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Sunday, July 11, 2004

hade for it.

East Side Sanitation Truck

8:42:21 PM    

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Park Sit-Ups

5:27:58 PM    

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Sax Player
Central Park Tunnel

He was playing, "on the sunny side of the street." Probably Russian. I told him I played the piano and he got very excited and began to talk to me about jazz -- American jazz. I tried to explain to him that I didn't play jazz, but he was so excited that I relented and lied that I did play jazz.

This was done with the PowerRetouche filters for b&w, which I just bought (B. mentioned a slippery slope in terms of digital - and I'm sliding down it real hard now. He was at the edge of the tunnel and bright sunlight from the ground was bouncing in as if someone was standing there with a reflector.

2:47:04 PM    

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Sax Player, Shadow

12:11:04 PM    

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Guitar Player, Belgium
[I gave this photo to RD to critique]

first of all, i'm wondering why you chose this image in the first place. I decided on my fire escape image because i knew that it was a good picture suffering from "lack of being an amazing picture "

ok, on to your photograph. In a nutshell, I don´t like it. Let´s go by my criteria here. Does it tell a story? Well, no, not really. At best, it´s a humdrum street scene moment depicting exactly what we see (street musician playing, random guy standing by wall, bronze statues at work).
At worst, it could be a picture you accidentally took because you didn´t realize you clicked the shutter while standing with the camera dangling, pointing in that direction. composition? MAYBE it has some kind of triangular composition going on with the welder, the musician, and the guy standing. but that´s a stretch. BW contrast? eh. nothing to write home about. is it a creative shot? i don´t think so. does it look like some thought went into it? it doesn´t look like you either thought very long about whether to take the shot, (like you just happened upon on the scene and clicked instintively without further planning) or about how to take it.

does it strike a chord emotionally? nope.

ok, the only thing going for this image, on the other hand, is that it has an "unusual" quality to it. It's not the kind of picture an amateur photographer would take. i´ll give you that much. The guy standing by the wall is looking at you. what's he doing, anyway? i'm left with questions. why is he just standing there? what's that rag lying crumpled up on the ground next to him?

my opinion. :) RD

Well, it may look offhand - but it was carefully composed to include: a) the statue of the guy walking up the ladder, b) the dark figure lurking on the right; and of course the guitar playing with the statue behind him.  I don't think that any portion of the frame could be cropped without losing something.  Film has two major properties: it compresses three dimensions into two; and it stops time.  As far as flatness goes - it looks like the guitar player (read as the artist) is about to be struck in the head by another artist (the sculptor).  There is a sword (in this case an anvil) hanging over his head.  And to reinforce this sense of mysterious doom, there is this dark figure lurking on the right, just around the corner so to speak.  In terms of design, you could - if you wanted to - draw a triangle with the anvil at the top, guitar player on left, and lurking figure on right.  So what does all this mean?  Nothing?  Something?  All in my mind?   I can't say, but the scultper is just about to strike his chisel (bang) and maybe he will provide a beat for the guitar player before the shadowy character decides to walk into the scene.

11:31:50 AM    

Dave, this new camera just seems too easy. Am I wrong? Do you think Steiglitz would be Ok with all this digital photography? I'm not sure.

- Man - it is very easy.  Which is to say that if you've got some ideas rattling around in your head, it is easier to translate them into an image.  I'm not sure that I'm really going to do that much color with it.  I still prefer b&w and still think in b&w - but  if you get a hankering for color, it's there.  Also there are essentially different film speeds.  Basically - in a nutshell - the d-camera saves labor.  To me, that's a good thing.  I still have the camera set so that I don't see a review of the shot immediately afterwards - so that there is still some imagination involved - and don't look at them until I get home.  But that's just me.  In some ways - it is a long way from my old view camera, though what is ironic is that the proportions (4/5) are the same (with the P/S).

So you get home.  Stick the CF card in the reader.  Drag and drop the files to your PC (make a backup as well) and then start to go through them.  No scratches on the "film."  No dust (with the point and shoot).  No film to hang.  Well that's all obvious I guess to most of you.

The closest example in my life was when I switched from a manual typewriter to a word-processor.  I don't think that the switch helped me write better screenplays - but it did make me a better editor.  I think that with digital the editor hat needs to be firmly planted on your noggin. 

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The reason I removed the "comments" from beneath the blog entries was that the blog page was going out to radioland for the comments and it was slowing down the page load time tremendously. 

5:55:13 AM    

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