“A senior White House adviser on Sunday denounced federal judges who have stood in the way of Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban, warning that “the whole world will soon see” that the president’s executive powers “will not be questioned”.
One of the most chilling and telling statements coming from this dysfunctional administration was made by Presidential advisor Stephen Miller who believes that the presidents power is ultimately beyond question.
A statement that signals a total disdain for and or abject lack of understanding when it comes to the precepts of Democracy and the Constitution – that power belongs to the people, not swamp denizens.
I get requests from time to time to reblog a photo(s), sometimes people can’t recall the name of the previous blog and the photo they’re looking for but in describing it all usually ends well.
Posted these some time back in a series I called Communion for what I consider obvious reasons.
These two photos are from a while back and done in HDR.
I like them and in saying so not patting myself on the back, it’s just that in going through an HDR folder on the external is a akin to stirring the pot as it instills a desire to take some photos and give them the treatment as well.
Additionally a couple of more examples of HDR below submitted by Randy Lynn Keeler.
Like the author of the linked article I’m not adverse to “testing” somewhat obscure inexpensive products – granted in most instances you’re going to get hosed or if lucky come out smelling like a rose.
Which in my opinion is the common occurrence when investing in an ICE filter, smelling like a rose – after all where is it written that good filters or photography related gear must command the highest price the market will bear?
Here’s something of a clue in my opinion – glass is a product derived from sand – there is no shortage of sand – sand trees don’t freeze reducing the number of granules, and though I can’t swear to it I don’t believe the market value of raw material is influenced by stock market speculators.
Of course it’s about labor, equipment, marketing and the like but the huge spread in pricing begs a question – if a filter such as ICE sells for thirty dollars and another say six hundred can it be demonstrated without the most rigorous of pixel peeping ( and who really does that, do you?) to be twenty rimes better than ICE?
Now there most assuredly are some filters that couldn’t withstand such a test and they lend themselves to the narrative that if you want quality dig deep or go sell a kidney.
I’m inclined to believe there are no small number of potential world class photographers whose enthusiasm waned or was blunted by cost once having gotten into photography – and that’s a shame.
I say without hesitation you get a lot of bang for your buck with an Ice filter and in my opinion there isn’t a better filter made than the ones offered by Luzid.
I guess what I’m saying is be willing to break ranks at times – if you do you could be pleasantly surprised and wind up with some cheese and cracker money left in your pocket to boot.