SI - "Interesting" comments

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Robert Coe, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. Robert Coe

    Robert Coe Guest

    Maybe I've gone soft, but this strikes me as one of the best SI collections
    we've seen in a while. Aside from two or three macro shots that might have
    benefitted from a bit more DOF, there are no obvious technical deficiencies.
    And the subject matter is almost uniformly ... well, ... interesting. A good

    That said, I'll revert to my usual opinionated self and try to find specific
    points to praise and nits to pick.


    Eric Stevens 2 & 4
    Eric's numbering system is odd, but these pictures are as straightforward as a
    brochure from the museum that contains their subject. They do a nice job of
    introducing us to an interesting piece of equipment that most of us will never
    get to see.

    Eric Stevens 0(?)
    If you don't have an excellent optometrist, this picture's thumbnail appears
    as a plain blue rectangle: only opening it reveals the kite. What's
    interesting is that you can see the string all the way out to the kite.
    Usually the string is hard to see and even harder to photograph. Martha and I
    spent most of last week at the New Jersey shore, and she took several photos
    of people flying kites on the beach. In none of her pictures can you see the

    Tony Cooper (AR)
    I surmise from the caption that this is a wax dummy, but indeed she does look
    almost real. Not sure who or where she is, though.

    Bob Sosenko
    What I found interesting here is how much the interior of the race car
    actually looks like its street-ready cousins. Did this one begin life as a
    regular production vehicle?

    Bob Flint 1, 2, 3
    It's interesting that it's so hard to figure out just what these guys are
    doing. Some infrastructure improvement, obviously. Possibly a water or sewer
    line? If it's in the U.S., is it a "shovel-ready" Stimulus project?

    Savage Duck 1
    Do the seven barrels fire all at once or in rotation? Back when I could
    actually tell one fighter plane from another, their machine guns had to be
    carefully timed so that they didn't shoot off their own propellers. At least
    modern planes should never have that constraint.

    Savage Duck 2 & 3
    I'd be tempted to guess that the Duck paid a visit to the Air Force museum in
    Dayton, Ohio. But I see what could be a jetway at a commercial airport, so I'm
    not sure. I'm not into old planes, even though I used to work for the company
    that made the engine of one of these. Well executed pictures, though,
    especially the one of the Trojan.

    Tim Conway 1
    What is it about old airplane engines that captures the attention of people in
    this group? This one appears to be mounted on a test stand, so maybe it's in
    the shop for a rebuild.

    Tim Conway 2
    I guess the challenge here is to figure out where this is. I don't have much
    of a clue. Without much conviction, I'd guess Italy, or possibly Spain or
    Portugal. Just to keep from being so relentlessly saccharine, I'll observe
    that I think I'd like this picture better if it showed more of the building.

    Tim Conway 3
    This is one of the most intriguing pictures in the collection. Martha and I
    agreed that it looks most like an internally illuminated dandelion. It's gotta
    be some sort of plant life, either real or imitation.

    Calvin Sambrook
    A church library? Several books on religion are identifiable. But that
    customer had better be careful, or she's going to dump that chair over and
    land on the floor with a couple of rows of books. This picture isn't helped by
    the overly flat lighting, but I guess it's one of those cases where you have
    to play the cards you're dealt.

    Solomon Peachy 1
    Another picture that belies its thumbnail, which disguises the chain as an
    array of blue beads. Beyond that, I'm not sure what the point of interest is,
    but the blue light does contribute to an attractive picture.

    Solomon Peachy 2
    Either she forgot to pick up her cigarette or she's about to light a gas
    grill. So I guess the point is that teenagers shouldn't smoke or you shouldn't
    stand too close to a gas grill when you're lighting it. Obviously I don't get
    it, but it stands as a well executed photograph. Even the B&W works well. Is
    the model Solomon's daughter?

    Bowser 1
    Nice doggy theme. Where are those bony ferrocanines, and who put them there?
    Looks like a town green, or maybe a college or prep school campus. Hmmm... I
    think Bowser lives in Andover or a nearby town. Phillips Academy, perhaps?

    Bowser 2
    Until I read the caption, I had guessed that it was Bowser's wife and dog on
    that motorscooter. Anyway, it's arguably the most amusing picture in the
    bunch, and I agree that the dog's matching sweater is what makes it work.
    (Also those goggles.) And what could be more timely than a picture taken

    Bowser 3
    I'd never have guessed what this was or where it was taken without reading the
    caption. It does make an interesting picture, but I would be interested in
    hearing why it works better in B&W.

    Simon 1 & 2
    Bug pictures are always interesting, because we usually don't see them up so
    close. But I think these lose something to the exceptionally small depth of
    field. I realize that macro photography is tricky and difficult, but there
    must be a way to gain a bit more DOF in cases like this.

