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DALI Oberon Loudspeakers (OT)

[ Warning : Bloviation Alert. The second half of this is what I meant to write on Wednesday for "Open Mike" this week. Marcin's right, I do go on too long when I get my teeth into a topic.  —Ed.] - A few further thoughts about the concept of an "apex product": It's not an average. Nor is it mediocre. It's an ideal. ...But a practical, utilitarian sort of ideal. One that takes into account more than just the normal hierarchy of status and expense. For example, with highly salable top-of-the-mar...
Tags: Off-topic posts, Reflections, Michael Johnston

Open Mike: Apex Products

["Open Mike" is the often off-topic, anything-goes Editorial page of TOP, wherein Mike scats and vamps and riffs off the top of his pointy head. When all is right with the world, it appears on Wednesdays.] - Thomas Riley Marshall, Vice President of the United States under Woodrow Wilson, was presiding over the Senate—one of the VP's duties in our country—when he was forced to listen one day to a litany of complaints from various Senators about what was wrong about America. When it came his tur...
Tags: Books, Photography, Senate, New York City, America, Los Angeles, Indiana, United States, Nicole Kidman, Brazil, Wisconsin, Canon, Reflections, Rosemary, Marshall, Kurt Vonnegut

Random Excellence: Photographer Unknown

I thought I'd try something a little different for "Random Excellence" today. This isn't an expressive photograph; it's a descriptive one. That's its purpose. It's not "authored" in the sense we usually think of. It's an auction house catalog photograph of an object for sale. For some reason I was struck by this Garry Winogrand comment, at the outset of the new documentary: Winogrand: "Well, what is a photograph?" Background voice: "I don't know. You tell me what they meant to you." Winogrand (...
Tags: Photography, London, Los Angeles, Pink Floyd, Manhattan, Rolling Stone, Rudy, Volvo, Reflections, Christie, Michael Johnston, Soho, Martin, Mike, Ben, Michael C Johnston

What Is Photography?

Photography is photographers. ...If you ask me. It's defined by the people who do it. That's whose side I'm on. That's my personal answer, and has been my approach for a long time. Bob Shell, who used to be the Editor-in-Chief of the then-powerful Shutterbug magazine (even though he was technically an independent contractor, not staff) and is currently serving a sentence of thirty-two and a half years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the death of one of his models,* once sent me a stern...
Tags: Photography, Reflections, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Tagg, Bob Shell, Geoffrey Batchen, John Tagg

Mike's Idea of Photography (Creativity and Accomplishment)

Mike's theory of photography is that no matter how hard you try to curry favor with the gods of success, most of your pictures will suck (because we're essentially dealing with chance)...but a few won't. But it's important to divide photographing into its components. On the one hand, you have the people who make the work: that's the "creativity" side of the divide. On the other hand, you have the big constellation of issues around how those people somehow intersect with the audience; that's what...
Tags: Photography, Reflections, Michael Johnston

50 Travel Quotes that will inspire you to pack your bags

Best Travel Quotes for Travel Inspiration Sometimes a simple quote or phrase is all it takes to spark action or change in our lives. We always welcome inspirational words, so we thought it would be fun to share some quotes that have inspired us in the past. Hopefully one or two of them give you the push you need to plan that next adventure. Enjoy! Below are 50 Inspirational Travel Quotes  Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones ...
Tags: Travel, Featured, Inspiration, Travel Quotes, Travel Tips, Reflections, World Travel, Travel Stories, Top Lists

Has Photography Gotten Too Easy?

Is photography too easy? Maria Popova—along with Virginia Woolf(!)—suspects that maybe it has. Their point is that when something is rare and valued, more effort and care is expended on it. By becoming thoughtless and easy, it also becomes trivial and devalued. Maria, the Bulgarian writer who pens the famous Brain Pickings site, first quotes Virginia Woolf, the great author and woman of letters: The Victorian age killed the art of letter writing by kindness: it was only too easy to catch the pos...
Tags: Photography, Instagram, Oregon, David, Cameron, Photographers, Maria, Historical, Virginia Woolf, Reflections, Julia Margaret Cameron, Ruskin, Visual Culture, Michael Johnston, Mike, David Vestal

RIP for a Reader

Allow me today, if you will, a reminiscence. The other day when I wrote that April Fool's post, I hadn't been intending to write one. I just felt the content for that day had been a little sparse (I mean, how exciting is it to read that all the Print Sale prints have shipped, unless you're getting one?), so I bashed it out. It was one of those posts that takes only two or three hours from conception to completion. Sometimes coming up with a blog post is like pulling teeth. Other times words flow...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Photography, UK, London, Kenya, Reflections, Tamron, Ontario, Michael Johnston, Martin, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Bryce, Zuiko, Xander

Killing Themselves Softly With Complexification-Saturation

Just wanted to reiterate this. (I've said it before, here and there.) This is a renegade, outsider, beyond-the-pale, meta viewpoint, but... ...I still think the camera companies are killing themselves with complexity. It's easier to figure out a new computer than it is to figure out a new camera. A few mavens can do it; nobody will admit to not being able to do it; but here's what I think is happening: I think most buyers of high-end enthusiast-level interchangeable lens (IL) cameras bought one ...
Tags: Photography, Dslr, Reflections, Photo Equipment, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston

