Old South Meeting House

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Old South Meeting House in Boston MA

The Old South Meeting House is a historic church building at the corner of Milk and Washington Streets in the Downtown Crossing area of Boston, Massachusetts, built in 1729. It gained fame as the organizing point for the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773. Five thousand or more colonists gathered at the Meeting House, the largest building in Boston at the time

The church was completed in 1729, with its 183 ft. steeple. The congregation was gathered in 1669 when it broke off from First Church of Boston, a Congregationalist church founded by John Winthrop in 1630. The site was a gift of Mrs. Norton, widow of John Norton, pastor of the First Church in Boston. The church’s first pastor was Rev. Thomas Thatcher, a native of Salisbury, England. Thatcher was also a physician and is known for publishing the first medical tract in Massachusetts.

After the Boston Massacre in 1770, yearly anniversary meetings were held at the church until 1775, featuring speakers such as John Hancock and Dr. Joseph Warren. In 1773, 5,000 people met in the Meeting House to debate British taxation and, after the meeting, a group raided three tea ships anchored nearby in what became known as the Boston Tea Party.

In 1775, the British occupied the Meeting House due to its association with the Revolutionary cause. They gutted the building, filled it with dirt, and then used the interior to practice horse riding. They destroyed much of the interior and stole various items, including William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation (1620), a unique Pilgrim manuscript hidden in Old South’s tower.

Old South Meeting House was almost destroyed in the Great Boston Fire of 1872, saved by the timely arrival of a fire engine from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, but the fire caused the city’s residential districts to shift toward the Back Bay, away from the church. The congregation then built a new church building (the “New” Old South Church at Copley Square) which remains its home to this day. The Old South congregation returns to Old South Meeting House for services in its ancestral home once a year, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

PDN’s 30 Photographers on Building a Career

When we interviewed this year’s PDN’s 30 photographers, one comment came up often: Art school had not taught them the basics about how to run their own business, nor had it prepared them for just how challenging it can be to get a foothold in today’s competitive photo market.

In the profiles featured on PDNs30.com, they explain how they honed their styles and their business skills. Here, we share more of the valuable lessons they learned as they launched their careers. They emphasize the value of building a network of mentors and trusted peers, constant experimentation, and above all, perseverance.

Source: PDN’s 30 Photographers on Building a Career, and Maintaining Hope | PDN Online

InVisage QuantumFilm

It was way back in 2010 that we last heard anything much from InVisage Technologies, when it talked about making a new type of camera sensor suitable for smartphones, capable of producing dramatically better HDR pictures and videos than traditional sensors. It calls the tech QuantumFilm, and – five years later – it announced the final product. Here’s everything we know about it.

Source: InVisage QuantumFilm: News, Demo, Features, Phones | Digital Trends

Sony A9 Announcement

Sony A9
Sony A9

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Sirui K20X

Sirui K-20X
Great medium size ball head

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I stress this is medium size and weight, because if that is exactly what you’re looking for this model, the K-20X over-delivers for the price.  Certainly if you’re one of the big boys shooting the LONG glass you might want to be looking at Sirui’s bigger models, or of course Really Right Stuff.

If you want to take a closer look at it here, or here is a good place.

Oh, and by the way, I watched every YouTube video I could, certainly on this model as well as many, many other brands.  I sat by and listened to many of these poor folks reviewing and un-boxing just absolutely butcher the name of the company.  Can’t blame them really, I certainly didn’t know for a while.  So, here is a little help I couldn’t get from anyone.  The way you pronounce their name is: “Sue-Ray.”


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Source: Instagrammers Can Now Organize Their Favorite Photos In Private Collections | Digital Trends


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CP+ 2017: Olympus interview

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