Nephiel’s EDC, layer 1
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Image by Nephiel
This is the first layer of my EDC gear.
These items are carried on my person 99% of the time during the day, and stay near by my bed at night (with the only exception of the iPod, which I tend to leave at home unless I’m commuting).

One more girl in boots
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Image by Ed Yourdon
(more details later, as time permits)

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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.

Whirring fan blades
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Image by gwilmore
During her recent and extended visit to Utah, my wife somehow acquired a pocket-size fan, which provided very little in terms of practical value, but plenty of entertainment. The fan is battery-powered, and probably cost no more than .00, if that. (Her birthday came and went during the trip, and I think this was given to her as a gift.) The blades on the fan are equipped with small, multicolored lights, which give an interesting effect when the fan is turned on. I found it fascinating, which prompted Sheila to repeat yet again her frequent remark that "simple minds are easily entertained." (Funny, but I have never heard her say that to or about anyone other than myself.)

The other night I took the fan into our computer room, mounted it on the corner of the table, and took several pictures. Because I held the camera in my hand, it is possible that I moved during exposure, although given the nature of the photo, that is unimportant. No flash was used, and aside from cropping, this picture was not edited in any way prior to posting.


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