[SI} Cranky Jim's Comments

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by jimkramer, Jul 19, 2004.

  1. jimkramer

    jimkramer Guest

    Hi everybody in USENET Land. Time for Cranky Jim to Comment on the SI Shots.
    FYI, I have an ear infection and am in intense pain so I may be crankier
    than normal, if that is possible.

    Bret Douglas - Well at least it's not another dog shot. The kitty is cute,
    moderately hidden and probably has very soft skin. Great sign could use a
    few more bullet holes/greens markers though. A for effort, C for content
    and an F for archive.

    Jim Kramer - This is just shit. Please note the butterfly is enjoying it and
    the blowflies are just waiting.

    Brian Fane - Nice concept. Personal preference - I think I would have been
    in the center of the road with the T-intersection sign near the center of
    the frame in sharp focus. The stop sign slightly blurred in the upper right
    quadrant of the picture. Maybe some skid marks in the road?

    Al Denelsbeck - Oh, who doesn't love lizards, when you can see them? I fear
    the black splotch on this one gave it away. Traveled a good distance to get
    this shot, didn't ya?

    Bowser - Nice concept. Spiffy framing. I am torn between liking the
    reflected sky in the fingers of water and wanting to see through to the
    underside. I understand the small "waves" in the sand, but what caused the
    large flat spots?

    Ken Nadvornick - Nice concept. Hope you got the bum's permission or Mr.
    Henley will be all over you. The framing is appealing. Did you do any
    other shots near here? Specifically about 30' to your right to catch
    crossing angles of the bride and platform and 10-15' to your left to line up
    the bridge and platform?

    Matt Clara - A bit trite. You've already gotten other comments about the
    focus. I think I would have liked it better if you'd circled about 120
    degrees to your right; to make the mushroom stand off the moss a bit more.

    Eric Quesnel-Williams - Very effective. Framing leads the eye right to the
    remains of the structure.

    Steve McCartney - Entertaining. "No through road" would have been better as
    "no outlet" but you can't have everything. Framed a bit tight for my taste,
    but effective.

    R. Schenck - This one flew over my head. Unless you are suggesting that the
    sculpture looks a bit like a nuclear device from the 50's and I am making
    the rash assumption that this is outside the UN building? That would be
    funny in an odd way. Photographically it doesn't work for me; maybe with an

    Mike Henley - way too much explanation to make this work. What the guy is
    actually saying is "That guy with the camera; I bet we could pawn it for a
    few quid; let's get him!"

    Vic Mason - Excellent. Took me almost 20 seconds to spot the cell tower. I
    kept refocusing on the impending accident.

    Brian Baird - This is either way too obvious or way too clandestine for me.
    Nice textures, I think I would have liked color better. Of course then it is
    an archive shot, so you get an F too.

    Thanks for shooting and reading,

    Jim Kramer
    jimkramer, Jul 19, 2004
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  2. It's pushing the bounds of imagination, anyway ;-)

    As always! When all the photographic opportunities are close to home
    (in this case, about three feet from the door), why go anywhere else?

    While traveling recently, I DID spot what might have made a good
    submission, but some other schmuck saw it first and submitted the picture
    he took. Otherwise, I got vertigo hiking up this insanely tall mountain
    (860 feet) and didn't see nothing but lizards there, either. And all those
    ran away from me! Strange, strange place, this "outside world"...

    But back here where it's less than a dozen feet above sea-level like
    it should be, my spotted friend has made a few reappearances - haven't
    solved the mystery behind the black spot, but I suspect it's an old injury.
    He seems to be holding his own.

    And just recently got another, even better shot for "Hidden in Plain
    Sight," but that film roll is now dedicated to the next two mandates. Just
    have to go into stock I guess. Unless I can submit a few more "Hidden"
    shots in lieu of an "Entrance/Exit" photo?

    News server is starting to behave now, so I should be back in a day
    or so with my own commentary.

    - Al.
    Al Denelsbeck, Jul 19, 2004
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  3. It wasn't so much looking for a hidden object as it was looking for
    things you wouldn't ordinarily notice. I was going to do a picture of
    my keys, glasses and wallet (things I look for that are always hidden in
    plain sight) - but I didn't have time.

    The color picture of that photo is nice, but because the tree was in the
    process of turning green to red (spring to summer coloration), it didn't
    have an even feel. I guess you'll just have to trust my judgement!

