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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 784
Views: 180,421
Posted By Bob Michaels
Daytona Beach - 2019 One of those days that the...

Daytona Beach - 2019 One of those days that the Chamber of Commerce wants you to believe is typical for December.

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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 673
Views: 56,869
Posted By Bob Michaels
I consider this "street" since that is where I...

I consider this "street" since that is where I met her and asked if I could photograph her right then, right there. She was with a male companion so I photographed the two of them, then a few of him...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 562
Views: 51,820
Posted By Bob Michaels
A bit of a sign of the times in the US. Chuck,...

A bit of a sign of the times in the US. Chuck, the vendor told me that he was a 4th generation carnival person and highway vendor. I never mentioned my political views in our pleasant conversation....
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 1 Day Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 685
Posted By Bob Michaels
Thanks everyone for the additional input. Based...

Thanks everyone for the additional input. Based on all your comments, it does not seem to make sense for me to spend the money for a new model X100. Instead I will just keep using the original I...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 3 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 685
Posted By Bob Michaels
Thanks to each of you for your comments. They are...

Thanks to each of you for your comments. They are really helpful in deciding to spring for a new X100 model or not. I consider many factors, including:

I only shoot RAW and have been post...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 3 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 685
Posted By Bob Michaels
X100 Original vs. latest, real functional differences?

I find that I am happily photographing again with an original X100. Love the reduced weight, like that the low replacement cost causes me to not be so concerned about carrying it into challenging...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 6 Days Ago
Replies: 562
Views: 51,820
Posted By Bob Michaels
"Until Victory, Always!" the quote that defined...

"Until Victory, Always!" the quote that defined Che Guevara

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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 6 Days Ago
Replies: 562
Views: 51,820
Posted By Bob Michaels
September 11, 2006 (fifth...

September 11, 2006 (fifth anniversary)

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Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 518
Posted By Bob Michaels
LeicaForEver: I suggest you step back and...

LeicaForEver: I suggest you step back and objectively determine if the 1 x 1.5 aspect ratio (35mm full frame) is absolutely essential to you. It is no more than an arbitrary ratio determined by 35mm...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1,395
Views: 344,936
Posted By Bob Michaels
Parque Central - Havana These Cuban...

Parque Central - Havana These Cuban photographers tell tourists they are using a 1920's Kodak camera. In reality they are just a wooden box with an old field camera lens attached. No focus as every...
Forum: Travel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,688
Posted By Bob Michaels
I think Michael's great photos benefited not only...

I think Michael's great photos benefited not only from his talent but from his time living in the Orient. He understands other cultures and social norms vary greatly from what we experience in North...
Forum: Travel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,688
Posted By Bob Michaels
I am curious how you reach your conclusion. Yes,...

I am curious how you reach your conclusion. Yes, I live in Cuba part time with my family there. Yes, I am more than willing to share my knowledge of Cuban daily life and how things work there.

But,...
Forum: Travel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,688
Posted By Bob Michaels
Glad you had a good trip and returned with great...

Glad you had a good trip and returned with great photos. The libreta, sometimes referred to as a "ration book", is not to allow Cubans to buy limited amounts of otherwise unobtainable goods. It does...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-17-2019
Replies: 148
Views: 12,046
Posted By Bob Michaels
OK, I got the memo that "cemetery" photos should...

OK, I got the memo that "cemetery" photos should not include people.

The town of St. Joseph became the largest community in Florida in its six year existence. The Florida state constitution,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-17-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 632
Posted By Bob Michaels
Maybe I expected too much. Maybe that is all you...

Maybe I expected too much. Maybe that is all you get from Blurb for what you pay. Maybe I should have paid for premium paper. Maybe I got spoiled by the books I got from Edition One. I just know that...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-16-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 632
Posted By Bob Michaels
First Blurb Book - disappointed with printing

I just received my first Blurb book and am disappointed with the printing. They had a first order 50% off coupon for Cyber Monday. Their cheapest book is softcover 7" x 7" 20 pages for $15 so with...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-16-2019
Replies: 89
Views: 3,301
Posted By Bob Michaels
Cubans who work for the state (70% of the...

Cubans who work for the state (70% of the workforce) have this expression "we pretend to work, they pretend to pay...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-16-2019
Replies: 89
Views: 3,301
Posted By Bob Michaels
Cigar roller - Gibara, Cuba You may have seen a...

