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Monday, June 01, 2009
Panasonic Lumix LX3 / Leica D-Lux 4:
We get emails daily asking about how the Flipbac works on this popular camera. We decided to see for ourselves. If you are interested in reading our observations, have a look over here. Any others out there who have tried the Flipbac on their LX3? Send us your comments and we will post them for our readers.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009
September 1975.
When I think of my grandparents, I always picture them as older people. My grandfather was a veteran of the second world war. He smoked a pipe, sat at the head of the table in family dinners and took me fishing. To me, my grandfather could never have been a child. He was always an older adult.

True I have seen pictures of him when he was young and when he got married, but because they are black and white photos they are some how veiled from reality.

In the 1960's cheap color photography became available to the masses. Introducing the missing element of color, photos were now much closer to the reality we experienced. We see in color, remember in color and now photos were in color. Accurate color photos removed the mystery.

These thoughts started to crystallize when I stumbled on a picture of myself taken in 1975 on my first day of elementary school. A 6 year old boy ready to go to school, holding his lunch box while standing in front of our neighbor's garden. It has accurate color, it hasn't faded. I like to think I was a pretty cute little guy, but there is no mystery to the photo, it could of been taken last fall. (Well, my wife says the pants give it away). But it was taken 34 years ago, about 1/2 a lifetime.

In times past, the wealthy had portraits painted to record their likeness. But these paintings were even more veiled in mystery than black and white photos. But then in the last century, for the first time in human history, color photography enabled middle class people to accurately and vividly document our lives.

What does this expose? It exposes our fleeting youthful years, the shortness of life, our mortality. But on a more positive note, take a look at what it has allowed this family to do: Smile!


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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Starry, starry night.

Butterflies belong to the order Lepidoptera. This name means “scale-wing” in Latin and refers to the scale cell structures found on butterfly wings. I had read about butterfly scales and thought about trying to photograph this beautiful feature of their design.

My opportunity came when I noticed the wing of a fallen butterfly
on the street side and brought it home.  By window light I photographed the piece of wing laying on a  piece of black paper with my compact digital camera.

When I look I look at this picture, it feels as though I am gazing at the stars of the midnight sky.

The abilities of common compact digital cameras
constantly amaze me. This shot was easily taken without any special equipment. I first took several shots then removed the memory card to review the images on my home computer. After a couple tries I found what I was looking for.

I am not sure if this is technically called macro photography or close-up photography, but either way, the macro feature on most of today's compact digital cameras gives the casual photographer access to a miniature world that was previously not accessible.

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