Brands of the decade: 2010–2019

Ten years ago, when social media and blogging were still new and a rational person was in the White House, I did something ambitious and presumptuous: I published a list of the Brands of the Decade.* And now it’s time to do it again. To qualify for my highly subjective top-12 list, a brand had to meet these guidelines: Founded during the second decade of the 21st century or shortly before or Had a significant impact on the way we do business or live our lives during this decade or ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Twitter, Spotify, Music, Science, Technology, London, Sweden, Pinterest, Instagram, Colorado, Film, Washington

Word of the week: Secondhand

There was a time, not so long ago, when brands avoided the word secondhand, with its overtones of “second class” and its toxic whiff of “secondhand smoke.” If they had to broach the subject of non-newness, they used tech-sounding words like upcycling—Cambridge Dictionary’s word of the year for 2019—or coy circumlocutions like nearly new. Or they opted, as Stan Carey noted in a 2011 blog post, for euphemisms like preloved or even experienced—as in “experienced cars,” the winner of William Safire...
Tags: Books, UK, Instagram, US, Linguistics, Retail, Oxfam, Cnbc, Jcpenney, William Safire, Minter, Macy 's, Word of The Week, Nancy Friedman, Adam Minter, Euphemisms

Pat McGrath x Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker (Updated 12/14)

Release Date + About the Launch Pat McGrath collaborations with Star Wars’ The Rise of Skywalker this December, just in time for the holidays. It’s an exclusive with Selfridges, but the collection will also be available on Become encapsulated in the Limited Edition Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Collection, inspired by the iconic Star Wars universe. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, only...
Tags: Instagram, US, Beauty, Underworld, Christine, UK EU, Skywalker, Pat McGrath, Twitter and Instagram, Year: 2019 Launches, Holiday 2019, Skywalker Updated, Decadence Selfridges Pat McGrath Products, Odyssey Lilac, Bronze Nebula Metallic

At the Soft Café...

... make yourself comfortable.And comfortably, softly shop — if you need to shop — through the Althouse Portal to Amazon. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

Gun-Wielding Instagram Influencer Going to Jail for 14 Years for Attempted Robbery of Website Domain

It seems like there’s no limit to the insanity spawned by Instagram stardom but one former influencer will have a good fourteen years to ponder it all as Rossi Lorathio Adams II suffers the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Photography, Instagram, Photography News, Rossi Lorathio Adams II

Bank Employee Steals Cash, Then Posts Pics of It On Facebook and Instagram

"If you're systematically stealing money from a bank vault, it may not be a good idea to post the evidence on your social media pages," reports CNN: A bank employee in Charlotte, North Carolina, allegedly stole $88,000 from the bank's vault, according to a release from the United States Attorney's Office Western District of North Carolina. And he wasn't bashful about advertising to his social media followers the life of luxury he was funding.... Henderson's numerous Facebook and Instagram photo...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Cnn, United States, Henderson, Mercedes Benz, U S Attorney s Office, Charlotte North Carolina, Office Western District of North Carolina

SHOP SMALL - Today and Through the Holidays

The eleven plus years of writing The Fiberglass Manifesto has put me in touch with quite a few small shop business owners, craftsmen and women, rod builders, artists and gear makers and undoubtedly, the month leading up to Christmas is important for them in supporting themselves and their families. As you work through your gift giving list, consider the idea of "Small Business Saturday".  I'm willing to bet that you'll end up with more thoughtful, usable and enjoyed gifts in the process.     ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Sport, Fishing, Cameron Mortenson, TFM Fiberglass Fly Rod Builders, TFM Store

What Happens When You Take a Facebook Break

For a healthier and happier life, you might try to quit something: sugar, gossiping, hitting the snooze button. These days, many people have directed their self-improvement energy at trying to quit social media, at least temporarily. I decided to join them. On Monday, November 18, at 1 p.m., I embarked on my own Facebook and Instagram sabbatical—for research purposes, of course. Admittedly, I was curious how I’d spend the extra time—and whether all the curly hair gurus I follow were giving me ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Parenting, Australia, Facebook Messenger, United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Facebook About, Facebook Break, Caroline G D'Souza

