10.18.2011

Catching up. It's been a while.

The last time I really posted to the blog we were in the middle of our extreme, full contact, death match, smack down drought.  I labeled this image (above): drought survivors.  We experienced record setting heat this Summer which, in a bizarre twist, coincides with a growing, national disinterest in global warming.  I can imagine the pitch from the Austin Chamber of Commerce five years from now if the weather doesn't change for the better:  Come see the sand dunes of the famous Hill Country Desert.  Move over Dubai..

Then again, it did rain last Sunday and we've got our fingers crossed that it will do so again.  Some day.  Sooner than later.  Hey! What happened to the hurricanes?  Anyway, we got two inches of rain around here and what's left of our lawn seems grateful.  Is it safe to shoot and drive?  I didn't think so but since there isn't a law against it who cares?


Ben ran another cross country race at Decker Lake (that's him in front)  last weekend and did pretty well.  Bettered his previous times by nearly a minute and a half.  I'll chalk up some of the improvement to diligent and disciplined practice and some of it to weather twenty degrees cooler than his previous races....  We're happy and proud.  He's very matter of fact....


At the end of the race the school threw a big picnic.  Open to all.  Brisket, burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and a ton of side dishes brought by the families.  I'm a sucker for condiments.  Love shooting them.  The boys and girls all ate like they'd been out running or something.  We had a cloud burst but that didn't slow anyone down.  Some of the younger kids there looked at water falling from the sky like it was some sort of mythical miracle.


No synopsis of the last few weeks would be complete without mentioning that stalwart VSL supporter and quasi-official bored (not mis-spelled) member, Mr. B, snagged himself a Swedish miracle camera and he's been shooting up a storm.  He's getting it dialed in and dangerous.  Taken at Trianon Coffee in Austin.


Speaking of dangerous, I've made a few trips to city hall to take snaps and soak up the ambiance of "Occupy Austin."  This young man (above) came prepared to do art on many levels.  Note the Polaroid Land Camera on his right side.  He'd shot up his supply of Fuji Instant film by the time I caught up with him.

I also appreciate the Holga.  Different cameras/different looks....

The protest was well attended......by the media.  On the morning it started I would estimate that the number of electronic and still news media had achieved parity with the number of protesters.  It was a well covered event and everyone from the police chief to the youngest protester was well behaved. In fact the chief, Art Acevedo, was working the crowd and posing with people who had interesting signs...

Here's the chief in mid-interview.  Serious on camera.  All smiles minutes later.....

It was tough for the media for two reasons:  1.  The well behaved protesters and professional police force gave them little action or real substance to cover, and, 2.  It was tough to find a place to do your make up before an on-camera report....(see just below).


There was a deficit of interesting protesters and agitators so the media spent some quality time interviewing each other.....

The one person diligently riling up the crowd was the woman in the electric blue dress trying to drum up support for  Presidential Candidate, Ron Paul.  Seemed that no one was interested in taking a flyer but everyone wanted to take a turn arguing with her.


Business is good but, of course, when business is down I'm unhappy not to be working and when business is up I'm unhappy not to have the free time to work on my own stuff.....

Hope you've stayed busy and happy

7 comments:

Kevin said...

Glad to see you are back. Yes I am a little slow.

John said...

I really wish the media would be honest about the actual mood reflected by these protests instead of shamelessly hunting for the most show-boaty ass in the crowd and reporting "EVERYONE IS LIKE THAT GUY".

Also, did you have an icy hot patch to hand off to the kid carrying all the gear? Sure he had fun, but man, just looking at him makes MY back hurt. :D

Bold Photography said...

It's hard to be truly bored when shooting with Swedish miracle cameras: http://www.flickr.com/photos/boldpuppy/6239049939/in/photostream

I'd say dialed in is getting close -- the challenge is to NOT use that light meter...

kirk tuck said...

Speaking of light meters did you happen to see that there's an app for that? If you have an iPhone there's an app called "Pocket Light Meter" and it converts the camera into a fully functional, reflected light meter. (Sorry, no flash...). And here's the best part......it's free.

I checked it. It's accurate and I love it.

Bold Photography said...

Really? Since I now have an iphone (and out of the 8th circle of hell called something-somefruity thing...) I'll have to check it out. It was fun to play "photograph me, and I'll photograph you" ... are you rescheduling the non-workshop not-a-walk-about?

mshafik said...

Glad to see you're up to full speed in just one day. :-)

As for the light meter app, I checked on the Android market and there are several free ones, I will try it tonight isA, thanks for the tip.

Bold Photography said...

I've installed that app now... and asked about it in a Hassey forum - one response was the same as yours (just as good) with the caveat that it's not very accurate in low light and it's not a flash meter...

That sure saves having to carry around something else!!

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