmichaels.org/CubaJune2011/slides/colse-u...

http://bobmichaels.org/CubaJune2011/slides/colse-up-Malecon.jpg
Forum: RFF Polls 06-25-2019
Replies: 62
Views: 3,059
Posted By Bob Michaels
I think the same as Peter

I think the same as Peter
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-25-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,748
Posted By Bob Michaels
What tourists think is a Cuban cultural icon

Tourists to Havana pay big bucks to be driven around in "an old American car". To meet the demand for convertibles, Cubans use acetylene torches to quickly remove the roofs of 2 door and 4 door...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 06-23-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 619
Posted By Bob Michaels
You must be changing something other than paper...

You must be changing something other than paper sizes to cause a difference in the print. No clue if it is a different paper, printer driver, profile, or what. But you only need to determine what you...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-01-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 4,877
Posted By Bob Michaels
Robert M: it appears you used your own...

Robert M: it appears you used your own independent thoughts about interpreting the theme rather than just looking at everyone else's photos and copying them. Thanks!
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-31-2019
Replies: 398
Views: 65,386
Posted By Bob Michaels
Yellow is the color of Oshun, one of the major...

Yellow is the color of Oshun, one of the major Santeria orishas or spirits. Santeria is an Afro-Cuban religion with many followers. Oshun is the spirit of the river, luxury, pleasure, sexuality,...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-30-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 4,877
Posted By Bob Michaels
Auburn, Alabama - I think more conceptually than...

Auburn, Alabama - I think more conceptually than most here.

http://bobmichaels.org/unlinked/slides/trust-jesus-traffic-signal-button.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-28-2019
Replies: 616
Views: 15,621
Posted By Bob Michaels
Emily Sarzik, my "sort of stepdaughter", who...

Emily Sarzik, my "sort of stepdaughter", who lives in Havana. Her mother and I had a relationship but she is now deceased. I still remain close to the family. Emily is in her 3rd year at the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-27-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,748
Posted By Bob Michaels
http://bobmichaels.org/cuba2tripdraft/slides/Che-g...

http://bobmichaels.org/cuba2tripdraft/slides/Che-graffiti-Centro-Ciduad.jpg
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-27-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 557
Posted By Bob Michaels
You can check with your local Wal-Mart or Sam's...

You can check with your local Wal-Mart or Sam's and see if they still have their send out photo service. I know several years ago they did 35mm C-41 in house on their Frontiers but sent 35mm E-6 out....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-18-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 2,602
Posted By Bob Michaels
Bojan: I just love the format. And each show is...

Bojan: I just love the format. And each show is so informative about the local culture.

Those who believe the world begins and ends with prints hanging on a wall should view the excellent...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-18-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 280
Posted By Bob Michaels
Takkun: about 12 years ago I searched through the...

Takkun: about 12 years ago I searched through the surplus electronic shipping cases at our local outlet and selected two. I fitted them with Styrofoam sheets lined with cardboard so each securely...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-18-2019
Replies: 616
Views: 15,621
Posted By Bob Michaels
2005 - Steve Petras, owner of "Pizza King" on the...

2005 - Steve Petras, owner of "Pizza King" on the Daytona Beach Boardwalk with a photo of himself 48 years earlier when he opened the stand. It was the last few days of "Pizza King" as the city had...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-15-2019
Replies: 616
Views: 15,621
Posted By Bob Michaels
Raul Ballate Perez at the May 1st workers day...

Raul Ballate Perez at the May 1st workers day march in Cueto, Cuba. I had seen him around town but never really met him. But he was at the front of the parade with the other military folks when I...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-14-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,748
Posted By Bob Michaels
José Martí: poet, philosopher, intellectual, and...

José Martí: poet, philosopher, intellectual, and political activist who died in battle fighting for Cuba's independence from Spain. He is acknowledged as the father of Cuba. A copy of this statue is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-12-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,181
Posted By Bob Michaels
In the late 1980's I threw away the total of 12...

In the late 1980's I threw away the total of 12 years of attempted serious photography including notebook after notebook of negatives & proof sheets, proof prints, printing notes, boxes of 35mm...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-22-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,735
Posted By Bob Michaels
Why is it that some rant and rave about these...

Why is it that some rant and rave about these tutorials when they have the free choice to click on the link or just move on?
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 04-22-2019
Replies: 1,564
Views: 99,704
Posted By Bob Michaels
Havana, on the Prado, the long marble walkway and...

Havana, on the Prado, the long marble walkway and linear park that runs from the sea all the way to the Capital.

10AM, policeman doing a "suspicion of prostitution" report for a young lady. Five of...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 04-22-2019
Replies: 1,564
Views: 99,704
Posted By Bob Michaels
http://bobmichaels.org/Cuba%20photos%202014/slides...

http://bobmichaels.org/Cuba%20photos%202014/slides/260-viva-Fidel-y-wrecked-car.jpg 1024) {this.width=1024;this.alt='Click here to see a large version';}" onmouseover="if(this.alt)...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-21-2019
Replies: 601
Views: 51,424
Posted By Bob Michaels
Havana http://bobmichaels.org/Cuba%20photos%202014...

Havana
http://bobmichaels.org/Cuba%20photos%202014/slides/200-woman-w-Xray.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-18-2019
Replies: 601
Views: 51,424
Posted By Bob Michaels
John Bolton, Trump's National Security Advisor,...

John Bolton, Trump's National Security Advisor, said yesterday's US actions against Cuba were necessary because Cuba's vast military was defending and supporting Venezuela.

This is some of Cuba's...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-17-2019
Replies: 616
Views: 15,621
Posted By Bob Michaels
Is is necessary that a portrait show a person's...

