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09/30/19 12:34 PM #6253    


David Mitchell


Dear fellow

Monet, and Adams. You are checking all the right boxes with me. 

I believe Adams either invented (or at least advanced) the "Zone System" of photography. He learned to manipulate the dynamic range beween the highlights and the shadows - both from the camera and in the darkroom (which is all done digitally in camera now). I got to study his work in some photograpy classes years ago (before digital cameras). Love what he did.

* (perhaps the "Zone System" was the brainchild of Matthew Brady in his brilliant - if brutal - Civil War photography? I'd have to go back and check.) 

As for Monet and his French Impressionist bros, it's all my favorite choice of painting. But I would throw in an  American Impressionists. Have you ever seen any Winslow Homer? Well, he's really sort of half way between Realism and Impressionism - if there is such a thing.

 I love his sea coast stuff - both in the boats, and girls waiting on shore. 

Here's a bit of his own humor. Most of his stuff is serious.


09/30/19 01:25 PM #6254    


Michael McLeod

Mark: It's a series of profiles of Rollins College graduates over several decades who have gone on to fame and fortune, or at least have some sort of interesting life-story material to talk about.

Nothing too fancy but the money was good.

09/30/19 01:38 PM #6255    


David Mitchell


Thanks for offereing cover for those of us cowards to come out and admit we actually watched the Ken Burns Country Music program. I thougth I'd probably like it, but I was wrong. I loved it!

Sooo many wonderful insights. Hank and Patsy, The Carters, Johnny, and Merle, Dolly and Waylon, Kris,  Tammy, and and Brenda Lee, and one of my favorites, Country Charlie Pride.

"Is anybody goin' to San An-tone,,,,,er Phoenix,,, Ar-izona?

But I finished it with a serious question - so I'll ask it here in this bastion of world wide knowledge, this court of world opinion.

They had a late episode (maybe the last one) where they rushed us through a lot of the modern people - George Straight, The Judds, Kathy Mattea (another favorite), Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, etc.

My question is, WHERE IN THE HELL WAS CLINT BLACK? Did I miss something?

Please respond if you know. I am dumbstrcuk that he was omitted.

09/30/19 03:34 PM #6256    


Lawrence Foster

Jim:   I have looked at the Ansel Adams Yosemite photos and I do see some great ones of the Dome, El Capitan, and the various water falls there that intrigue me.  I also like one of his other ones called Lonesome Pine - Sentinel Dome.  It reminds me of the other Lonesome Pine/ Lonesome Cypress at Pebble Beach photo.

Mike:  Thank you for the encouraging feedback.  It is good to hear.

Mark:  Great thoughts about the windmill blade (bottom left) that is curved.  I too looked it up on the internet and then I blew it up as large as I could here on the computer to see if I was missing something or what.   I like your idea that he did it that way to suggest motion of the blades and movement of the air.  I just had not thought of it that way - well said man!  Of course it may be that he really wasn't doing that at all.  It may be that he had come up with the idea after drinking a "Colt .45 malt liquor" somewhere down on the winding roads of Overbrook Drive and he was just buzzed when he got to that part of the painting.  Not saying it really happened like that but ...  wink  Oh, I am not saying that I must have a bit of mead or a rusty nail to drink every time when I draw or paint, but sometimes I do enjoy a small bit of tipping and sipping while I'm drawing and painting.

Dave:  Homer Winslow is another artist I have enjoyed seeing.  There is a good collection of his work at one of the smaller Smithsonian museums called the Freer Art Gallery as well as at the National Gallery of Art.  There is also a lot of Whistler's work there too that is much better than the portrait of his mother, which is good. 

I found a good article about the "zone system" of photography at Wikipeidia that you mentioned Dave.  I had not heard of it before so I looked it up.  It is similar to gradation of black and white drawing that I have become familiar with but it is a lot more technical!  Way beyond me!  There is also a gradation used for colors in painting that has a similar structure to the zone system photography.  It was a good read.  Thanks for pointing it out to me.  

Dave, I also find other Impressionist movements very enjoyable.  I just started off with Monet becasue he is the one credited with starting it even though it really was a group of painters who did so.  If I remember correctly the movement got its name when a critic wrote about the exhibit that was being put on and satirically named it after one of Monet's paintings titled "Impression, Sunrise."

Okay, signing off for a while.  Time to let others join in.  Once again, thanks to allfor your feedback and comments.


09/30/19 04:08 PM #6257    


David Mitchell


Let me distill about 900 pages on the technique known as the "zone system".

