NOTE: If Leica persists in takedown requests, the video may not be easy to find to watch for yourself. That is well within their rights. I am merely linking to a video, posted by some user I do not follow, that still currently exists on YouTube.
Leica may have never officially green-lighted this release (a risky business move), yet for their logo to appear at the end makes it hard to imagine that they were not the principal financier of this tribute film to photojournalism. Regardless of whether that’s the case they really ought to stop exercising their right to take down the video. The message they are effecting sending by doing this conveys that Leica is indifferent to human rights abuses and the efforts of photojournalists (some/ few in this era using their brand gear) to report on said abuses.
CONTEXT: We are currently months away from the 30th year anniversary of of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. More about that can be found here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989_Tiananmen_Square_protests (Remember that Wikipedia is only as reliable as its footnoted sources.) Leica currently has a business endeavor with Huawei which I really don’t know much about or care much to know about. Huawei is a state-sponsored enterprise that manufactures and sells smartphones which I presume their current relationship with Leica may come into play. Depending upon who you choose to believe (US intelligence community, the Chinese government, or neither . . . I’m probably close to the neither category) Huawei is more than just a business enterprise, meaning it is alleged that they spy for the Chinese government pursuant cyber eavesdropping. The video was maturely pulled and even searches for the the word “Leica” do not turn up any results on China’s regional domineering social media outlet Weibo. This should really surprise almost no one. That is pretty much the standard operating procedure of the People’s Republic of China. What is really up speculative is how much damage this will do to Leica financially and in terms of reputation.
Returning to the subject matter itself- the film/ ad/ puff-piece, I have a mostly positive opinion of it. that is some very slick cinematography that was edited superbly. The depiction of an the African warlord pointing a pistol seemed a bit too ‘hollywood’ to me, nonetheless. That is just my appraisal as a terrible videographer myself. That’s why photography is pretty much the only show in town for me.
Also on a side note, I’m among the large percent of individuals that cannot afford a Leica. It takes some serious money in the bank to obtain one of those . . . Even an old film one.
*If Leica persists in takedown requests, the video may not be easy to find to watch for yourself.
Commentary here is possible due to the initial reporting done here which noted the short film, Leica, and reaction by the Chinese government and others.
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There’s been a lot going on! It’s been trip after trip with jet-lag in between. I’ve gotten a whole lot of editing finished already and posted on Flickr which is available for viewing. I would suggest starting with the White Stallion Ranch album as it is the best curated / finished work. I am still adding to and editing photos in the Australia album. Nonetheless, you will not have much difficulty finding a ton of great Australia pics. I intend to be posting on this blog much more regularly but that requires the time. I might just have to schedule my posts to push me to make the posts.
Anyhow, aside from photography I’m currently searching the Greenville area for an apartment or condo. I’ve really only begun to jump into this search this week but have already gathered a ton of information and found what I believe might make a great place to live.
I have two excellent used products of mine that are in great working order and in need of a new home.
• Sony Zeiss 35mm f2.8 FE ZA Lens - https://www.ebay.com/itm/173803508464 This lens is used- formerly by me personally and I can certify that it is a superb lens that is in terrific working order and has been properly cared for by an experienced photographer. This is very sharp full-frame prime lens compatible with Sony e-mount cameras. Use with other cameras is also possible using manual focus, if your camera has an adaptor of e-mount lenses. In addition to its build quality and sharpness, its small size also makes it an attractive lens choice. Be sure to check out more detailed information on this lens on its eBay listing page linked above. ** Auction closes approximately 7 days from this blog post's publication. The precise auction duration and closing is listed on the linked eBay page above.
• Apple iPad Pro 1st Gen. 128. GB, Wi-Fi, 12.9 in. – silver https://www.ebay.com/itm/173801161890 This another used item of mine that is in great working order from both a hardware and software standpoint. Cosmetically there are three minor abrasions of the silver aluminum back. More details can be found through the eBay link above. This auction ends approximately 5 days of this blog post. A precise display of auction time will be displayed on the item’s eBay link above.
Rarely, do I use my iPhone for photography purposes.
Exceptionally rare, I capture moments so adorable that I feel compelled to publish here or elsewhere.
h/t Libby A.
My dearest fraternity brother, J-Babe (twitter: @jasonaul) has been searching for over a decade.
Perhaps his detective skills would have had some actual results if he were able to pronounce Nikon correctly to the inebriated guests attending the festivities at the French embassy in 2008? Here is a refresher . . . Air Nippon Airways, Nissan, and Nikon are all derived from “Nippon” which is one way to read the 日本, which means Japan.
“The more common way to read the characters is Nihon. The individual character 日 means "sun", and 本 means "origin".”https://www.quora.com/What-does-the-word-Nippon-mean
That’s right! Nihon , where adding the suffix -go (Nihongo) means Japanese ( the language). Did someone just mention Nihongo Gamer? Yes! I did.
Here is the correct pronciation of the world’s oldest camera company still in operation today.