Is is necessary that a portrait show a person's face if another body part is more representative of who they are? (from Bike week Daytona Beach 2003, 2004, & 2005)

...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-16-2019
Replies: 616
Views: 15,621
Posted By Bob Michaels
I do as well. ...

I do as well.

http://bobmichaels.org/unlinked/slides/hot-dog-window-Vedado.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-16-2019
Replies: 616
Views: 15,621
Posted By Bob Michaels
Erik: you certainly are entitled to your own...

Erik: you certainly are entitled to your own opinions regarding a definition of "portrait". But it is commonly accepted in artistic academic teachings and environments that the most common...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-16-2019
Replies: 616
Views: 15,621
Posted By Bob Michaels
I respectfully have to disagree. Like all...

I respectfully have to disagree. Like all artistic definitions it is broad but certainly not all images of people are portraits. Artistic educational materials and common usage gives us some...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-15-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 212
Posted By Bob Michaels
Better still, buy his book of his photos of Rock...

Better still, buy his book of his photos of Rock City barns. As an old fart who grew up in the deep south seeing those barns back in their heyday, I really appreciated it.



David is a pretty...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-15-2019
Replies: 262
Views: 39,934
Posted By Bob Michaels
Everyone ignored the camera on a tripod and could...

Everyone ignored the camera on a tripod and could not see the remote release on my right hand. It was fun and I gave everyone's money back. (just found this old one from...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-14-2019
Replies: 616
Views: 15,621
Posted By Bob Michaels
Larry, I certainly agree with you while similarly...

Larry, I certainly agree with you while similarly acknowledging everyone can have their own definition and motivation. I am one who rejects "labels" to define different photo genres. However, I do...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-09-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,129
Posted By Bob Michaels
Years ago I bought a Bronica SQA which was...

Years ago I bought a Bronica SQA which was represented as well used but working perfectly. When I opened the box, my initial thought was that of a 10 year old NYC taxi. VERY well used. But it worked...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-08-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 2,037
Posted By Bob Michaels
CameraQuest had the later black model of this in...

CameraQuest had the later black model of this in stock for many years. It was factory fresh, CQ and factory warranty, and priced little more than the $90 everybody is now so excited about. When...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-25-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 333
Posted By Bob Michaels
Ko.Fe: that projector is probably Soviet....

Ko.Fe: that projector is probably Soviet.

Thanks for the comment about the story having no end. I struggled with that but never found a solution.

A shot of rum in Cuba is the equivalent of 4 cents...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-25-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 333
Posted By Bob Michaels
farleymac & doug: I have a question for you since...

farleymac & doug: I have a question for you since it appears you looked at the story. You may have realized that I differ from many here in that I try to communicate by informing and sometimes...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 03-24-2019
Replies: 1,564
Views: 99,704
Posted By Bob Michaels
If you don't understand that street game with the...

If you don't understand that street game with the little red pea and the three bottle caps or shells, you will be the one handing over the cash to some guy wearing lots of gold. They allowed me to...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-24-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 333
Posted By Bob Michaels
New photo story (23 photos) about the Film Festival Gibara Cuba on my website

I have a story on my website (http://bobmichaels.org) of 23 sequenced photos with captions that tells all about the International Film Festival in Gibara Cuba and the town itself . I am happy to hear...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-16-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 571
Posted By Bob Michaels
My local camera repair guy has no problem with my...

My local camera repair guy has no problem with my ZI. He says everything is very standard in construction. Parts do not seem to be a problem as camera repairs have an informal network telling each...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-13-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By Bob Michaels
This 111' x 32' print...

This 111' x 32' print (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Picture) was developed by wiping it down with 600 gallons of developer and 1,200 gallons of fixer.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-09-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,007
Posted By Bob Michaels
I believe too many have their files backed up...

I believe too many have their files backed up with redundancy or triple redundancy so they can never be lost. Yet the few hundred really worthwhile images are buried in hundreds of thousands of...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-03-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,180
Posted By Bob Michaels
My post from the "self portrait" thread, a 9...

My post from the "self portrait" thread, a 9 photo sequence titled "Bob goes to bed"
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-03-2019
Replies: 766
Views: 178,193
Posted By Bob Michaels
http://www.bobmichaels.org/misc/slides/girls-layin...

http://www.bobmichaels.org/misc/slides/girls-laying-on-beach-v2.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-03-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,180
Posted By Bob Michaels
Here is a 9 photo sequence entitled "Bob goes to...

Here is a 9 photo sequence entitled "Bob goes to bed" which was my post in the self portrait thread.

edit: sorry contained bad link, reposted.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-02-2019
Replies: 178
Views: 33,046
Posted By Bob Michaels
Black College reunion at Daytona Beach back in...

Black College reunion at Daytona Beach back in the early 2000's. When shown on the old ContaxG.com website back then, it was the only photo ever to be scored by a member as 1 on the 1-10 scale, 1...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-02-2019
Replies: 178
Views: 33,046
Posted By Bob Michaels
From my series "six months on the boardwalk"...

From my series "six months on the boardwalk" where I photographed every weekend on the Daytona Beach boardwalk from January to July 2005. The series focused on the changing types of visitors from the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-02-2019
Replies: 178
Views: 33,046
Posted By Bob Michaels
http://bobmichaels.org/unlinked/slides/torso-legs-...

http://bobmichaels.org/unlinked/slides/torso-legs-man-at-beach.jpg
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-22-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 855
Posted By Bob Michaels
Doesn't selecting the aspect ratio that works...

Doesn't selecting the aspect ratio that works best with the particular image being printed then trimming excess using a paper cutter eliminate all this discussion and result in better looking prints?...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-16-2019
Replies: 98
Views: 12,057
Posted By Bob Michaels
These 50 photos in my series of portraits of...

