Selecting The Subject of a Photo

Photography is a more complicated art than some people think. While one style of photography is to pose people or things for a photo, I am more familiar with the art of capturing things as they naturally appear.  Even this has more to it than simply getting a good camera and pointing it at anything interesting.  There is a lot to be said about how to manage camera settings, but for now, I’d like to talk about how to select what is interesting to take a photo of to begin with.

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Mulan: A Dreadful Misunderstanding of Music and Soldiers

Mulan (2020) is a movie with a lot of problems.  Many people have covered the various aspects of the movie that didn’t work and some have even covered why the music doesn’t work.  However, there was one comment from the director that doesn’t get enough attention.  In my mind, it speaks to a disrespectful misunderstanding of both military and musical tradition and it also shows an ignorance of cinematic history that is baffling in the director of a big-budget film.

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The Dual Housing Market

Everyone can agree that the housing market is a bit crazy at the moment. Even before COVID, it was a solid seller’s market and the pandemic has just exaggerated the market state that was already there. A lot of people are talking about the various reasons behind this, but there is one facet that isn’t talked about much. There exists two wildly different groups of people trying to buy into the market and because they are competing for the same resource the prices are going crazy.

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The (Not So) Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is what I regard as the worst book I have ever had the displeasure of reading in it’s entirety. Normally, this would be a feat I would allow to go unremarked, except for one thing. The novel is commonly listed as one of the great classics. Many people regard it as one of the best books ever written and I have been met with incredulity when I say I was not fond of it. So, I feel compelled to more closely examine why I think the book does not work.

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Battle Epics: The Forgotten Movie Genre

War Movies have been a mainstay of cinema since the medium has existed. Even in the days of silent film, many of the early hits were War Movies. Take a look at The General (1926) as an example of an early one and Greyhound (2020) as a more recent one. However, with the constant presence of this genre, there is a subgenre that has largely disappeared.

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Think Global, Act Local

Many people have heard this phrase as a part of a call to action for environmental concerns. Many take it as a way to remind them to take local steps towards global changes. This is layered with the hope that if enough people act similarly, actions on a global scale will occur. While this is a good mindset to have, it misses the more important part of the slogan.

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