10 Common Family Travel Mistakes (and how to avoid them)

We’re in full trip planning mode right now. In just a few days we will be traveling to Ireland for the first time. This trip will also be the first time Connor, our youngest, will cross the Atlantic and set foot on European soil. He’s 2.5 years old right now, which is not an ideal age to take a long haul flight, so we’re crossing our fingers everything goes smoothly. We’ve been mapping out our Ireland road trip and firming up the 2 week itinerary. We want to limit the number of unexpected surpr...
Tags: Travel, Home, Europe, Mexico, Netflix, Atlantic, New Brunswick, Ireland, Hawaii, Paris, Ryanair, Glasgow, Vancouver, Connor, Dublin, Travel Tips

Seven Featured Comments for Moose's 'Counterpoint'

[Yr. Hmbl. Ed. has been moderately messed up in the comment moderation. So that you don't miss them, here are seven "Featured Comments" from the post I SNAFU'd this week, "One Good Book: Guest Counterpoint" written by Moose. —Yr. Hmbl. Ed.]   Geoff Wittig: "Yes! Thanks for saying it, Moose. John Szarkowski was immensely influential, and no doubt he was extremely knowledgeable and erudite on the subject of visual art. Yet his opinion imposed a kind of stylistic straightjacket on what was consider...
Tags: Photography, Instagram, Venice, Bob, Moose, Elvis, Reflections, Michael Johnston, Russell Miller, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Mahler, Diane Arbus, Friedlander, Szarkowski, Mark Roberts

Transportation in India: What the Tuk-tuk?!

Transportation in India – What the Tuk Tuk?! We originally published this post back in 2010, after our first trip to India. We spent 5 weeks backpacking across Northern India. I actually wrote most of this post on a moleskine notepad while traveling on an overnight train from Udaipur to Mumbai. Yes, an actual pen and paper! I was cleaning up some old posts and I stumbled on this one. I thought it would be fun to re-publish, as most of you likely have not read this one. If you’ve visited Ind...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Asia, Europe, India, Ireland, Mumbai, Quebec, Riviera, Reflections, Travel Stories, Tuk Tuk, Northern India, Udaipur

Big Shots – Guns, Gangs and UN Agents in Haiti

Haiti. First he tries to ride on the roof of a city bus and is removed because he's the only white guy up there. Then he gets on the wrong side of the law.
Tags: Travel, Haiti, Caribbean, Reflections, UN Agents, Haiti First

How to eliminate reflections on glass when shooting with flash

Usually, when we hear about reflection issues with photography, especially with flash, it’s on glasses. The type people wear on their faces. We’ve posted about that on here before. This time, we’re dealing with regular flat glass. Like that found in windows and doors. The same principles apply, although you do have a few more […] The post How to eliminate reflections on glass when shooting with flash appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Glasses, Photography, Tutorials, Glass, Flash, Portraits, Reflections, Portrait Photography, Rob Hall


I had to laugh at JohnMFlores's comment to the last post, which was, in its entirety, Yes ...But, overall, I think the point is made, in my mind at least: cameras don't actually cost all that much. I'm thinking that perhaps I should stop boxing myself in to one stratum of the pricing tiers by conceiving of things as "inexpensive" and "expensive." It's really just all relative. Personally, at this moment, I can tell you what seems reasonable to me: I balked at paying $1,649 for an X-H1 body (befo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Photography, Hollywood, Virginia, New, Cameras, Panasonic, Nikon, Reflections, Epson, Michael Johnston, Photography Businesses, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Kirk

Open Mike: Note to the Young

["Open Mike" is the anything-goes, often off-topic Editorial Page of TOP. It appears on Wednesdays.] A note to young people: it's critical to practice what you want to do, and, usually, mastery will come to you in the thing, or a thing, that you practice consistently and for the joy of it. But be sure to practice exactly what it is you want to do. Don't practice something else thinking it will help you with the thing you want to do. Don't practice one thing thinking that you'll get to the more i...
Tags: Photography, Reflections, Michael Johnston, Don, Mike, Michael C Johnston

50 Photos that tell our 2018 story

Year in Review: 50 Photos from our 2018 travels Every year we have good intentions to write our ‘Year in Review’ posts before the year is complete. And, every year, we fall short of this goal. This year was no different. We had a wonderful end to the year and have spent the past week catching up and getting our lives back on track. 2018 will go down as the milestone year. We celebrated 10 years of marriage with a vow renewal ceremony on the beach in Mexico. We celebrated Cameron’s 40th birt...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, Photography, Mexico, Toronto, Spain, Canada, Portugal, Cameron, Miami, Vancouver, Victoria, Connor, Whistler, Quebec

Cuba: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went

Cuba: Things I wished I had known before I went. A new book, Cuba What Everyone Needs to Know answers political questions that are helpful for visitors.
Tags: Travel, Cuba, Havana, Caribbean, Reflections, Travel Books

50 Photos from our Summer Adventures

Highlights from our 2018 Summer Our boys are back in school and we’re preparing for our Canadian Thanksgiving, so that means another summer is officially in the history books. It was a full summer for us. We had a good mix of travel and hometown fun. We even had a two-week trip to Europe without our boys – which was a first since Braydon was born, almost 7 years ago. Last year, around this time, we wrote a similar post about what we did in the Summer of 2017. It’s fun to look back at old phot...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Europe, Photography, Toronto, Georgia, Spain, Canada, Adventures, Portugal, Cameron, Vancouver, Victoria, Connor, Whistler

What Do You Get From Traveling?