These 50 photos in my series of portraits of regular Cuban people (http://bobmichaels.org/Cuba%20photos%202014/) were shot on a combination 35mm Tri-X, Neopan 400, and HP5. I am sure you film mavens...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-12-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,819
Posted By Bob Michaels
I remember a phone conversation with Ed Hamrick...

I remember a phone conversation with Ed Hamrick back in 2003 or 2004 about a real problem. He fixed the problem and it was included in a new release several days later.

But we digressed into the...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-14-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 571
Posted By Bob Michaels
About 15 or so years ago, I researched the Multi...

About 15 or so years ago, I researched the Multi Pro and Nikon 8000 when both were available new. I chose and bought the Multi Pro. It has been running fine ever since.

Someday it will have a...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-11-2019
Replies: 1,648
Views: 280,754
Posted By Bob Michaels
Pink has suddenly become the popular color for...

Pink has suddenly become the popular color for those convertibles who take tourists on those expensive rides around Havana. There were no pink convertibles some 5-6 years ago just as there were no...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-09-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 966
Posted By Bob Michaels
yes, Yes, YES! Most of us who have been scanning...

yes, Yes, YES! Most of us who have been scanning for a long time realize the disadvantages of using those scanner adjustments to get the best looking file from the scanner software. We only strive to...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-17-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 452
Posted By Bob Michaels
I shot a lot exclusively with a G1 and also a G2...

I shot a lot exclusively with a G1 and also a G2 for about 8 years. You can tell nothing about the body without having a lens attached. Nor anything about a lens without a body.

You will need to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-13-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 297
Posted By Bob Michaels
If one is specifically interested in Kodachrome...

If one is specifically interested in Kodachrome images, simply look at any National Geographic prior to 2009 when Kodak quit making Kodachrome. They used it almost exclusively. BTW, there have been...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 12-13-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 2,132
Posted By Bob Michaels
Absolutely! All manufacturers of printers in that...

Absolutely! All manufacturers of printers in that range use the old Gillette Razor blade business model where they essentially give you the product so they can make their profit on the consumables....
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-12-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 1,984
Posted By Bob Michaels
From your local camera repair tech, just like any...

From your local camera repair tech, just like any other camera. Now mine does not have a ZI parts camera but he has drawers of others and a network of similar repair guys. When I needed a replacement...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-12-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 1,984
Posted By Bob Michaels
No, it is just the simple economic law of pricing...

No, it is just the simple economic law of pricing being set by supply vs. demand, nothing else.

If you don't want to buy at the current pricing, then don't. If you don't want to sell at the current...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 12-11-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 2,132
Posted By Bob Michaels
My P600 has never done this. I suspect you have...

My P600 has never done this. I suspect you have something in your settings that need changing to keep this from happening.Do you have "BK Ink Auto Change" set to Off on the printer? That is a setting...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-10-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 699
Posted By Bob Michaels
Chris' thread "some new images from Fort Wayne"...

Chris' thread "some new images from Fort Wayne" is one of the most viewed here. http://chriscrawfordphoto.com/ Also, an incredibly nice guy. Chris had a stroke several years ago and traded in his...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-10-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 699
Posted By Bob Michaels
Ever heard of Chris Crawford? Read his posts here...

Ever heard of Chris Crawford? Read his posts here while you delight in his photos.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-09-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 354
Posted By Bob Michaels
Interesting observation as I have been in some...

Interesting observation as I have been in some conferences with her at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at Ole Miss and seen a few exhibits of her work as I sometimes bum around the...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-08-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,232
Posted By Bob Michaels
ptpdprinter is totally correct. Everything was my...

ptpdprinter is totally correct. Everything was my decision about what was important. The photos and the general tone of the story was mine and mine alone. The exclusion of the much discussed ethical...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-08-2018
Replies: 517
Views: 47,719
Posted By Bob Michaels
entrance to cattle ranch in Mississippi ...

entrance to cattle ranch in Mississippi

http://www.bobmichaels.org/MS%20Delta%20best/slides/cow-on-pedestal-by-MS-river.jpg
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-07-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,232
Posted By Bob Michaels
Thanks. I found time to look through your...

Thanks. I found time to look through your website. Very interesting.

My website http://bobmichaels.org/ does have a number of different stories. But mine use differing presentations as I continue...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-06-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,232
Posted By Bob Michaels
Great segue into a critical question. Did I not...

Great segue into a critical question. Did I not provide enough information or make the erroneous assumption that the viewer would click on an image from the thumbnail to see the full image with...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-06-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,232
Posted By Bob Michaels
Helen / Rich: excellent input as you both...

Helen / Rich: excellent input as you both confirmed the validity of my concern that it is not obvious to the viewer that there is supporting text and one must manually click on the first image, then...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-06-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,232
Posted By Bob Michaels
Oh, no. I never said internet videos were...

Oh, no. I never said internet videos were uninforming. What I did say was that knowledge from only watching videos was not a valid argument for contending someone's images did not portray reality...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-05-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,232
Posted By Bob Michaels
If we were in a bar, I would buy you a beer.

If we were in a bar, I would buy you a beer.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-05-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,232
Posted By Bob Michaels
Living in Cuba part time, I see no real concern....

Living in Cuba part time, I see no real concern. Cubans understand chickens are something beyond a meat product that comes wrapped in plastic at the store. They are directly connected to agricultural...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-05-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,232
Posted By Bob Michaels
So you have never been to a cockfight in Cuba....

So you have never been to a cockfight in Cuba. You know nothing about the way fighting cocks are cared for. You know nothing about chickens. You do not even know that cockfighting is legal in Cuba...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-05-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,232
Posted By Bob Michaels
Or, could it be that my photos of the reality do...

