Become A Dark Sky Ranger!

This week, April 5-11, is Dark Sky Week (“National” or “International,” take your pick).






As stunning as pictures from outer space of cities at night can be, there’s a lot to be said for taking a break from electrical night lights during the new moon. I grew up enjoying a view of the Milky Way, but I haven’t seen it from Chicagoland in maybe thirty years…


…and this is why:




W. o’ W.: John Cage



Tim Rudman Reports

“I saw that the Ilford stand at the ‘Focus on Imaging’ show in the UK this month was a buzz of activity once again. Film sales are up and although sales of RC papers are down, sales of fibre-based papers are up – possibly because more people are making contact proofs on their scanners but are becoming more quality conscious and switching to fibre for print making. Excellent news.
“Pinhole camera sales are apparently very buoyant too. Supplies of the 4×5 exceeded supply in 2012 and the Titan 8×10 looks set to be equally popular – along with B&W single use cameras and a new Obscura pinhole camera.”


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“‘Kindness’ covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”


“Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions never lie to you.” -Roger Ebert, 1942-2013

No kidding.


This is from Pring’s Photographer’s Miscellany: Stories, Techniques, Tips & Trivia (page… um… 88).



Is This Your Camera? Is This Your Film?


Did you lose it on Maui, six years ago? It’s been for a swim…


Ask around to see if anyone else you know never finished their last rolls of film. There are folks who take care of them for you, and Ms. Maier ain’t got nothin’ on them.

I found a roll of abandoned film in my camera, too, after loaning it (gasp!) to someone. Here it is: