August 28th, 2005

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For some reason, after posting the John Edwards picture last night (this morning) I just plunged. I really had the physical sensation in my stomach of falling. I wasn't dizzy, it was very local. It was like sudden onset depression or something.

I slept well for a couple hours, but was then wakeful and restless around dawn, and finally got to sleep again for a few hours. Now -- here I am! Woohoo!

Today: One of those days where I'll try to stay away from the computer as much as possible. ("Again?" says Rocky. "That trick never works!")

Some photo thoughts:

I've been thinking of panoramic photos recently. Most of the time when someone shoots a panorama, they stand in one place and rotate. I've been wondering what it would look like to lay a strip of tape down on the ground and follow that, so that the plane of focus in the camera would have close to the same angle to the plane of composition throughout the series. Or, one could take a reference photo, draw a grid on it, and take the photos for the panorama to match the grid. Would the massiveness of the resultant print add anything to the image? Or would it be just technical trickery?

I'm very tempted to go to the opera tonight and take pictures of people as they arrive. (I don't think I'll come up with something this amusing, though. I mean, unless someone's willing to dress in lousy clothes and get drunk. According to one source, the photo linked to was staged; Weegee knew the woman on the right from a bar they both frequented; he had a friend get her drunk and shove her out on cue.)

I'm also tempted to find out what's the most expensive apartment building in downtown Seattle, and go there and ask to take pictures of their pets. What differences would I notice? Would they be apparent in the pictures? Would there be more similarities or more differences?