Or, could it be that my photos of the reality do not match up with your preconceived notions? Have you ever been to a cock fight? Every know anyone who cared for cocks? Have you ever even raised...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-05-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 944
Posted By Bob Michaels
I have just continued to use Lightroom with many...

I have just continued to use Lightroom with many upgrades since Adobe gave me one of the initial versions for a token price since I was a Photoshop owner.

I have used Photoshop with many upgrades,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-04-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 2,602
Posted By Bob Michaels
Love the presentation format as the audio just...

Love the presentation format as the audio just adds so much information to the still photos.And the audio being in the subject's voice is really a step up.



Also, great choice of subject matter....
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-04-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,232
Posted By Bob Michaels
Bill: thanks for stating your opinion so clearly....

Bill: thanks for stating your opinion so clearly. I point out the matter of perspective. Some here worry about chickens while those from other countries, Cuba being a prime example, dismiss cocks...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-04-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,232
Posted By Bob Michaels
Above quote selected only because it seems a good...

Above quote selected only because it seems a good summation and indicative of many thoughts here that I would like to address.

I chose to do this story about cockfighters as a cultural point of...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-04-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,232
Posted By Bob Michaels
Robert: Thanks and taken to heart. I consider...

Robert: Thanks and taken to heart. I consider myself a bit of a strong writer from my business days who understands the weakness of passive voice and rambling sentences. I can do better and will...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-04-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,232
Posted By Bob Michaels
Guth: the concept of total gender equality in...

Guth: the concept of total gender equality in Cuba is so huge and essentially so unknown that it just would overwhelm a story about cockfighting. Example: the majority of scientists, doctors, members...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-04-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,232
Posted By Bob Michaels
Guth: you gave exactly what I asked for, so...

Guth: you gave exactly what I asked for, so thanks. It is always good to hear others views regardless if you agree or disagree with them.

Not in a rebuke, but only response to some of the good...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-04-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,232
Posted By Bob Michaels
Thanks for comments. I remain interested in...

Thanks for comments. I remain interested in others' thoughts about the merits of presenting stories comprised of multiple images as a means of communicating information. Also specific critique about...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-03-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,232
Posted By Bob Michaels
critique please - Cuban cockfighters, a photo story

I would love to hear suggestions for improvement about this 16 image photo story with accompanying captions. I strive to convey information by using little stories rather than displaying individual...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-02-2018
Replies: 601
Views: 51,424
Posted By Bob Michaels
Havana, on the Prado de Paseo (major pedestrian...

Havana, on the Prado de Paseo (major pedestrian thoroughfare): I know very well you are not supposed to photograph anything that is military or police in Cuba having been taken to the police station...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-01-2018
Replies: 3,190
Views: 558,316
Posted By Bob Michaels
Cueto, Cuba: you can buy 3 cigarettes from the...

Cueto, Cuba: you can buy 3 cigarettes from the government bar for 1 Cuban peso which is equivalent to US 4 cents. This is for those who do not have the 7 pesos (28 cents) for a whole package of...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-01-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 3,196
Posted By Bob Michaels
Holguin, Cuba: Gospel singers at the opening of...

Holguin, Cuba: Gospel singers at the opening of my photo exhibit of religion in a historic Negro community in the southern US. The Ministry of Culture had said they would provide musical...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-30-2018
Replies: 479
Views: 36,883
Posted By Bob Michaels
lynnb: thanks so much for creating such different...

lynnb: thanks so much for creating such different perspectives from different positions using some creativity in your photos. Hopefully you can serve as some inspiration to some who tend to shoot the...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-29-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 675
Posted By Bob Michaels
The dimensions for me are always a function of...

The dimensions for me are always a function of the aspect ratio. I always use the aspect ratio that I deem works best with that particular image, not what the camera manufacturer decided it should...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-29-2018
Replies: 132
Views: 9,257
Posted By Bob Michaels
Cuba is a country of innovative transportation...

Cuba is a country of innovative transportation solutions.


This pig carrier is used daily by a vendor who sets out everyday touring neighborhoods in Holguin with another pig for sale. When he...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-29-2018
Replies: 132
Views: 9,257
Posted By Bob Michaels
Cueto, Cuba: Carahatas are a hybrid truck or bus...

Cueto, Cuba: Carahatas are a hybrid truck or bus that runs on RR tracks. They are a part of the Cuban transportation system serving remote communities as the country is crisscrossed with RR tracks to...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-26-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 1,592
Posted By Bob Michaels
Is the Plustek not supported by Vuescan, which is...

Is the Plustek not supported by Vuescan, which is supported under Linux?

Remember the Vuescan trial version is free.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-26-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 1,592
Posted By Bob Michaels
I still occasionally print from 15 year old files...

I still occasionally print from 15 year old files created by my ScanDual III and never find them lacking. Those older ScanDual III and IV's are great for those of us who only care what our photos...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-25-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,022
Posted By Bob Michaels
I think you are right. If there was not a viable...

I think you are right. If there was not a viable market for such 10-15 years ago when people were buying a lot more M and LTM mount cameras there sure is not one now.

Nothing has changed since back...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 11-20-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 852
Posted By Bob Michaels
John: are you sure you still have a 23mm f2? I...

John: are you sure you still have a 23mm f2? I know you sold me one a few years ago. It stays on my camera about 90% of the time, the other 10% being my 14mm. I have made a few international trips...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-20-2018
Replies: 65
Views: 2,449
Posted By Bob Michaels
Havana,...

Havana, Cuba
http://bobmichaels.org/cubajan2014/slides/hot-dog-window-Vedado.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-20-2018
Replies: 65
Views: 2,449
Posted By Bob Michaels
Those of us who are old timers from the deep...

Those of us who are old timers from the deep south of the US laugh at this. Everyone in our family has never given a racial thought to loving and eating watermelon. Our bloodline is 99% European and...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-20-2018
Replies: 65
Views: 2,449
Posted By Bob Michaels
I have found that almost everyone who sees racial...

