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22 November 2006 @ 03:18 am
A lovely lady  

Miller Time!
Photo Copyright Fred A Levy Haskell
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An acquaintance. I wish we were friends. But we're not. Oh well. What can you do?

 
 
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one_undoneone_undone on November 22nd, 2006 10:33 am (UTC)
Rar! ;-D

Great photo set, Fred! Even with the focus issues on a few shots, I think you still had some really good stuff in there, and some of the shots you said the focus was bad on (like the very last one) it wasn't off by that much. Don't be so hard on yourself.

After seeing these shots, though, I must admit I feel positively underadorned with my singular tattoo. ;-P
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on November 23rd, 2006 11:25 am (UTC)

Rar indeed! Although, truth be told, it's mostly a matter of wanting to do more photos with her; she's really a very strong and direct person and I like the way her personality comes through in my photos. I mean, yeah, there's no way I'd kick her out of bed (not just because she's so darned cute nor just because I'm a horny old man) but that's really not the point. I also, you know, like her, and I find it nice when I can be friends with the people I like.

Great photo set, Fred! What? You actually clicked through to the collection it came from and looked through the rest of the photos?!? I'm impressed. I mean, I include the link in case somebody wants to do that, but I always assume nobody will. Gosh. In any case, thanks very much for your kind words about them.

Part of the reason I'm frustrated by the out-of-focus shots is that it so rarely happened when I was using my trusty old manual-focus Nikkormat (which finally became less trusty in other respects and therefore had to be retired). This new camera is auto focus, and the truth of the matter is that I haven't entirely mastered the fine art of getting it to focus on the correct area (which, since I'm trying for interesting and dynamic photos, is rarely the center. If you look closely at all the out-of-focus photos I've indicated in that set, every one of them has something in it that is in focus … it's just not the right thing). The camera does allow me the choice of any of five different focus "hot spots," but it seems that selecting from among them while I'm in the midst of framing a photo is harder than manually focusing ever was. On the other hand, the new camera seems less that totally cooperative when I try to use it in manual-focus mode. Unlike the Nikkormat, which had a spilt-screen focus area in the middle of its focusing screen, the F100 has a simple matte focusing screen—much harder to use accurately—and the focus rings on the lenses are much less convenient to manipulate than were those on the older lenses.

This, plus some more recent less-than-totally-satisfactory experiences with this camera, leads me to think I need to just spend an intense week or two taking gazillions of photos and getting my hind-brain used to dealing with this camera. After all, I shot literally hundreds of thousands of images with the old camera—it's no wonder I was more comfortable with it than I am with the new one.

…I must admit I feel positively underadorned with my singular tattoo. Hey, sometimes less is more. I've not seen your tattoo so I can't really say, but you yourself say it's singular, and uniqueness counts for a lot….

A monstrous ramblingbibliofile on November 25th, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
Unlike the Nikkormat, which had a spilt-screen focus area in the middle of its focusing screen, the F100 has a simple matte focusing screen—much harder to use accurately . . .

I'm with you there. On my camera (an old Pentax), I wish I'd switched to a split-screen focus when I'd bought it, but I didn't know you could do that.

Nikon's Web site claims that your B-type focus could be switched for an E-type. I don't know if you'd like that any better, but it might be worth checking out.

I too liked the photos (looked at all the thumbnails, but skipped some photos of the guy band when I realized I didn't know them). You're right that some of the best shots are out of focus. Curses!
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on November 25th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)

…focus could be switched for an E-type. I bought me a one of those but I've been afraid to try it. I think the thought pattern here goes something like: I'd rather hope there is something better I haven't tried yet than be disappointed that there isn't. Weird, I know, but there it is. I'll probably give it a try one of these days though.

I too liked the photos… Thanks!

You're right that some of the best shots are out of focus. Ah, validation. Thanks. To be honest, I don't think manual focus, if without split-screen, would have helped much—it was pretty dim in there except when my flash would go off. So I really must eventually learn to manipulate the auto-focus zone selector quickly … or at least with ease. (It'd be easier if I weren't left-eyed—cameras are all designed for right-eyed people….)

one_undoneone_undone on November 25th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
I thought she had a very cute nose, especially. It was so tiny. And for someone with such small features she had such a big personality that came through. ::shrug:: She looked like she was just really "full o'hell" so to speak. In the good way. :) (And I wouldn't have kicked her out of bed either, but I know what you mean about it being nice to be friends with people you like.)

Of course I clicked through the whole photo set! I sent the link to my friend Paula, too, because she likes to "people watch" and she lives in New Orleans (where I'm from) so I thought she'd enjoy them as well (she did) because they're different people than she sees. I hope you don't mind. I admire folks who can photograph PEOPLE. I try my hand at photography more often than I admit but I rarely post any of the results because I am never happy with the results. =/ I find I am least displeased with my nature photography, so I will stick to that, and I will be content to look at your work, and dd-b's, and I will just take snapshots of my kids, because they will always seem perfect to the grandparents. I have a few things posted on Gather.com, because it's easier to post photos there, and I have received some favorable responses, but I'm really very much a newbie at the photography thing.