Cigar roller - Gibara, Cuba You may have seen a previous photo of her taken two years ago. She still sits at the same bench doing the same thing. 18 years rolling cigars in that factory as I...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-14-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 802
Posted By Bob Michaels
Peter: Whenever someone asks for an opinion such...

Peter: Whenever someone asks for an opinion such as this, my first question is how they will respond to the comments. Most time I tend to not respond for this very reason. You are one of the few that...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-13-2019
Replies: 148
Views: 12,046
Posted By Bob Michaels
The phrase "six feet under" has no connection to...

The phrase "six feet under" has no connection to the depths of modern graves. Graves in the US are now only deep enough to have sufficient dirt on top to grow grass. Newton Bell finishes up a grave...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-10-2019
Replies: 3,297
Views: 571,223
Posted By Bob Michaels
Daytona Beach Florida - 2005 Yes, the guy with...

Daytona Beach Florida - 2005
Yes, the guy with all the gold was getting the money. The guy handing it over was the one who was so confident that he knew which of the three bottle caps was covering...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-08-2019
Replies: 1,010
Views: 193,829
Posted By Bob Michaels
Scenes from around the RR station in Cueto, Cuba....

Scenes from around the RR station in Cueto, Cuba. We live right across the street so I wander over when something is happening.

Unloading a box car full of rice. About 100 boxcars of rice are...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-08-2019
Replies: 673
Views: 56,869
Posted By Bob Michaels
Robinson Street, downtown Orlando Florida. No...

Robinson Street, downtown Orlando Florida. No need showing her face as no one bothered to look at it.

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Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 12-07-2019
Replies: 1,775
Views: 119,653
Posted By Bob Michaels
downtown Orlando Florida 2018 ...

downtown Orlando Florida 2018

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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-07-2019
Replies: 499
Views: 39,423
Posted By Bob Michaels
Orlando Florida - Come out with Pride parade...

Orlando Florida - Come out with Pride parade 2016

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Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 12-07-2019
Replies: 1,775
Views: 119,653
Posted By Bob Michaels
Daytona Beach, Bike Week...

Daytona Beach, Bike Week 2004

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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-07-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,548
Posted By Bob Michaels
On a cold January day in 1986 about 100 press...

On a cold January day in 1986 about 100 press photographers, each with a 600mm lens, gathered at Kennedy Space Flight Center for a routine photo shoot of a shuttle launch. When the launch vehicle got...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-05-2019
Replies: 673
Views: 56,869
Posted By Bob Michaels
An oldie (2007) but what I am using for my 2019...

An oldie (2007) but what I am using for my 2019 winter holiday card to friends and family. I needed something to break the tradition of using one of my current photos.


...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-30-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 4,332
Posted By Bob Michaels
I have never seen any type film for sale in Cuba...

I have never seen any type film for sale in Cuba in ten years. But there is a reasonably well stocked Leica store in the Kempinski Manzana hotel in Habana Vieja.

Cuba has some excellent...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-30-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 4,332
Posted By Bob Michaels
Pál_K...

Pál_K (https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/member.php?u=77283), james.liam (https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/member.php?u=63621): thanks for telling me what Cuban people think of their...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-30-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 4,332
Posted By Bob Michaels
I will comment as I live in rural Cuba part time....

I will comment as I live in rural Cuba part time. Our town is economically struggling but full of happy people. I have many family members who are ardent supporters of the Revolucíon. I can assure...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-29-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 4,332
Posted By Bob Michaels
So the price of film is going up. That has been...

So the price of film is going up. That has been continually happening for at least the 50 years I can remember. So is the price of everything else as well as salaries and wages. Did anyone expect the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-26-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,452
Posted By Bob Michaels
From 1999 to about 2010 I shot b&w film almost...

From 1999 to about 2010 I shot b&w film almost exclusively but outputted digitally. Early in that time, I realized that a color managed workflow greatly benefited the consistency in contrast and...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-26-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,452
Posted By Bob Michaels
Even if you never print there are still reasons...

Even if you never print there are still reasons to have a color managed / calibrated monitor if you want to have others see you photos the same way you do. Post an image file that looks good on your...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-25-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,452
Posted By Bob Michaels
I should mention that the 23 files yielding 23...

