The Ice Bucket Challenge is taking the world in storm. And to those who say “enough already”, I respond: if you don’t want to see it, ignore it.
Here’s what this is about: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS. It’s a devastating disease of the nervous system and simply said: it kills in a slow and horrible way. Patients slowly lose control over their muscles. ALL their muscles. One of the more famous people with ALS is Stephen Hawking.
ALS is not fun. ALS is dead serious. And the ice bucket challenge isn’t making light of it. The challenge is a wonderful way to raise awareness, and it’s necessary because most people don’t even know what ALS is. It’s is a rare disease of the nervous system (approx. 30,000 US Americans have it) and as a result of that, the pharmaceutical industry has no incentive of making any serious investments into finding a cure.
Which is why everybody should chip in for ALS and all the other rare neurological diseases. A good place to do so is the ALS Assocication at www.alsa.org.
This one’s for the German listeners (or for those who live nearby and want to improve on their German).
September ist Fotomonat mit drei spannenden Workshops:
6.-7.9.2014 – 24mm – Der Weitwinkelworkshop. Wir erforschen die Auswirkung von Brennweite auf Bildwinkel und Perspektive. Damit letztendlich auch auf die Bildaussage. In diesem Workshop steigen wir tief ein in eine Mischung aus gestalterischen Facetten und technischen Details.
Apple just announced that they will stop development on Aperture and instead concentrate their efforts on the new Photos app, which will also replace iPhoto. On the one hand it makes sense to consolidate efforts, on the other hand losing Aperture makes me sad.
I have been a Lightroom user from day one, actually from the first beta. I know Lightroom in and out and whenever I used Aperture it felt a bit foreign. My connection with Lightroom goes so far that I have released several video workshops to make it easy for beginners to get up to speed with Lightroom.
But still, monopolies are bad and competition is good for product quality. Competition is what keeps both, Apple and Adobe on their toes. So I really hope the new Photos app that Apple announced on the 2014 WWDC keynote will be a worthy successor to Aperture that has the potential to keep Lightroom in check.
Still, Aperture will not disappear from your computer right away. It won’t evolve any further, but according to TechCrunch “Apple says that it will provide compatibility updates to Aperture that allow it to run on OS X Yosemite”. And Adobe announced that they will provide a migration path for users who want to switch.
In the meantime, if you are an Aperture user who is now searching for a new home, let me point you to two products that I made and that I’m very proud of:
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Kathmandu is a special place, both during daytime and at night. Not just for tourists, but especially for photographers. And if the opportunity arises to do some Kathmandu night street photography, Chris is right on the ball. This opportunity came up around the Boudanath Stupha, when the 2014 Everest Trek group stayed for an additional night in Kathmandu before taking off to Lukla airport in the mountains. It’s amazing how busy the streets can be after dark. You can buy anything, from butter lamps to meat, from incense to Fanta. And of course the ubiquitous Tiger Balm. Our hotel was just a few minutes away from the market that surrounds the big stupha, so we snuck out to see what the night life in this part of town had to offer. And Kathmandu didn’t disappoint, especially when it came to street photography. The merchants had their shops open, each one specialized in their own field.
By the way, there are no street lights, so after dark all that illuminates the roads is the light from the shops, which makes street photography even more interesting and a bit of an exposure challenge. The shops light the streets even when there’s a power outage – which does happen on a daily basis. The shops then simply bring out their own little generators.
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