I left my camera on ISO 8000 by mistake. (This shot would normally be maybe ISO 320 if the camera were on automatic.) It’s grainy, especially if cropped. But it has nice depth of field on a fast shutter speed. Kindof an interesting effect.
Fireworks are surprisingly hard to capture well. One needs a fast shutter speed, but this requires a very low fstop–which means expensive glass if you are using a long lens–or a really good sensor that allows good cropping–similar fiscal problem–or high ISO, which tends to create other challenges. Many of these were at 6400 ISO.
This week, I attended the AcademyHealth meetings in New Orleans. Spent a surprising amount of time doing Twitter selfies with long-distance friends I see a few times a year.
I met some interesting strangers, too. Fast Freddie (shown above) charged me $10 for a shoe shine. That was kindof ridiculous, but he let me take his picture. I got the better end of that deal.
On the way home, I grabbed dinner with some time to kill at the New Orleans airport. Of course I avoided the authentic local cuisine–because who wants that. I headed straight to Subway.*
One table was located near the precious electronic outlet. One problem: A man was already sitting there. I asked if I could join him. He said sure. Chris Finch is a member of the coaching staff of the New Orleans Pelicans. We had a fascinating conversation about the NBA life: a few players he admires across the league, what makes for selfish play at both ends of the floor, how the NBA game differs from college. He’s just a really smart and engaging person.
The world is filled with wonderful strangers who cross our paths without without engagement in our lonely crowd. Research by my University of Chicago colleague Nick Epley suggests that we should talk more with interesting strangers who come our way in life. He’s right. We’d be happier if we could fix that.
*Since you are wondering: toasted 6-inch roast beef with provolone, spinach, and pickles.
I mentioned in another post, Kathy Shorr’s beautiful photo book SHOT: 101 Survivors of gun violence in America shows the beautiful human faces of survivors of American gun violence. You should buy a copy to support such humane work.
As I mention over at healthinsurance.org, Shorr’s book provides portraits and brief stories of 101 survivors of gun violence. Her photographs convey the lacerating damage firearms inflict.
I recently met two of the survivors, Mariam Pare and Ondelee Parteet, at a panel on gun violence. There are some nice pictures below the fold.
Both of them required years of costly rehabilitation and costly surgeries. Tens of thousands of Americans every year experience serious gunshot wounds similar to that experienced by Rep. Steve Scalise and the people chronicled in Shorr’s book. If AHCA passes, it will leave millions of Americans uninsured. We should ask what will happen to gunshot survivors with similarly severe wounds who lack insurance coverage. Continue Reading…
More from my walk in the park.