SI Furniture -The Duck comments

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Savageduck, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. Savageduck

    Savageduck Guest

    SI Furniture:
    ‘Duck comments:

    I can only say I was pleasantly surprised by this batch.

    Savageduck (yours truly):
    Bench in the Paso Robles city park.
    Benches in the shade outside the Paso Robles library.
    Outdoor seating at a Paso Robles eatery. Note the “Elvis†mannequin
    visible through the window.

    Tony Cooper:
    I like the idea that you thought out of the box for this mandate. Each
    of these has their charm. Nice!

    An interesting yard refuge. Perhaps the crop on the top and bottom of
    the chair was a little tight.
    Nice shot of the weathered swing. The shadows provide a pleasing
    contrast, and the composition just works.

    Shelving is furniture. An interesting combination, Zappa albums, violin
    (I guess Zappa did some work with Jean Luc Ponty), and Swift. Nice work.
    Well you don’t see too many console radios around these days. I’d have
    guessed that this was an archive shot which solidly dates you. However,
    I see it was shot with your SX500 in May. That raises the question; who
    has this living room museum piece to photograph?
    I love your workstation! It is wonderfully cluttered, and most
    importantly, I see you favor the thumb controlled trackball. That is my
    preferred input device, currently the defunct MS Trackball Optical + a

    Heavy machinery furniture? I like the battered, very used look to the ladder.
    I think this shot would have worked much better if the entire church
    were in the frame to provide a full context to the bench.
    The wicker swing and lemonade stand are quite nice, except somebody
    should have ripped that tag off the cushion.

    Nice shot. I like the deep shadows, and tight crop along with the
    bright warmth of the wood along with the green leather. Good work.
    I suspect this might be fireplace furniture, but this shot doesn’t work
    for me, it might be the odd crop, or the vagueness of the subject.
    Here trying the same idea as in your first shot doesn’t really work for
    me. The contrasting shadow and chair arm are there, but the chair
    doesn’t have the character of #1, and the rug/shawl or whatever is just
    too ratty and out of place.

    Nice, warm, wood grain for the stool. The room lighting provides an
    interesting vignette.
    I hope to see more of your work in future.

    Peter Newman:
    ISO 200!! What happened?
    I like the solitary bench with its contemplative outlook over the beach. Nice
    Another shot I like. The row of chairs overlooking the harbor work
    nicely. Good B&W rendition. However, Monhegan chairs? I have always
    thought of that type of chair as an “Adirondack chairâ€.
    Another great capture and very appropriate B&W conversion. Tony Cooper
    should love this shot.

    Nice bench and landscape. It might have been more interesting to have
    the context what the bench was facing.

    Thanks to those who played, and welcome aboard to PhotoPhartz & Sandman.
    Savageduck, Jun 10, 2013
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    PhotoPhartz Guest

    Yep, I think JL Ponty did do a stint in Zappa's band. Thanks.
    I'm a long time tenant in a very old friend's house and this relic is right
    downstairs in the family room. It's been here longer than I have but I
    expect it was deposited by my housemate's father who's been quite a
    scavenger/collector during his advancing years.
    Hehe, thanks. Just this week the ol' Logitech trackman was retired. It
    was old enough (at least 10~12 years?)to still be plugged in to a PS2 port
    but its scroll wheel was losing it. Replaced by a Kensington Expert
    trackball that is really the stuff. Great big, heavy, smooth ball. Easy
    to use scroll ring around the ball. Four programmable buttons giving you
    six different commands under the finger tips. Lusted after one for years
    but the Marble just kept working.
    PhotoPhartz, Jun 10, 2013
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    Savageduck Guest

    On top of working with Zappa, J-L Ponty also did his own interpretation
    of "King Kong". His versions of "King Kong", "How Would You Like to
    Have a Head Like That?" and "Music for Electric Violin and Low Budget
    Orchestra" are simply amazing.
    I also have an old Logitech trackman which had to use an Apple Data Bus
    (ADB) adaptor to hook up to my old Mac (No USB back then). I had one of
    the Kensington Trackball Pros which connected via ADB, but I am far
    more comfortable using my thumb rather than my finger tips on the big
    The discontinued MS Trackball Optical also has four programmable
    buttons and I bought two at the same time, which was a good thing as I
    see they are selling used for over $100 now. When I saw that, I did
    some shopping and picked up a Logitech Trackman II Wheel as a third
    Savageduck, Jun 10, 2013
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I saw J-L P open for Supertramp .... oh, so long ago...
    Alan Browne, Jun 11, 2013
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    Frank S Guest

    We have a ~1958 Grundig console that must be twice the width of the one
    in your photo. It was a marvel at the time, just before stereo but with
    justifiable Hi-Fi pretensions including a sort of sound contour shaper.
    All tubes, all replaced about twenty years ago, and still worked a
    little, last time I tried it. And about seven bands of radio reception,
    a phonograph player, and a disc storage compartment with a light that
    didn't go off when the door was close, so it put a dip in the edge of a
    couple of vinyl albums. We put a late 1960s receiver/tuner (wired to
    external speakers) in the storage part. Arrangement works good.
    Nice-looking piece of furniture I should have photo'd for the mandate.
    Never mind.
    I use the MS Trackball Explorer. Lots of buttons and whistles, PS2 and
    USB compatible. I decided it was a good appliance, so ordered a backup
    from Amazon, and they sent a case of five or six. I gave one away, have
    two or three still in the box, and the others are relatively unused on
    computers around the house. They seem to be a cult item, expensive used,
    out-of-sight new. I don't consider anything else to be particularly
    useful. Haven't tried a recent whatchamacallit pad. Graphics pad? Twenty
    years ago the one I had a go at didn't work as well as a mouse.

