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Stalking the Wild Leaf

Oct 8

In Seminars & Workshops, Stories at 11:02am

These new cameras are amazing, I tell ya. I fell down on a DLWS shoot and the camera went off and I got this. Cool. Outright cold, as a matter of fact. It was freezin’ out there, stumbling around in the pre-dawn. We were at Calvin Coolidge’s summer vacation estate, and were blessed with good light and frost everywhere. I shot this with the unbelievably sharp Nikkor 105 f2.8 micro and just let it rip on a buffer upgraded D3 writing to a Lexar 8 gigger UDMA card. That combo just smokes, which I was very happy about cause this landscape photography game is rough, man. It’s early morning, I’ve had no coffee, and I’ve just done a face plant on frosted grass, trying to concentrate, and focus, and compose, and remember to program minus EV into the camera, and think about the picture and all the while Mr. Winky’s turning into a popsicle. Sheesh. Time for consecutive high on the motor.

It’s been a rough week. I flew from San Fran to Kennedy last Thursday. Cheapie ticket, but I got up front because I fly Delta so much I usually end up in the running for one of the wide ass recliners. Guy next to me was a hard charger for sure. Sat down, and started reading the paper and immediately threw a section down on the armrest which spilled over into my seat by about 2 inches.

Aha! Armrest competition! Ze games are afoot! Nothing turns me into Hellboy faster.

I immediately put my elbow down on the paper. Now he has to ask me permission to read the rest of the news of the day. Screw with me, eh, pal?

Next I took a spare section of the Times and folded it and slapped it down on the arm rest, so at least 3 inches of it (with guys it always comes down to inches) spilled over on his side, plus making sure it was the folded bit, with a sharp edge, right there over his knee.

Heh heh heh! I positively revel in this immature playground bullshit. Too bad its not AeroMexico. I coulda been a real charmer and double ordered refried beans just blasted my way to JFK.

The paper thing hadda be uncomfortable, but he said nothing. I shoulda been more sympathetic, cause he was reading the Wall St. Journal, so he mighta been a number pusher and things are probably shaky at the office and maybe he just hadda sell one of his homes or some shore property cause he’s worried that little Johnny might not get the GI Joe with the Kung Fu Grip for Christmas. Me, I ain’t got a job, so relatively worry free on that level. I’m not gonna make myself redundant, as the English say. I’m a photographer, and trust me, that’s redundant enough:-)

Now, to get real annoying, I pull out my D3 and turn on the vertical horizon thingy and put on my Bose noise reduction babies and start making like I’m flying the airplane complete with sound effects. Swear to God. He’s looking at me now like I’m nuts and he wants to push the attendant call button, but he’s too cool to do it.

He takes the paper off the armrest and leaves me alone for the rest of the flight. More tk.

60 Responses to “Stalking the Wild Leaf”

Billy Mitchell says:

on October 11, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Joe, Why haven’t you posted photos of your recent tour of NY? I love Patsy’s. Been there a few times. Tell Laurie that her photo of the group is better than Moose’s, but I bet he knows that.

Jim says:

on October 12, 2008 at 11:23 pm

You crack me up Joe . . . the expression on your face in that photo is priceless . . LOL

Dirk says:

on October 14, 2008 at 12:49 pm

I’m sure the engineers at Nikon are happy to know that professional photographers actually use the virtual horizon feature.

Makes me wish my D300 had one, too!

Mike Hodgson says:

on October 22, 2008 at 10:31 pm

Ah Joe, you crack me up. Good value. Remind me never to fly next to you. ;-)

Ava Green says:

on May 6, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Would there be a sequel to the last G.I. JOE movie? iron man has a sequel already. .*

John Clark says:

on October 1, 2010 at 5:38 am

GI JOE cartoons and the GI JOE Movie are all great stuff -:,

Clyde says:

on September 15, 2011 at 3:31 am

I’m doing a little something of the same interest and having be aware on this .Many thanks.

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