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Thinking it over…

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Thinking it over…
Computer Battery

Image by Ed Yourdon
This woman was standing on Broadway, between 81st and 80th St. She was alone, staring intently at something in the distance … I couldn’t tell if she was homeless, but she didn’t seemed to be dressed the way I would have expected a homeless person to dress. So it’s likely that she just had an unusual selection of clothing, perhaps acquired at the local Salvation Army outlet.

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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.

Nobody ever told me this would be so much fun…
Computer Battery

Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken at the mini-playground on Amsterdam and 77th Street, in the late afternoon. It was a somewhat cloudy, humid afternoon; but the sprinkler was shooting water ten feet into the air, and it was a great hit with the kids … especially this little red-headed girl, who kept darting back and forth from the sprinkler to the safety of a dry corner of the playground.

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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, drunks, 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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Thinking of six impossible things before breakfast

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Thinking of six impossible things before breakfast
Laptop Battery

Image by Stargazer95050
[borrowing this line from "Alice in Wonderland II"]

How cool & useful would it be to have a BIG TOUCH-TABLET.
Like a 24" LCD screen with a tablet function
sorry — Don’t have this yet.

For my astro-travel setup, I recognized how beautifully my old 24" LCD screen will fit into that travel case. And so this is not a photo-montage. THIS SETUP ACTUALLY WORKS !!
All stand-alone from a 12V battery inside this 24gal Stanley toolbox (detailed photos later)
In a harsh and misty environment, in the dark, a keyboard is a bit of a nuisance. can’t type without extra light, misplace it in the dark, moisture isn’t good for the contacts, …

So a good touch-pad on-screen interface would be just nice !!
A large (24") view is good to explore space AND edit photos. And watch a DVD while shooting 50+ long-exposures in the background

As I said (photos later) — this setup actually is working from a single (quite small) 12V car battery. Powers both the laptop & the monitor. Too bad it requires additional mouse & KBD to be useful (no touchscreen).
It looks cool and may be useful in the future — but at this time, it is merely a proof of an interesting concept. THE WEIGHT is killing this idea.
- This 24" LCD is a couple of years old and quite heavy — maybe a newer 19" may be more suitable
- TBD the power that 24" needs, again a newer 19" likely is more suitable
- 12V car battery is cheap & reliable & good capacity ==> BUT REALLY HEAVY
- without a touchscreen, I would need at least a (wireless) mouse /trackball and possibly a (wireless) KBD as well (or easy access to the laptop KBD)
- the box may not be tough enough to protect the LCD in such a tight fit

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This is BOX 1/2 to carry my new TELESCOPE GEAR :
Below the laptop is the computerized EQ mount …
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Don’t bother me: I’m thinking deep thoughts. It looks even more impressive when you hold a cellphone while you think…

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Don’t bother me: I’m thinking deep thoughts. It looks even more impressive when you hold a cellphone while you think…
Computer Batteries

Image by Ed Yourdon
This guy was sitting at an outdoor cafe called ‘Arte Around the Corner" at 73rd Street and Columbus Ave in Manhattan.

Note: this photo was used to help illustrate a June 2009 Boorah blog titled "Amsterdam Cafe, New York – 79%."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in an undated (early Jan 2012) blog titled "Amsterdam Cafe, New York."

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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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