Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Nice article on women in science fiction, featuring Battlestar Galactica cast members.

"I think with new media, sci-fi has become more of an integrated idea everywhere, in all of our ideas. It's no longer something that's that -- no pun intended -- alien to either the artist or the viewer. It's become more about having a broader perspective of thinking than it is about a strange genre of entertainment," McDonnell said.

Monday, July 11, 2011

On the evening of the same day that I saw Bruce Gilden (that would be Saturday), I saw Madeline Zima on either the N or R. She's on one of my favorite shows, Californication. I spotted her right away from the other end of the car and ambled over as nonchalantly as I could. (If her friend is also famous, I am unaware, and I preemptively apologize for not knowing.) Funny thing is, she's always looked familiar to me, like someone from high school or college, but I've never been able to figure out who.

This is Bruce Gilden. Okay, it's slightly out of focus, but what do you want. I was nervous. I'd never taken a picture of a famous photographer before. And it was very sudden. I snapped the picture almost before he knew I was there—doing what he does, basically, minus the flash. Not the greatest picture, but at least the composition is good.

Not that it's a big surprise to see him. I suppose if you hang out in Times Square long enough you're bound to run into him. In fact, as I stood on this corner, I saw him pass by a few times. Here he is again. You can only see his hat—like a shark fin—but it's a better photo. (I also like the "lame jobs report" in the background.)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I can only learn things out of necessity. I can't sit down and read an instruction book. Yesterday I finally got around to figuring out how to use a faster shutter speed in low light. Before, I had been content to get whatever good shots I could using all automatic settings. But then I started to get bored taking the same kinds of pictures all the time, namely, people standing still. It dawned on me that I can use the shutter speed priority mode and use the speed I choose, letting the camera take care of the aperture and ISO. (I also figured out ISO a little bit yesterday.) It's just a matter of time before I can use full manual mode and keep track of every function myself. (Luckily I figured out white balance last year. That was a life-changer.)

This picture has an exposure of 1/200, which is not that fast but a lot faster than what it would have been on the auto setting, maybe 1/40. True, they're standing almost still, but they're a lot more crisp than they would have been. Not bad for 7:45 p.m. in the shade. Suddenly my photographic vocabulary is expanded immensely. Today at lunch it was sunny and I experimented with exposures between 1/1000 and 1/2000, with great results. I don't even necessarily have to stand still anymore when I'm taking the picture, which will enable me to "hide" better.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

This gentleman looks cool because of his unlit cigarette and his open collar.

This is a deliberately boring shot of people playing Frisbee. I don't know where the Frisbee is at this moment. Probably somewhere off to the right.

I took a lot of pictures this weekend. This one is best viewed large, but you can see the woman with the suitcase who appears to be standing in line at the airport, which is the reason I took the picture.
I only feel like myself online when I'm writing emails. I hate the person I am on Twitter. I don't feel like doing it anymore. But I don't want to give up the interaction with a few people there. I think I'll use this blog more. I don't want to seem mean anymore. All it does is make me sad and tired.