Maybe I've gone soft, but this strikes me as one of the best SI collections\nwe've seen in a while. Aside from two or three macro shots that might have\nbenefitted from a bit more DOF, there are no obvious technical deficiencies.\nAnd the subject matter is almost uniformly ... well, ... interesting. A good\njob!\n\nThat said, I'll revert to my usual opinionated self and try to find specific\npoints to praise and nits to pick.\n\nBob\n\n\nEric Stevens 2 & 4\nEric's numbering system is odd, but these pictures are as straightforward as a\nbrochure from the museum that contains their subject. They do a nice job of\nintroducing us to an interesting piece of equipment that most of us will never\nget to see.\n\nEric Stevens 0(?)\nIf you don't have an excellent optometrist, this picture's thumbnail appears\nas a plain blue rectangle: only opening it reveals the kite. What's\ninteresting is that you can see the string all the way out to the kite.\nUsually the string is hard to see and even harder to photograph. Martha and I\nspent most of last week at the New Jersey shore, and she took several photos\nof people flying kites on the beach. In none of her pictures can you see the\nstring.\n\nTony Cooper (AR)\nI surmise from the caption that this is a wax dummy, but indeed she does look\nalmost real. Not sure who or where she is, though.\n\nBob Sosenko\nWhat I found interesting here is how much the interior of the race car\nactually looks like its street-ready cousins. Did this one begin life as a\nregular production vehicle?\n\nBob Flint 1, 2, 3\nIt's interesting that it's so hard to figure out just what these guys are\ndoing. Some infrastructure improvement, obviously. Possibly a water or sewer\nline? If it's in the U.S., is it a "shovel-ready" Stimulus project?\n\nSavage Duck 1\nDo the seven barrels fire all at once or in rotation? Back when I could\nactually tell one fighter plane from another, their machine guns had to be\ncarefully timed so that they didn't shoot off their own propellers. At least\nmodern planes should never have that constraint.\n\nSavage Duck 2 & 3\nI'd be tempted to guess that the Duck paid a visit to the Air Force museum in\nDayton, Ohio. But I see what could be a jetway at a commercial airport, so I'm\nnot sure. I'm not into old planes, even though I used to work for the company\nthat made the engine of one of these. Well executed pictures, though,\nespecially the one of the Trojan.\n\nTim Conway 1\nWhat is it about old airplane engines that captures the attention of people in\nthis group? This one appears to be mounted on a test stand, so maybe it's in\nthe shop for a rebuild.\n\nTim Conway 2\nI guess the challenge here is to figure out where this is. I don't have much\nof a clue. Without much conviction, I'd guess Italy, or possibly Spain or\nPortugal. Just to keep from being so relentlessly saccharine, I'll observe\nthat I think I'd like this picture better if it showed more of the building.\n\nTim Conway 3\nThis is one of the most intriguing pictures in the collection. Martha and I\nagreed that it looks most like an internally illuminated dandelion. It's gotta\nbe some sort of plant life, either real or imitation.\n\nCalvin Sambrook\nA church library? Several books on religion are identifiable. But that\ncustomer had better be careful, or she's going to dump that chair over and\nland on the floor with a couple of rows of books. This picture isn't helped by\nthe overly flat lighting, but I guess it's one of those cases where you have\nto play the cards you're dealt.\n\nSolomon Peachy 1\nAnother picture that belies its thumbnail, which disguises the chain as an\narray of blue beads. Beyond that, I'm not sure what the point of interest is,\nbut the blue light does contribute to an attractive picture.\n\nSolomon Peachy 2\nEither she forgot to pick up her cigarette or she's about to light a gas\ngrill. So I guess the point is that teenagers shouldn't smoke or you shouldn't\nstand too close to a gas grill when you're lighting it. Obviously I don't get\nit, but it stands as a well executed photograph. Even the B&W works well. Is\nthe model Solomon's daughter?\n\nBowser 1\nNice doggy theme. Where are those bony ferrocanines, and who put them there?\nLooks like a town green, or maybe a college or prep school campus. Hmmm... I\nthink Bowser lives in Andover or a nearby town. Phillips Academy, perhaps?\n\nBowser 2\nUntil I read the caption, I had guessed that it was Bowser's wife and dog on\nthat motorscooter. Anyway, it's arguably the most amusing picture in the\nbunch, and I agree that the dog's matching sweater is what makes it work.\n(Also those goggles.) And what could be more timely than a picture taken\ntoday?