Yeah–it’s nice sometimes to have a zoom lens

For much of the White Sox game, I was in nosebleed seats pretty far from the action.


It doesn’t look that way through a 300mm zoom lens. Not a lot of skill deployed there. It’s just one of life’s simple pleasures.



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Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect,, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.

3 thoughts on “Yeah–it’s nice sometimes to have a zoom lens”

  1. Indeed it is. I should share with you some of the pictures my wife took during our just finished visit to my brother in California. A pity nobody on the boat had a camera ready when that humpback decided to breach 30 feet away. But we got some nice landscape pictures. Santa Rosa island is well worth the visit.

  2. If one is looking to see, rather than document, the event, binoculars work well. I often take them to events where I will not be close to the action.

    1. Binoculars are great, but I disagree with the implication that photographing is documenting rather than seeing.

      To photograph well requires very attentive seeing.

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