    Frank S 1
    I think this picture works really well. The thumbnail advertises it as a
    checkerboard-like pattern with objects placed in the squares; only on
    expansion do the fence and flower patch become clear. Simple but nice.

    Frank S 2
    For all their destructiveness, Japanese beetles are rather beautiful insects.
    And this is an effective and imaginative picture. But I'm afraid I'd have
    stuck the pin through him, rather than letting him climb it. Sorry.

    Frank S 3
    I'm not sure I altogether get this one. For all I know, it could be a display
    of stuff you're planning to unload on E-Bay. Possibly it's intended to
    represent an artist's studio or something similar, but the presentation comes
    across to me as too cute and too staged to be very interesting. But I freely
    admit that I'm probably missing something, possibly something obvious.

    Tony Cooper (CD)
    Just as I'm about to ask whether this device controls a player piano or a
    Jacquard loom, I think I finally get it. You're portraying this disk as the
    precursor of the CD, right? I guess that makes sense, and it does make an
    attractive picture. Sorry to be so dense.

    Tony Cooper 2
    Yeah, this is interesting, since it doesn't look at all like what you'd see in
    any flea market in Florida (or Massachusetts). I'm guessing it's in Africa,
    although I couldn't tell you what part.

    Now this *does* remind me of Florida, since I take those to be snoozing
    flamingos. (Without their pink feathers I'd have identified them as turkeys
    ready for the roaster.) Certainly interesting for the novelty of the pose.

    Helen Silverberg
    Wow, I wouldn't want to meet this one in a lonely alley on a dark night. I
    take it the Minox was to keep her from noticing you were taking the picture? I
    know you like to work in B&W, and I'm not sure it always helps your pictures.
    But it seems very appropriate here.

    Alan Browne 1, 2, 3
    Very nice! That may be the only library reading room I've seen that's as
    attractive as the recently renovated one in our town.

    Did you know that they now make us carry passports if we want to get back into
    the U.S. from Canada? Another boneheaded legacy of the moron Bush.

    Finally, a few words about the pix my wife and I submitted:

    Bob Coe 1
    These are the electrodes of what is said to be the world's largest and most
    powerful air-insulated van de Graaff generator. It's located in the Boston
    Museum of Science and is used for lectures and demonstrations.

    Bob Coe 2
    A few weeks ago Martha and I photographed several covered bridges in
    southwestern Vermont. One of my less successful pictures showed the very dark
    inside of one of the bridges, with the outdoors at the other end grossly
    overexposed. So I cranked up the brightness until I could see all the inside
    woodwork, which made the overexposed end go almost pure white. Then I turned
    it on its side to make it look like an eerily lit passegeway of some sort.

    Bob Coe 3
    This was a failed sunset picture from a photo shoot on Cape Cod a few years
    ago. I had accidentally used a slow shutter speed, and I must have moved the
    camera as well. Just when I was about to hit the "delete" button, it dawned on
    me that if I cropped the picture round, it would look a bit like the surface
    of Jupiter or Saturn. The birds probably wouldn't have been there on those
    planets; but I had no way to get rid of them, so they stayed. I liked the
    effect, so here it is.

    Martha Coe 1
    On the same trip that we photographed the bridges, Martha and I went to a
    photography exhibit at Williams College. She liked the way the rounded roof of
    this building, on the Williams campus next to the art gallery, complemented
    the ridge line of the Berkshire Hills in the background.

    Martha Coe 2
    It turned out that Martha got some very nice pictures of the covered bridges
    (better than mine, for the most part). This is the Silk Road Bridge over the
    Wallomsac River in the town of Bennington.

    Martha Coe 3
    Martha's an avid photographer of flowers with her 60mm macro lens. This
    picture shows several stages in the blooming of a daisy.
    Robert Coe, Sep 8, 2009
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    My numbering system is odd but that's because I was trying to follow
    the instructions. Another factor is that at the last moment I decided
    not to put up no 03. So I went straight from 02 to 04. Apart from
    that, other people's numbering systems were odd also, and seemed to
    bear less resemblance to the instructions than mine. Don't worry, I
    will soon learn to do what everyone else does.
    Maybe your monitor (or your optometrist) is a factor. I agree the line
    is faint in the thumbnail but I can still see most of it without
    straining and I certainly can see the kite.
    Yes, I found that very interesting too. Initially I thought the image
    of the line would just fade into the sky. The kite flyer was about 8
    years old and not very large and, at one stage, I almost got a
    photograph of him about 2' off the ground. Fortunately his father came
    along and rescued him.

    Eric Stevens
    Eric Stevens, Sep 8, 2009
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