Koko showing her graceful hands and poise

Mag Mod Review 1

Mag Mod Kit--3 sets of Grids and Gel Holders with 3 Mag Grips which house the strong magnets that are housed inside very tough elastic holders.

Mag Mod Kit–3 sets of Grids and Gel Holders with 3 Mag Grips which house the strong magnets that are housed inside very tough elastic holders. From top left clockwise: red gel holder, blue gel holder, grid (honey comb) holder. In the middle on the white sheet are the varies colored (special effects) gels which include flourescent, tungsten and color temperature orange.

After a long wait, I finally got the 3 sets of Mag Mod Speedlite modifiers which I ordered via Kickstarter.

I had no trouble figuring out I needed to stretch the elastic bands around the head of my Canon 600-EX-RT Speedlites.

Once on, they stayed on.

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Air disasters and pranks

Somewhere along the way the promising information superhighway became a whirlpool of misinformation and even mischief.

Previously news media were the gatekeepers who checked the facts before publishing a story.

Nowadays the pressure of immediacy and who’s first takes precedence over the facts.

Case in point:  the now infamous case of the prank names for Asiana  flight 214 pilots’ names.

Coverage of the Malaysian Airlines MH370 story has been nuts.

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Photography: freelancing versus paid staff positions

 

Thanks to Rigo Peña who shot this while I attempted a selfie.

Thanks to Rigo Peña who shot this while I attempted a selfie.

When I contributed to the Rising Blackstar blog, I always felt visitors to that website  had scathing comments no matter how innocuous a post that was written.

The internet in the words of Sade is “no place for beginners or sensitive hearts…”

It’s best to develop a thick epidermis.

After all, written words even with the full flavor of emoticons can never reveal the true spirit of what is intended.

Those of you who’ve met me might know that I don’t like to draw a lot of attention to myself.

This may have to do with the sort of photography I used to do: newspaper photography.

I documented the news in pictures.

If I showed up at an event and everyone knew who I was,  it might affect or cram my style as some would say.

Here's a picture of me at a Los Angeles Raiders' game. Obviously this is really old since ther Raiders no longer play in LA. Photo by Kurt Miller.

Here’s a picture of me at a Los Angeles Raiders’ game. Obviously this is really old since ther Raiders no longer play in LA. Photo by Kurt Miller.

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