I should mention that the 23 files yielding 23 first pass exhibition prints were individually adjusted in Lightroom over the four years they were shot. And I changed monitors in the midst of that....
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-25-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,452
Posted By Bob Michaels
Not everybody. I have been using a carefully...

Not everybody. I have been using a carefully calibrated, and frequently recalibrated monitor, along with carefully selected printer profiles for about 16 years. Almost always, my first print is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-16-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 952
Posted By Bob Michaels
The Orlando Airport Authority considered...

The Orlando Airport Authority considered replacing ALL TSA employees with employees under their direct control several years ago. As tourism is an important element in the Orlando economy (Disney,...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 11-11-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 4,011
Posted By Bob Michaels
You mean those of us who wonder about members who...

You mean those of us who wonder about members who will submit a photo of a person while telling all about the camera, lens, film, developer, and developing time used. Yet, they won't mention the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-11-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 3,536
Posted By Bob Michaels
Bojan: great as the others are. And, I learned a...

Bojan: great as the others are. And, I learned a bit as usual. I am still mulling over the concept of all the photos being of one person. If I ever develop an opinion, pro or con, I will speak up.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-10-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 607
Posted By Bob Michaels
So valid that what Marty said is worth repeating...

So valid that what Marty said is worth repeating and rereading.

All I can add is to not evaluate your negs by how they look but by how the finished product, after post processing, looks. Ditto for...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-17-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 3,536
Posted By Bob Michaels
Bojan: I have asked myself similar questions...

Bojan: I have asked myself similar questions about how long a viewer is interested. Now my photo stories are usually not a fixed time length but there is some approximate time for a viewer to look at...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 10-16-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 822
Posted By Bob Michaels
B-9: it is damn near impossible to get a color...

B-9: it is damn near impossible to get a color neutral grey-scale by mixing CMYK. The current solution is to use a b&w driver like Epson ABW. No clue if Canon and HP have an equivalent. Roy...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-16-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 3,098
Posted By Bob Michaels
Make no mistake, Fujifilm is much more committed...

Make no mistake, Fujifilm is much more committed to its stockholders and its bottom line than it is to the needs of any market niche. But, you can say that for any for-profit company.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-15-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 3,098
Posted By Bob Michaels
I have a friend who went to Washington state to...

I have a friend who went to Washington state to camera repair school, interned with Frank Marshman in VA, then returned to Orlando. Ten years ago he started by riding his bicycle carrying his tools...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 10-14-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 2,006
Posted By Bob Michaels
I suspect outsourcing the printing would be...

I suspect outsourcing the printing would be cheaper for the majority of us. I also suspect the same is true for most who print in a darkroom.

Being realistic, outsourcing the actual photography...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-11-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 3,536
Posted By Bob Michaels
Bojan: another interesting story about a topic...

Bojan: another interesting story about a topic that I previously knew nothing about and thought I had no interest in. I am impressed by the base creativity of selecting the topics and their...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-11-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 84,053
Posted By Bob Michaels
You can't solve a problem without identifying it....

You can't solve a problem without identifying it. Similarly, you cannot improve something without identifying what it is lacking. You need to step back and take a serious objective look at your work...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-11-2019
Replies: 539
Views: 49,185
Posted By Bob Michaels
Havana - ...

Havana -

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Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-07-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,580
Posted By Bob Michaels
I have been very happy with my Minolta MultiPro...

I have been very happy with my Minolta MultiPro to scan 35mm and 120 film for the last 13-14 years always using VueScan.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-05-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 973
Posted By Bob Michaels
I believe this B-17 was one of the three that I...

I believe this B-17 was one of the three that I helped convert into crop dusters in 1963. They were used to spread swaths of Mirex for several years in an attempt to stop the intrusion of fire ants....
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-06-2019
Replies: 64
Views: 1,898
Posted By Bob Michaels
Yes, back in those old days we had to make local...

Yes, back in those old days we had to make local friends, go outside, and actually speak with others face to face. And people were know by their real names back then. We even had to print photos so...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 09-06-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 879
Posted By Bob Michaels
And I haven't had a clog in my old 2400s or the...

And I haven't had a clog in my old 2400s or the replacement P600 in ten years or so. Don't bother doing nozzle checks any more unless it has been setting for many months. Even then they are OK. Now...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 09-06-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 879
Posted By Bob Michaels
Sometimes we need to step back, take a deep...

