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    The Official Head-Case Photography Thread.

    If you need a good laugh...
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    The Official Head-Case Photography Thread.

    A good high res sample.
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    The Official Head-Case Photography Thread.

    A fun, short Ilford film...
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    Videos

    Please post any interesting music or performance videos. I'll start with... [url=http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/astonishing_performance_by_a_venezuelan_youth_orchestra_1.html]Gustavo Dudamel leads El Sistema's Teresa Carre
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    Post what you're watching

    Nova’s Building Chernobyl’s Megatomb on Netflix.
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    The Official Head-Case Photography Thread.

    Just focus on the “fortissimo pianissimo.”
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    RIP someone or another

    I’ll place this under “another.” Bye Slug Bug.
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    The Official Head-Case Photography Thread.

    Sigma out with a tiny, non-Foveon, L-mount, FF, modular "fp" camera no one was expecting. Foveon version rumored to be following later.
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    What are you reading now?

    Reading about shibal biyong. Possible HC rallying cry?
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    Articles

    Tom Petty’s Problematic Album Southern Accents https://longreads.com/2019/07/09/tom-pettys-problematic-album-southern-accents/ And related... Broken Record Wildflowers podcast https://brokenrecordpodcast.com/episodes#/episode-7-tom-petty-and-the-creation-of-wildflowers/
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    Articles

    Thought it might be useful to have a thread on music related articles clogging the tubes. I'll start with... When Country Was King: Before Nashville, Southern California Served As Ground Zero For Honky-Tonk - http://ow.ly/5voKi
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    Deals

    Whiskypedia: A Compendium of Scotch Whisky, is on sale for $1.99 today on Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, etc.
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    Post what you're watching

    Just one more post, from another’s perspective. “Nicolas Winding Refn is an aesthete; his films vacuous yet gorgeous, replete with all kinds of technical bravado, sly camera movements, images that glisten, over-saturated colors, aphotic darkness, and thrumming music. He’s as philosophical as the college sophomore who just discovered Heidegger (which makes him smarter than the student who just discovered Kant, natch). But his craftsmanship! As Nietzsche said, “All of life is a dispute over taste,” and Refn (or NWR—his directorial credit reads, #ByNWR) certainly isn’t for everybody. His new Amazon show, Too Old to Die Young, is glacial and gaudy, repetitive, a shiny, neon-sodden traipse into an ugly underworld set to an anxious, irascible electronic score and digitally photographed so assiduously, so obsessively, with its slow zooms and precise pans and persnickety compositions that look like modern art installations, anyone who doesn’t nerd out over that kind of stuff will probably find the series insufferable. Characters? Plot? Politics? Hah. This is braggadocio filmmaking, stupid and sublime.”
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    Mattresses

    This may have been in the thread a few years ago, but always good to stay up to date. Also I must be doing something wrong when air and inner spring mattresses get the same durability ranking.
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    Mattresses

    Looks like it a pretty new design for them, but they made interesting choices (I’d ignore the coil count though). Very curious, so let us know. I see they recommend their down/down-alt top pad, which could assist with the above. EDIT: Just realized our new linen sheets are Parachute (GF ordered). If you can tell anything about a mattress from their sheets go for it!
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    What are you reading now?

    Hillbilly Elegy. I have a million issues with what it doesn't explore, but after just returning from a family visit in rural Ohio, and the direction things seem to be going in those specific townships/villages, I can't deny much of what it does. In the end it's a memoir and memoirs have inherent limitations. Next up is supposedly the one - Nancy Isenberg's White Trash.
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    The Official Head-Case Photography Thread.

    Tough call. Since I switched to Capture One from Lightroom, I do more local adjustments/edits there (supplemented a bit with Alien Skin Exposure). So end up in Photoshop only when I need to do the most detailed tweaks, say removing a complicated object, where Photoshop's intelligence still outperforms Affinity. Affinity is close and it's improving, but then again so is Photoshop.
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    Articles

    Other references to the loss - Sheryl Crow: Universal Studios fire destroyed all my master tapes https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48745638 Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/25/magazine/universal-music-fire-bands-list-umg.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
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    Post what you're watching

    Okay, now mid-way through Too Old To Die Young (Prime). THIS IS SOMETHING SPECIAL. Is it meandering, indulgent, and too violent? Yep. Can I sell it to you as great? I'm still not sure. But if you can put up with its vices, do the practically exhausting work to meet halfway, and float on its language and tension, it's an exciting ride to watch an artist create (and only one will take you here). Like movies (which each of these 60-90 minute structured episodes pretty much are), television is such a collaborative medium, it's exciting to see an actual personality surface. Many critics have issues with this series. I don't blame them. I also don't think there are many television achievements this grand, even in this new golden age we're in. It's pretty dark though. Be prepared.
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    The Official Head-Case Photography Thread.

    A couple more from the M240 combo above (with Richard Serra sculpture). Then a couple treatment experiments from the Sigma sd Quattro H (with 50 Art). Assuming these are being viewed on phone so finished in Snapseed.
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    Post what you're watching

    Anyone watching Nicolas Winding Refn’s Too Old To Die Young on Amazon Prime? I’ve only seen the pilot so far, but it’s very [surprise] Nicolas Winding Refn. You know, good or bad, it’s some endpoint. Probably best to watch late into the night, after a couple glasses or other poisons. Prepare to move slow.
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    Post what you're watching

    If anyone ever gets a link to this please share. Russian TV to air its own patriotic retelling of Chernobyl story “Russian state TV is set to air its own drama about the deadly 1986 Chernobyl disaster – but unlike the HBO series, which has transfixed viewers around the world, this version will claim that a CIA spy was present for the worst nuclear accident in history.”
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    The Official Head-Case Photography Thread.

    Speaking of Acros (first)... well, an Alien Skin simulation for Fuji users applied to a Leica DNG... still struggling a little with the M240 output, but love shooting with it. Here with a Voigtländer 35 f/1.7 Ultron. Finished in Snapseed for viewing on phone. No child was injured in the taking of these photos.
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