Ever watch this guy shoot a series of ridiculously high pressure 25 footers and conclude that he is simply the human equivalent of a video game cheat code? With roughly 4,000 NBA players over the last 50 years, why has there never been a Steph Curry before now? Because of an astronomical basketball EQ, incredible … Continue reading The 10,000 Hour Rule: Are We There Yet?
On November 29, 1934, Ansel Adams wrote one of many letters corresponding with his friend and colleague, Edward Weston. Both men were stung by the criticism of their work by industry icons such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, who famously bellowed, "The whole world is going to pieces, and Adams and Weston are photographing rocks!" The implication, … Continue reading To join the cause or stay the course?
I didn't know Bill Rauhauser personally; I never took any of his classes, and never really got to hear him speak at length on his life and work. But I did meet him a few times; once at The Book Beat in Oak Park, a place where I've spent countless hours browsing and reading since … Continue reading Bill Rauhauser (1918-2017): Respect the Legend
I find that quite often, critics, "curators" and members within certain photographic genres love to appoint themselves as authorities on a given subject, constructing their own rigidity around what they feel is a valid identity for "their" genre (as if they own it), while dismissing what they see as illegitimate. In the case of street … Continue reading On clichés and identity as a photographer
Ok, so before I get started, I have to warn you that this is a somewhat technical post (hence the name, "Nerd Notes"). Since I'm a technical guy by training, I have a built-in (though not quite morbid) curiosity around data. The stuff below is not for the faint of heart if you are averse … Continue reading Nerd Notes: Focal Length and The Paradox of Choice
I've had some interesting travel experiences this year. Miami, Mexico, Chicago, New York/New Jersey, and, most recently San Francisco. On many of those trips I barely made any photographs at all, choosing instead to just enjoy the time with my loved ones and make fun memories. As a result, in almost every case I returned … Continue reading Recharging Creative Batteries With A Moment Away
Technologists often refer to a scientific observation famously known as Moore's Law, which originally referred to the rate of increase in the number of transistors in an integrated circuit. Specifically, the observation was that the number of transistors doubles every two years. Over time, this observation has been extrapolated to include many other technical components, … Continue reading Moore’s Law will change your photography. Or maybe not.