Sometimes we need to step back, take a deep breath, clear our heads and make an objective assessment if it is worth simply replacing the printer at nominal costs. This solves all problems,...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 09-05-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,102
Posted By Bob Michaels
Jeff: about 12-14 years ago, those of us on the...

Jeff: about 12-14 years ago, those of us on the old ContaxG discussion group would do print exchanges. This was back when many of us were trying to figure out quality inkjet printing. But in those...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 09-05-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,102
Posted By Bob Michaels
I have not had an ink clog in about ten years...

I have not had an ink clog in about ten years with either the Epson R2400 or the P600 I have now. And that is sometimes going months between printing sessions. I never bother doing a nozzle check...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 09-05-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,102
Posted By Bob Michaels
JeffS, thanks. There were no c88's available...

JeffS, thanks. There were no c88's available anywhere when my original died about six months ago. Too bad I threw away all the c88 new ink carts when I threw away the printer.

I never used the c88...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 09-04-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,102
Posted By Bob Michaels
There is a major problem for me with it being...

There is a major problem for me with it being Epson Canada. When I go to check out, I must select a province from a drop down list to ship to. There is Alberta, New Brunswick, etc. but there is no...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 09-04-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,102
Posted By Bob Michaels
I wish the c88+ was still available. Mine died...

I wish the c88+ was still available. Mine died after about 10 years use as my regular document printer. I'd buy another one just like the one I had if they were still available new.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 09-04-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,102
Posted By Bob Michaels
Epson printers with the ABW raster image...

Epson printers with the ABW raster image processor do print neutral greys. Make sure the model you choose has that if you want to print b&w. I am not sure the ones using the Claria inks recommended...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-03-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 84,053
Posted By Bob Michaels
I can only relate my experience in abandoning...

I can only relate my experience in abandoning photography some 35 years ago. I had begun the question the merits of my personal photography after 12 years of diligent work, wondering if I was doing...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-03-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 84,053
Posted By Bob Michaels
Roger had some great advice at times. I once had...

Roger had some great advice at times. I once had a photo instructor who understood me and my motivation to improve. She threw softballs to some students who needed encouragement, but not me. She...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-02-2019
Replies: 338
Views: 35,484
Posted By Bob Michaels
Yordanka Harambouru in her home in Cueto, Holguin...

Yordanka Harambouru in her home in Cueto, Holguin in Cuba. I had asked her if I could interview and photograph her as part of a project as when we met briefly a year earlier, she seemed like a very...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-01-2019
Replies: 338
Views: 35,484
Posted By Bob Michaels
Taft, Florida - winter home of James E. Strates...

Taft, Florida - winter home of James E. Strates shows touring carnival. An old photo from probably 15-18 years ago when I was shooting with a ContaxG and scanned with a Minolta Scan Dual III. Still...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 09-01-2019
Replies: 2,424
Views: 356,753
Posted By Bob Michaels
I just finished "Marianas in combat" by Teté...

I just finished "Marianas in combat" by Teté Puebla. The Marianas were the members of the all women's "Mariana Grajales platoon" in the Cuban Revolucíon. Teté Puebla, then when 16 years old,...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-01-2019
Replies: 338
Views: 35,484
Posted By Bob Michaels
Flaca, my friend and neighbor in Havana. This was...

Flaca, my friend and neighbor in Havana. This was part of a "for sale in the street" series. She fits as she is a jinetera (prostitute) and here on the Prado and the nearby bar is where she works....
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-01-2019
Replies: 64
Views: 1,898
Posted By Bob Michaels
Realize we are just at a point along the spectrum...

Realize we are just at a point along the spectrum that extends back in the known past as well as goes forward into the unknown future. While we look back and marvel how far we have come from the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-01-2019
Replies: 338
Views: 35,484
Posted By Bob Michaels
The late Johnie Mae Pringle, First Lady of the...

The late Johnie Mae Pringle, First Lady of the Holy Ghost Headquarters of Jesus church in South Apopka Florida. She passed several years ago several months after her husband, the late Bishop Freddie...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-27-2019
Replies: 562
Views: 51,820
Posted By Bob Michaels
Indianola, Mississippi (home of B.B. King) - The...

Indianola, Mississippi (home of B.B. King) - The owner of this building leased it to a local church for a year but when the church moved out, they took the sign that had always been there with them....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-27-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,192
Posted By Bob Michaels
Rafael Trejo boxing gym in Centro Havana. Shot...

