Well, maybe the pawn can’t move backwards, but the knight sure can…
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Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was published as an illustration in an Aug 2009 Squidoo blog titled "Jogadas de Xadrez." It was also published as an illustration in a Sep 2009 Squidoo blog titled Play Chess Against the Computer."


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.

the new desk
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Image by Lueders
this is my new desk in our studio.

Neighbor’s Garage Destroyed in Fire
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Image by OldOnliner
This is what I woke up to at 2:30 am. Well, not exactly… What I really woke up to was my wife running around yelling "Dennis’ barn is burning down!" The sound of the roof collapsing probably woke her. I have a later shot that shows a propane tank exploding, but it’s pretty blurred.

As seen from the window next to my computer in our dining room about 10 minutes after wife woke me up (and after I got off the phone with 911) when I woke up enough to realize I have 2 cameras sitting next to me on the desk!

Forgot to change settings though… it was set for WB=cloudy from earlier on Saturday’s walk. Actually, the battery and CF card were both out of camera so I had to reload everything before I could take this shot. Camera’s clock is an hour off for some reason.

It’s pretty obvious the fire started in back corner (left), near the wood burner stove/heater.

Here’s a short BDN article on the fire – www.beloitdailynews.com/articles/2008/02/04/news/news06.txt

Fire destroyed garage in Beloit

A garage was destroyed by fire Sunday in Beloit. Beloit firefighters were called to 1316 McKinley Ave. where they found a detached garage fully involved in flame.

Firefighters extinguished the fire, but the garage was a total loss. Three vehicles also were in the garage at the time of the fire. A firefighter was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and was released.

Damage to the property was estimated at ,000 with estimated damage to contents at ,100.

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