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Saturday, June 26, 2004

Shot 7 rolls of XP2 at Mermaid Day Parade. Well not at the parade itself (which is not that interesting) but at the staging area. There is this really fascinating combination of pseudo- decadence and pseudo- innocence. That's the only way I can put it. It is not really a bacchanalian rite in the sense that no one is drinking, and you don't see lewd behavior. Okay, a little bit of lewd behavior - but generally with a grin. And there are many women, all ages, all shapes and sizes, who are eager to pose for you. But there is more than that because the costumes are so obviously home-made. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it continues to be my favorite event in New York.

So, with that in mind, I actually brought the film to Duggal (a pro-lab) where they charged me $8 per roll just for developing. All in all, a pretty high prices considering that I can get it done locally for $3.50 - $4.00. But I thought this stuff was important enough to have it done properly.

The negatives will be delivered on Monday (only $15 for a messenger). And I can only say I will have a lot to look through. There are a couple of shots that are stuck in my head - let's see how they come out. Yes, if this were digital, I'd know already, but I'll live with the uncertainty for a day or two.

And there were two girls doing the hoola hoop thing on a table, and I did some shooting from inside a bar - and when I was finished handed my card to one of the girls who recognized it and said she had seen my stuff on the web when she was looking for pictures of Mermaid Day...  That is amazing to me.

 

5:58:56 PM    

On 5/14/02 I bought the Canon Elan II.  I was wondering how long it had been that I had been using the SLR because I remembered shooting the Mermaid Day Parade with it, and it wasn't last year - so it must have been the year before.  At any rate, I see that I've been shooting with the Elan for a little more than 2 years, and don't (knock wood) have any: oh-if-I-only-had-that-camera  syndrome.  That might be a record for me.

I remember very distinct moments, where I would walk around and say to myself, "oh, if I only had such and such a camera I could have got that shot."  And I would count the shots I had missed out on because I didn't have the right camera. 

I don't think I've said that dreaded phrase to myself for a long time.  When I miss something these days it's because I, ME, YOURS TRULY missed it.  Not the camera.  I say - darn, you missed it.  But I don't go into a litany about how I could have gotten it if only I had had the super XYZ camera (fill in your own longings here.).

It may also be related to not having the debilitating day job.  I do think that in the days when I was making the big bucks - I was feeling deprived as well - and that I filled that deprivation with new shiny toys and gizmos.

9:18:40 AM    


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