Originally Posted by ChuckT
You must be either joking or totally dogmatic in your denial of today camera ability to help novices taking better pictures.
Not joking at all. You mistake gadget access for image-framing. No gadget can frame a picture, that comes from knowing how to translate the wide vista your eyes encounter, and imagining a tiny window on it, imposed by the camera's limitations. No gadget can do that.
I know a lot of people who agree with your view. Generally they are people who are technophilic and, by natural inclination, ready to consider a technological "improvement" over an actual utility increase or improvement. Our entire culture in America runs on that view being correct, and a whole lot of stuff around the world is made cheaply and to fail early for the purpose of perpetuating that kind of "improvement" that is more hollow than it is fulfilling.
More people take pictures now, that's true. More of them have better focus and lighting than before, that's true. Focus is now automated enough to be a forgot skill. Light compensation is somewhat automated but you can still have overdark shots at twilight and whitewashed shots in bright unbroken blue sky brilliant sunlight.
A camera cannot teach you vision. It cannot have the vision for you. You can automate as much as you want, Chuck, but if you want to call it artistic or compositional photography then you're going to have an intangible human intellectual/emotional creativity element that no computer will ever replace. Or you could fully automate it, merely push the button yourself, and assume you've composed a photo that has artistic qualities. If we go down that road then robots have souls and your television may be a deity!
Originally Posted by justanotherskipro
As far as how recreational skiing is morphing, GV walk into a ski shop and try to find any skis that resemble the short, narrow carving skis from even five years ago. There's a lot of wide, rockered, twin tipped, even reverse sidecut skis because they sell. Carving and Race skis are getting pretty hard to find outside a race shop. So while I agree that a lot of the habits haven't changed among Mom and Dad, straightlining and launching air on a crowd slope seems to be the new normal among their children. Stance wise their hands are held low to their sides, their stance resembles how I would stand on an escalator, or further aft than that. But the equipment is designed around that sort of style. Some call that new school, others call it heresy but there is no denying it is far from the more traditional style you so accurately described.
I've seen it with my own eyes. I know what's happening! I'm reminded of the tension between what's popular and what's wise/correct. From the perspective of technique (as opposed to random fun) I am ready to call the masses wrong for doing the Chubby Checker with their hands at their sides and their asses behind their heels. From the perspective of fun, however, they may be among the biggest winners on the hill -- I don't know differently, and have no way of showing they aren't.
I don't think the ski industry is trying very hard to dissuade them. Skis are being designed to accomplish naturally, without effort, what most of us have to learn subtly (pivot slips). They are being designed to default to a smeary turn in some cases, and in others, to do pretty much nothing other than smears.
Pretty soon there won't even be turning. It will just be a question of which way your belly button points when you smear sideways down the hill.Edited by GrizzledVeteran - 12/11/12 at 4:36pm