pWdumaNjA-6CEEBhRoD5euxNETs When All This Actual Life Played Out: October 2011

31 October 2011

The horror!


Hallowe'en
31 October 2011

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

28 October 2011

Platform

Because Blogger-Index.com continues to steal copyrighted content from my site and hundreds of other blogs, feed readers will need to click through the title on the feed in order to access the rest of the post.


Metra station
Chicago, Illinois
7 October 2011

Just because there is nothing resembling public transportation here doesn't mean I haven't trained my offspring how to use it elsewhere.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

27 October 2011

Caught stealing

A site called Blogger-Index has been caught stealing my feed wholesale and reposting it on its advertising-laden spam blog. Since I would never allow anyone to repost my work and reap ad revenue from it, let alone a site that can't spell and doesn't use proper grammar, I've shortened the feed so that very little is visible. If you regularly read via feed, you will need to click through the feed headline to gain access to the blog. Blogger-Index has been put on notice that it is to remove all my blog content from its site, and I'm taking appropriate action regarding copyright infringement.

26 October 2011

Night on the river


Chicago, Illinois
7 October 2011

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Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone4

25 October 2011

Hallowe'en kitty


Milton
31 October 2004

He is always so interested.

Tech stuff: Taken with a Canon PowerShot S110.

24 October 2011

Kayakers in Chicago


Kayakers
Chicago, Illinois
7 October 2011

I think this is much more like what kayaking is supposed to be compared with my meter-high waves in a freezing fjord.

Still...

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

23 October 2011

Regret


South Garden
Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
7 October 2011

So much to see. Never enough time.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

18 October 2011

1115


Chicago, Illinois
7 October 2011

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

15 October 2011

Big orange spider


Orange County, California
14 October 2011

You can't say that I didn't warn you.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, telephoto lens.

14 October 2011

Wacker and Wabash


Chicago, Illinois
7 October 2011

Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone4.

13 October 2011

Bean


Cloud Gate
Chicago, Illinois
7 October 2011

I actually found it by accident. And what a glorious accident. Sure, every tourist has photographed this and it's been in movies, but there is something genuinely wonderful in standing there watching it, watching people react to it, watching nature react with it. I probably could spend a day there and not get bored, which for me, is saying a lot.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

12 October 2011

Snack


Orb weaver
Orange County, California
11 October 2011

Forget more lenses. I need to learn more about proper lighting technique. When it comes to lighting well...FAIL!

Also patience and remembering to change the settings on the camera would help.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40. Alright, full disclosure. The spider was above my head. It was not pleased with me photographing it. I was starting to worry it might drop into my hair.

11 October 2011

Something to say: Occupy Chicago


Protesters
Chicago, Illinois
7 October 2011

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

10 October 2011

Other faces, other voices: Occupy Chicago


Protesters
Chicago, Illinois
7 October 2011

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

09 October 2011

Occupy Chicago: Vehicle of protest


Truck
Chicago, Illinois
7 October 2011

When I realized that I was attracting maybe a little more attention than I wanted to, I wandered back up La Salle, and continued to pretend that I was photographing architecture (ok, so maybe I wasn't entirely pretending...). As I went around the corner, I caught sight of this truck, and it made me smile because it was colorful and creative. What I didn't catch until I loaded the photo onto my computer a few moments ago were the three people who were holding up their posters on the far corner. If you guys (one of you might have been a woman; I didn't see the third person until I overexposed the photo to make sure that the license plate was not visible) were trying to get my attention, I'm sorry; I completely missed you. And if one of you is the owner of the truck, nice work!

I actually posted this one on my Twitter stream just after I took it, but somehow I managed to delete several tweets that afternoon, probably because I was carrying the phone around in my pocket while I was wielding the D40.

Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone4.

08 October 2011

Occupy Chicago


Protester
Chicago, Illinois
7 October 2011

In college, I took a class on the literature and film of the 1960s. I was born into the 1960s, and came of age in the 1980s, so obviously missed the social and political foment of that tumultuous time. And I felt that I needed to have some understanding of that decade to better comprehend what I was inheriting as an adult 20 years later.

Of all the movies we watched in that class and of all the books we read, the movie that made the deepest impression on me was Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool. The use of the very real protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago as a backdrop for part of a fictional film was quite audacious, particularly for a film that addresses the responsibilities of the media.

I've been following the protests that started with the Occupy Wall Street movement a few weeks back. It's very interesting to me that the mainstream media has very stringently avoided covering the protests, but I've been watching it unfold since the beginning via Twitter--where else? In fact, I've heard nothing at all on the news until this morning, sitting at O'Hare airport with CNN blaring in the departure lounge.

So here we are. I went down to La Salle and Jackson yesterday, where the sidewalks were barricaded in front of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Federal Reserve. There was a police presence and a protester presence. Both groups were low-key: the police watchful and the protesters quiet, holding their placards, not gathering in huge numbers at any one point. There was an air of tension, but not the frightening electrical sort of tension that I've seen precede an outbreak of violence. Wary, yes, but also respectful.

The medium is the message. The media is choosing not to document this, and I felt a responsibility to do so. One of the points of this blog has been to capture moments in time; it is those stories that interest me.

She was a moment in time. Protest, costume, photograph. The medium is the message.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, ambient light. Important things to note: I requested permission from the subjects before I took any close-ups of protesters. I've got some group shots as well. These were not intended to be portraits so much as quick and dirty snapshots. I did not ask for names. Their faces are unique and their stories belong to them. I was more interested in them in the larger context of the moment. And an update: apparently the game changed while I was out of town, and now there are more stories in the print media.

05 October 2011

Doe, a deer


Valley Forge National Historical Park
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
26 July 2011

How's this for a euphemism: Valley Forge National Historical Park will conduct the second year of the lethal reduction phase of the White-tailed Deer Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement...

She stood there, alert but very calm, and simply watched us as we walked by, stopping to drink, eyes never leaving us.

I get it; I do. Management. I just wish that we would learn to coexist better with the world around us.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, ambient light.