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Every time I go shopping, I come back with more than I can carry

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Every time I go shopping, I come back with more than I can carry
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on the northwest corner of Columbus Ave and 72nd Street. I don’t know where the woman was coming from, but the blue thingy on the left appears to be a dog-bed of some kind. I watched her carry it into a pet store around the corner on 72nd Street…

Note: apparently because of the dog-like connection suggested in the comment above, this photo was published as part of an illustration for a Jul 2009 Squidoo blog titled "Your Pets: Do You Breed, Neuter or Neither?"

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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.

I’m so cool that I can’t possibly be seen with my dorky mother and younger brother
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on the southeast corner of Broadway & 82nd Street, looking toward the "Liberty Travel" shop on the far corner.

When I first moved into this area some 25 years ago, I lived about two blocks west of this spot…

Note: this photo was used to illustrate a June 2009 Squidoo blog titled "Handset Review." And Note it was published as an illustration in a Jul 2009 Squidoo blog titled "Buying Cell Phones on Ebay."

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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.

Diptych – burning car next to garage
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Image by OldOnliner
Example of how B&W brings out details otherwise lost in color hues. Usually see this in low light and extreme contrasts.

(I’d probably have helped, too, if I’d remembered to reset the camera’s white balance before shooting these.)

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 – http://www.beloitdailynews.com/articles/2008/02/04/news/news06.txt


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ASUS VivoTab RT, My Dreams Come to Life.

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snow, here i come!

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snow, here i come!
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Image by katiew
bryce & i leave tomorrow, bright & early, for a 2 week roadtrip to new mexico and back! the others going backed out @ the last minute… blah blah blah "have to work" blah blah blah!!! so this will be a photographic odyssey… stopping every 10 feet & only driving 30 miles per day. lol…. should be awesome, can’t wait! i’m calling bryce every five minutes saying "EEE! I FOUND SNOW PANTS!" and things like that. the plan is this: bryce drives, i make decisions. bryce drives, i say "we’re going here, turn left" or i hit him and yell "PULL OVER NOW! I SEE COWS!!" … which presumably in texas i’ll be saying quite a bit.

… i’m excited. can you tell? :)

What’s in my bag for LITA National Forum?
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Image by tvol

Day 123 – Feb 8th – Necessities for 4 Days in P.G.
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Image by Kennedy Goodkey
Going to Prince George for the weekend to see my Dad and watch curling during the Mixed Bonspiel. This is the sum total of everything I’m taking.


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