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Old 11-06-2012, 04:29 AM   #5566
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You'd actually travel to Tokyo for an embassy party?
I always thought they were such droll affairs, then again I was interpreting at them so it was "office hours".
No, I've never attended one in Japan. I've been to Japanese embassy parties in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. I attended for the food... Actually most county's embassy parties are pretty dull affairs, but the food is ALWAYS fantastic! Always, so I go when ever I can. Besides, the photo ops make it financially worthwhile for me too.


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Old 11-06-2012, 05:21 AM   #5567
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Part time paparazzi?
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:40 AM   #5568
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Part time paparazzi?
Not quite paparazzi. I don't go for the glitz or the glamor side. But for the last 15 years since I retired from the university, it's paid the bills, even as part-time work. Every time we travel anywhere, (and we travel often,) I always take pictures, write articles, and sell them to travel and tourism magazines, airline seat back magazines, and tourist venues. (On this past week's trip to the Sea of Japan, two different airline magazines bought pics and stories.) Often I get shooting assignments from different publications, editors, advertising companies, etc., as well as regular work from one adventure travel company. (Most of those are underwater SCUBA photos.) Most of the photos that I've put in the albums here have been in a few different magazines. It's fun.


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Old 11-06-2012, 06:19 AM   #5569
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Nice way to travel, having fun AND getting paid for it. All digital these days I suppose.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:47 AM   #5570
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Nice way to travel, having fun AND getting paid for it. All digital these days I suppose.
Absolutely digital. I switched to digital 7-8 years ago and never looked back. I continued with film for underwater shooting for another year or two, but then went digital for that too.

America's famous photographer, perhaps THE most famous, Ansel Adams, was quoted as saying "For every hour I spend behind the camera, I spend 100 in the darkroom adjusting the picture." With digital, the darkroom is "PhotoShop," and instead of it taking 100 hours, corrections take just a few minutes... at most, an hour. And there's no waste. We used to throw away 100 or more negatives for each one we kept. That was all money down the drain. I'd have to shoot three or more frames for every image I shot, bracketing the exposure to insure correct lighting. Today, I look at the histogram on the back of the camera and can see immediately if I need to make adjustments. And when I look at the shot on the computer, can make complete adjustments ever further. With film I needed to be within 1 f/stop to make corrections. With digital, I can underexpose 4-5 f/stops and still bring up the image perfectly with PhotoShop. A couple of minutes of photo correction and turn garbage into a decent photograph. For example;

This:

becomes this:


... in less than two minutes work! ... and made it into a dive shop's brochure. (Well, not 'this' one, but its brother that I spent five minutes on instead of two...)

God Bless digital...


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Old 11-06-2012, 07:26 AM   #5571
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Not to mention all the chemicals that are no longer required. The flipside is that photo stores are few and rare between. I bet it used to be a more social activity, now I guess it is a social networking activity.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:07 AM   #5572
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Not to mention all the chemicals that are no longer required. The flipside is that photo stores are few and rare between. I bet it used to be a more social activity, now I guess it is a social networking activity.
I went into my favorite camera shop in Osaka today to pick up a filter wrench, and realized that the 10 meter refrigerated cabinet that used to hold 5 different brands of film in all sizes, was now less than 2 meters wide, and only carrying Fuji Velvia and Provia, some Illford and Agfa... And no more than a brick of each size. 10 years ago the bricks were stacked up behind each size and brand. I used buy film in bulk rolls and load my own cassettes so that I could squeeze almost 50 shots per roll. Important when shooting underwater where you can't change film. These days I can carry 940 shots in my camera (at the resolution that I shoot. If I shot at JPG Normal I could have 5,100 in my camera...)

But photography is still pretty social. When I was shooting along the Sea of Japan last week, people were constantly coming over to discuss the settings and the equipment. People to people.

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Old 11-06-2012, 08:38 AM   #5573
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A nice, calm and respectable lady went into the pharmacy, walked up to the pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said, "I'd like to buy some cyanide." The pharmacist asked, "Why in the world do you need cyanide?" The lady replied, "I need it to poison my husband." The pharmacist's eyes got big and he explained, "Lord have mercy! I can't give you cyanide to kill your husband, that's against the law? I'll lose my license! They'll throw both of us in jail! All kinds of bad things will happen. Absolutely not! You CANNOT have any cyanide!" The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist's wife. The pharmacist looked at the picture and said, "You didn't tell me you had a prescription."
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