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Iced tea at Georgia's

I've now made an edited version of this photo, which you can see here. My objective was to reduce the degree of shadows on the woman's pants; but I may have taken away too much of the shadows on her face; I'll let you be the judge...

 

This was taken at the deli/bakery (Georgia's, see this page for details) on the southwest corner of 89th & Broadway. This woman was sitting alone, staring into space with a dreamy look on her face, and she would have appeared much more photogenic if I could have moved my camera a little faster and snapped the picture when I first saw her. But then a waiter appeared, bring what turned out to be a glass of iced tea; and he obscured my view of her for a couple moments while he was setting it down. But the time he got out of camera range, she had picked up her cell phone, and was calling someone ... perhaps to report on the arrival of her iced tea...

 

Note: this (unedited) photo was published in a Jul 7, 2010 blog titled "Food, gadgets, and schools." It was also published in a Jul 20,2010 CofeeTea blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Jul 28, 2010 Lifehacker Australia blog titled "How To Rebuild Your Attention Span And Focus," as well as a Jul 28, 2010 Curve blog and an Aug 22, 2010 Working Stiff blog, with the same title. It was also published in an undated (late Sep 2010) Best Deal on Phones blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Nov 18, 2010 Learn How To Seduce Women blog (oy!), with the same title and detailed notes as what I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Dec 13, 2010 blog titled "Screen Size Matters."

 

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 14, 2011 blog titled "CREATING CONTENT TO BE CONSUMED TO-GO." It was also published in a Feb 16, 2011 blog titled "Mobile sites vs. mobile queries." And it was published in a Feb 21, 2011 blog titled "Labrador Tea." It was also published in an Apr 27, 2011 blog titled "Mobile Sites vs. Media Queries." It was also published in a Jun 26, 2011 Pick Up Lines for Girls blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written here on this Flickr page. And it was published in an Aug 23, 2011 blog titled "How schools are using mobile technology for the next wave of learning." And it was published in a Sep 10, 2011 Range Hoods blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written here. And it was published in an Oct 6, 2011 Great Cell Cellphone Circumstance pictures blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written here on this Flickr page.

 

Moving into 2012, an extremely tightly-cropped version of this photo, with French lettering on the woman's t-shirt, was published in a Mar 7, 2012 blog titled "Top 10 des choses à faire quand Facebook est down (comme ce matin, par example)." It was also published in a May 12,2012 blog titled "Perdidas de sangre en los primeros meses: ¿cuándo preocuparse?" It was also published in an Aug 2, 2012 blog titled "The one addiction your brand needs to take full advantage of." And it was published in a Sep 18, 2012 blog titled "Facebook vs. Twitter: Where The Readers Are." It was also published in an Oct 21, 2012 blog titled "Want More Engagement on Your Facebook Page?"

 

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Feb 19, 2013 blog titled "Perdidas de sangre en los primeros meses: ¿cuándo preocuparse?" It was also published in a Mar 6, 2013 blog titled Are You a Good Digital Citizen? And, as indicated in the notes and comments on this photo-page, the photo was published in a May 10, 2013 blog titled "My Friend, my I-phone," as well as a May 10, 2013 blog titled "Impersonal Technology." It was also published in a Jun 22, 2013 "Pick up a Gril [sic]" blog, with the same " Iced Tea at Georgia's" title that I used as the caption for this photo. And it was published in an Oct 26, 2013 blog titled "Going Offline," as well as a Nov 6, 2013 blog titled "10 Ways to Feel 'Sane,' Even When We Feel Crazy."

 

Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Jun 2, 2014 blog titled "WAS DIE MOBILE-SHOPPING-FLAUTE MIT SOCIAL MEDIA ZU TUN HAT [5 LESETIPPS]."

 

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This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan -- between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

 

I don't like to intrude on people's privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they're still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what's right in front of me.

 

I've also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting -- literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I've learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture ... after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it's pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

 

For the most part, I've deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, drunks, and crazy people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don't want to be photographed, and I don't want to feel like I'm taking advantage of them. I'm still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We'll see how it goes ...

 

The only other thing I've noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, *far* more people who are *not* so interesting. They're probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I've photographed ... but there was just nothing memorable about them.

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Taken on July 15, 2008