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March 29th, 2004
01:25 pm


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"I'll break that fuckin' camera."
Went to take pictures for my assignment at lunch. The assignment is to take hip shots. Just hold the camera down at your side and shoot people as you walk past them. Do it on a sunny day, short lens (I used my 35-mm lens), 1/500th of a second and f/16, ISO-800 film so that it's a bit overexposed (since he claims you actually get better pictures when you overexpose them a little).

I got a nice walk in the sun, and I even forced myself to take some pictures of people I was a little afraid might get belligerent if they noticed I was taking a picture. Like, for example, the gentleman quoted in the subject of this post. I was walking along the long narrow park thingy, just the other side of Newbury from my work (I forget both the name of the park and the streets it is on). I took a picture of a guy eating his lunch on a bench. I clicked as I walked past.

"Yeah, take my picture you fuckin' asshole." Slightly menacing voice, but that calm sort of menace. A brief pause. Then he continued in the same tone, "I'll break that fuckin' camera."

Being the incomplete idiot that I am, I managed to keep walking, not turn around, not say anything. I'm actually quite proud of myself. And that was the only time someone said something to me, and I took 24 pictures. It's quite possible there might have been some people who noticed but didn't say anything.

The main lesson I learned from this afternoon is that traffic is good for covering the sound of my noisy shutter. There was absolutely no traffic around when that guy said something to me. I hope I have as much to learn from seeing the pictures developed, too.

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Date:March 29th, 2004 10:48 am (UTC)
the long narrow park thingy
Comm Ave?

Two threats for photography in less than a week... does this mean you're doing something right, or wrong? :-)

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Date:March 29th, 2004 10:52 am (UTC)
Yes, Comm Ave. And it looks like it's called the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. It runs for quite a long time, and there are some interesting statues/memorials along the way.

And, techicnally, the first threat was because of my backpack, not because I was taking pictures. Although the guy might have been made more nervous by the fact that I was taking pictures.
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Date:March 29th, 2004 11:39 am (UTC)
I've walked the length of the Comm Ave Mall; it's pretty. It's also part of the Emerald Necklace, which I haven't yet walked in its entirety, though I keep thinking that would be a nice (if long) Sunday walk...

Just continue to not get beaten up, ok?
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