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Chance Shirley

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  1. Not sure if you're going for the tungsten-film-color-corrected-in-post look, but an alternative is you can throw a filter (an 85B, I think) on the lens and save yourself some time in post. Plus it will reduce exposure by like 2/3 of a stop, which will be helpful for most daylight shooting situations.
  2. This is of course largely a matter of opinion. That said, for S16mm, I lean the most on 12mm and 16mm lenses, so those two are a must. Going out from there, add a 9.5 and a 25. And what the heck, throw in an 8 and a 50, too. But on my average shoot, I’ll be using the 12 or 16 80+% of the time. Also, I have nice 25mm and 50mm lenses (Optar Illuminas, Arri B mount) for sale if you’re interested.
  3. I mean, there’s a long list of active civil liberty issues that the ACLU is currently working on, so it’s an argument that not all of our social injustice ills are past us.
  4. People aren’t moaning over things that have already been fixed. They’re reminding you that (1) the injustices of the past still affect people today and (2) if we aren’t mindful of the injustices of the past they might return. The past is indeed past, but the present does not exist in a vacuum. And it is foolish to look at current events and not at least consider how they might mirror historical precedents.
  5. I am pretty sure I have mentioned in one of the millions of posts in this thread (you might have missed it, fair enough) that prejudice or bigotry is not my concern. My concern is bigots using the power of the state/legal system to bully people. There is currently a “religious freedom” movement in the U.S. that seems more concerned with harassing gay people than it is with any recognizable tenets of religion. The photographer tried it and lost, some baker won the right to discriminate against gay people at the Supreme Court. So I guess the court decisions are mixed, but they are certainly not decisively striking a blow for gay people's freedoms. It would seem the next step is maybe a white supremacist restaurant owner can claim “religious freedom” and refuse to serve diners of color, and then we’re back to segregated lunch counters. A slippery slope, as it were. But I am just a guy tilting at windmills, so what do I know.
  6. Since things are so great nowadays, somebody should probably let the ACLU know so they can shut down their website. https://www.aclu.org
  7. Or it’s just that people like to make themselves (or their constituents, if they’re a politician) feel better by bullying a marginalized group... immigrants, people of color, women, gay people, trans people, etc. It’s been that way for thousands of years. But no, you’re probably right, everything is cool now and nobody wants to bully anybody, it is just that life is real complex and intricate and whatnot. Sigh. But seriously, there are several replies in this thread expressing the classic centrist argument “the past is past, get over it.” If that’s true, please let us know the date (or at least the year) that justice finally arrived in the U.S. and mistreatment due to gender, race, or sexuality was done away with once and for all.
  8. This is actually a good point. It illustrates that a lot of these anti-trans bathroom laws are unenforceable (because who is inspecting genitals in a public restroom?) and are just on the books to bully trans people. The cruelty is the point.
  9. Ask your trans friends or your gay friends why they are so impatient about waiting on the courts to deliver justice. That’s not even snark. I promise you they can answer that question a lot better than I can.
  10. Dude, I live in Alabama. You can talk all the shit you want about California. California ain’t got nothing on Alabama when it comes to being awful.
  11. Oh that’s what it is. There were problems with social injustice in the past, but that was all cleared up after they started letting gay people get married half a decade ago. Or was it cleared up when the president who pals around with white supremacists lost the 2020 election? Either way, that’s all in the past and I am sure everything in the U.S. is 100% fair and equitable now.
  12. You understand that one of the big drawbacks about being in a marginalized group is that, by definition, marginalized groups don’t have a lot of political power, right? Like, it was easy to tell Black people in the segregationist south to solve their problems at the ballot box. But systematic oppression is famously resistant to the ballot box.
  13. So now we’re at “the trans women should just shut up and use the men’s room when they’re at Walmart”? All I can say about this plan is maybe you should ask a few trans women what they think about this suggestion.
  14. I don't believe this because nobody is trying to take public bathrooms away from poor non-trans people, but they are trying to take public bathrooms away from rich trans people.
  15. And yet the baker won the case so he doesn’t have to bake cakes for gay weddings. And that’s a SCOTUS case, so I expect the photographer can win her case if she wants to appeal it.
  16. You seem to keep missing the point. My pragmatic solutions and your pragmatic solutions don’t matter when elected officials are actively passing laws designed to make trans people’s lives a little more miserable, just because the elected officials are looking for a marginalized group of people to bully.
  17. OK. So let’s see. Advocating against drunk driving = necessary and good. Advocating for women’s right to vote = necessary and good. Advocating that gay people not be bullied by people using specious “religious freedom” laws = hysterical nonsense. That about sum it up?
  18. Fine. We won’t discuss anti-trans sports laws because, sure, that is a complicated issue, and I think there are good faith arguments on both sides of that one. But your comments on the bathroom debate illustrate exactly what I’m talking about. You and I both agree this should be a non-issue. That’s great! However, I am not concerned about my opinion or your opinion here. I am concerned about the less enlightened people who are passing laws in an attempt to make trans people’s lives more difficult by denying them access to public restrooms.
  19. And there is literally nobody who is going to use a “religious” legal loophole to deny any goods or services to a straight white dude. It’s all well and good to say “I don’t fear being mistreated like a member of a marginalized group” when you are not a member of a marginalized group.
  20. To point out a huge and obvious example, did you ever hear about slavery in the United States? Black people during those days didn’t have any legal protections or any kind. Women couldn’t vote in the U.S. until 1920. Apartheid in South Africa marginalized Black people until the 1990s. Trans people (and gay people, obviously) in America have less legal protections than other groups of people today. Women can’t be priests in the Catholic Church. (Assuming you agree Catholicism is a big enough religion to be considered part of society.) If any of these few examples are not facts, please let me know.
  21. Good plan. Film is better if you can afford it. But I can’t afford film, so digital is better for me. (And even if you’re rich, digital can offer some low-light advantages.)
  22. This is a relatively recent development, but yes they can. And yet people are still using, or at least trying to use, legal “religious” loopholes to further marginalize gay people. I know that not being able to get a cake from your local baker isn’t as egregious as not being able to get married, but it is still someone using the power of the state to bully a marginalized group of people.
  23. Dude. There are literally a bunch of new anti-trans laws on the books as of last year. https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/15/politics/anti-transgender-legislation-2021/index.html And of course, this thread was started because people are trying to use a legal “religion” loophole to deny service to gay people. These aren’t generalizations.
  24. And for the tenth time, I am not concerned about your religion. I am concerned about the people who are bullying marginalized people and using their “religion” to justify that.
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