In the old "film " days, the idea was to over expose the original photo, and then under-develop in the darkroom. This improves "dynamic range" - the shadows are more visible and the highlights are not "blown out" (too bright). The new digital cameras are able to do this for us if we know the right settings. 

Brady used it. Adams mastered it. Many others have tweaked it.

09/30/19 08:53 PM #6258    


Mark Schweickart

Dave – My son has been working on the post production of Ang Lee's new movie, Gemini Man, that will be coming out in a couple of weeks. He mentioned that it will be screening in different formats depending on the capabilities of the projection systems in the various theaters. He suggested I look for ones projecting in 3-D at 60FPS and HDR, the latter standing for High Dynamic Range, which apparently is something fairly new digitally, but obviously from your comments, also something very old conceptually. The film also boasts being the most elaborate in using the new de-aging effects, as Will Smith portrays both himself at present age and at age twenty. Derek (my son) speaks very highly of the technical aspects of the film, but in all honesty is not all that impressed with the basic story line. I can't help but feel that it is a shame for them to put that much effort into a rather mundane script. But who knows, it may be better than he said, but probably not. I will report back once I see it.

09/30/19 08:53 PM #6259    


Mark Schweickart

Larry – here's my favorite Impressionist painter story (true story). In 1865, when a 24 year old Renoir was just getting started, he and Claude Monet would sometimes paint together in a wooded area in the countryside about 60 miles from Paris. One day, while there alone, Renoir heard a crashing through the bushes in the distance. Investigating, he found a man suffering from exhaustion, slowly pulling himself from a stream he had collapsed in. This was Raoul Rigault, a self-styled revolutionary, who had been imprisoned for denouncing Napoleon III in some of his writings. He had managed to escape from prison and was furiously on the run when Renoir found him. Renoir listened to his plight, decided to help him, and went back to his place in the local village to fetch food, as well as an additional easel and canvas. While he was gone, he had placed Rigault at his own half-finished painting on his easel there in the forest, gave him his painter's smock to wear, and coached Rigault to say, if any authourities came looking for him, that he was Claude Monet. After a couple of days of recuperation, the fake Monet, went on his way.

Fast forward to 1871 – Renoir is in Paris, and doing his best to ignore the chaos that has engulfed the city during the Communard Revolt, and the fighting going on in the streets throughout the city. He decides to make his way to a quiet area on the banks of the Seine, where he sets up his easel, and begins painting a scene of the river and a bridge in the distance. Some passing Communards see him, and become convinced that he must be a spy watching the traffic on the bridge. They attack him, throw his painting into the river, and then drag Renoir into the river as well. Suddenly a Communard Commander rides up on horseback, and demands to know what is going on. "We are drowning this spy," he is told. The Commander turns out to be Raoul Rigault, who recognizes Renoir, and fortunately for all of us who love Impressionist paintings, put an end to their attempts to drown his old friend from the forest. Thank you, Raoul.

09/30/19 11:28 PM #6260    


David Mitchell

Some of you might find this interesting - or NOT - (ranging from funny to disturbing).

Today (Monday) Justin Beiber and his bride of a year, celebrated a "formal" wedding ceremony at nearby Palmetto Bluff, just outside Bluffton. The video below is long (watch as little or as much as you like) but gives some idea of the style of this pricey community in a nature preserve on the May River that I live across from - and can see across the river, with its 5-star Hotel Montage.

My second job - limo driving - takes us there often to drop and pick up at the Montage hotel or some of the multi-million dollar residneces. The wedding couple insisted that the entire 20,000 acre resort be shut down for the wedding. He actually paid hotel guests to leave early and the hotel ordered them to cut short their vacations and leave by noon yesterday (Sunday). And get this, local residents of the village were told they were not allowed to use the facilities on site (5 restaraunts, 3 pools, golf, world-class shooting range, kayaking, boat docks, horse stables, tennis courts, 4-lane bowling alley, etc.)

So we had the busiest day ever, driving a number of parties from the hotel to the Savannah airport.  

The place is a very expensive, very shee shee, yet extremely understated, and low key. Only 2,000 acres of the entire 20,000 are allowed to be developed. And virtually all of the homes and buildings are "Low-Country Cottage" or similarly rustic. You'd have to see it to understand how posh, how tasteful, yet how remote it is. 

* My take: for a fraction of the cost, he could have fed thousnads of homeless, or paid college tuition for hundreds. 

Added later: I just now realized the father of the bride is Stephen Baldwin.     zzzzzzzzz!

10/01/19 08:54 AM #6261    


Lawrence Foster

Mark -  Your story about Renior, Rigault and Monet is wonderful and gave me a good laugh.  I had never heard it before.  I got a kick reading it, thanks for sharing it.  