I have found that almost everyone who sees racial overtones in the image is white. That includes a gallery curator who refused to include the print in an exhibit saying it was offensive because it...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 11-17-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,185
Posted By Bob Michaels
It has been almost 50 years since I used a...

It has been almost 50 years since I used a Canonet and the Canolite F flash but as I remember, the camera uses the focus distance to set the aperture for proper exposure as the flash fires at full...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-15-2018
Replies: 601
Views: 51,424
Posted By Bob Michaels
Cueto, Cuba - recent from my in process series...

Cueto, Cuba - recent from my in process series "the cockfighters". While this cock lost his match this day, he will be well cared for and nursed back to health to fight again in a few weeks....
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-07-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2,582
Posted By Bob Michaels
I believe I reached a point of rapidly...

I believe I reached a point of rapidly diminishing returns several decades ago in improving the quality of my photos by choosing appropriate shutter speeds and aperture choices. Yet I believe...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-07-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2,582
Posted By Bob Michaels
Bill: I am disappointed that you are equating...

Bill: I am disappointed that you are equating "credit" for a photo to the ability to correctly set f-stop, shutter speed, focus, and ISO. Is that all there is to making great photos? Certainly you do...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-19-2018
Replies: 587
Views: 105,946
Posted By Bob Michaels
Nikon Sam (and a few others) thanks for...

Nikon Sam (and a few others) thanks for displaying the creativity to do something other than stand in front of a mirror taking a photo of you and your camera taking a photo of you and your camera....
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 10-16-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 611
Posted By Bob Michaels
http://bobmichaels.org/intro_religion.htm

http://bobmichaels.org/intro_religion.htm
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 10-16-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 611
Posted By Bob Michaels
my exhibit in Holguin, Cuba opening 24 October

The Cuban Ministry of Culture is having an exhibit of my "Religion - South Apopka" work in the lobby of the Alex Urquiola regional library in Holguin City, Cuba. The opening at 10AM on 24 October is...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-14-2018
Replies: 304
Views: 33,626
Posted By Bob Michaels
You really need to spend some time in the...

You really need to spend some time in the Mississippi Delta, especially in Clarksdale. You will find yourself surrounded by incredible music every night, a style that you thought ceased to exist many...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-14-2018
Replies: 815
Views: 91,666
Posted By Bob Michaels
So, should I have told you that this is one of 50...

So, should I have told you that this is one of 50 photos in a series about Cuban people? I like to think that those who see the series and read the captions end up with a good idea of what Cuban...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-14-2018
Replies: 815
Views: 91,666
Posted By Bob Michaels
Hershey, Cuba: squatter living in the long...

Hershey, Cuba: squatter living in the long abandoned housing for workers at the dismantled sugar mill. Most of the wooden roofs have collapsed over the years in the stone building but a few citizens...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-14-2018
Replies: 938
Views: 149,674
Posted By Bob Michaels
Possibly the only landscape photo I have made in...

Possibly the only landscape photo I have made in the last 25 years. I was photographing local people and their culture in the remote agricultural town of Banao, Cuba several years ago when I came...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-12-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 3,227
Posted By Bob Michaels
brbo: thanks. Your test results and conclusions...

brbo: thanks. Your test results and conclusions are informative. They are quite different from my personal experiences. But, my experiences were from the 2000-2002 era. Possibly the hardware has...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-12-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 3,227
Posted By Bob Michaels
Many are so sure they cannot edit a negative with...

Many are so sure they cannot edit a negative with a loupe that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

It is similar to those who are sure they cannot compose with a view camera because the image is...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-12-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 3,227
Posted By Bob Michaels
I do not have the necessary instrumentation to...

I do not have the necessary instrumentation to measure actual resolution in a scan file. Do you know anyone who does and what they actually got? I strongly suspect those numbers are the manufacturers...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-12-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 3,227
Posted By Bob Michaels
I edit on a light table with a loupe. There is no...

I edit on a light table with a loupe. There is no problem editing and making decisions by looking at a negative image once you get over the assumption that you cannot do it. You will always get more...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-12-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 3,227
Posted By Bob Michaels
Difference between manufacturer computed or...

Difference between manufacturer computed or stated resolution and actual real world resolution. I suspect your Imacon may come close to it's manufacturer stated resolution. My experience, although...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-12-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 3,227
Posted By Bob Michaels
If that were true, the Noritsu would be the...

If that were true, the Noritsu would be the highest resolving film scanner ever made at any price. And by a factor of about 2.

I noticed a visible step up in scan quality from both Noritsu and...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-09-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,229
Posted By Bob Michaels
Your "best" lens will be the one with a FOV that...

Your "best" lens will be the one with a FOV that matches the FOV you now favor most. All the Fuji lenses have performance far in excess of our abilities as photographers. I assure you that none of...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-06-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 980
Posted By Bob Michaels
Takkun: May I make a suggestion? Go buy 5 rolls...

Takkun: May I make a suggestion? Go buy 5 rolls of fresh film, all of the same emulsion. Just pick a film you think you may like in the future. Quickly expose all 5 rolls normally.

Pick any one of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-06-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,130
Posted By Bob Michaels
I think serious responses are almost totally a...

I think serious responses are almost totally a result of differing photo styles. I work on cohesive photo series about a particular topic and frequently based in a narrow geographic location. Others...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-05-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 477
Posted By Bob Michaels
Takkun: you are worrying about all those profiles...

Takkun: you are worrying about all those profiles and adjustments that are there solely for the use of those who only want an acceptable looking file straight out of Vuescan and do not later use an...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-05-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 2,266
Posted By Bob Michaels
I print when appropriate but gave up making 8x10...

