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Black and White Photography, New York: Thursday, August 19, 2004

A great deal of printing the last few days - and more futzing with calibration of the monitor, soft-proofing and other digital odds and ends.  I'm at a point where what I see in the soft-proof is very close, but certainly not exactly what I get from the printer.  But I did about 30 very small test prints of various difficult images  - say 3.5 x 2.5 inches - just to see how close I was in color matching and I'm close.  Close enough though I have to say my screen has a touch of an infrared look.

And of course, according to my plan, I'm behind since I was supposed to have had up all these color prints for sale, but I only have two that I'm completely satisfied with so far, and that after a fair amount of tweaks.  I'm surprised that I can't use the same tweaks on each print, but I'm doing more than just trying to replicate what was there at the time.  In other words, the process owes something to painting and coloring.  If there is a certain shade/tint of blue that works better for the sky - that offsets the reds better - than I spend time doing the masking and adjustments (on certain types of prints).

On others - the way they were shot - the subject matters more than how the tones are arranged... for now.

7:12:32 PM    


White Bird

Does anyone know what type of bird this is?  I have no clue.

2:24:23 PM    


The Duke

2:22:04 PM    


Kid In Shopping Cart

Lately, whenever I have a chance - I go up to 110th street and walk from Lexington Ave. to Central Park.

2:20:47 PM    

Actually, turns out to be true: M. Bloomberg will offer discounts to protesters who agree to obey our laws:

The idea is that if you pick up a blue lapel pin and wear it, you can get some discounts on Broadway shows, and some cheap food and I'm not sure what else.  I would love to have been a fly on the wall when this was first proposed.  It couldn't have been the first idea the suits came up with. 

Bloomberg: Now folks, we are going to have to figure out some way to control these protests because if they get out of hand, they will make our city look bad.  Any ideas out there?

Aide #1: Sir, I have an idea.  Of course it's a little strange, but maybe we could make them some offer...

Commissioner Kelly: ... that they can't refuse...

Aide #1: No, they could refuse, but think about who's coming to town: kids.  Mostly kids.  And what would entice them to behave more than anything else in the world?

Commissioner Kelly: A good stiff kick in the...

Aide #1: Are you ready?

Bloomberg: Yes.  I await with baited breath.

Aide #1:  What is the one thing these kids are in need of?  I tell you they need cheap teenage food!  What if they promised to behave themselves if you got them all some discounts for Ray's Pizza?

Aide #2: Original Rays Pizza or Rays Original Pizza?

Commisioner Kelly:  I've locked up a bunch of kids recently, and my sources tell me that Buffalo Wings is there favorite food...  Anyway, kids today - lousy stinkin' kids.  You work your heart out...

At this point there is silence while everyone looks to the Mayor for his reaction. 

Bloomberg: That sounds crazy, but maybe not.  Frank, why don't you and Nell do a little research around the office and find out what the favorite food is for teenagers these days...

And so the dawn of a new city policy was born: Buffalo Wings for Peace and Justice.  The lapel pin is a picture of the Statue of Liberty munching on a Buffalo Wing.

- - -

Here's the site with the Peaceful Welcome Message from NYC & Company to Peaceful Political Activists (NYCVisit.com)

"New York is the place to get your message out, any message," Bloomberg says. "It's no fun to protest on an empty stomach. So you might want to try a restaurant." Hizzoner offers another example: "Or you might want to go shopping, maybe for another pair of sneakers for the march."

Here is the official card you can use to certify yourself as a Peaceful Political Activist.

And remember, if you do get stuck on the West Side Highway, and you see a bunch of police swinging batons in your direction, make sure to hold this card up, click your heels three times and say:  "I am a peaceful activist... I am a peaceful activist..."

6:42:49 AM    


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