2019 12 14 KVAC Track Meet #4

Men – Team Rankings – =============================================================================== 1) Lewiston High School 132 2) Messalonskee High School 99 3) Edward Little High School 59 4) Skowhegan Area High Schoo 54 5) Cony High School 42 6) Nokomis Regional High 41 7) Maine Central Institute 22 8) Medomak Valley High Schoo 13 Women – Team Rankings – ====================================...
Tags: Photos, Sport, Running, Julia, Myles, Berube, Messalonskee High School, Cony High School, Lewiston High School, Edward Little High School, Maine Central Institute, Oceanside High School, Medomak Valley High School, Skowhegan Area High School, Julia Berube, Myles Quirion

The Luminous Landscape Videos

Michael Reichmann of The Luminous Landscape interviewing Ctein in 2004 Well this is a nice surprise. Josh Reichmann, son of our late friend Michael of The Luminous Landscape, has given us permission to make available the two videos of MR's visit to Ctein's San Francisco area darkroom fifteen years ago. This is especially generous of him as L-L is now behind a paywall. Here's the interview. The part about dye transfer begins about 23:50 of the 32-minute video if you want to skip right to it. T...
Tags: Photography, San Francisco, Michael, Print Offers, Photo-tech, Ctein, Michael Johnston, Josh, David Lee, Mike, Ken, Michael C Johnston, Mike Mike, Lula, Michael Reichmann, Printers and Printing

@#$% eBay! (and Pennie Smith)

Argh. Look what I found when I slid off the removable flash shoe from my new-to-me Pentax SL, which was described in the eBay listing as "Ex++++ [...] Appearance is beautiful[,] tiny scuffs from normal use." The listing also said, "Please refer to the pictures for more details," but there was no picture with the flash shoe removed... Oops. Jerry Seinfeld "Newman" voice: eBay! Foiled again. You know what they say: Oh well. Pennie for your thoughtsSpeaking of eBay, I was reminded of this article ...
Tags: Photography, London, Ebay, Old, Cameras, Dslr, Ringo Starr, Canon, Pentax, Leica, Michael Johnston, Mike, Newman, Kramer, Phil, Michael C Johnston

Open Mike: Midcentury Modern Throwback

"Open Mike" is the often off-topic Editorial page of TOP, in which Yr. Hmbl. Ed. rambles, rants or reminisces. It's supposed to appear on Wednesdays and sometimes does. - Check out this awesome thing I happened across on eBay: It's an RCA entertainment console, in a style called "Midcentury Modern" that's really taken off lately. (I briefly owned a Midcentury Modern house back in Wisconsin—also known as a 1950s ranch house.) Look at those legs!  :-)  Those top flaps most likely reveal a turnt...
Tags: Photography, Ebay, Wisconsin, Pentax, Leica, Zeiss, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Ned Bunnell, Asahi, Asahi PENTAX, CLA, CRT, Forty, Midcentury Modern

JazzRochester ... Served YOUR way

JazzRochester has gone through a number of changes of the more than 10 years I've been publishing this blog and continues to change. It has been two years since I published a prior "where to find us" post, so I thought I'd update it... I like to try and provide readers with as many different avenues to access what we do here on JazzRochester, depending on their preference. To that end, you can get your JazzRochester in a number of ways: Email. Over 630 of you get JazzRochester posts. To get us ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Jazz, Rochester, Roc, Greg Bell, Facebook Over, JazzRochester, Local Rochester, ROC Jazz Artists

Common Problems with Digital Black and White

I love B&W—first love, highest loyalty, greatest pleasure—but I don't like most of the digital B&W I see. Why? Not because it's digital. There's nothing wrong with the tools. The problem is merely in the fashions, styles, or conventions that have taken hold and become current and conventional. Herewith, a brief rundown of my gripes. Bear in mind that I'm not talking about you. I'm talking about the digital images I see on the Web taken as a whole. Soot-and-chalk: The term is St. Ansel's. Curious...
Tags: Photography, Japan, Craig Ferguson, Digital, Iowa, Digital Techniques, Michael Johnston, Martin, Don, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Sharon, Bill Brandt, Daido Moriyama, John Camp, Moriyama