I print when appropriate but gave up making 8x10 proofs about 5 years ago as they only piled up on the shelves.

I printed 19 11x13.75 prints last weekend to be framed for an exhibit. That is where...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-28-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 3,227
Posted By Bob Michaels
Very similar to film cameras, so many quality...

Very similar to film cameras, so many quality units available on the used market for low prices that they have decimated the market for newly manufactured units.

I just took a quick peek on E-Bay...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-28-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 3,227
Posted By Bob Michaels
I have been using my Minolta Multi Pro about 15...

I have been using my Minolta Multi Pro about 15 years now. But then I am still using the same MF camera (Mamiya 7) I used back then although I did switch from my ContaxG 35mm camera to a Zeiss Ikon.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-27-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,695
Posted By Bob Michaels
I have been reading this same question of "have...

I have been reading this same question of "have we reached the point of enough megapixels?" and the same answers for years and years. I see us simply being on this continuum of max megapixels,...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-27-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 3,227
Posted By Bob Michaels
When discussing film scanners it is important to...

When discussing film scanners it is important to not think of "black box wizardry" and break things down into the hardware with its very limited but fixed functions and the software functions which...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-23-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 627
Posted By Bob Michaels
Scanning software should be used only to...

Scanning software should be used only to digitally capture the maximum amount of information contained on the film. Then an image processing program such as Photoshop or LightRoom is used to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-23-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,228
Posted By Bob Michaels
I just am not a lens changer as all of my photo...

I just am not a lens changer as all of my photo ops disappear in much less time than it takes to change a lens. I think the only two lenses I have used for the last few years are a 35 and a 21 even...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-23-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,228
Posted By Bob Michaels
I seem to be the outlier again finding the...

I seem to be the outlier again finding the differences in focal lengths to be the perspective and not what fills the frame. I can control what fills the frame by stepping forward or backward but...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 09-07-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,102
Posted By Bob Michaels
I see the numbers of photographers who still...

I see the numbers of photographers who still think a digital sensor should be the same size as a piece of 35mm film to be very small and diminishing. That ship has sailed.

Once there was merit in...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-06-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 721
Posted By Bob Michaels
What a great phrase that describes far too much...

What a great phrase that describes far too much of the technical photographic discussions on the internet.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-05-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 721
Posted By Bob Michaels
And, too many refer to e.i. and related metering...

And, too many refer to e.i. and related metering as it is an absolute that everyone determines consistently. Some believe there is a big difference between i.e. 800 and 1600 when in reality it is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-04-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 721
Posted By Bob Michaels
Sure, ID-11 or D-76 will work fine. Others such...

Sure, ID-11 or D-76 will work fine. Others such as DDX may work a little bit better but people got by with ID-11 or D-76 for decades just increasing the development time by 40% or so.

The era of the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-02-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,705
Posted By Bob Michaels
New Smyrna Beach FL where the #2 activity is...

New Smyrna Beach FL where the #2 activity is pedaling down to the beach to check the surf conditions.

This was 35mm HIE with a 25A but speeded up to 1/500th from my normal f11, 1/250th due to the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-02-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,705
Posted By Bob Michaels
A bit late but exposure is actually simple. Do a...

A bit late but exposure is actually simple. Do a test noting shutter speed and f-stop but ignoring what i.e. your visible light meter is set at. Remember your actual exposure is mostly by the IR part...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-01-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,705
Posted By Bob Michaels
I found the old Kodak HIE emulsion with a large...

I found the old Kodak HIE emulsion with a large enough negative was great for photos of older ladies whose skin is no longer what it once was. This was a friend who was still in good shape but her...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-19-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 4,047
Posted By Bob Michaels
My choice always are those 3/8" wide nylon straps...

My choice always are those 3/8" wide nylon straps that come packed with just about every new camera. I can easily adjust the length. I can use them as a neck strap or a bandolier. I can throw a quick...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-19-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 1,639
Posted By Bob Michaels
Take the lens (lenses) you would use at home. You...

Take the lens (lenses) you would use at home. You basic style will not change as a result of being on an airplane. No chance you are going to change from being a street photographer to a bird...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-17-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,104
Posted By Bob Michaels
I remain baffled why people even bother to look...

I remain baffled why people even bother to look on social media for good photography. Simply look at a copy of Life magazine, National Geographic, or about 50 others. Look at national advertisements....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-17-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 449
Posted By Bob Michaels
Roger: you need to be more tolerant of us young...

Roger: you need to be more tolerant of us young folks who were not around back then the way some of you were <G>

It's Friday. Have drink on me. I'm having one in your honor.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-17-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 449
Posted By Bob Michaels
20 designs that defined the modern world #3 Ur-Leica

http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/style/20-designs-that-defined-the-modern-world/#ur-leica_camera
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-16-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,532
Posted By Bob Michaels
This Nikon vs. Canon debate should get knocked...

This Nikon vs. Canon debate should get knocked out pretty quick. <G> It only took around 25-30 years last time for it to finally die down with no conclusion.

Then we could move on to if you should...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-15-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,104
Posted By Bob Michaels
I am struck by Wenders being out of touch with...

I am struck by Wenders being out of touch with reality when at the beginning of the video, he states the problem with iPhone photos is that no one looks at them.

I think of the two unrelated photo...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-14-2018
Replies: 304
Views: 33,626
Posted By Bob Michaels
Clarksdale...

Clarksdale Mississippi


http://bobmichaels.org/msdelta2012/slides/harmonica-player.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-14-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 2,217
Posted By Bob Michaels
Clarksdale Mississippi -...

Clarksdale Mississippi - 2012


http://bobmichaels.org/msdelta2012/slides/hypes-rhythm-blues-lounge.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-11-2018
Replies: 681
Views: 85,597
Posted By Bob Michaels
Opening photo in my 2005 series of people who...

