Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Nicolae Kirculescu - Moment Muzical [Teleenciclopedia]
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Beethoven had originally conceived of dedicating the symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte. The biographer Maynard Solomon relates that Beethoven admired the ideals of the French Revolution, and Napoleon as their embodiment. In the autumn the composer began to have second thoughts about that dedication. It would have deprived him of a fee that he would receive if he instead dedicated the symphony to Prince Franz Joseph Maximillian Lobkowitz. Nevertheless, he still considered giving the work the title of Bonaparte.
When Napoleon was proclaimed Emperor of the French in May 1804, Beethoven became disgusted and went to the table where the completed score lay. He took hold of the title-page and scratched the name Bonaparte out so violently with a knife that he created a hole in the paper. He later changed the title to Sinfonia eroica, composta per festeggiare il sovvenire d'un grand'uomo ("heroic symphony, composed to celebrate the memory of a great man"). His assistant Ferdinand Ries tells the story in his biography of Beethoven:
|“||In writing this symphony Beethoven had been thinking of Buonaparte, but Buonaparte while he was First Consul. At that time Beethoven had the highest esteem for him and compared him to the greatest consuls of ancient Rome. Not only I, but many of Beethoven's closer friends, saw this symphony on his table, beautifully copied in manuscript, with the word "Buonaparte" inscribed at the very top of the title-page and "Ludwig van Beethoven" at the very bottom. …I was the first to tell him the news that Buonaparte had declared himself Emperor, whereupon he broke into a rage and exclaimed, "So he is no more than a common mortal! Now, too, he will tread under foot all the rights of man, indulge only his ambition; now he will think himself superior to all men, become a tyrant!" Beethoven went to the table, seized the top of the title-page, tore it in half and threw it on the floor. The page had to be re-copied and it was only now that the symphony received the title "Sinfonia eroica."||”|
However, the road to titling of the work Eroica had further turns. After completing the work, Beethoven wrote to his publisher in the summer of 1804 that "The title of the symphony is reallyBonaparte." The final title was not applied to the work until the parts were published in October, 1806. In fact, Schindler tells us that upon hearing of the French Emperor's death in Saint Helena in 1821, Beethoven proclaimed "I wrote the music for this sad event seventeen years ago" - referring to the Funeral March (second movement).
Beethoven wrote most of the symphony in late 1803 and completed it in early 1804. The symphony was premiered privately in summer 1804 in his patron Prince Lobkowitz's castle Eisenberg (Jezeri) in Bohemia. The first public performance was given in Vienna's Theater an der Wien on April 7, 1805 with the composer conducting.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
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Saturday, August 8, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Yes, i am debating this clichee, but not in the purpose of granting the prize of "winner" or "better at something" to one or the other, but to analyze the actual differences between the two and most of all the non-specification differences which really makes a camera particular.
A brief history:
1937 ; 1917
first 35mm camera
1936 ; 1946
first SLR camera
(Canon Flex) 1959 ; 1959 (Nikon F)
Professional grade cameras
(Canon F-1) 1971 ; 1971 (Nikon F1)
Full-auto (incl. focus)
(EOS 650) 1987 ; 1983 (F3AF)
(eos d30) 2000 ; 1999 (d1)
Other historical facts:
Nikon worked with NASA providing cameras (even a digital one in association with Kodak) suited to take photos from space.
Canon made a radical change in mount in 1986 when they introduced EF mount for a new line of products. This would benefit AF function, faster aperture control, less energy usage because of the smaller motors that are placed directly in the lens, unlike other AF systems which had all the electronics in the camera body.
Nikon developed medical equipment based around precision optics.
Canon patented and introduced Eye-controlled AF (a techology used for a couple of years in a few models which was dropped. This was an unnecessary function that more often slowed the photographic process. It was never introduced in a flagship model).
Copying technologyJust like cars, photographic equipment corporations follow each other's moves and products very closely thus producing a very similar range of cameras and accessories, though some original innovations like IS (image stabilizer), processors, mounts and other techological advancements are patented and copyrighted, but are shortly after imitated by the others with a different approach which won't, in most cases, have the success or appeal of the icebreaker.
For example Canon introduced the 75-300 IS in 1995 which proved to be very useful in handheld situations, though not very suitable for sports and professional photography.
The first professional grade IS lens from Canon was the EF 300/4 introduced in 1997 which could detect panning movement (essential for sports photography).
By the year 1999 most of Canon's super-telephoto lenses had Image Stabilization (including the 400/4 and.
Nikon has introduced the 300/2.8 VR in 2005, time when canon already had monopoly over the sports photography products, and continues to do until today.
General impressions I take from their history
While Canon was always more consumer oriented, making itself more accessible to the users, Nikon followed a strict tradition, making cameras for photographers and was never too concerned about launching the new "christmas gift camera for under ***$.
Canon made alot of daring experiments in technology and marketed itself as a way opener.
Canon took the digital era very seriously, developing the 1Ds - the professional full-frame digital camera from early development of the digital market (spring of 2003), while i feel that Nikon was still counting on film users when it did not launch any full-frame digital camera until late 2007. Not to mention that Canon's sports and journalism camera, the 1D (2001) had a crop factor of 1.3 instead of 1.5 like Nikon's D1.
Nikon developed many DX (1.5x crop factor) lenses; Canon made the EF-S mount, specific for the crop cameras, the EF-S lenses do not fit on full-frames or the 1D.
Why people choose one or the other?
There are numerous aspects which users might choose from when picking a brand, but most of the time the choice is made because of a previous experience, or in worst cases because "that guy has one". Buying yourself a certain type of camera because one particular photographer takes very nice photos with it is ridiculous.
