Skip to main content

People

It's tough for me to photograph people. More to the point it's terrifying. I have little experiencing with determining the "decisive moment" and probably wouldn't know what it was if it came and hit me in the head. Regardless, I find people fascinating, especially as they are going about their lives interacting with one another in small groups and intimate public settings. People are what life is all about, not just architecture and sunsets and views of the world in which there are no indications of people, or of life in general. It seems to me it's important to document people in any culture to give real meaning to everything else you photograph.

Whole Foods Sports Bar

I was at a local Whole Foods today doing part of my regularly weekend shopping when I happened to pass by this small built-in sports bar. Before January this used to be small brewed coffee and chocolate stand. We used to get Lake Champlain chocolates there, and I mean six or more bars at a time. When they remodeled this area into the sports bar all of that disappeared, including the chocolates. Staff promised that they'd put the chocolates elsewhere, but it's been some six months since they started this conversion and it's never come back. As for me, I'm a chocoholic, not an alcoholic.

Waiting to Board

This was taken back in mid-January when I was waiting to go by bus to visit my parents in Atlanta. People were doing what people always do when waiting to board just about anything, and that's milling about in the middle of their own thoughts.

The Interview

I stopped off by Orlando's city hall looking for anyone representing Occupy Orlando. I found two people, but they were somewhat reticent, so I left them alone. A small park is built into the front of city hall, and while I was wondering around looking I came across Channel 9 conducting an interview. Once again their interest in their common task seemed to drop an invisible bubble around them, a bubble that insulated them from the world so that they gave me no notice, even as I held up my E-P2 to photograph them.

The Dining Family

Families are interesting, especially when their interacting. I rather liked the poses of everyone, especially the mom on one corner who seems to be intently listening to the older boy on the opposite corner. I have no idea what was transpiring between them.

There's an Olympus using photographer who lives half way around the world named Robin Wong. He seems to show no fear when he's out photographing, especially when people are his subject. I'm sure there's a lot more to his technique, but if I do nothing else I need to lose the fear. And from there work on all the other important skills required for good cultural photography.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

cat-in-a-box channels greta garbo

So I'm sitting at my computer, when I start to notice a racket in back. I ignore it for a while until I hear a load "thump!", as if something had been dropped on the floor, followed by a lot of loud rattling. I turn around and see Lucy in the box just having a grand old time, rolling around and rattling that box a good one. I grab the GX1 and snap a few shots before she notices me and the camera, then leaps out and back into her chair (which used to be my chair before she decided it was her chair).

Just like caring for Katie my black Lab taught me about dogs, caring for Lucy is teaching me about cats. She finds me fascinating, as I do her. And she expresses great affection and love toward me without coaxing. I try to return the affection and love, but she is a cat, and she takes a bat at me on occasion, although I think that's just her being playful. She always has her claws in when she does that.

She sits next to me during the evening in her chair while I sit in mi…

vm networking problem fixed

Over the weekend I upgraded to Windows 8.1, then discovered that networking for the virtual machines wouldn't work. Then I tried something incredibly simple and fixed the problem.

Checking the system I noticed that three VMware Windows services weren't running; VMnetDHCP, VMUSBArbService, and VMwareNatService. VMware Player allows you to install, remove, or fix an existing installation. I chose to try fixing the installation, and that fixed the problem. The services were re-installed/restarted, and the virtual machines had networking again.

Once network connectivity was established there was exactly one updated file for Ubuntu 13.10, a data file. This underscores how solid and finished the release was this time. Every other version of every other Linux installation I've ever dealt with has always been succeeded by boatloads of updates after the initial installation. But not this time.

Everything is working properly on my notebook. All's right with the world.

sony's pivotal mirrorless move

I'm a died-in-the-wool technologist, even when it comes to photography. I have always been fascinated with the technology that goes into manufacturing any camera, from the lenses (optics) through the mechanical construction, the electronics involved, and especially the chemistry of the film and the sophistication of the digital sensor. It's amazing that the camera can do all it's asked of it, regardless of manufacturer.

Of all the types of cameras that I've really taken an interest in, contemporary mirrorless (again, regardless of manufacturer) are the most interesting because of the challenging problems the scientists and engineers have had to solve in order to build a compact but highly functional camera. In particular I've followed the sensor advances over the years and watched image quality climb (especially with μ4:3rds) to exceed film and rival one another such that there's very little difference any more as you move from the smaller sensors such as 4:3r…