Opening photo in my 2005 series of people who come to the Daytona Beach boardwalk. This was about the differing visitors from January to June which was a transition of the winter "low budget"...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-10-2018
Replies: 517
Views: 47,719
Posted By Bob Michaels
Gulfport Mississippi a few months after hurricane...

Gulfport Mississippi a few months after hurricane Katrina. For those not from the southern US, the Waffle House sign and restaurant is a common sight along highways. The two remaining letters would...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-07-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,509
Posted By Bob Michaels
In 1979 Lee Friedlander paid $25 for a nude photo...

In 1979 Lee Friedlander paid $25 for a nude photo shoot with a unknown struggling performer named Madonna Louise Ciccone. No one knows how much Friedlander collected for the publication rights in the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-05-2018
Replies: 535
Views: 94,619
Posted By Bob Michaels
My Cuban "sort of stepdaughter" as her mother and...

My Cuban "sort of stepdaughter" as her mother and I are "sort of" married. Marriage is not legally defined process in Cuba as in most countries.

We were on a trip to visit historical places when I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-05-2018
Replies: 157
Views: 4,247
Posted By Bob Michaels
http://www.subway.com/ns/images/menu/USA/ENG/allsa...

http://www.subway.com/ns/images/menu/USA/ENG/allsandiwhces_cbrm_PT.jpg
I have been comparing advertising photos of various fast food sandwiches here in the US with what we actually get served ever...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-03-2018
Replies: 157
Views: 4,247
Posted By Bob Michaels
John: first I must acknowledge there are many...

John: first I must acknowledge there are many great photographers like HCB, Winogrand, Friedlander, and many others who simply do photos without trying to tell a story. It is just a difference in our...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-03-2018
Replies: 157
Views: 4,247
Posted By Bob Michaels
John: a great question since a valid answer is...

John: a great question since a valid answer is not just more simplistic internet philosophizing but analyzing the reality of my work and how it is viewed by the public. That means bringing some...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-02-2018
Replies: 157
Views: 4,247
Posted By Bob Michaels
I am still trying to get my head around all of...

I am still trying to get my head around all of those who are worried about the photos other people take, how many they take, what they do with them, or the public perception of what "photography" is....
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-02-2018
Replies: 157
Views: 4,247
Posted By Bob Michaels
That is not limited to "others" and not us. Just...

That is not limited to "others" and not us. Just look at the self portrait thread here on RF and see how many are just members standing in front of a mirror pointing their camera at themselves...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-01-2018
Replies: 157
Views: 4,247
Posted By Bob Michaels
Meanwhile, many of us are too busy making our own...

Meanwhile, many of us are too busy making our own idea of photographs to worry about what people with smartphones are doing. They sure have no impact on me or my photography.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-31-2018
Replies: 95
Views: 5,652
Posted By Bob Michaels
23rd Street in Vedado section of...

23rd Street in Vedado section of Havana


http://bobmichaels.org/unlinked/slides/hot-dog-window-Vedado.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-31-2018
Replies: 517
Views: 47,719
Posted By Bob Michaels
http://bobmichaels.org/unlinked/slides/Sothern-Nig...

http://bobmichaels.org/unlinked/slides/Sothern-Nights-dresser-w-Ch.jpg
Forum: RFF News 07-27-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 3,410
Posted By Bob Michaels
I've shot Neopan 400, HP5+, and Tri-X for about...

I've shot Neopan 400, HP5+, and Tri-X for about 16 years. I'd shoot one for a few years then switch when one of the others became cheaper or available as Freestyle private label. Always developed...
Forum: RFF News 07-23-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 7,873
Posted By Bob Michaels
Roger, I do more than just "wonder why". I am...

Roger, I do more than just "wonder why". I am politically involved by communicating with my elected representatives and supporting organizations who I believe will cause change to a more equitable...
Forum: RFF News 07-23-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 7,873
Posted By Bob Michaels
Roger, I have learned in life that I must clearly...

Roger, I have learned in life that I must clearly and unemotionally distinguish between what is and what one believes should be. I have been referring to reality or "what is" while I suspect you have...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-22-2018
Replies: 681
Views: 85,597
Posted By Bob Michaels
Manzillo, Cuba: All the fishermen on the shore...

Manzillo, Cuba: All the fishermen on the shore are laughing at me wading thigh deep in my street clothes trying to get into position with the boats in the background. Meanwhile I hear my Cuban...
Forum: RFF News 07-22-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 7,873
Posted By Bob Michaels
Roger: different countries with their differing...

Roger: different countries with their differing related political / social structures work for different people.

I am happy you found one that works for you.
Forum: RFF News 07-22-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 7,873
Posted By Bob Michaels
Roger: Sometimes the democratic process is easy...

Roger: Sometimes the democratic process is easy to love. Sometimes, as in recent US history, our personal views differ so dramatically from the majority's that is becomes a challenge to be able to...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-22-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,279
Posted By Bob Michaels
By all means, give it a try. I have found over...

By all means, give it a try. I have found over the years with everything related to photography, there is no way DIY saves money once you factor all the cost in. But if you are like me, you have to...
Forum: RFF News 07-21-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 7,873
Posted By Bob Michaels
She does pay less than that because the $5,000 is...

She does pay less than that because the $5,000 is a maximum she would ever have to pay out of pocket and her actual out of pocket are less. The reality is that modern day health care is expensive and...
Forum: RFF News 07-21-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 7,873
Posted By Bob Michaels
Let me give a real life recent US example. My...

Let me give a real life recent US example. My youngest sister, age 64 has a nice house, reasonably new car, lives frugally, and works part time for a small town dentist who does not provide an...
Forum: RFF News 07-21-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 7,873
Posted By Bob Michaels
Roger, you are in favor of socialized medical...