And here is one last - rather one more art thingy if any of you are interested.  I have a blog page that I update once a month with a piece of art and/or photos.  It is at  I posted another pencil sketch and accompaning photos.    


10/01/19 05:29 PM #6262    


Thomas McKeon

Joe so sorry to hear about your brother our prayers are with you but your brother is in a great place 

10/02/19 11:08 AM #6263    


Michael Boulware


So sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. It is comforting to know that good people go to heaven. 

10/03/19 07:56 AM #6264    

Joseph Gentilini

Thank you for all the messages of sympathy on the death of my brother.  THANKS.  Joe


10/03/19 11:29 PM #6265    


Michael McLeod

10/04/19 05:25 AM #6266    


David Mitchell


I have no idea who that guy on the left is, but the guy in the middle was my dad's favorite TV show back in the day.


10/04/19 11:35 AM #6267    


Daniel Brown



10/04/19 11:44 AM #6268    


Michael McLeod

Same here.

That's a rare post - part political, part sentimental.

As with other tv we remember from childhood, the plotlines and humor of all those shows reflect writers and acting styles heavily influenced by vaudeville. 

Also, when we were children, we watched television mostly as a family. And not All The Time. Don't know about you but in grade school I watched Mickey Mouse Club with my sisters after school and then watched whatever my parents were watching - as a family, sitting on our "davenport" -  in the evening. One tv set. Three channels. And the tv set got turned off at night because there were no broadcasts to watch, so it wasn't omnipresent, potentially part of our lives every single moment of the day. It knew its place. It stayed downstairs when we went upstairs, curled up on the rug down there and went to sleep, more like a pet than a participant capable of nosing in on our lives 24-7. It was a healthy, upstairs-downstairs domestic alignment.

I know I am not saying anything that everybody doesn't know already, but it's just worth musing over -- how much modern telecommunications influence our lives in a way they did not, back in the day - when life, if you stop to thing about it, was more REAL - experienced first-hand rather than via cell phones and 24-hour news cycles and even this oblique techno-communication you and I are having right now. 



10/04/19 01:10 PM #6269    


David Mitchell


You are making me feel old. 

How old?

Why, I'm so old I can remember clear back when "comedy" was funny. 

I can even remember when there were good family dramas, with actual literary or historical content. Even some live dramas. 

My 3 grandkids know about angry unicorns and fighting ninjas. But they have never heard of Cowboys and Indians. Or Pioneers, or Mountain Men, or Revolutionary War figures. Or Robin Hood, or Pirates, or Knights in Shining Armor. 

Wow!   I must be old.


Ohh Poncho!    Ohh Cisco!



Did Lightening just strike on the post before you?  That long-winded post just before you reminded me of a guy in our class with the initials D.B.  

Nah, couldn't be the same guy.

10/04/19 02:26 PM #6270    


Michael Boulware

Gosh Dave!!!! You know a lot of stuff about a lot of stuff. You ought to watch Jeopardy with Fred Clem. He gives out answers before I finish reading them. I bet you two would be a tough match-up. I just heard from Steve Royer's wife, Lynn. She is one of my favorite people and would be a challenge to you and Freddie as well.


10/04/19 06:33 PM #6271    


Kathleen Wintering (Nagy)

 Oct. 4th, 2019.  Hi Jeanine!    Hope you have a WONDERFUL birthday!  ps. Not sure if my first message came through or not! Kathy W.

10/04/19 10:18 PM #6272    


David Mitchell

Mike B., 

I think it's more like a terrible curiosity - almost to the point of addiction. But I could never hold a candle to Fred's memory. And you are obviously very well read yourself. 


P.s. Keep the compliments coming. I'll get a check out to you in the mail as soon as I can. 

10/05/19 11:37 AM #6273    


John Maxwell

I posted a short video of alien invaders who have settled in a tree in my yard. I wonder if they are edible.

10/06/19 01:10 PM #6274    


Michael McLeod

Birds of a feather.

10/06/19 01:37 PM #6275    


James Hamilton, M. D.

Jack,  where did you post a video? 

10/06/19 04:56 PM #6276    


Mary Margaret Clark (Schultheis)

Shout-out to Bon Jonas......thanks for posting this on Facebook!

God Bless America and God Bless the Ohio State Buckeyes Marching Band!heart

10/06/19 05:50 PM #6277    


James Hamilton, M. D.

MM and Bonnie,

Thanks for that video of the OSU Marching Band. It is amazing how they can do such choreographed maneuvers! The are definitely the best!


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