Sunday, February 7, 2010

Aftermath at Night

The snow had ceased and the sky had cleared. The sun came out briefly, just in time to exuberantly set. I took a brief trek to the subway station with my Canon G9 to survey the aftermath. The streets of Baltimore were truly surreal; eerily silent compared to the standard bustle. The usual visual queues of the street were also gone. There was no sidewalk or street, crosswalk or curb, just snow with the tracks of previous transients. I decided to return for my 5D and 17-40/4:

Maryland State Education Department

Sheraton Trees

Hopkins Plaza

No Buses Today

Weather News

By the way, I'm so glad my car was in a parking garage for all this. I can't even imagine shoveling snow for four hours just to get my car out. What a bunch of %$#^%$.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Staying In

It's looking a little post-apocalyptic outside today, so here's an interesting link to begin the many hours of today's web browsing: Shane Rich. He's selling each photo for the same price as the day of the year (i.e. Jan. 1 = $1, Dec. 31 = $365). If he succeeds at selling one photo per date at his price, Scala says he'll gross...

println(List.range(1, 366).reduceLeft(_ + _))

$66,795. Nice.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Lingering in Locust Point

It's cold. It's cloudy. It's sunrise. Should I sleep in for a few more hours, or return to Locust Point? As you may have guessed, I donned my long underwear (etc.) and chose the latter a couple weeks ago.

I'd been meaning to return to Locust Point for over a year. Ever since my tour of Silo Point last winter, I've been drawn to this nice, out-of-the-way neighborhood of Baltimore. It's a peninsula of row houses surrounded by docks and train yards. Good neighborhoods don't usually play nice with industrials zones, so finding a safe place to park and walk about is tough. Locust Point is the exception with plenty of good street parking and easy access to views of the surrounding industry. The only trouble is that now I just want to go back and capture it from yet another perspective. My 24-105/4 IS was good, but the 17-40/4 seems like it would yield even more interesting shots.

Front Yard

Ready and Waiting




I've also been wanting to try shots with the camera set down on the ground, inspired by Kevin Meredith and his Low Down series. Locust Point seems like a great subject, though the streets of downtown Baltimore should also work nicely. I wonder if it's possible to attach a small point-and-shoot camera to the side of my shoe for more discrete shooting... hmm.