Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Photography

“It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.” – David Bailey

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Why I do not like yoga, McMindfulness and the like...

The aim of far too many teachings these days is to make people “feel good,” and even some Buddhist masters are beginning to sound like New Age apostles. Their talks are entirely devoted to validating the manifestation of ego and endorsing the “rightness” of our feelings, neither of which have anything to do with the teachings we find in the pith instructions. 
So, if you are only concerned about feeling good, you are far better off having a full body massage or listening to some uplifting or life-affirming music than receiving dharma teachings, which were definitely not designed to cheer you up. 
On the contrary, the dharma was devised specifically to expose your failings and make you feel awful.
~ Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Pentax K-1

Ok I am a convert.  Got the Pentax K-1.
Especially I like the motto on the carton:

OUR PROMISE
Wish to be a companion to form important moments in your life. 
Alway with you.

Thank you for choosing Ricoh Imaging. 


Immediately got myself a nifty fifty.  
Which produces very very sharp and beautiful images:




Then later I chanced it - and got my self a "glugg" (lens) that almost cost as much as the camera, the 24-70, 2.8:
Which also produces extremely sweet and sharp images.



What I am most impressed with is really the handling. The camera house is appropriate for someone with tiny hands (I have glove size 6.5!).  I do not care so much about weight. 


 What is now missing is a nice wide-angle, an 85 mm and perhaps a macro of some sort, a couple of flashes and ... phew... a "självutlösare", whatever that is in English.


Photography is a ... PRYLSPORT...




Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Ho ho ho

Thousands of years ago, Shakyamuni Buddha taught a self-help path to Enlightenment, which included many parallels to modern scientific method. As recorded in the Kalama Sutta, Buddha said: “it is proper that you have doubt… do not be led by reports, or tradition or hearsay.” Scientific method, clearly.