David Hobby

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Some nice B&W work as well. 📷: Ash Singh 📷: Larry Gassan 📷: Bob PlotkLzy
Holy crap, some deep metaphorical layers happening in this eclipse shot. 🗳️ 🇺twitter.com/jdavidake/stat…vH6
Some frames that are sticking with me at the moment 📷: Brian Mosley 📷: Bob Plotkin 📷: Tom Schrider 📷: Zoltan KalNthM
The calm between the storms, as X-Peditions Hanoi ‘22 Group One is in the books, with Group Two en route. Sooo many nice frames in the editing A-stack.
Anyone else surprised he hasn’t made himself an automatic/mandatory follow yet?
being on Twitter right now is like playing the violin on the titanic except we are also making fun of the iceberg and the iceberg is getting genuinely mad
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Bottom: real USD $100 Top: fake “bills” that ppl in Vietnam buy by the stack to burn as an offering to their ancestors. Pack of 50 = less than $1. It’s not uncommon to see these, half burnt, all over the ground. Pretty disconcerting at first glance.
People ask, “Hanoi? Again?” That’s because you haven’t been here: the country, the people, the food, the friendliness. And most of all, the degree to which Thu, our fabulous local producer, further opens the country and culture up to both you and your camera. ❤️🍛⛰️☕️🛵🇻🇳
Text exchange just now, from one of my X-Peditions folks, on our last day in Hanoi:
Suffice to say if I wasn’t willing to be forced into a Photoshop rental model, I won’t be renting a check mark any time soon. (Reminder: ditch the usurious shackles of Adobe. @affinitybyserif is great.)
Technically, landscapes weren’t even on the agenda today
Looks like we’re into rush hour now
Tam Coc, Vietnam: not the worst place to wake up to.
Railing not included.
Views are still holding up.
Quick stop to grab a nice landscape en route to Ninh Binh.
Just leaving the incense village ~20mi from Hanoi, where if you accidentally set your Fuji on Velvia film sim it would probably start emitting smoke. #XPeditions #Hanoi2022
Even got to meet Bui Huy Toan, who is Phan Thi Kim Phuc’s husband. Sweet and gracious people, all. As was photographer @MEHphoto — thank you for letting me hold your light!
It’s been 50 years since Nick Ut photographed (then) 9-yr-old Kim Phuc fleeing her village after it was attacked with napalm. They have remained close friends, but this is the first time they’ve been together in Vietnam since.
And then… this morning. While walking Hoan Kiem lake, I notice a photographer left-hand skying an off-camera light. I offer to hold his light — without noticing who he is photographing. It’s Nick Ut, again, but this time with a friend:
Reason I’ve fallen in love with Hanoi, number elebenty billion:
When you’re just a stoic security guard at an unofficial Apple Store in Vietnam, but you’re still *very* serious about your photography.
Nick Ut made one of a small small group of photos (incl. Browne’s photo of a self-immolating monk, and Adams’ street execution photo) that helped to end a war that already had claimed over 2MM lives. That visceral, universal language aspect is the real power of photography.
In 2022, we get WAY too caught up in sensor specs, FPS, max aperture, etc. But what matters most is a given photograph’s ability to alter thought patterns in peoples’ minds.
Welp. Second full day in Hanoi and I just randomly met one of my all-time photo idols on the walking street along Hoan Kiem Lake. (Me: “Is that? No, couldn’t be. HOLY CRAP THAT’S NICK UT.”)
My worlds collide
9-sec tutorial on how to get those multi-colored shadows, courtesy @GodoxGlobal. These gels are pure red, green and blue. (Whatever you use, if you want neutral skin tones the gels should chromatically add up to white.)
Transiting Doha, where I’ve just hopped onto their (free) airport wifi. I’d say the airport is pretty much ready for its upcoming #FIFAWorldCup travelers.
From V-Flat World, the people who brought you the $210(!) V-flat, I give you the (*cough*) $70 “Karl Taylor” light cone. #SMDH #JustUseTracingPaper
Godox digging back into 1950s/60s design ethic with their new Lux Senior flash
All carry-on is the only way to ✈️ . When traveling w/📷+💻 gear, compression sacks are a godsend for saving space. Pictured: 6x shirts, socks & boxers; 3x shorts. (💵 for scale.) @ORGEARGe4Bim
I remember commiserating with Michael Williamson in the early c.2000s that, because of digital, we could no longer just pop our viewfinders off to compose ground-level shots. This one’s pretty low. Pretty sure he made it with an iPhone.
If you don't mess around with the Overton Window, are you even trying? The goal of each generation is to permanently move the Overton Window. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_w…
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FREE: shoulder mount cinema rig for DSLR/mirrorless video. Fully adjustable, with geared focus knobs (with focus marks) when using cine-type lenses. Breaks down small for transport. (Local pick up only, Ellicott City, MD; first-come, first-served.)
Naturally, Ben (pumpkins on the right) turned out to be the painter in the family.
That’s a pretty good no-cost hack for a GoPro vertical dolly shot. Even better if you flip it in post, to run backwards.
Our kids both went to the same preschool, c. early 2000s. Same projects, each grade. As a result, we still have this vintage dual series of paper doll jack o’lanterns, drawn at 4 yrs old. First: daughter Second: son
When you’re being paid by the bucket
Washington Post movie reviewer: “…you’re going to want to see ‘Nope’ on the largest screen possible…” Me: Nope
Hidden world inside of this rotting bench slat
Often the difference between an enthusiast and an experienced pro (like Gary) is how long you’re willing to work a situation to make a nice frame. twitter.com/garyhershorn/s…
If you’re gonna backpedal, always mind your six.
the final tally is 190 House Republicans voting against advancing the access to contraception bill, compared to 15 who voted to advance. every Democrat who voted voted to advance it.
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A clip from Don’t Look Up, and then a real TV interview that just happened
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