Monday Missive — March 22, 2021

So today we got our first Covid vaccination at M & T Bank Stadium. Here is what I learned. (1) Don’t be more than 30 minutes early, you won’t be allowed in. (2) If you are with someone who has an appointment at a different time, the later appointment applies. (3) There was a rumor that they only provided the J & J vaccine at this location — NOT True. We got the Pfizer. (4) The later appointment was for 11:30, we were done at 12:40. (5) There was good oversight and communication; everyone was orderly and polite. (6) Because we were early we waited in front of Gate A at the stadium, until they lined us up. It was a nice sunny day so we weren’t cold. Once we got into line in the shade of the stadium it felt at least 10 degrees colder. (7) The line moved steadily but not quickly. (8) Your first stop is at the check-in tent. We did the e-check-in with Univ. of Maryland (UMMS runs this site), in advance, highly recommended. (9) We were able to stay together. (10) They scheduled our second shot while we were waiting the 15 minutes to assure there was no bad reaction to the vaccine. (11) We treated ourselves to celebrate and stopped at Vaccaro’s to pick up some outrageous desserts.

Quotes

I’ve always been shy, and I’ve always been trying to ignore the people I was photographing so that they ignore me.” – Marc Riboud

It is light that reveals, light that obscures, light that communicates. It is light I “listen” to. The light late in the day has a distinct quality, as it fades toward the darkness of evening. After sunset there is a gentle leaving of the light, the air begins to still, and a quiet descends. I see magic in the quiet light of dusk. I feel quiet, yet intense energy in the natural elements of our habitat. A sense of magic prevails. A sense of mystery. It is a time for contemplation, for listening—a time for making photographs.”John Sexton

l want my children and children’s children to be able to look at my pictures and know what my world was like. Even if it only helps a little bit toward this understanding, then I’ve done my job and done it well.” — Gordon Parks

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Bike Messengers
– Cig Harvey’s latest work: Blue Violet
– Stephen Marc: American/True Colors
– Maura Sullivan: Things we remember

Post-processing
– New “Enhance Details” in latest PS update
– Using Blend-If and curves for ultrasmooth dodging and burning

Miscellany
– 10 working photographers you should follow
– Graciela Iturdibe
– Stereoscopy
– Selling prints

Was heading out to Stoney Demonstration Forest in Harford county when I passed this old barn. The forest parking lot was closed, but I stopped on the way back for this, so the trip wasn’t a total loss.

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