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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
Thor's Day 
15th-Oct-2009 09:42 am
It's a good thing I went ahead and cancelled everything for this week, because I am still down for the count. Still coughing whenever I do so much as walk across the room. Still fighting exhaustion all the live-long day. Still not in any condition for anything.

Work Stuffs
Thanks for the tips and leads yesterday, everyone! I will make updating my resume a priority.

Link Soup
* Arisia hotel reservations are open! Run, don't walk! Quick like a bunny!
* Polaroid is coming back!
* Proof that this is a great time to be a geek: NOVA has a YouTube channel, and Monty Python has a satellite radio channel.

Daily Science
iRobot has an awesome new shapeshifting robot. Some reactions here, here, and here.

Rest and reading and knitting again, plus composing a letter to the &^$&^$& credit card company.
16th-Oct-2009 01:58 am (UTC)
You've never shot on film, have you?
There are things that you can do with film that digital can't touch. No digital image is "instant" in the sense that you take the picture, and 20 seconds later, it's sitting in your hand. But besides that, with a film camera, if you want to shoot colour film, you load up colour film. If you want to shoot infra-red film, you load up infra-red film. How do you do that in digital? I've not seen an infra-red capable digital camera, and it's not for want of trying.
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16th-Oct-2009 02:55 am (UTC)
Perhaps the military is willing to pay more than civilians are?

To give you a sense of the dollars and sense...

I load my large format camera with a sheet of 4"x5" film (yes, 20 square inches), and it costs between 2 bucks (black and white) and 10 bucks (colour) to snap the shutter image. Processing runs about $5/image regardless of film.

To buy a digital back (the joy of large format photography is that everything is modular) with today's technology, my wallet would take a beating to the tune of $50,000.

I don't have numbers in front of me, but I'll guess that the number of infra-red photographers is probably slightly more than large format photographers (and indeed, the population probably has significant overlap-- if you're enough of a geek to do one...) leading me to think that a consumer model infra-red digital camera/back would be in the same price range.

Maybe you could sneak me a sample camera? :)

BTW, I'll have the toy with me at Arisia. If you want to poke around at it, find me. I'll be around.

And if you want to revisit photography, I've been told I do a good job of breaking things down into empirically based methodologies.
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