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That setup [left] looks nice on paper but it didn’t really work. Despite the extra shade from the ALUMINET, it was way too bright to do any meaningful photo editing.
You can see on the right, I stuck the laptop into one of the cardboard boxes I had lying around — and pulled a black cloth over the screen to add shade and cut off the reflections. That helped a lot.

Last year was my first trip so it is a bit of a learning experience. In all it worked out pretty well. I’m still undecided how to improve it, but I think I’ll alter the setup for the bed inside the camper shell and have a corner for the laptop there. Less dust and glare. And less hassle locking it all up whenever I leave.

Yes, I had 11V AC-power, so it was easier to run & recharge the laptop and camera batteries. I could have done without the laptop — but recharging the camera batteries is crucial (to me). Those dSLRs don’t accept AA :-( (

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It still is a few short weeks, so if you’re feeling homesick,
enjoy some of my shots from last year(s).

Soon you will be seeing photos from the Burning Man 2010

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Note: this photo was published as an illustration in an Aug 2009 Squidoo blog titled "Discount Laptop Batteries." It was also published in a Nov 17, 2009 blog titled "Teenager don’t want newspaper anymore."

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Feb 15, 2010 blog titled "Advertising the Opportunity." And it was published in a Jun 4, 2010 blog titled "Online Reputation Management for Individuals."

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This is the continuation of a photo-project that I began in the summer of 2008: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

As I indicated when I started this project in 2008, I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

Thus far, I’ve generally avoided photographing bums, drunks, crazies, and homeless people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, far more people who are not so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.

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