    Even farther OT: Odd thing, maybe? I mouse left, trackball right, write,
    bat and throw right. Strange?
    Frank S, Jun 11, 2013
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    otter Guest

    I suppose the bench facing away from the view is a little distracting,
    but this was the best view from that location. It's not a "great"
    shot in my opinion, just one that I had that fit the furniture
    mandate. As far as golf bench shots, I'm still partial to this one:

    I need to go back and revisit the post-processing on that one.
    otter, Jun 11, 2013
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    PeterN Guest

    sorry, I lost my head.
    I thought so too. But Monhegan Island, ME, is technically part of the
    Adirondacks. If I could physically, I would spend months in that place.
    Thanks for your comments.
    PeterN, Jun 11, 2013
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    PhotoPhartz Guest

    I saw him at some outdoor venue on a summer night back in the day too.
    Might have seen him another time as well but, you know, things can be so
    hazy from that far back. I had a few of his records too though they no
    longer seem to be in what's left of the collection. I'm not familiar with
    the ones the Duck sited.
    PhotoPhartz, Jun 11, 2013
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    PeterN Guest

    Looks more like a viola than a violin, to me
    PeterN, Jun 11, 2013
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    PeterN Guest

    On 6/10/2013 9:32 PM, Frank S wrote:

    I write right, shoot pool, bowl, shoot, eat, and throw left. I can
    strike out with a bat, left or right. Hit a golf ball right, and putt
    left. Not strange at all. As a kid I was forced to write with my right
    hand. the result, I hated my teacher, and have a lousy handwriting.
    PeterN, Jun 11, 2013
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    Savageduck Guest

    Try this for size:
    < Kong.png >

    ....and here is a taster. If you are familiar with Zappa's work he has
    done several live versions of this.
    < King Kong.mp3 >
    Savageduck, Jun 11, 2013
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    PhotoPhartz Guest

    Nope, violin. Guarneri pattern. Actually I'm a self taught Irish fiddler.
    Not a real "violinist".
    PhotoPhartz, Jun 11, 2013
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    PhotoPhartz Guest

    I'd pretty much figured it for a golf course but me, I'd be lookin' at the

    That shot has a nice feel to it too. I surely never know what to do when I
    get a big bland sky like that.
    PhotoPhartz, Jun 11, 2013
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    PeterN Guest

    It looks large for a violin, gut I'l take your word for it.
    PeterN, Jun 11, 2013
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    I'm left-handed, the Logitech trackball (my primary "mouse") is on my
    right, my Wacom tablet and corded mouse is on my left, and I throw and
    bat left-handed.

    I grew up in very, very modest surroundings. A left-handed (fits on
    the right hand) baseball mitt was a luxury my parents couldn't afford.
    Consequently, I was stuck in right field, caught the ball in a
    borrowed mitt on my left hand, plucked the ball out with my right
    hand, shook off the mitt, transferred the ball back to my left hand,
    and threw it in. Stephen Hawking could have run the bases while I was
    doing all of that.

    Some might not know this, but no one made cap gun holsters for
    left-handed gunslingers. I was "dead" before the K sounded in OK

    When I was in grade school, we still had desks with inkwells and used
    stick pens. I think I still have ink stains on the bottom of my hand
    and on my lower forearm from writing with my hand over the line.

    When I took up golf, I don't think I ever got off the first tee
    without some wise-ass telling me I was standing on the wrong side of
    the ball.
    Tony Cooper, Jun 11, 2013
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    I'm a lefty. I haven't written anything in cursive - except the
    scrawl that is my signature - in decades. My printing is excellent,
    though, as a result of courses in architectural and mechanical
    drawing. I didn't get good grades in either because my printing
    slanted the wrong way.
    Tony Cooper, Jun 11, 2013
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    Ta. I like unconventional subject matter. That's why I rarely do
    flowers, birds, or landscapes. I figure if the subject is interesting
    enough, it will cover up my lack of technical skills as a

    What I was really looking for was a couch or chair in a completely
    alien place for a couch or chair...on the beach, in the woods, or
    somewhere you wouldn't expect a couch or chair to be. Didn't find it,
    and I'm surprised no one else did.

    Today, I was driving down a back road and saw an old overstuffed chair
    sitting in a lightly wooded area where someone had dumped it. I
    passed it by thinking "Where were you when I needed you?".
    Tony Cooper, Jun 11, 2013
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    Savageduck Guest

    I did that for a past SI.
    Savageduck, Jun 11, 2013
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    Noons Guest

    Crop or frame it out?
    Noons, Jun 11, 2013
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    PeterN Guest

    That frequently happens in poker, where my first four card are spades, I
    don't get another spade until the first card, next hand.
    PeterN, Jun 11, 2013
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