What camera is the best camera? The one in your hands. Always. But editing ability is a great advantage.



Brooke Shaden poses an interesting concept, that a $600 point and shoot can rival a camera that costs $3,000 or more.

The argument is somewhat solid. Look at the two images above, which is better?

Both of them seem to achieve a similar aesthetic and emotional goal. Maybe you can’t print both at large sizes.

But what it comes down to to me is how well the photographer can edit an image. That’s the rub.

So you have a good starting point, it’s what’s done in the retouch that makes the art sing.

Go read the post yourself here. It’s a good read.



If Breaking Bad was so good, why didn’t the gods tell me to watch it?


We’re coming out of a long weekend of work. We were double booked on Saturday and I had to hire a another photographer to take my place while I shot a runway.

Yesterday, we had a busy work day, and we almost took a last minute job to make our day even longer. But we came to the conclusion that we can’t physically take anymore jobs right now.

I’m not sure our infrastructure is going to survive the load we currently have.

We shoot an award ceremony tonight.

We have a 13-hour shoot on Wednesday. And This weekend, we’ve agreed to video tape my cousin’s wedding in a trade situation, that may or may not backfire like a champ.

While I can recommend working with a spouse, I’m not so big on working with close friends or somewhat close, but kinda distant family.

It’ll work out, I’m sure.

The following weekend, Tina and I are scheduled to be in New York City for there days, followed by a train ride to Baltimore for a couple days to shoot another event.

If you’re a Breaking Bad fan, and you’re crying that the best show on TV is now over, go fuck yourself. If it was so good, I’d be watching it. 🙂

I’m sure it’s great, though, seriously. Between Breaking Bad updates and references on SNL and everywhere else, I get it. I’m missing out. The universe has spoken.

Some days, there’s a part of me that wants to retire from movies and TV all together. I’ve never turned off movies until the last couple years. On Friday night, I rented World War Z and turned it off within 30 minutes.

I rented GI Joe a few weeks ago, whatever the fuck the last one was, and turned it off with in 20.

I know GI Joe isn’t ever going to live up to the legacy of great filmmaking, but I expected a 1.5 hour escape or more, which came in the package of some of the worst, contrived bullshit I’ve ever seen.

The best two new movies I’ve seen in a while are: Oblivion (yes, to Tom Cruise in this one) and the latest Star Trek. Both are worth watching for their visuals and storytelling. I watched Oblivion twice in less than eight hours.

Being busy, I thought that was some sort of record.

Yesterday, I watched a little bit of No Country for Old Men, and I think it’s probably one of my favorite movies of all time. I could watch that movie over and over. Sound and makeup are brilliant. BRILLIANT. The acting is damn near perfect. The direction, exemplary. It’s the best homage to Hitchcock I think I’ve ever seen. And that fucking script is so poetic it makes my heart sing.

It peeks into atheism, too, which is a fun little ride.

Whelp, I gotta work.

Cory Booker sings the hits


If this guy doesn’t become our second African-American president, something is wrong.

I can hear many responses to this, but one would be, “It is ‘loving’ to tell someone they are hell bound.”

Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people; before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in how much you love all His children; before you preach to me of your passion for your faith, teach me about it through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I’m not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as in how you choose to live and give.



Obama embraces GOP Fear Mongering Of Obamacare

And by “embrace” I mean mocks.

Back in high school, our administrator Terry Moffitt — the “Christian Indiana Jones” — was walking down the hallway after announcing a major change to something or other in the school. It was a rule or something.

A group of us were complaining and he turned pompously with his nose up in the air and said, “With any major change comes the most confusion and disagreement. After a year, that will be subsided. After two, no one will remember they were upset.”

Just like a child having a temper tantrum, in a few minutes, they’ll be joyfully playing with their dollies and pooping their diapers again.

Just you watch.


Because it’s tradition, it makes it sacrosanct … that’s how many are raised

I saw this at TYWKIWDBI, and thought it should be reposted:

A bleak future for the wife of a rapist

KARMALAHANG, India—When the call came from New Delhi, Punita Devi braced herself for the worst. Her husband, she learned, had been sentenced to death by hanging.

Akshay Kumar Singh and three other men were convicted this month of a crime that focused the world’s attention on violence against women in India: the gang rape and killing of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a bus in December.

For the parents of the woman who died, the sentencing brought a measure of closure. For Ms. Devi, who is in her 20s, and her 2-year-old son, her husband’s crime and punishment have opened up a chapter of profound uncertainty.

Ms. Devi expects to be cast out by her in-laws and face ostracism and destitution here in India’s conservative hinterland—not because she is married to a convicted murderer, but because she is a woman without a husband. “As a widow, my honor will be lost forever,” she says.

Her husband’s relatives say they can’t afford to feed her. Her parents say they are too poor to take her back. The customs of purdah practiced in the region make it almost impossible for her to work outside the home.

“I am not educated. Our traditions are such that I cannot even step out of the house,” Ms. Devi said. “Who will earn money to feed me and my son?”

Read on

Finally, Ted Cruz says what we’re all thinking: affordable health care is Nazism.

Ted Cruz’s filibuster couldn’t have been more warmly received. He is, as we read this, surged in popularity among many righty-tighties.

His performance, yes performance, filibustering for 21 hours gave him the proper recognition that people like him deserve.

I’ve heard some pretty enthusiastic and exemplary Republicans who seem to get it. Cruz? He doesn’t.

Health care is tearing away your freedom, declares the guy in a suit that costs more than lots of Americans make in two months.



Is this really what you want your leadership to sound like?

The above video of Jon Stewart blasting Cruz is almost too easy. The material writes itself. Well, except for that Dr. Seuss reading at the end.

Great line:

So to express your opposition to Obamacare, you go to the book about a stubborn jerk who decides he hates something before he’s tried it, and when he finally gets a taste, he has to admit after he’s tasted it, ‘This is pretty fucking good.’