Month: July 2005

Flower

Dying flowerI got stung by 5 bees yesterday while mowing the lawn. I went inside to clean up my wounds and came back outside with camera to see about capturing one of these viscious guys but instead, got a flower just after one had left it. In all honesty, I wasn’t sure if this flower was young or old which hopefully is a metaphor for my own life.

From Intel to Health Care and Beyond

Andrew GroveFrom Intel to Health Care and Beyond: “Intel’s Andrew S. Grove urges the health care industry to adopt some of the same practices as the microchip industry.”

Andrew Grove was the CEO of Intel and helped found it and build it into the most successful chipmaker on the planet. Grove is one of the great success stories of the US: a Hungarian Jew who got out of Europe early enough to survive who worked his way up to the top at Intel. He’s now retired but is working in a variety of areas including health care (he’s getting older, of course).

Attached to this article is a candid interview with Andrew Grove about what’s wrong with the health care system but straying into lots of other areas. It is well worth listening to (it’s long, make some time for it) for a glimpse of a great mind.

(Via NYT > Business.)

India flooding on flickr

8TORRENTIAL TUESDAYThere are numerous pictures of the flooding going on in India up on flickr, here’s a great one by StinkyShoes of a flooded train station as an example.

The great thing about flickr at times like these, as opposed to a news source, is that it allows regular people to post, comment, and do it in a way that is unfiltered. During the tsunami flickr was extremely useful, both to people on the ground in affected areas and to people all over the world, providing a window on what it was (and still is) like to be there. Same with the recent London bombings. Flickr is more than what it seems and for anyone reading this who hasn’t spent time exploring it, I recommend that you do.

Dog and pigeon in staring contest

Dog tracking pigeonWhile cruising an East Village neighborhood near a restaurant I was meeting some people at I came across a small, very old cemetery in the middle of a city block. A very nice looking dog was intently looking through the iron fence at…

Pigeon tracking dog…a pigeon sitting on top of a tombstone. The pigeon wasn’t too worried but did not take its eyes off the dog for quite some time.

Op/Tech Super Classic Strap

Op/Tech Super Classic StrapThe Op/Tech Super Classic Strap is a terrific replacement for the straps that most camera manufacturers ship with either high end prosumer cameras (Canon G3, G5, G6) or DSLRs like my Canon 20D. It could also be used for binoculars or anything relatively heavy you want to carry over your shoulder or around your neck.
Op/Tech Super Classic StrapHere the strap is uncliped. The clips are secure so that when it’s a strap there is no worry about it coming apart.
Op/Tech Super Classic StrapBut, notice that Op/Tech was smart about the male and female part of the clips so that the strap can be re-attached to itself making a handle when not used as an over the shoulder strap. This is design genius.
Op/Tech Super Classic StrapLastly, unlike the other version of this strap, this version (the “loop” version) girth hitches to the camera instead of having to thread the webbing through a buckle twice. This attachment is not only secure but easily removed or re-attached. This is a great strap and worth getting even if you already have the strap that came with your camera.

The version of the strap to get is the Op/Tech USA Super Classic Camera Strap with Pro Loop Connectors & Quick Disconnects

Erin eating ice cream

Erin eating ice creamMy 4 year old granddaughter used to ignore me taking her picture but now I have to go through all kinds of shenanigans to get her to not pose. Ice cream did the trick tonight. Focus is less than perfect. I’d have to anesthetize her to get her to stay still.

Erin eating ice creamOne she heard the shutter it was all over. She looked over and started posing right after this shot was taken.

Daylilies

Daylily stamenAll over Connecticut (probably all of southern New England) daylilies of various colors and varieties are in bloom. The ones we have came from one of my students at The University of Southern Maine (hi Tom) over ten years ago. He gave us two pots and we planted them and now they’ve spread into thirty or so plants.

Daylily gone byThe plants produce numerous flowers and as some come into bloom others die. The dying ones are just as beautiful as the new blooms but only up close.

These were taken with a new Canon 60mm macro lens which I like better than my older 100mm. So much so that the 100 is now on its way to a happy buyer (yes Dale, I did it again). The 60mm is f2.8 (same as the 100mm) but quite a bit smaller and lighter and the focal length suits me a bit better (wider) than the 100 with the crop factor on my Canon 20D. It produces great bokeh as these pictures show and could remain on the camera as a decent standard lens much of the time. Not as fast as the 50mm f1.4 that’s on my camera most of the time but fast enough for many situations. I’m delighted with it and with these first shots. Check out the entire set at my flower space at flickr.

Joy Brown’s pottery

Smoke and ash flashing on potteryJoy Brown lives and has her pottery studio five miles up the road in Kent. I’ve known her for a while now and while I met her through her ex-husband (we drummed together) I now consider her to be a good friend.

Because I have a background in ceramics, hanging out at a successful, working pottery is not novel to me but it is novel these days; up until last year I hadn’t touched clay in over 25 years. But, Joy has me making things again if for no other reason, to put them in her huge anagama wood fired kiln which is fired once a year and takes a week to fire.

Anagama kiln warming fireThat fire is going on now and I routinely volunteer to stoke for a day or two. I helped yesterday for a while and while there, wandered around her place taking pictures of her work which is scattered all over the place, tucked into weed patches and piled in the woods.

Joy lived and studied in Japan for many years so her work is heavily influenced by traditional Japanese ceramics. I think her work is outstanding and it’s a lot of fun to photograph. Check this flickr set for more of it. I’ll be taking more pictures today and adding them to this set.

Photo books

Photo Books

This is a portion of my art book collection: a variety of photo books by famous photographers. I love these books and I’m starting to browse through them again.

New York in the Forties
Great Feininger book of black and whites of New York City as it started to really bloom. Note: Dover has interesting books, inexpensive, useful.

How to Wrap Five More Eggs
Photographs of traditional Japanese packaging. As much about form and function in Japanese packaging as studio photography of interesting small objects. This is the sequel to the famous How to Wrap Five Eggs (below).

Worlds in a Small Room
A collection of Irving Penn portraits of people from the world over, all shot in a studio setting: Parisian bakers, gypsy families, Hell’s Angles, etc.

The Writer’s Desk
Jill Krementz’s great book on how writers write with photographs of their writing spaces.
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