In my case, i went with Canon because i bought my first camera (eos 350D/XT) when there were very few dSLR's in my market and even fewer second hand. Nikon was totally out of the question being rare and lenses and accessories being very scarse, and the more noob-friendly (at that time) Canon was at hand and the internet was filled with used lenses, new ones, adapters, accessories for it and the choice was quite easy for me. I don't regret it, because i've owned about 9 EF lenses and tried many more (28-70/3.5, 70-300/4.5, 28-135is, 50/1.8, tok.19-35, 24-70/2.8L, 70-200/2.8L, 85/1.8, 24/2.8) (tried 400/2.8 IS, 70-200/2.8is, 70-200/4is, 15fish, 16-35II, 17-40, 24-105, 50/1.0, sigma 8mm, and many manual lenses adapted).
I imagine people choose Canon because it seems more user-friendly, but i honestly like the color spectrum better in difficult light situations. In daylight and clouds, give me a Nikon d80 and i'll be happy, but anything interior with or without flash, i'll need a Canon to do the job, or a professional grade Nikon (d3, d2,d700).
But my next camera might be a Nikon because i've had reliability issues with my EOS 5D (who makes a camera out of plastic for 2700$? honestly... [i did actually buy it right before the 5DII came out and payed 1900$ new from amazon, but retail price is the previous one]) I dropped mine from a meter and it has a nasty crack, and it's a b***h sending it to the service specially since i don't have warranty anymore. Lenses also feel more flimsy than the Nikkor equivalents, though i can't really complain about the 70-200, the 24-70 had an awful design, and i absolutely hated it for it's sheer size and ugly look without a hood (which is also huge). That's why i now own a 24/2.8 and a 85/1.8 (great bang for the buck lens, nice shallow DoF, great for portraits, useful for full body shots). I might even do something as insane as buying the Sony A-900 if prices drop and they extend their lens variety soon.
What I look for in a camera
Firstly and most importantly: i can't imagine going back to crop sensor after having worked exclusively for more than a year with a 35mm sensor; a second and very important factor is how well the processor and the sensor translates images into digital colours. As i've said earlier, entry-level Nikon will be awful in an interior and especially where you meet 2 different types of light (e.g.: tungsten and fluorescent), i find most Canon cameras handle this problem better, and yes, the D300 is almost as bad, even in cloudy evening light - some long exposures have been impressive, but that is not a dealbreaker.
I still haven't tried the d700, but while taking a few sample shots with the D3 I was quite satisfied (though still ranting about the 5DII and it's very natural reproduction of colors - it might have been the lighting too, can't tell for sure until i have one for an extended period of time).
Breaking it down:
+better construction (bodies and lenses more resistant to weather and accidents)
+more buttons and easier to control layout (especially in the more advanced models like d300 d700 d3 d3x)
+incorporated wireless flash system for models above and including d80.
+good sharp zoom lenses
+pop-up flash for enthusiast full-frame camera (d700) [this is more useful than you think if your only camera is a slr. having virtually no fast and quality primes you will be sure to need this]
+old mount which assures that you can use old lenses, but since those have primitive coating, I would stick to more current models.
+high fps, af and fast response time in more advanced models (d200,d300,d700,d3,d3x)
+easier to shoot in lowlight because of the focus assist light
-annyoing focus assist light
-few megapixels in most cameras (and YES, they do matter if you have the right lenses)
-interior white balance difficulties with entry-level models.
-NO fast (under f/2.8 and/or sharp) wide primes (with few ridiculously expensive exceptions).
+more wide-spread and popular, lenses and deals are easier to find (over 50 mil lenses up to 2008, that will ensure a good s.h. market)
+wider selection of lenses
+mount very easy to use with many adapters thus making it possible to use a very large variety of manual focus lenses.
+good color reproduction indoors and when in many difficult shooting situations
+very fast primes (85/1.2, 35/1.4, 24/1.4, 50/1.2, 50/1.0 - if you have the money)
+high resolution sensors is a priority (this matters only if you have very good lenses).
-bad product control with lenses older than 2007 - unsharp wide-open
-old lenses on manual focus don't work on new bodies because of the 1987 mount change, original adapters are rare and cost as much as a professional lens.
My hope is to form a community around debating equipment, choices for buying equipment and hopefully even critique.
Why a blog?
Because i feel it is very tangible and easily accessible to anyone, most of all to readers who are interested in complex information.
Because a blog can have more than one editor, within time i hope avid readers will get involved and participate not only with comments but also write articles.
All opinions, comments, observations and additions are welcomed and encouraged.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
It's gonna be HUGE.
Basically: all people can have one general number that can be theirs forever and ever and ever (cause that's how long Google is going to last) and they can customize where they get their calls. I'll redirect my friends to my cell and people who i loathe to google voicemail which is so cool cause it's online, and everyone knows everything is better online.
Very nice move for Google, if they pull this off, they're going to be twice as huge!
If any of you can relate to "storm" from this poem, i want to dedicate this next song to you:
Thursday, July 16, 2009
This youtube version is much better.
Details like strands of hair or textures can now be observed.
Sound is also alot better. It's certainly worth the wait to load in HD.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The songs from Miike Snow inspired me to do this. I love this band. I can't say if they are the next a-Ha, but i will say this is the best band to come out of the viking's land since Röyksopp.
Songs are: Black and Blue and Song for no one.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Şcoala de Arhitectură
Proteste scrise împotriva presupusei crize
The street photographer in her natural emviorement: Lipscani
Aici sunt banii dumneavoastră!
Casa Poporului - Nice...
Atheneul - interior
Concert la Atheneu