Two Pics

This post is basically meaningless. I took two pictures with my new camera that I kinda like and I’m just sharing them. This morning I had to go out to the drugstore before work. I stopped at a liquor store that’s right on the state line (I think it’s on the New Hampshire side, but who knows) and took a picture of their wall, which happens to be painted like The Green Monster. Fitting, as the NHL Winter Classic is going to be played in front of the real Green Monster on Tuesday.

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The other picture was taken last night before everything went sideways. It’s yet another spinning vinyl record pic. I’ve done this with my DSLR, at least one of the film SLRs, and now with the new mirrorless. The spinning record is Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here. I think there might be something wrong with the turn table’s motor because the record was spinning too fast. We’ll see.

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I like this, but I gots to get me a full frame lens as the 10 megapixel crop is going to get to me eventually. Not complaining, I really like how this looks regardless of the resolution, I just want to use the whole image, you know?

It’s going to be a weird day. I’ve never had to deal with losing a pet before. Well, I did once but I was probably four years old or so. Fluffy getting hit by a car on route 38 doesn’t really count in this case.

Digital vs Analog Comparison

I started the film page with the idea that I wouldn’t post film images on this page (unless they were reblogged from the other page). I also said I was going to post digital vs film comparisons because… because. So I guess that allows me to post a few film pics, right?

Last week I put on a record and took a spinning media picture. Pretty sure I posted it here. I also took about the same shot with the Nikon Ebay film camera too. I think everything about the digital pic is better, but I also think I prefer the film pic. Maybe I am just an old fashioned sucker.

This one is digital:

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Nikon D90

This one is film:

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Nikon FG-20

Isn’t that interesting?

Now we move to Methuen’s little downtown area, specifically the used record store. I’ve taken this three times, one digital and two film, one with each camera. The two Nikons have a wider lens than the Pentax, so the Pentax is zoomed in much more than the other two, but you’ll get the gist of it.

This one is digital, it’s also portrait:

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Nikon D90

This one is film from the Nikon and it’s landscape:

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Nikon FG-20

This one is Dad’s Pentax. Like I said, it’s zoomed in more. It also has a coloring that might be from the roll of film or it might be from scanning it with my iPhone or maybe it might be because it was within about an hour after sunrise while the other two were later in the morning. I don’t know exactly, but I kinda like it.

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Pentax K1000

Which one do I like best? I think the second one. The Nikon film one. I think I will do the Pentax one again at some point. If I do, I won’t get it developed at CVS and I won’t be scanning it with my iPhone.

Now I just have to try to remember not to reblog whatever posts these film shots end up on. I can do that (but I’ll probably fail).

Time Travel?

I bought a turn table today. It’s like it’s suddenly 1976 all over again. After I picked up said phonograph I went to a used record store and had the time travel feeling increase. The store didn’t take credit.

Umm.

Really.

They didn’t have any thing by Rush, but they did have Dark Side of the Moon and Cream’s Wheels of Fire. Combined it was $12. They had Sgt Pepper too, but the price on that one was a highway robbery of $16.

$12 and I left empty handed because they don’t take credit.

I can see getting caught up in analog audio nostalgia, but how do you operate a business in 2013 without taking credit cards? I mean… really, how do you do it?

Vinyl

Over the last few weeks I have had the weirdest urge.

I want to listen to music on vinyl again.

I was never much of a vinyl guy. Given the choice between buying a record on vinyl or cassette, I would always chose cassette. I was never an audiophile by any means. Cassettes were portable. You could carry your tape deck around with you where ever you went, and I certainly did. I drove people crazy. When CDs came along I had my one great nod to audio quality. It didn’t take long for CD players to become as portable as cassette players, and the sound quality of CDs made the very concept of a cassette seem silly. Vinyl made a bit of a come back for me in the mid 90s. I was listening almost exclusively to Boston based bands, most of whom were unsigned, and all were independent. If you were releasing a record on your own you had the choice between CDs, which were really expensive at the time, or vinyl, which was disgustingly cheap. Many bands chose vinyl, so I found my vinyl collection starting to grow again.

Once the mp3 format caught on and Napster took off I was on the wagon in a big way. Is the sound quality noticeably lower on an mp3 than on a CD? Absolutely. Given the sound systems I owned was the difference enough to stop me? Sometimes. If the bit rate was too low even I would avoid it, but if the bit rate was high enough, no the difference was not enough to turn me away. Once the iTunes store came along, well that was it. I still buy CDs, but only on special occasions. Some bands, Rush for instance, still draw me to the highest quality possible. How often do I listen to the high end stuff? Rarely. I rip mp3s of everything and generally listen to that, but the CDs (and the 5.1 mixes, and the DVDs, and the Blu-rays) are there when I want them.

But think about it… I have a Blu-ray 5.1 mix of Moving Pictures by Rush. It sounds AMAZING through my little surround sound system. But is that how it was meant to sound? When Moving Pictures, or 2112, or Fly By Night was recorded, what was the intended listening format? Vinyl. The remasters of The Beatles catalog that came out a few years ago sounds great, but when they recorded Sgt Pepper, what was the intended listening format? Vinyl.

In the great analog vs digital debate, I still side with analog. I do not believe that a vinyl record sounds better than the same record on compact disc. No way. I do believe that on the first play the vinyl is pretty close. The problem is that it is a destructive format. The diamond chip needle dragging across the vinyl disc wears away the vinyl, resulting in a loss of fidelity, and all of those snap crackles and pops you hear.

But what I keep coming back to, in my old age, is that The Who’s Tommy was recorded with the vinyl format in mind. Rush recorded 2112 with the vinyl format in mind. Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon was meant to be heard on vinyl.

A very big part of me wants to go and buy a turn table and plug it into the tuner in the living room. In the past I used to be able to spend hours digging around used record stores looking for that one interesting release that I couldn’t find in a normal record store. Part of me wants to be able to do that again. Hell, there’s a used record store in downtown Methuen. I could help the local economy as I try and find a copy of 2112 that is still in good shape.

Maybe after another pay check or two I might look into getting a turn table. Maybe. I once replaced all of my cassettes with CDs. Maybe it’s time to consider replacing the all-star CDs with old vinyl disks. Maybe my step kids will be the only kids in school who know what it means to have to flip the disk.