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With a drop here and there, welcome 2014!

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I am somewhat confused by the symbolism of many new year countdowns “traditionally” accompanied with things that drop—crystal ball, stiletto, boot, watermelon, peach, pineapple, moon pie, chunk of cheese, live possum, nut and what nots.

Willfully or accidentally, what does it really mean when things are dropped?

From Saba Hamedy’s report in the LA Times on the crystal ball drop: “There is a real emotional connection” with the dropping ball, said Jeffrey Straus, president of Countdown Entertainment, an organizer of Times Square New Year’s Eve. “It’s a shared moment. So when you think about all the drops, that’s a big sign of our success.”

So, for some weird reason “all the drops” is a sign of success? Seriously, since when did a drop generally and typically signify success?

We can perhaps put the blame squarely on the shoulder of one electrician named Walter F. Painer, who started this trend by suggesting the use of a “time ball” to be dropped in New York City’s Times Square, welcoming the year 1908. Painer got this idea when he saw one used on the nearby Western Union Building.

But, really, why copy a drop?

The more I think about it, I am more convinced that it makes more sense if things do rise up instead of drop, specially on an occasion as individually and collectively important as welcoming a new year, every year.

Drops are typically associated with things breaking, signifying a measure of bad luck. Who would want to usher in a new year with something like that? And yet, that’s what we’ve been doing—dropping things year after year. Because it’s tradition?

Maybe it’s time to rethink the whole “dropping” tradition. Maybe we’d be better off if we do the opposite—raise things up instead. It takes willpower, strength and skill to raise things up—widely considered to be some of the most essential ingredients of success. Besides, historically and culturally, raising things up generally carry positive connotations such as in the symbolic rising of the Phoenix from ashes, and the celebration of countless individual and collective achievements when reaching new, dazzling heights.

So, instead of letting things drop with gravity, why not defy it? We should be really raising thing.

Remember, hell is down below, and heaven is way up there.

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January 1, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Spring Photography Auctions Total More Than $30.8 Million, Set Artist Records

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PDN Pulse:

Six photography sales last week at the three major auction houses in New York City brought in more than $30.8 million dollars and included record sales for masters Man Ray and Diane Arbus, among others, as well as contemporary artists including Robert Frank, Richard Misrach, Alex Prager and Viviane Sassen.

Fine art photography is proving to be a very good financial investment, right?

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April 11, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Cool Digital Photo Gadget Bargains

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Dave Johnson, TechHive:

Looking to do more with your digital camera? No matter what kind of camera you have—an iPhone, a point-and-shoot, or a digital SLR—you can find a multitude of inexpensive gadgets and accessories designed to help you take better photos, shoot more effectively, and generally have more fun taking pictures. Here are some cool camera accessories that you might want to check out.

Best cameras of 2012

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In case you missed it, it’s not too late to check out (and even probably buy) the dpreview.com selection of the best cameras of 2012 based on a poll of the readers they conducted:

This year was one of the busiest that any of us can remember, and saw serious new products from all the major manufacturers. This was the year of the groundbreaking 36MP Nikon D800, the incredibly ambitious Olympus OM-D as well as an all-new system cameras from Fujifilm, with the innovative X-Pro 1 and X-E1. Sony had an amazingly busy year as well, bringing us the great value SLT A-57 and the feature-packed SLT-A99, along with a host of NEX upgrades. Canon wasn’t idle either, and consolidated its enthusiast-oriented DSLRs with the long-awaited EOS 5D Mark III and, at the end of the year, the EOS 6D. Meanwhile, Pentax revamped its popular K-5 with the new K-5 II and K-5 IIs and introduced its first large-sensor mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, the K-01 which was … interesting.

Now, moving forward, I am beginning to wonder what would the best cameras be in 2013. If 2012 is any indication, it looks like we will definitely have something to look forward to!

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January 11, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Imaging EXPO in Atlanta

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ImagingUSA:

How do you find the products you need and build relationships with the right collaborative suppliers and partners—especially with everything else you have on your plate? It’s easy with the Imaging EXPO, a three-day, business-boosting smorgasbord for your art and career! You’ll engage face-to-face with hundreds of service providers and product distributors. You’ll see product demos. You’ll establish new relationships, find ideas for managing your business in innovative ways, and talk over deals more efficiently and effectively than you can via emails and phone calls. Best of all, you’ll be able to compare notes with your fellow conventioneers before making decisions! Plus, accenting Imaging EXPO is one of the largest international photography exhibits in North America, where you can gather inspiration and ideas for your own photography. Don’t miss a second!

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January 2, 2013 at 10:12 PM

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