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 on: Today at 10:44:29 AM 
Started by RSL - Last post by RSL
Hi Elliot. It relates about the same way a Boeing 747 relates to a potato.

 on: Today at 10:42:26 AM 
Started by RSL - Last post by elliot_n
I'm confused. How does your 'seer' relate to the dictionary 'seer' (the one that rhymes with 'queer' and denotes a person who has visions of the future)?

 on: Today at 10:28:49 AM 
Started by David Eckels - Last post by brandtb
Dave, nice that first one

 on: Today at 10:16:22 AM 
Started by nma - Last post by brandtb
The subject and the colors especially are really interesting. In this really small JPEG it's difficult to know what's happening in the lower left the magenta/greenish areas...i.e. is there color noise there? One thing I would definitely look at first is pulling up the exposure about .6 -.7 of stop - the image is a bit too dull and dark. When you do this it emphasizes the light coming through the bloom and also the highlighted areas of the stamen/pistil - and the relationship between these and the light source illuminating them. This effect of light seems to me one of the most important things going on in your image. This could also be augmented with local adjustments as well. Lastly, if this is a crop - maybe you a little more room on left side of frame - give the stamen/pistil a little room to breathe...and not so close to frame edge.

 on: Today at 10:10:33 AM 
Started by RSL - Last post by RSL
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
- Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio

It's fascinating how limited philosophy has turned out to be for exactly this reason: we as humans seem to be pretty limited in our imagination. We can't imagine the infinite because we've never seen it; we can't even imagine very large numbers of things... even the human population of earth is pretty much beyond real visceral comprehension, I believe.

Sometimes, science drags us screaming out of our comfortable philosophies via something like the Michelson-Morley experiment: the Ether didn't exist, but but... it must. So then along came Einstein, and time was just a different direction in 4 dimensional space, and different speeds are just different directions. Then take it a little further to think about falling elevators with physicists in them and we found we were living in curved four dimensional space. Then that just maybe the signature that distinguishes time from the other directions might not have always been there, and we have the Hartle-Hawking model where we find that time is just an epi-phenomenon, that somehow very early on there was no time, in which case it doesn't even make sense to say "early": time didn't exist anymore than smart phones did in 1850, the universe was getting on just fine, then something happened and somehow there was some notion of future and past.

That without even going near quantum mechanics, which I'm not convinced anyone understands in their gut.

Maybe that's how art works: it rattles something in our mental cupboards that we didn't know was there, that we hadn't had reason to imagine. In which case it might be an image of humans in a diner and memories of our youth, or it might be abstract splashings of colour that reflect something, not from the early universe but about how our neurones evolved to deal with some survival challenge when we were still more comfortable in trees...


 on: Today at 10:08:05 AM 
Started by RSL - Last post by RSL
Hi Oscar,

From the tenor of her advocacy I'd guess your advocate's devil is all shook up. Let's answer her questions so her devil can relax.

What differentiates the "soul" from the "seer" is that the word "soul" comes with thousands of years of religious connotations and associations, which tend to veer the "soul" off the road. The "seer" is much cleaner, and keeps us away from the edge.

Before I can answer the advocate's second question I'm going to need to get her to define "collective higher conscious." I've run across that vague phrase dozens of times, and at the least it suffers the same problems "soul" suffers.

As far as "conscious" learning is concerned, I'd agree with her that you need to get past infancy in order to deal with these things. I almost said "understand" these things, but I don't think "understand" is the right word. If "understand" were the right word, you'd be screwed if you ran across a line like " Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay." I may be talking about "unconscious" learning, but I'm not sure that's right. This is not something you can sit down and discuss.

As far as the seer being touched by the "beauty of nature" is concerned, I think if you read carefully you'll find I've already answered that question more than once in the article.

I'm glad your advocate isn't criticizing. But you might point out to her that all "evidence" comes in the form of personal experience. And if she's experiencing "subconscious visceral emotion" as a result of Winogrand's "New Mexico, 1957" she's in bigger trouble than she realizes.



 on: Today at 09:53:24 AM 
Started by Mackman - Last post by Geoff Wittig
Can anyone tell me if the black plastic paper feeder under the Pro-4000 is used only by the optional second paper feeder or if it used during printing with sheet feeder or primary roll feed? During setup the right side of it was damaged and I am trying to figure out if it's possible to use the printer before the tech comes and replaces it.

Those little rollers are a major pain when you're first setting up the printer. They're fragile little plastic parts that loosely pop into their mounting slots, and they're level with the very bottom of this massive +200 lb./100 kg. hunk of plastic and metal. When my Pro2000 was delivered, it came in the back of a tractor trailer that stopped at the end of our 700 foot driveway. We had to un-box it at the roadside and gently lift the bare printer into the back of my daughter's SUV. Five of those little rollers were knocked loose by the rubber floor mat of the vehicle despite very careful handling. They all popped back into place just fine and all is well, but it's a pretty stupid piece of industrial design because it's nearly impossible to avoid knocking them loose when you set the printer down prior to putting it on its stand. And putting the printer down on the floor is basically unavoidable if you don't have the luxury of a loading dock to un-box and assemble the printer and its stand.

 on: Today at 09:50:55 AM 
Started by nma - Last post by nma
Celebration of the morning light on a hibiscus blossom.
Constructive criticism welcome.

 on: Today at 09:17:44 AM 
Started by Rajan Parrikar - Last post by HSakols
The light on the second one is great!

 on: Today at 09:17:34 AM 
Started by Vieri Bottazzini - Last post by Dave Rosser
Spectacular. The last time we were in Glencoe was a Sunday at the end of May, the sun was shining and the north bound traffic towards Fort William was solid - luckily we were heading south on a roundabout route from the Orkneys back to Bristol.

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