    Grade noted and marked.
    Brian C. Baird, Jul 19, 2004
  4. jimkramer

    Bouser Guest

    Not sure why there are flat spots on the sand bars, but they do appear every
    day at low tide. The fingers will shift and change, as well. Never the same
    twice. Maybe caused by the laste streams of water flowing the sand as the
    tide recedes?
    Bouser, Jul 20, 2004
  5. jimkramer

    Guest Guest

    Sorry to learn your ear infected you, making you crankier than usual. It's
    the shits when a part you own attacks you. Thank you very much for your

    Guest, Jul 20, 2004
  6. jimkramer

    R.Schenck Guest

    "jimkramer" <> on 19 Jul 2004 posted

    I thought you were being a little harsh, then I looked a little closer.
    I'm going to guess that they are currents within the tide. The ripple
    marks being made by normal waves, and the flats being currents or eddies
    leaving the sand 'undisturbed'. Sort of like 'braided channels' I think.
    They definitely have an interesting repeating pattern/arrangement to them

    I explained it before I saw this review. Its a sculpture outside a big
    office building. They're suppose to be coins, allspreading out from a
    central point, sort of like an explosion of wealth or something.
    'Spretty big, doesn't get much attention.

    But I'll tell ya what did get a lot of attention, me, while taking the
    photos. I also snapped a bunch of the building and others of the
    scultpure. And then some of this jungle/water fall inside the building.
    People were getting nervous. Security was involved. It was,
    interesting. Perhaps a better submission would've been my view from the
    corner i had to hide in, a shot of the guards arms's trying to pull me
    out, you know, I'd be whats 'hidden'. Ok, if it had actually happened,
    that would've been an interesting submission. Security was actually very

    R.Schenck, Jul 20, 2004
  7. I was actually going to take a picture of the CIA security gate, but I
    figured it wouldn't be worth any potential hassle that may have

    It would have been a decent photo, too. People don't realize the CIA is
    not some big, mysterious agency hidden from public view - quite the
    contrary. It's a big office building in suburban Virginia full of
    bureaucrats. There's a sign for it on the GW parkway reading "George
    Bush Center for Intelligence". I chuckle every time I pass that sign.
    Brian C. Baird, Jul 20, 2004
  8. jimkramer

    Guest Guest

    Archived from Brian C. Baird <> on Tue, 20 Jul 2004
    02:04:43 GMT:

    No wonder you chuckle at the sign. It's an oxymoron. :) vm
    Guest, Jul 20, 2004
  9. Indeed it is. I'll be glad when that mudhead is voted out of town.
    Brian C. Baird, Jul 20, 2004
  10. Hi Jim,

    Actually, I exposed only ten frames. Two with a 180mm, which were too
    close, and eight others, for insurance of sharp focus, with a 35-105 zoom
    (at around 50mm), from which this submission was selected. My feet,
    however, never moved as I knew intuitively that this was what I was looking

    I did not experiment with the geometry of the scene (bridges, platforms,
    etc.) as I was very satisfied with the way most of the leading lines angled
    together toward a point at the far left center of the frame where the main
    subject was *not* located, thus reducing the sleeper's compositional
    prominence, which I felt served to reinforced his "hidden" state out in a
    public place. (I did, however, try to get him near a vertical 1/3 line for
    visual balance.)

    As for permission - no, I'm afraid I didn't ask. Nor do I make any
    assumptions regarding his socio-economic level of standing. Even rich
    people sleep, I suppose. (No first-hand experience there, though... ;) I
    was aware, however, that my rendition of him would be very small, thus
    almost eliminating any chance of someone identifying him from the photo.
    And I did not feel as if I was casting him in a necessarily bad light.

    Thanks for taking time to review everyone's efforts. Hope the ear gets

    Ken Nadvornick, Jul 20, 2004
  11. Ah, yes....It sure will be nice to go back to the tax & spend
    William Graham, Jul 21, 2004
  12. Yes, it certainly will. At least they pay for what they do. And what
    they do is much more likely to be of benefit to society. And they
    don't kill nearly as many people.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Jul 21, 2004
  13. They pay for it all right.....With my money:

    A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which
    William Graham, Jul 21, 2004
  14. The National Geographic publishes a neat little paperback book called, "The
    N.G. Atlas of the Middle East." This book gives the following statistics of
    the 14 or so Middle East countries: The population; the average lifespan;
    the per capita income; the oil reserves; the total area; and several other
    statistics. I did a little work using my copy, and came up with the
    following: The average lifespan of the 14 M.E. countries is 71 years. The
    average per capita income is about $10,000. Iraq has the second largest oil
    reserves. It also has an average lifespan of only 58 years, which is 13
    years shorter than the average of the other M.E. countries. Iraq's per
    capita income is only about $2500, which is about one quarter of the
    average. So how come a country of 23 million people sitting on the second
    largest oil reserves in the region has such a small per capita income and
    such a short lifespan? I think anyone in his right mind would put the blame
    directly on the leadership over the last thirty years, but there's more:

    If you multiply the 13 year lifetime deficit by the 23 million
    population, and divide by the 71 year average lifespan for the region, you
    come up with over 4 million "lifetimes" lost. IOW, because of Saddam's
    brilliant leadership, there have been 4 million lifetimes lost over the last
    thirty years. This is a direct result of not fully developing the Iraqi oil
    reserves for the people, so they could have the desalination plants for
    fresh water, the sewage treatment plants to protect their well water, the
    fresh fruits, vegetables and meat they need for a decent diet, and the
    hospitals and clinics that every civilized people need to care for them when
    they get sick. Because of this, they die before their time, and their
    leader, Saddam Hussein is directly responsible for this.

