Back in the Pack

Clearly I have been severely neglecting this website. The “Asides” note below is the sole reason beside my lack of traveling due to surgery repairing a knee injury (torn ACL, torn meniscus, fractured patella). In my downtime I have been formulating the next big thing that I have been none too subtly hinting at on this site. I’ve visited Costa Rica a few times before, the first was with my boarding school way back in 1994, but this visit last April was the first time I got to experience the lesser-known Caribbean coast. There I met some noteworthy characters down there including Tom Snyder and John Brickel, a pair better known through their own non-profit organization – Project Green Jungle.

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What is in a name? NOTHING!

Why am I the only one who seems to be irritated by the naming and marketing of some nebulous and generally intangible “processing engine” by the big digital camera manufacturers. What in the name of all that is holy is EXPEED, Bionz, Exmor, Digic, TruePic, or PRIME aside from a slew of camel cased, conglomeration of marketing double-speak and unpronounceable terms and acronyms? Why do these marketing concepts appear in specification fields? This idiocy should not be tolerated in any way by the customer trying to purchase an item that for 90% of the public is the unnecessary, job-unrelated acquisition of a camera. What alarms me a great deal is the fact that this fluff has the ability of spawn. Digic’s genealogy spews back four generations and I’ll be dammed to tell the difference between the first and the last… I’m just hoping that this nonsensical nomenclature does not jump genres. I don’t require a microwave with Nuk’r IV technology, a sneaker with Shoelace 2.0, nor a pencil with the GraFite Processing Engine. If there is a term or number attached to a product’s description, it had better be a quantifiable, standardized and comparable specification, otherwise get it out of my face.

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Digital Nikonos?

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The Nikonos was the underwater camera for decades. I owned a Nikonos II that was well known for being able to survive a flooding or two. I the days of film, more advanced divers and watersport photographers would invest in a housing for their SLRs, while the vacationer usually had a waterproof disposable camera or a basic waterproof underwater camera to choose from. But the mid range was dominated by Nikonos, and the sales of these cameras dwarfed the high- and low-end underwater/waterproof markets. Judging by the plethora of Nikonoses still in circulation on eBay, there is still a viable market to be addressed.


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Introducing…

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At times I have taken a bit of a snippy, snarky, or snide tone to some of the subjects I have discussed on this site. These remarks are actually toned down from the raging vehement diatribe that flows from my id-driven core. Well, Freud could have a field day with what I am about to do, and that is to give that bitter voice a platform under the guise of another author for this site. Meet Angry Photographer – then immediately proceed to hide your children, adorn a helmet, and fasten your seatbelt.





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An Off-Topic Rant (first of many to come)

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I was born into an analog world. Fortunately the peak of my photographic career overlapped with the advent of digital, so I have been gifted with a strong foundation in both worlds. So much so, that my personal workflow generally mixes the use of film and a computer for even the simplest of projects. I am very much of the mindset that there is a right tool for every job and it is my imperative to understand not only which is which, but how to utilize that tool as well. That being understood may lay a foundation for the rant to follow.


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Warning to WordPressers

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This is a warning to my fellow WordPress users… over the past few days there have been some hackers taking over our sites via accounts setup for new users. The attacks seem to be centered in Europe, Germany primarily, by registering users with Gmail acounts. I have received three over the past three days which after a quick Google search on the email address netted several sites with the same warning.

So I will promote the advice by another savvy and alert WordPresser who caught one of the same addresses registering at his site. Don’t use the default admin user name ( I never did in the first place), and change your password just in case (that I just did).

I am joining in the network of those posting about this hack/attack in order to warn others. I am going to post the names and emails of the attack accounts I have been contacted by below. This is by no way complete as there do seem to be several others out there. Feel free to comment or contact me with any you may have encountered.

September 2

  • Username: jaimelipani
  • E-mail: jonatanwebsterbaum@gmail.com

Sepember 1

  • Username: MikeWink
  • E-mail: bugbeemershonyhe@gmail.com

August 31

  • Username: Andrianq
  • E-mail: pulvillarrac@gmail.com
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Since my return from Costa Rica, I have been a wee-bit flaky. As such, side projects like this site have become somewhat neglected. As I have hinted before, I have something big up my sleeve for this site and in the meantime, it is rapidly taking shape in the background. This site will have some pretty interesting exclusives and become a great resource for adventurous imagemakers. So be patient – it will be worth it.


So in the meantime, feel free to contact me with any site or topic suggestions  – david at packcamera dot com (sorry for not including a direct link but I am bombarded by enough bot-fed spam).

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The Pocket Leica has Arrived… or has it?

Seperated at birth...

Well, it looks like the wait is over.

 

 

 

 

 

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