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wet street ≈ 210

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When dancing

At dance lesson tonight our instructor Alex told us that America is the right place to be. Here in America they have pro-am which allows him to dance with his students. His friends who are in the Russian system don't dance anymore, they just teach. He says they are out of shape. It was an interesting compliment to the observation that I made that the American system, for all its faults is good in that in encourages amature interests. There are other places that are like that, but I agree we are fortunate not to be in the Russian system.

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When Darmok and Jilad at Tanagra

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People are weird creatures. There are vocal Sanders supporters saying Hillary is corrupt and the system is rigged. There are Hillary supporters saying on NPR that Sander's supporters are morons and not even Democrats. I think they could learn from Darmok and Jilad. For those that do not know, Darkmok and Jilad at Tanagra is a fable of two strangers who meet at a place called Tanagra. They arrive separately, they have an adventure, they defeat "the beast" of Tanagra, and they depart together.

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vasa ≈ 209

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The sterncastle of Vasa was covered with wonderful carvings.

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The front of the ship.

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Much of the original rigging did not survive, but had been replaced.

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hot dog ≈ 208

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No two ways about it, this hot dog squirting Ketchup on himself and hungrily preparing for being eaten is disturbing. Found in Stockholm.

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When storing negatives

I have mixed feelings about Vivian Maier. I think photography as a medium is stronger with her photographs out there. On the other hand she clearly didn't want to share them. Nothing in photography annoys me more than when other people think that they own my photographs. If someone did that with my negs it would feel like a violation.

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self in dc-3 ≈ 207

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tripple ≈ 206

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jet ≈ 205

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controls ≈ 204

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spyplane lens ≈ 203

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This lens looks like it belongs on a medium format camera.

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waiting ≈ 202

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Here Lena, Don, and myself (behind the camera) are waiting for the bus on our first day in Linköping. Lena is laughing at me, pretending not to laugh.

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When late for work

I've added a little photoessay to my wordessay from the Denmark trip:

(Some bonus pickys that I didn't put in there...)

Some bonus people pickys that didn't make it in there...

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Down by the river. Broad daylight + really slow film + really fast lens - tripod = very shallow depth of focus.

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At the end of the Christianborg tour, I snapped this picture of Lena photographing both of us with her phone.

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This was actually our first day in Sweden at the hotel. We look so happy to be in Sweden.

I've also been working on a new website for my black and white work. The idea is to put a link on the back of prints that I give people so that the curious can see some of my other work. The flatbed scanner I have doesn't do great scans of black and white, so I used one of my digital cameras (Nikon D700 Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G Micro VR) to digitize the prints. My life is absurd. On my blogity blog I usually post negative scans mostly unmodified. (and mostly they are lab scans too). Since the versions on this website are prints, they include my interpretations (contrast, dodging, burning, etc.).

(I am still tweaking the interface). (It is all hand crafted HTML and JavaScript). (I have a weird cross section of interests).

I think I am going to post some prints to peoples in the next month or so, so feel free to comment if you are interested in a random hand printed black and white photograph (it probably won't be one of the pictures on the website, but it hopefully will be interesting).

Oh the other weird thing that I did recently is, I wrote into Film Photography Project (Podcast) to tell them how I used some of the second hand cameras they were flogging on their website last year. They read it on the podcast, in more or less exactly the manner that I supposed they would.

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ice cream ≈ 201

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Our last stop in Copenhagen was the ice cream shop.

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corner tables and chairs ≈ 200

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elsewhere in Copenhagen...

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statues in the mirror ≈ 199

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When a pretty good reboot comes along

We went to Ghostbusters today with Lena and her folks and I really enjoyed it. Any remake or reboot is going to suffer somewhat due to nostalgia and freshness, but I feel like the makers of this film did a good job of making it their own story. I laughed pretty hard through the whole thing. I thought Kate McKinnon as Holtzmann was hilarious. (She was a bit like an even funnier "Dr." Peter Venkman). Chris Hemsworth's Kevin was surprisingly funny. (You don't get to see his full range when he is playing Thor I guess). The cast in general was spot on. The cameos from the original and the dedication at the end to Harold Ramis made it truly feel like an homage rather than a rip off. If you enjoyed the original, or if you just like to laugh definitely go see it. I'd like to see it again before it leaves the theaters and am totally open to a sequel.

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Christiansborg steps ≈ 198

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under Christiansborg ruins ≈ 197

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fish and ship detail ≈ 196

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