After visiting 70 countries, Becky Evens has some good advice about what traveling means, what you can get out of it, and how you can travel more too.
Tags: Travel, Traveling, Reflections, Womens Travel, Becky Evens

Best Comment Ever

All in, I believe we're approaching 270,000 comments on two different sites since I became a blogger in 2005. This might be the #1 best one ever. It's a bit dense, but be patient with yourself. Relax and read it over a few times. "The problem is that photography has always been a technical pursuit and the mediating technology required to make a photograph has always threatened to overwhelm it. To quote Donald Kuspit, 'Technology is the last valiant attempt to discredit and devalue the unconsciou...
Tags: Photography, David, Sony, Nikon, Reflections, Charles Harbutt, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, CAF, Donald Kuspit, David Comdico, David P S

Turning Left Around the World

Turning Left Around the World is a new book about exploring the history, landscape, wildlife, people, and food in fifteen countries over ten months.
Tags: Travel, Peru, South America, Reflections, Travel Books, Machu Pichu

Take Heart!

First a definition: The Digital Tsunami, noun phrase: The fact that there are now as many pictures taken in a day as used to be taken in a year*.   Weren't we really talking about the Digital Tsunami last week? You know, all the pictures have been taken already—people take the same pictures of the same things—it's harder and harder to make your work stand out or be your own—and so forth. Mass taste, instant consumption, and snap judgement are leveling critical distinctions and the possibility of...
Tags: Photography, Kodak, Norwich, Reflections, Michael Johnston, Don, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Garry Winogrand, Cartier Bresson, Julian, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Owen Edwards, Mitch Hedberg, Winogrand

The “Ultimate Lens Hood” is… the ultimate lens hood?

One would think that a lens hood is a simple and straightforward sort of thing. We’ve all got them for our various lenses to help prevent the sun from flaring into the front element. But flare isn’t the only thing that lens hoods can be good for, as The Ultimate Lens Hood is out to […] The post The “Ultimate Lens Hood” is… the ultimate lens hood? appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, News, Kickstarter, Reflections, Shooting through a window, Ultimate Lens Hood

Toddler confused about mirror's reflection: Hey, where did that baby go?

When my daughter was little, I had a mirror leaning against the wall for her to look in. For a while, she thought she had a playmate and would interact with this "other" baby. She would laugh with it and sometimes even kiss it. It was adorable. So I had to chuckle when I saw this video. This little guy probably hasn't had a mirror at his height before. From what I can gather, he thinks this standalone department store mirror is a window and that if he could just get around it, he could play w...
Tags: Post, Video, News, Cute, Toddler, Mirror, Baby, Reflections

Devilish Question

I've been watching some of those little blips from the Jimmy Kimmel show where they go out on Hollywood Boulevard and ask awkward questions of passers-by. Most of the questions are essentially fluffy ("Did you have sex last night?"), but one of them has had me puzzled for two days: "What's the most interesting thing about you?" I've been thinking about this, and am forced to conclude there's nothing interesting about me! How would you answer this? It's a bit devilish I think. Mike Original cont...
Tags: Photography, Jimmy Kimmel, Reflections, Off-topic Posts, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Hollywood Boulevard, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UKAmazon Germany

A Revere Beach Reverie

Patrick Smith, an airline pilot and blogger, reflects on Revere Beach where he grew up, just under the shadow of planes taking off from Logan Airport.
Tags: Travel, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, Reflections, Patrick Smith, Revere, Revere Beach

Feel Ramadan – 28) A Mind Free of Hatred

We are the ones who should outpour love to all. Every human beings, animals, birds, plants, flowers etc. should taste the love from us. [[ This is a sneak peak of the article. Please visit to read complete article.]]
Tags: Love, Religion, Mind, Personal Development, Reflections, Hatred, Habit, Most Recent Articles, Ramadan Thoughts

Feel Ramadan– 25) This easy is Spirituality!

Islam presents spirituality as a distinct feeling, which would intervene into every instances in the life of a common man, to influence and beautify them. [[ This is a sneak peak of the article. Please visit to read complete article.]]
Tags: Wisdom, Religion, Spirituality, Islam, Personal Development, Reflections, Most Recent Articles, Ramadan Thoughts, Righteous, True Believer

Feel Ramadan – 23) Let us dwell in the Houses of Allah

I'tikaf is the observance which chains both mind and words. [[ This is a sneak peak of the article. Please visit to read complete article.]]
Tags: Religion, Reflections, Ramadan, Most Recent Articles, Masjid, Ramadan Thoughts, I'tikaf, Last 10 Days