Roger, you are in favor of socialized medical care. Many are. But the US voters speak at the ballot box and the majority opinion differs from yours. BTW, I am frequently in the minority opinion these...
Forum: RFF News 07-20-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 7,873
Posted By Bob Michaels
Medical care is a basic cost of life just like...

Medical care is a basic cost of life just like food or housing. One must provide for it as such. If one is unable to pay the basic cost of those subsistence necessities, then government programs even...
Forum: RFF News 07-20-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 7,873
Posted By Bob Michaels
YES, medical insurance does cover things like...

YES, medical insurance does cover things like this in the US. Such insurance is available to everyone.

BUT, you must buy and pay for the medical insurance. It is effectively your choice as is not...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-20-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,279
Posted By Bob Michaels
I did some color printing in my home darkroom...

I did some color printing in my home darkroom decades ago. I found it not that difficult after a while but gave up color printing for a basic reason.

B&W printing yourself opens up great avenues...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 07-18-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,315
Posted By Bob Michaels
I see the archiving issue as totally different...

I see the archiving issue as totally different that everyone else here. I believe everyone is overemphasizing the technical aspects of preservation while grossly underestimating the human factors...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-27-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 633
Posted By Bob Michaels
Well, to start off with there is the First...

Well, to start off with there is the First Amendment to the US Constitution which has been litigated at length, which says this restrictions such as imposed by this sign are not in accordance with US...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 06-25-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 4,595
Posted By Bob Michaels
I used 3rd party inks for about 10 years. Then,...

I used 3rd party inks for about 10 years. Then, about 8 years ago, Epson came out with the 2400 printer, the ABW driver and improved inks which eliminated the 3rd party ink need for me. I have no...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-23-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,428
Posted By Bob Michaels
Arista film used to be a bargain back when the...

Arista film used to be a bargain back when the total b&w film being manufactured exceeded the demand. While it felt good short term, it was an indication of an industry's long term going out of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-21-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 1,520
Posted By Bob Michaels
I previously said that the nature of my...

I previously said that the nature of my photography requires that I be almost totally instinctive. Any time spent dwelling or thinking about a potential photo usually results in whatever interested...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-21-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,654
Posted By Bob Michaels
I bought one of these in the early '70's. It was...

I bought one of these in the early '70's. It was my first serious camera and I loved it shooting with it for about 5 years until it fell out of a canoe. I replaced it with the just released Canon...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-21-2018
Replies: 262
Views: 39,934
Posted By Bob Michaels
Bob goes to bed

I cannot remember if I've posted this oldie sequence...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-19-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,654
Posted By Bob Michaels
Being a pragmatist I did a simple test years ago....

Being a pragmatist I did a simple test years ago. I selected a scene with some depth to it, then got a tripod mounted 35mm camera with both 35mm and a 40 lenses.

I shot one frame with the 40mm...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-19-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 1,520
Posted By Bob Michaels
I sense this is commonly a result of not...

I sense this is commonly a result of not acknowledging what the purpose of the photograph is. There is no such thing as a universally good or bad photograph. It is a matter of the photograph...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-18-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 1,520
Posted By Bob Michaels
I think this is totally a function of your style,...

I think this is totally a function of your style, what you photograph, and how much effort you put in advance. Experience and effort does seem to improve "your luck". There is the continuing effort...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-14-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,669
Posted By Bob Michaels
I too processed much E-6 at home back in the 80's...

I too processed much E-6 at home back in the 80's as both of the local labs had QC problems. Buying 100' spools of Ektachrome and bulk loading it saved a lot on film. But mounting each individual...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-10-2018
Replies: 119
Views: 10,818
Posted By Bob Michaels
The storm surge from Hurricane Katrina scattered...

The storm surge from Hurricane Katrina scattered the tombstones at the seaside municipal cemetery of Biloxi Mississippi in 2005. Six months later, one of the first new tombstones to appear was that...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-10-2018
Replies: 119
Views: 10,818
Posted By Bob Michaels
The funeral for JoAnn Rudolph-Wiley in South...

The funeral for JoAnn Rudolph-Wiley in South Apopka, Florida. JoAnn had a large extended family locally plus many friends, so the turnout was huge. The funeral home sold "doves" to be released as the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-08-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,562
Posted By Bob Michaels
Consider the CV 40mm f1.4. A very good lens with...

Consider the CV 40mm f1.4. A very good lens with a low price on the used market reflecting that it is shunned because it is not 35mm. Too many photographers never tried assuming it would not work...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-07-2018
Replies: 496
Views: 44,794
Posted By Bob Michaels
An oldie but one of my favs. This was a birthday...

An oldie but one of my favs. This was a birthday party at the Thunderbird Drive In and Swap Shop in Ft. Lauderdale FL. One can find anything there as not only the world's largest daily flea market...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-24-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 997
Posted By Bob Michaels
Think about this challenge: There are photos...

Think about this challenge: There are photos referenced here by HCB, Capa, Davidson, Michael Bialecki, and Ko.Fe. Try to block out the photographer and just focus on the photos themselves, nothing...
Forum: Travel 05-20-2018
Replies: 142
Views: 4,528
Posted By Bob Michaels
Sums up my thinking exactly

Sums up my thinking exactly
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-18-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,610
Posted By Bob Michaels
The saving grace is that most of the labeling and...

The saving grace is that most of the labeling and classification seems to happen on internet discussion forums and not out there in the real world.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-17-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 464
Posted By Bob Michaels
Thanks for the update on the reasonable...

Thanks for the update on the reasonable turnaround times at Fuji NJ. I am holding out hope that my local camera repair shop can get the parts from Fuji.
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