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I’m back with my second dog

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I’m back with my second dog
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Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was published in a Dec 13, 2010 blog titled Where to learn dog grooming from home?

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I had walked up to the corner of 73rd Street and Amsterdam, then turned around and headed south…. at the corner of 72nd Street, the same young woman that I had noticed a moment earlier, with the fluorescent red hair, came zooming around the corner — with a different dog.

It turns out that she works at a dog-grooming place around the corner, on 72nd Street, and she was taking one dog after another out for some sunshine, fresh air, and an opportunity to poop on the sidewalk. Busy girl…

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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.

Cheap parking — really cheap!
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This guy was handing out leaflets on the northeast corner of Broadway & 73rd St., across the street from Verdi Square.

His leaflet says "Parking – 8.95", which I assume is a monthly figure for a nearby parking garage.

Behind him is the statuesque bank building, which is now part of the Apple Bank empire, and also a luxury condo.

Two days later, this same kid showed up across the street, in front of the 72nd St. subway entrance at the north end of Verdi Square — wearing a black t-shirt instead of this white one. See this picture to see what it looks like…

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This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: 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.

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.

For the most part, I’ve deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, homeless people, and crazy 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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Image by AndyPhotos715
This is the setup for the photo with the 2 rings and heart shadows

canon 40d, 70-200 f/4
dictionary with 2 rings….snake ‘Grill" light to the right, hand crank flashlight to the left on the yellow chair.

A bit difficult to see but the camera is tethered to the computer. The computer screen is showing the Live View feature of the camera.

Oh and for the actual photos, the overhead lights are OFF thus the 25 sec exposure at f/11 ISO 400

The flashlights are LEDs….I tried smaller "pen lights" (2 AA battery flashlights) but they threw an uneven light which illuminated the rings strangely. LEDs are a bit more focused so the shadows looked a bit crisper.


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Give your electronics a Second Life

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Give your electronics a Second Life
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Image by City of Edmonton
If it has a battery or a cord, bring it to an Eco Station. Electronics and computers are accepted at no charge, and are taken to the Edmonton Waste Management Centre to be processed for recycling.

Casio QV-11
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Image by elston
This box caught my eye when one of the guys from the computer department was showing me how to do some of their web work.

I had to take a picture of it; not only is it already a relic of the digital age, the box features the World Trade Center towers.

The resolution is .26 megabytes. The output, according to the spec page is 320×240 dots. What would you even do with that? There’s no place for a memory stick, it just has 2 MB of internal flash memory. The swivel lens is pretty cool though.

It takes four AA batteries, and when you shake it, it makes a vicious rattle, so I don’t think I’ll be shooting with it any time soon.

Oh, and for a major laugh, check out the battery pack this guy rigged up for his. Be sure to scroll down and see how he wears it on his belt. Now imagine him running through an airport with his camera.


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