\n\nBowser 3\nI'd never have guessed what this was or where it was taken without reading the\ncaption. It does make an interesting picture, but I would be interested in\nhearing why it works better in B&W.\n\nSimon 1 & 2\nBug pictures are always interesting, because we usually don't see them up so\nclose. But I think these lose something to the exceptionally small depth of\nfield. I realize that macro photography is tricky and difficult, but there\nmust be a way to gain a bit more DOF in cases like this.\n\nFrank S 1\nI think this picture works really well. The thumbnail advertises it as a\ncheckerboard-like pattern with objects placed in the squares; only on\nexpansion do the fence and flower patch become clear. Simple but nice.\n\nFrank S 2\nFor all their destructiveness, Japanese beetles are rather beautiful insects.\nAnd this is an effective and imaginative picture. But I'm afraid I'd have\nstuck the pin through him, rather than letting him climb it. Sorry.\n\nFrank S 3\nI'm not sure I altogether get this one. For all I know, it could be a display\nof stuff you're planning to unload on E-Bay. Possibly it's intended to\nrepresent an artist's studio or something similar, but the presentation comes\nacross to me as too cute and too staged to be very interesting. But I freely\nadmit that I'm probably missing something, possibly something obvious.\n\nTony Cooper (CD)\nJust as I'm about to ask whether this device controls a player piano or a\nJacquard loom, I think I finally get it. You're portraying this disk as the\nprecursor of the CD, right? I guess that makes sense, and it does make an\nattractive picture. Sorry to be so dense.\n\nTony Cooper 2\nYeah, this is interesting, since it doesn't look at all like what you'd see in\nany flea market in Florida (or Massachusetts). I'm guessing it's in Africa,\nalthough I couldn't tell you what part.\n\nLunabella\nNow this *does* remind me of Florida, since I take those to be snoozing\nflamingos. (Without their pink feathers I'd have identified them as turkeys\nready for the roaster.) Certainly interesting for the novelty of the pose.\n\nHelen Silverberg\nWow, I wouldn't want to meet this one in a lonely alley on a dark night. I\ntake it the Minox was to keep her from noticing you were taking the picture? I\nknow you like to work in B&W, and I'm not sure it always helps your pictures.\nBut it seems very appropriate here.\n\nAlan Browne 1, 2, 3\nVery nice! That may be the only library reading room I've seen that's as\nattractive as the recently renovated one in our town.\n\nDid you know that they now make us carry passports if we want to get back into\nthe U.S. from Canada? Another boneheaded legacy of the moron Bush.\n\n\nFinally, a few words about the pix my wife and I submitted:\n\nBob Coe 1\nThese are the electrodes of what is said to be the world's largest and most\npowerful air-insulated van de Graaff generator. It's located in the Boston\nMuseum of Science and is used for lectures and demonstrations.\n\nBob Coe 2\nA few weeks ago Martha and I photographed several covered bridges in\nsouthwestern Vermont. One of my less successful pictures showed the very dark\ninside of one of the bridges, with the outdoors at the other end grossly\noverexposed. So I cranked up the brightness until I could see all the inside\nwoodwork, which made the overexposed end go almost pure white. Then I turned\nit on its side to make it look like an eerily lit passegeway of some sort.\n\nBob Coe 3\nThis was a failed sunset picture from a photo shoot on Cape Cod a few years\nago. I had accidentally used a slow shutter speed, and I must have moved the\ncamera as well. Just when I was about to hit the "delete" button, it dawned on\nme that if I cropped the picture round, it would look a bit like the surface\nof Jupiter or Saturn. The birds probably wouldn't have been there on those\nplanets; but I had no way to get rid of them, so they stayed. I liked the\neffect, so here it is.\n\nMartha Coe 1\nOn the same trip that we photographed the bridges, Martha and I went to a\nphotography exhibit at Williams College. She liked the way the rounded roof of\nthis building, on the Williams campus next to the art gallery, complemented\nthe ridge line of the Berkshire Hills in the background.\n\nMartha Coe 2\nIt turned out that Martha got some very nice pictures of the covered bridges\n(better than mine, for the most part). This is the Silk Road Bridge over the\nWallomsac River in the town of Bennington.\n\nMartha Coe 3\nMartha's an avid photographer of flowers with her 60mm macro lens. This\npicture shows several stages in the blooming of a daisy.