NOTE :: I’m not talking about tilting and/or shifting the lens or film to move the plane of focus. I’m not speaking to that AT ALL. I’m talking about how an area of an image comes into focus and then falls out of focus. That “focus gradient” for lack of a better term, or, how the field of focus works with large format film and optics. That’s what Willis and I are talking about. Large format cameras and lenses give you this “look” that just can’t be achieved with smaller formats. Medium format then gives you a look and feel that can’t be achieved in smaller formats. Take a photo with your DSLR at and then take the same shot with your cell phone. You’ll start to get the idea.
Raymond Lully is one of the medieval alchemists about whose life there is so much conflicting evidence that it is practically certain that his name was used as a cover by at least one other adept either at the same or a later period. The enormous output of writings attributed to Lully (they total about 486 treatises on a variety of subjects ranging from grammar and rhetoric to medicine and theology) also seems to suggest that his name became a popular pseudonym. Lully was born in Majorca about the year 1235, and after a somewhat dissolute youth, he was induced, apparently by the tragic termination of an unsuccessful love affair, to turn his thoughts to religion. He became imbued with a burning desire to spread the Hermetic teachings among the followers of Mohammed, and to this end devoted years to the study of Mohammedan writings, the better to refute the Moslem teachings. He traveled widely, not only in Europe, but in Asia and Africa, where his religious zeal nearly cost him his life on more than one occasion. Lully is said to have become acquainted with Arnold de Villanova and the Universal Science somewhat late in life, when his study of alchemy and the discovery of the Philosophers’ Stone increased his former fame as a zealous Christian.
We at Westfield Comics have been selling comic books through the mail for a very long time. Our comic book mail order service started in 1979 which, as a frame of reference, was the same year that Sony debuted the technologically-astounding Walkman. (Just imagine: you could carry about 10 songs in your pocket - if you had an absolutely gigantic pocket, that is.) Anyway, we originally sold golden-age comic books but, over time, began to have so many requests for new comics that our founder, Sherill Anthony, made the move toward selling current issues by Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics and many other comic book publishers through the mail. We soon had our paper order form and our catalog (both of which continue to this very day) and became a virtual comic shop. In 1996, we began to have a presence on this newfangled thing called "the Internet" and now, over 30 years later, have become the comics industry's premier mail order comic book service. We value your comic books and other collectibles, we carefully pack your shipments of comic books and other collectibles, and we continue to provide an easy way to order, be it on the Web or our paper order form. We continue to offer Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Dark Horse Comics but are proud to offer Dynamite Entertainment, Image Comics, and Boom! Studios, as well as most of the other small press publishers. We want you to have a mail order store you can trust to get your fix for Justice League, Batman, Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man, and all your other comic book heroes and heroines. And we want you to have a good time getting it. Trust us - our mail order subscription service has been around so long for a good reason.