Music Notes: Then vs. Now

Tiny little fun fact: Alanis Morissette's album Jagged Little Pill (1995) has sold more copies than Taylor Swift's entire discography. Always bringing you the really pertinent news, Mike P.S. The purpose of this little post might be to test out the spiffy new ad B&H built exclusively for us... (If you can't see a link ad with an image above this line, would you let me know please? Thanks!) Original contents copyright 2019 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserve...
Tags: Photography, Taylor Swift, David, Broadway, Music Notes, Michael Johnston, Mike, Ken, Michael C Johnston, New York Times Sunday Magazine, Jan Steinman

Three Best Selling Products Today

[Ed. note: These three sales have ended.] Three best-sellers from from B&H Photo today: Datacolor SpyderX Pro (price reduced $70) and Elite (–$100) colorimeters, for calibrating the screen(s) on which you do your photo editing. Sigma 105mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art lens for Sony E ($350 off). ($14.95, which is more than 50% off). All three prices end at midnight. Mike Original contents copyright 2019 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to o...
Tags: Photography, Sony, Lenses, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston

A Tip for B&W Printmakers

Just a brief tip for you if you're a B&W printmaker, whether you work in a darkroom or with your awesome and beautiful P800 (okay, any pigment printer of your choice). As you go about life, looking at pictures hither and yon, collect a few examples of B&W pictures you think are really good and that really appeal to you. Throw them in a folder and keep them to look through at the beginning of, or during, any printing session. These can come from any source you can lay your hands on. Your own work...
Tags: Photography, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Gordon Lewis, Ben Long, Paulina Porizkova, Printers and Printing

Turnley Twins Prints

Our friends Peter and David Turnley are also having holiday print sales this season. Peter's offer ends very soon (9 a.m. ET tomorrow morning) and David's ends December 14th. Peter Turnley, Paris 1983 David Turnley, Nelson Mandela, Robben Island (Note that Peter's are traditional silver gelatin prints. David's are high quality inkjet prints.) Please tell them TOP sent you!  Mike Original contents copyright 2019 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links ...
Tags: Photography, David, Print Offers, Peter, Michael Johnston, Robben Island, Peter Turnley, Michael C Johnston, David Turnley, Turnley Twins Prints, David Turnley Nelson Mandela

Pictures for Discussion: Figure-Ground Relationship

Introduction: In July 2017, in response to a reader who wrote, "examples would help a lot to clarify!", I answered: "It's a problem. I could find hundreds of examples of what I consider 'bad' photography, easily, but how could I present them? If another person's  picture is used as a subject of a critique, it's legal under Fair Use (probably—Fair Use is never 100% certain), but I'd have to be taking someone's work and holding it up as a negative example. As a normally courteous person I have tro...
Tags: Photography, Berlin, Bob, Whitney, Midwest, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Waukesha, Shooting techniques, Photographic aesthetics, Anna Anichkova

Quote o' the Day: David Vestal

"Does every melody have to use every key on the piano?" —David Vestal - (This was the late photographer, photo teacher, photo writer, and photo guru David Vestal's response to the dictum that every B&W print has to contain a pure white and a pure black.) (posted by) Mike (Thanks to Carl Weese) Original contents copyright 2019 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this sit...
Tags: Photography, Dslr, Canon, Michael Johnston, David Vestal, Michael C Johnston, Quote o' the Day, Carl Weese

Sunday Support Group: What You Really Want

["Sunday Support Group" is an eclectic series of discursive digressions on topics random and sundry, offered in the hope they might help various subsets of our readership in their work and their ambitions, or that they might contribute to our mental, spiritual, psychic or physical contentment. It is meant to appear, as the title suggests, on Sundays; however, Yr. Hmbl. Ed. sometimes meanders, in many senses of that fine old word.] - Haven't heard from Ctein in a while. Probably been asleep for...
Tags: Photography, UK, White House, Time, Washington Dc, Sarah, Reflections, Leica, Ctein, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Vincent Van Gogh, Black White Photography, Northern Virginia Community College, Corcoran Gallery


