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Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Candy Night

Bus Stop Reflection

"When a shaman of the Ostyak Samoyed people requires a magical drum, he closes his eyes and stumbles off inot the forest.  He feels himself drawn blindly on until he bumps headlong into a tree.  That is the one from which he must make his drum.  Chance is not what brought him to it; he believes supernatural guidance did so.  He will transform the tree into a drum, the music of which will transform him in turn." -  Universal Myths, Alexander Eliot

The camera is the tree with which you make music - and which in turn transforms the way you look at the world.

10:38:32 PM    

Candy Night

Tree In Lamp Light

9:26:19 PM    

Okay - I am ashamed to say - that a few days ago I bought one more thing for the D300 - a 24mm f2.8 lens.  I found that the 35mm was just a little too short for my taste, and the 20 mm that I have had that "wide angle" feel to it.  The 24mm f2.8 gives me the same angle of view as a 35mm lens - DOF is of course - as discussed earlier - that of a 24mm lens - but the combination is great for "street photography" - and I used it for most of the night shots.   So my walking around bag goes like this: 24mm F2.8 / 50 mm f1.4 / 100 mm f2.0.  I don't know if I'm the only one walking around with prime lenses - but some habits are hard to break.

As far as what I shoot, or how much I shoot - I'm not sure that has changed all that much since going digital - but what has changed is the turnaround time - and the ease of editing and finding things.   Instead of having to hunt through negatives -- of which the house is filled with perhaps 10's of thousands - I pop into Portfolio and do a search.  Very easy.

I still shoot in single shot mode, generally locking focus and waiting for something to happen.  I don't allow the camera to choose the F-Stop, or the focus point.  I use exposure lock quite a bit to decide how the frame should be exposed.  And I don't look at the images immediately after shooting.  In fact, just about the only time I do look at the images right after shooting is when I want to use the LCD as an ice-breaker with someone.  I was about to share the shot of the cop standing guard with him - and he wanted to take a look - when he looked around sheepishly and realized that he might get in trouble with his superiors for not staying alert.

1:42:06 PM    

Citibank Image

Standing Guard

It is a Catch-22 as far as the "terror alert" goes.  If nothing happens - then you get complacent.  If something happens - then you can at least say you were warned.  But if you can't really do anything differently as a citizen other than, as the mayor and the rest of the politicos say - go about your business and be alert - I'm not sure that the public alert is the way to go.

As an example - how do they do this in Israel?  My guess is that there is a constant high-level of security as befits a country under attack - and that the public isn't jerked around with terrorist warnings unless they are specific.

How about this criteria: you get some information that certain buildings are potential targets, though you don't have any time frame.  Notify the security for those buildings.  Bring in the flack jackets etc.  But certain things - like closing particular bridges for trucks - that should be the current state of alert.  In other words - does it take documents from Pakistan to know that truck bombs are modus operandi for terrorists?  Of course not. 

If, and only if, you get some information where the behavior of citizens in the city should be altered - then let us know.  But I will admit - as I said - it is a close call.  I'm just afraid that if you keep warning us - and nothing happens - that eventually you will warn us and we will ignore you.

8:11:33 AM