Posted on 08/03/2014

Photo taken on August  3, 2014

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The lights on some of the electronic devices connected to my television, taken from the carpet level on July 31st, 2014.

Camera: Sony Alpha SLTa77V DSLR
Lens: Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm F/1.2 (made in 1978)
Adapter: Minolta 2X M/A Converter-S
Shooting Program: Manual
Aperture: F/5.6
Shutter Speed: "B" (bulb) for 30 seconds.

These are the always-on lights of my dvd player, vcr and tv box. Remember the good old days when you knew whether or not you had your tv or radio or whatever appliance on or off? Yeah, you didn't need a red or green light to remind you that it was either on or off because you knew. If you were listening to music, your radio was on. If you weren't listening to music, your radio was off. You didn't need a red or green light to tell you this. Why has every electrical gadget suddenly sprouted these "warning" lights? I thought we were supposed to conserve energy. How are these additional pulls on our electric bill helping anything?

One of my neighbors told me that when it's red, that means it's off and when you turn it on, it turns green. Being as I'm totally colorblind, how does this help me? To just look at it anymore tells me nothing - it's always lit up.

How about they get rid of all these lights and just let us go back to the good old days when we knew whether something was on or off because we turned it on or off and we knew it. I don't consider this to be progress.

Shot with a Sony Alpha SLT-a77V body, but with the same lens I used in last week's TSC shot from 1978, an old Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm F/1.2 lens:

3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.