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Well, I was there for work..but i could not resist having a short walk on the promenade at sunset tonight.


And here is what I saw…
as

and…

there are two interesting things …first, the light went UP (i mean, in became brigher) at some point, as can be seen by confronting "tramonto 1" with  "tramonto 3" (the latter shot later then the former).
and – as can be seen by zooming on tramonto 1, many windows, far away, reflected the entire sun back to us!



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Super8Film Festival!

Buongiorno, avrebbe un caricatore per film super8 ?
– Guardi che da anni esistono le videocamere!

Excuse-me, do you have a super8 film cartridge?
Hey—it's long gone, now we have video cameras, you know?

This is probably what happens (or would happen) if we walk into a shop and ask for some film.

Nothing, they THINK there's only video now (and not even anymore on cassettes…but on SDcards only).

Well–not so. 

Kodak is still producing film, real film, and a growing number of enthusiast use it to create films, real films, not youtube-smartphone clips.

A real film is something that cost in term of time (to concieve, invent, plan, shoot, develop, mount, project) and money (a lot of money for the film itself and for development).

But what you get is a real film, incredible kodachrome (or ektachrome to be fair) colors, and something that cannot be expressed by words other that "the film look".

Which is why CSI Miami, for an example, is shot on film and not on HD video.

Well in Milano every year super8 enthusiast get together for this festival, wichis a mix of market for used equipment, conferences and projections of actual films (movies). 

So here are some images from the exibition taken saturday oct 24, 2009.

And dont' miss the review of the incredible movie by Alina Marazzi Hoepli, that anto291 is writing about right now!


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Budget cut – Budget cat

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(si, la Mitzi sta bene)

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The banner I used to use got too old: it was shot in a fitness center no longer operating ("esprit"), it featured the screen of a computer I no longer own (powerbook g4), a radio tuner no longer operating (Teac FM tuner) and my agenda open on a page of the then-about-to-be-created "Bip Como" Apple Store.


Indeed the only thing still actual was the image of Anto, who is still here with me after so many changes.

So, after finding this incredible, working super8 camera in Cagnes-sur-Mer "alta" (haut de Cagnes)


here's the new banner, in real Kodachrome!

(and in WP, there's even another one featuring the Mitzi!, this one..:)


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Nice Nice

Well

Here we are, in WordPress. Or shall I say in the nice city of Nice, France?

Anyway, here are a few pics taken on saturday and sunday, with snow on the mountains, and 23 C by the sea!

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nice_2

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Much, very much has been said about global warming.

So this time I think it is relevant to remember what Michael Griffin, former NASA admin (a guy with seven degrees, and  about to get another) said
(Si parla molto di global warming, per cui e' il caso di ricordare cosa disse l'ex amministratore della Nasa, Michael Griffin, un tale con sette lauree e l'ottava in arrivo…):

"I have no doubt that global — that a trend of global warming exists. I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with. To assume that it is a problem is to assume that the state of Earth's climate today is the optimal climate, the best climate that we could have or ever have had and that we need to take steps to make sure that it doesn't change.
First of all, I don't think it's within the power of human beings to assure that the climate does not change, as millions of years of history have shown, and second of all, I guess I would ask which human beings – where and when – are to be accorded the privilege of deciding that this particular climate that we have right here today, right now is the best climate for all other human beings. I think that's a rather arrogant position for people to take."[15]

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