    Now, this little N.G. Atlas isn't the most definitive reference in the
    world, so there could be some mistakes within its pages. Also, I am not a
    professional statistician, so perhaps there is something wrong with my
    reasoning. Like, for example, I have trouble factoring the thirty years into
    my equations. Would a shorter period mean less lives lost? If so, how much
    shorter would equal how many less lives? But, in general, I think my point
    is well taken. It is certainly true that getting rid of that bastard should
    have been high up on the list of priorities for any humane world leader. -
    Personally, I am rather proud that it was my President that finally did it.
    And, there is one other thing. How come the liberals, who have traditionally
    had a soft heart for the poor and the downtrodden, and are always willing to
    raise taxes to pay for more welfare programs for the, "little" people, who
    are in need of help from those of us who were lucky enough to have been born
    rich, or, at least smart enough to be able to get rich, are so damn mad at
    Bush, who is willing to spend 100 Billion dollars, and probably over 1000
    American lives, to get those 23 million Iraqi's out of their desperate
    situation? Oh, I know that his detractors say that he didn't do it for those
    reasons, and that all he was doing was using it as an excuse to feed his,
    "cronies" money, and steal the Iraqi oil, and yada, yada, yada. But the
    bottom line was, and is, that he did do it! - Isn't that worth something? I
    go through life not raping and pillaging, and some others are criminals. Do
    you have to psychoanalyze all of us to figure out what our motives are
    before you can say that I am a good citizen and some others are not? - No,
    of course not. You would say that our actions define our worth, and
    psychoanalysis isn't necessary. Well, dammit..Apply that to Bush too. What
    do you care why he does what he does? - Just be damn glad he did it!
    William Graham, Jul 21, 2004
  15. Perhaps the problem here lies instead in having a bit too much free time to
    while away. Methinks you need a hobby, sir. I could suggest one that
    immediately comes to mind...

    Ken Nadvornick, Jul 21, 2004
  16. Big snip.........
    It's no "problem" for me......I am quite comfortable with both my use of
    time, and my reasoning......
    William Graham, Jul 21, 2004
  17. jimkramer

    Sabineellen Guest

    It's no "problem" for me......I am quite comfortable with both my use of
    I'm comfortable with it too (you're reasoning)..
    Sabineellen, Jul 21, 2004
  18. jimkramer

    jimkramer Guest

    So let me be rude and summarize William's rational: The end justifies the
    means and might makes right. Very patriotic attitudes, disturbingly similar
    to someone else's philosophy that is locked up in a jail cell in Iraq.

    Let me know when the "end" is achieved, maybe we can sit down and have a
    celebratory libation; In the mean time I will go back to begrudging
    spending 100's of Billions of Dollars on Iraq and Afghanistan in an effort
    to "correct" some of the CIA's meddling over the 19XX's; actions that were
    taken before I was even on the planet, yet I will be held responsible for
    them as an American, Thank you so much all-knowing-fore-fathers.

    How about we "fix" some of the problems at home, before we try to save the
    world again?

    Still pretty cranky,
    Jim Kramer


    Hi, my name is Jim. I last took pictures two days ago. They were of a seven
    legged spider. They weren't that good. I can't control myself any more; I
    have the urge to go and pick up the camera right now. Even the dogs are
    starting to look like good subjects.....
    jimkramer, Jul 21, 2004
  19. They never went away.

    Have you ever seen government spending contained at any point in the
    last 30 or 40 years?
    Brian C. Baird, Jul 21, 2004
  20. You might be right....The way I see it, it all comes down to isolationism
    vs. a worldly perspective......Bush apparently thought we were threatened by
    terrorism. After all, there is no reason why they couldn't build an atom
    bomb here with the right materials and enough money....And then they might
    be able to kill several million people at one time. So, the only defense
    against something like that is to go to their nest, and route them
    out....Kill them in their own place of residence. And, if their homeland won
    't do it for you, then you have to take them over with a war. Pretty
    drastic, I admit, but.....Personally, I can't think of any other way. The UN
    is too weak and wishy-washy, so Bush took the bull by the horns and did it!
    We just can't afford to put our heads in the sand and hope the problem will
    go away.....That's what we had been doing before 9/11. There are many here
    who would agree with your point of view. I just happen to not be one of
    them....We'll see what happens in November. This election will tell the
    tale. It will tell me whether the US population agrees that the terrorism
    problem is worth fighting the way Bush wants to fight it, or not. If the
    Demo's win, then I will know what I have to do.....I will sell my place here
    in the city, and go out in the sticks somewhere (perhaps even in some other
    country) and hide where the terrorists will probably not bother to strike.
    William Graham, Jul 22, 2004
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