From what you say about working with that new camera, it seems extremely confusing. I have a digital camera with autofocus and the shot is occasionally out of focus and I have no idea why, but I suspect it's for much the same reason -- SOMETHING in the shot is in focus, just not what I'm hoping for.

I laughed so hard when I read the last comment. Apparently my proverbial Freudian slip is not only showing but attempting to soothe me when I'm feeling inadequate, as if to say, "well, I may only have one tattoo, but it's DAMN SPECIAL!" But since the design was made up skillfully as we went along to cover a hideous tattoo done at a tattoo convention by someone who obviously should not have been doing tattoos yet, it is indeed unique. :)
Matthew B. Tepper: Albino brideasimovberlioz on November 22nd, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
Not My Type, mostly because of the cigarette, but also because I find those tattoos excessive. But nice photo.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on November 23rd, 2006 11:27 am (UTC)

Thanks! I'm glad you can appreciate the photograph even though the subject isn't your type. It's odd, really, but somehow I'm not entirely surprised she isn't your type, Matthew. Funny that, eh?

Matthew B. Tepper: In Minneapolis with beardasimovberlioz on November 23rd, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
Believe it or not, I actually did have a Goth girlfriend for a few months, maybe ten years ago. Strangely enough, she was the one who pursued me.

(Oh, and she was half my age, giving me the life-experience point, "Just because it's legal doesn't necessarily mean it's a good idea.")

(A few years later, I had a sort of on-and-off relationship with another woman half my age, but at least she and I are still friends. So even though I didn't learn, things still worked out for the best.)
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on November 23rd, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
Oddly enough, I don't find that hard to believe either. What can I say? I guess you're just a very believable person, Matthew. Either that or I'm easily gulled.
mrsgalacticvoyeurmmagidow on November 22nd, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
Hmmmmm....Looks like Trouble with a capital T.
one_undoneone_undone on November 23rd, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
Isn't that the draw, though? ;-D
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on November 23rd, 2006 11:38 am (UTC)

Oh … perhaps, just … perhaps. <whistles softly, looks away>

Funny. I have a dear old friend who not very long ago said to me, "You know, Fred, I finally realized something important about my 'available person "radar"'—when it goes bright flashing red it means *Danger!*, not 'interesting—head for this one'!"

Matthew B. Tepper: Don Martin's Mona Lisaasimovberlioz on November 23rd, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
Hm, "available person radar"? Mine must have been broken at the factory. I wonder if it's possible to get it as an add-on?
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on November 23rd, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
I don't believe so—I believe he kludged together the "available" extension to his "person radar" himself. Given how well it works for him, I'd have to say it isn't yet ready for a beta release, much less general distribution.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on November 23rd, 2006 11:31 am (UTC)

Looks like Trouble with a capital T. Which, even before it rhymes with "P", stands for Tattoo. And while you're probably right, it also rhymes with "B" which stands for "Big Fun"! (I'm going to quit before I get to potential "P" rhymes…)

gomeza on November 22nd, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
Wow! Shame about the cig and the poor taste in beer, but we all have our vices. ^_^

Looks like a fun night, tho.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on November 23rd, 2006 11:44 am (UTC)

Exactly. I reckon the cig is part of the affect, and there's no accounting for taste in beer, so … yeah …

She had a party to hit and left the bar early but it was indeed a fun night regardless. On many different levels. Sort of a bittersweet tapestry of life itself.

gomeza on November 23rd, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
"A bittersweet..."

Bahhaha!

**Falls over**
Matthew B. Tepper: Jar Jar and Kathie Leeasimovberlioz on November 23rd, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
I didn't even get around to noticing the beer. Yucch.

I miss Point Beer!
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on November 23rd, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, well, you know what they say: When you're out of Point, you're out of town.
A monstrous ramblingbibliofile on November 25th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
Y'know, there could be a potential niche restaurant concept in there: upper midwestern chic. Serve Point and maybe New Glarus or something. The menu would feature venison and perch, plus hot dish and diet-Jell-o salad and deep-fried cheese curds. Train the wait staff to call the drinking fountain a bubbler -- and to swallow their Os. I'll bet that LA doesn't have one of *those* restaurants, yet.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on November 25th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
Not just hot dish—your choice of four different hot dishes … and that's not to mention the daily hot dish special. Diet-Jell-O salad? You're probably right, but that seems like a change; ala mode would be with mini-marshmallows, right? Lessee … and it'll be "pop," not "soda," and customers will be scolded, reminded of starving children in China, and not allowed dessert if they don't clean their plates. On the up side will be the good strong Norwegian egg coffee.
A monstrous ramblingbibliofile on November 25th, 2006 01:56 am (UTC)
Diet Jell-O because it's, you know, LA.