Rafael Trejo boxing gym in Centro Havana. Shot with a ZI rangefinder and 28mm lens. Several years later, a Cuban saw this photo in my book and told me the boxer in the background ready to land a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-27-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,192
Posted By Bob Michaels
Sancti Spiritus Cuba - shot with a ZI rangefinder...

Sancti Spiritus Cuba - shot with a ZI rangefinder and a 28mm lens. It makes a world of difference that Cuba espouses a belief of self responsibility. If you want to photograph a rodeo by standing out...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 08-24-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1,227
Posted By Bob Michaels
My choice of a printer, Edition One in Berkley...

My choice of a printer, Edition One in Berkley Calif. http://www.editiononebooks.com/ was based on factors that probably do not relate to the majority of those here. First, my book was not a...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 08-23-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1,227
Posted By Bob Michaels
I used Edition One in California...

I used Edition One in California http://www.editiononebooks.com/ to print my photobook a few years ago and was delighted. Ben Zlotkin, head dude, has a MFA in photography and each printing is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-02-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 4,553
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 07-30-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,779
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 07-28-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 1,333
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. 07-27-2019
Replies: 65
Views: 2,567
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. 07-27-2019
Replies: 461
Views: 63,838
Posted By Bob Michaels
tent revival - Mobile...

tent revival - Mobile Alabama

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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-27-2019
Replies: 65
Views: 2,567
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 07-26-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,641
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. 07-25-2019
Replies: 562
Views: 51,820
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. 07-25-2019
Replies: 65
Views: 2,567
Posted By Bob Michaels
Cienfuegos, Cuba ...

Cienfuegos, Cuba


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Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-24-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,641
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 07-23-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 872
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: 581
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: 581
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: 1,821
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: 668
Views: 20,484
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: 3,046
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: 9,567
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: 9,567
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: 9,567
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: 138
Views: 11,342
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: 69
Views: 4,151
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: 3,046
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: 852
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: 76
Views: 6,143
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: 439
Views: 68,659
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: 76
Views: 6,143
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: 668
Views: 20,484
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: 3,046
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: 628
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: 45
Views: 3,536
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: 339
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: 668
Views: 20,484
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: 668
Views: 20,484
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: 3,046
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: 1,294
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: 1,902
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: 1,775
Views: 119,653
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: 1,775
Views: 119,653
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: 673
Views: 56,869
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: 673
Views: 56,869
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: 668
Views: 20,484
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: 668
Views: 20,484
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: 668
Views: 20,484
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: 668
Views: 20,484
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: 244
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: 40,306
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: 668
Views: 20,484
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: 1,284
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: 2,430
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: 371
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: 371
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: 1,775
Views: 119,653
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: 371
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: 777
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: 601
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: 1,200
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: 60
Views: 3,259
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: 784
Views: 180,421
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. 03-02-2019
Replies: 178
Views: 33,258
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: 33,258
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: 33,258
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: 995
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: 107
Views: 13,702
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: 2,043
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: 782
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: 1,968
Views: 300,428
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: 1,069
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: 505
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: 346
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: 2,328
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: 2,077
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: 2,077
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: 2,328
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: 741
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: 741
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: 396
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: 2,383
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: 562
Views: 51,820
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: 2,383
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: 2,383
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: 2,383
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: 2,383
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: 2,383
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: 2,383
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: 2,383
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: 2,383
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: 1,033
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: 45
Views: 3,536
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: 2,383
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: 2,383
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: 2,383
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: 2,383
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: 2,383
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: 2,383
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: 2,383
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: 673
Views: 56,869
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: 3,297
Views: 571,223
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: 79
Views: 3,563
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: 499
Views: 39,423
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: 757
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: 9,567
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: 9,567
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: 2,426
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: 2,426
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: 1,097
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: 1,059
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: 2,567
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: 2,567
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: 2,567
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: 1,882
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: 673
Views: 56,869
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: 3,104
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: 3,104
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: 598
Views: 107,080
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: 679
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: 679
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: 329
Views: 35,250
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: 835
Views: 93,901
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: 835
Views: 93,901
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: 998
Views: 154,970
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: 95
Views: 4,278
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: 95
Views: 4,278
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: 95
Views: 4,278
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: 95
Views: 4,278
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: 95
Views: 4,278
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: 95
Views: 4,278
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: 1,419
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...
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