Another Blogging Milestone in the Rear View Mirror.

With all the trauma and anguish of the past three weeks I entirely missed noting a small but important-to-me milestone. About three posts ago I put up the 3500th post since the birth of the Visual Science Lab blog. If you figure that the average length of a typical blog here is about 2,000 works then I've bashed out some 7,000,000 million words,  reviewed a lot of gear, and tried my best to piss off the entrenched photo community.

If nothing else the blog has given me the opportunity to improve my skills as a typist...

If you enjoy the blog please take time to comment from time to time so I know that I'm not writing into a vacuum. Of course any contribution is totally voluntary but let's not waste each other's time; checks or cash in thousand dollar increments are the most efficient wealth transfer for both of us....

If you are feeling particularly charitable, and are so inclined, I could really use a new Bentley automobile in order to more efficiently do my writing research in far flung locales. Should a Bentley prove too dear one of the S class Mercedes cars would suffice. We all need to make adjustments....

I think I'll write a few thousand more blogs. Some routines are hard to break.


  1. Keep pissing us off. Please

    Tom Devlin

  2. Please keep on keeping on. While much of what you write does not apply to the work that I do, I enjoy reading what you have to say.

  3. You are not writing to the void. Thanks, and keep it up!

  4. I see your CR-V, and raise (or match) it with my RAV-4. (Both good cars. My wife drives the former.)

  5. I usually comment on G+ where you kindly re-post your headlines. I'm penniless at the moment, so can't afford a Matchbox Bentley (did you have those in the US?). What you need to occupy your interactions is some form of troll, I think. Or maybe not. :)

  6. Keep the words flowing. To borrow the newspaper maxim about comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable, the comfortably entrenched photo community needs more afflicting.

  7. Hi Kirk,

    One thing I would like to see more of is portrait photographs. Are you planning any sort of gallery or retrospective where we can see more of your best work?


  8. You writing was the thing that caught my attention back when i fell over this blog. later i found your common advice for your readers and your self of value to. but the flow off your writing with a personal touch that keep it present is my main reason for coming back here.

  9. Dear Mr. Tuck,
    Just dare to stop writing.
    Kind regards from Prague

  10. Congratulations with the milestone and thanks for all the articles. I will keep reading as long as you don't get too fanatic about EVFs :-)

    I think you deserve a really fast car like this one

    Will check if they are not sold out :-)

  11. Seldom comment, but do not miss a day of the suspense of waiting for you to go back to Sony.

  12. Recent posts show you have not lost your touch- keep it up!


  13. I would be pissed if you were to stop writing.
    Greeting from Germany.

  14. Kirk,
    Congratulations on being able to stick with your blog for so long. I don't comment usually but enjoy it a lot. I keep looking for you at your favorite local camera store but haven't seen you yet. When I do I'll probably accost you in public. As if. :)

  15. I think I've been reading this blog since the summer of 2010 - could that be? Have you really been writing (and have I been reading) VSL for that long? Whatever it's been, I've been reading a long time though. And yeah, you do sometimes piss me off ( ;-D ) - but I do keep coming back day after day. Here we are in 2018 already. Wow.

    It must be the writing and the portraits that keep me virtually hanging out in your neighborhood year after year after year. For that, a big thank you!

  16. For those of us who can't deal in thousand dollar transfers, have you considered using the Patreon conduit for small payments which seems to work for Mike Johnston's blog?

    Those who read and wish to do so can enter into a voluntary subscription arrangement -- at whatever price they chose -- have have it become one more minor monthly charge to a credit card. It beats the hell out of having a "donate" button as part of the blog. This lifts it more into the realm of making a monthly subscription contribution to your local NPR affiliate.

    It's a sort of voluntary association, the "membership" aspect of public broadcasting. Only in your case you wouldn't have to afflict your audience with those godawful periodic fundraisers. The only downside I can see is that it might lead to feeling as if you have to produce in order to meet a commitment to your subscribers. That could taint the whole thing.

    Congratulations one yet one more milestone. We who benefit say thank you.

  17. definitely like reading your stuff!

  18. Been reading for years, and like you (or thanks to you), switched to EVFs and mirrorless ahead of the curve.

    I've always appreciated how you approach equipment with a focus on how it is to USE, instead of minute differences in image quality. For many people today, cameras can probably be divided into 2 categories: a phone, or a "real one".

    For those of us using the latter, control schemes, battery life, menu systems and lens selection are probably more important than absolute image quality - which I think has been fairly sufficient for most of the common outputs (web, moderate print) for quite some time.

    Maybe those of us who shot film (especially 35mm) have a deeper appreciation of how incredibly capable "small format" cameras have become.

  19. Keep up the good work, Kirk. Your blog is one of just two photo blogs I regularly read. (The other is by that Mike Johnston fellow) Your approach to photography is rather different to mine, but that means that reading about it exercises the little grey cells. I don't often comment as I won't unless I have something useful to say.

  20. Over the years it has been both exciting and reassuring to find that my choices in equipment (from EPL2 to RX10 to G85/GH5) and philosophy (EVFs, video) have mirrored yours. Your dissenting opinion based on real world use and the ability to express it in clear engaging prose is why you are a staple daily read for me. I look forward to many more years of the Visual Science Lab.

  21. I'm still here reading most of your articles, and you're definitely more appreciated than comments on other big photography sites. I like the way you do a lot of real world testing on lenses and gear.

    Mostly I don't have anything to say.


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