Final UPDATE : SALE ENDED and links removed 12 noon Pacific Time today, 12/6/19. If you need to, you can contact Ctein at [email protected] Be patient for an answer—he experienced a large volume of last-minute orders and will be underwater for a while. UPDATE 12 minutes to noon: These are selling very quickly and Ctein is swamped. PLEASE REFRESH YOUR BROWSER WINDOW FREQUENTLY before picking your order, to see which prints are still available. Ctein is pulling sold-out images as quickly as he...
Tags: Photography, New York, London, San Francisco, Sydney, Print Offers, Ctein, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Mike Big

How to Grow Your Instagram Account

Share your pics with the world using our simple tips to grow your Instagram account.
Tags: Photos, Instagram, College, Social Media, Hashtags, College Life

Saturday morning, with no music but with swans.

1. Having written about music first thing this morning, at 4:16, I was in the mood to listen to something or other on my sunrise run, but alas, I hadn't bothered to plug in my AirPod case for days and when I put my AirPods in, they made that sad, bloopy sound that means, we're not going to work for you today.2. That reminds me. Yesterday, I was talking to Meade and my iPhone (Siri) thought I was talking to her and told me that she was having trouble understanding. I said, "I'm not talking to you...
Tags: Iphone, Photography, Video, Law, Etiquette, Siri, Birds, Robots, Sunrise, Hearing, Meade, Ann Althouse

Win a Cavenders Booty City Prize Valued Over $400’

Who wants to win a Cavenders prize package valued at over $400?!! I’m hosting a giveaway on Instagram and Facebook but I didn’t want to leave y’all out! To enter, simply comment with what you’re looking forward to most this Christmas! For more chances to win, visit me on Instagram and Facebook!  @acowboyswife Giveaway ends on Dec. 17th!  GOOD LUCK! The post Win a Cavenders Booty City Prize Valued Over $400’ appeared first on A Cowboy's Wife.
Tags: Giveaways, Facebook, Instagram, Blogging

Nonstop Metropolis: Magical Photos Of New York City By Sidney Chua

Outstanding street shots by Sidney Chua, a talented self-taught photographer, and retoucher from Singapore who currently lives and works in New York City. Sidney focuses mainly on urban, architecture, and street photography. More: Instagram h/t: Source
Tags: Photography, Usa, Design, NYC, Singapore, New York City, Street, Sidney Chua, New York City Sidney

Japanese Photographer Captures Stunning Images Of “Time-Traveling Samurai”

A series of stunning images recently posted by architect and photographer Atsushi Kobayashi have been trending lately, and understandably so. Representing a collaboration with traditional Japanese armor enthusiast Naga x Masa, these photos shot in Kakogawa City, Hyogo Prefecture, seem to depict a formidable warrior from the Sengoku Era (1467-1600) suddenly transported into present-day Japan. Source
Tags: Travel, Photography, Japan, Design, Manga, Samurai, Masa, Kosplay, Atsushi Kobayashi, Kakogawa City Hyogo Prefecture

Millennium Plus 20: How Photography Has Changed in The Last Two Decades

A mere 20 years ago, around this time of year, much of the World’s population were either looking forward to partying though a millennium eve or contemplating the crash of modern society due to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Photography, Photography Opinion Pieces

First leaked image of the new Sony A7S III

Remember that about a year and a half ago, Sony confirmed that an A7S III is coming soon. Then Sony announced the Sony A7R IV a year later. (a mark 4 A7R camera before announcing the A7S mark 3? Then nothing? The wait for the highly anticipated Sony A7S III may be over. Rumors site Sony […] The post First leaked image of the new Sony A7S III appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, News, Sony, Rumor, Sony Mirrorless, Sony Alpha Rumors, Sony a7s III

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