A lens similar to a 50mm on a full frame camera is not tele and it is not a portrait lens.
Apple does this with their dual lens phones, and Fujifilm does this with their “tele” converter lens for their x100 series of cameras. And it is just wrong.
No one would consider a 50mm on a full frame camera to be a telephoto or a portrait lens. It is a fucking normal lens, and the most normal of them. According to Wikipedia a telephoto lens starts at 67mm.
Why is this important? Because it is kind of annoying that they call it for something it is not. The other side of it is that you usually want to use a longer lens when you take portraits because the longer the lens is the more proportional “stuff looks”. If you shoot with something less than 50mm it is very easy to get a nose that looks huge etc.
A very popular portrait focal length is the 85mm or 135mm. The longer the better, except that when who you take pictures of are too far away it becomes a little bit difficult to talk to them.
Going with the Golden Bear
I have tried quite a few pencils over the last few months. And I thought it was time to kind of pick one that could be my daily driver. The pencils that I was considering were:
- Blackwing 602
- Field Notes Pencil
- Golden Bear.
What I was looking for was a pencil that felt like a quality product, with a point that didn’t go dull very fast, while at the same time wasn’t too scratchy. Price, design and how comfortable it was to write was also factors I considered.
Each of these pencils have something about them that would make them a fantastic pick. The Field Notes pencil are so comfortable to write with. It is awesome. While the 602 has a very smooth led. While the Golden Bear has a fantastic led that keeps the point better than the 602, while being smother than the Field Notes pencil. But it isn’t as comfortable to write with compared to either one of them.
I decided to with the Golden Bear for a number of reasons. The main thing was price. Let me compare: A pack of 12 Blackwings are $22 the last time I checked, and a 144 pack of Golden Bears are $30. The 602 is better than the Golden Bear, but it is not that much better.
Both the Field Notes pencil and the 602 are better than the Golden Bear, but also more expensive. And the Golden Bear is also a good compromise between the two in many aspects.
Anyways. The Golden Bear is a awesome cheap pencil that I use every single day.
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The classroom friendly sharpener.
I have been looking for a good desk pencil sharpener since I realized that pencils are awesome. My impression very early on was that the Classroom Friendly was one of the great ones. So I decided to get one, but did not do anything about it because I could not order one through any of the regular channels because they don’t want to ship outside the US. So, I started to look for other alternatives. And considered a handful of them. But decided to get the Classroom Friendly instead; through ebay. It was as painless as I could hope it to be. Even though the shipping took over twice as long as it would have taken through any of my regular shops.
Now, let’s get on to the sharpener. It is amazing. It feels like a quality product out of another era. Like when build quality was important, instead of cheap crap that seems to be the standard these days.
It is a joy to use, gives me a perfect point every single time. And it takes no time to sharpen a fresh pencil.
The only ting I have to say about it is that it leaves some nasty marks on the pencil. It doesn’t bother me that much, but I guess it might bother some of the more obsessive out there.
Where Lightroom CC have to improve.
Lightroom CC have become pretty great. It is a fresh version of Lightroom where most of the heavy operations happen in the cloud. This means that you can get away with cheaper hardware if you have a good internet connection; or even an iPad.
But there are a few areas where I wish they would improve. Some of the very basic editing features still miss. The big thing however, is that they got to fix batch editing. One of the things that drive me nuts, and have been ever since it first came out is that I can’t tell it to auto tune all the images I have selected. Or most other things I often do on many pictures at once. The only way to solve it that I have found is to make keyboard maestro macros that look for a pre defined number of times.
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Learning Clojure could make you a better Java or C# programmer.
When you get into Clojure, you get really good at doing some stuff. Like for example writing small functions that do one thing really well in as little code as possilble, while still being robust. A part of this means that the function itself is made to be used together with other functions.
I think this will make you a better programmer in any langage. Because you kind of learn or get into the act of just writing a lot of small functions that you use all over. Instead of writing the same stuff over and over.
That is the first way where you become a better programmer. The other is about data. Once you get into the idea that data is not something that is changed, it could become something you use a lot in any language to avoid weird bugs. It is a lot easier to write immutable code with Clojure than other languages, because their api have been made to do just that. But you can still do a lot to move in that direction in most good languages (I’m looking at you Python).