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us can say that?)
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A DAY IN THE LIFE
23 June 2006
On the official day of the change of seasons, there is a Flickr group which does "A Day In the Life." On that day, photographers from all over the world record what they did on that day and, at the end of the day or the next day, they post them on line.
I love DILO. A good time to stretch my photographic chops, to see how I can do something new, something unusual. I marked DILO on my calendar just after I missed the last one, in March.
Now that I'm doing videos, I decided I would also use it as an opportunity to make a video out of it. I already figured out what I'd do. I would make a slide show, with each photo just showing for 2 seconds, with some appropriate musical background. I calculated how many photos I'd need for a 2 minute video (60, if they only show 2 seconds. See? I'm not as arithmetically retarded as I keep saying. 60 is right, huh? Isn't it? Do I need to get out a calculator?)
So I started off with this photo...
...which, since it was taken just after midnight, is a legit photo, since it was taken on 6/21. Sheila is tucking me in to sleep on the couch for the night.
I woke up at 2:20 a.m. and duly took a photo of the clock as I staggered from the couch to the recliner to finish out the night.
When I got up at quarter to 6, I started recording the morning ablutions...
But it went rapidly downhill from there. The envelope contained a report from the psychiatrist, to add to my stack, and I knew I was going to have to concentrate on transcription today.
I did the usual internet stuff--email, posting new journal entry, posting today's video, making some Scrabble moves, and messing around.
By lunch time, I had done nothing photogenic or even mildly visually interesting, except take my medication for the day. I didn't even have an interesting looking lunch (Leftover pasta. Plain pasta. With white cheese on it. Borrring.)
Then work ramped up. I had e-mail from my editor, who said he loved my piece on video blogging and wanted to rush it through for print next week. He was now ready for the photos, with captions and wanted me to write a side bar, the accompanying article that goes down the side of the front page.
So I set transcription aside and spent the next 2-3 hours working on the article. I needed some permissions, I needed the identity of some people in the photos, I needed to check all the links in the side bar. Then there were corrections by the photographers and that needed to be dealt with.
By the time I finished it all, it was nearly 3:30 p.m. and I hadn't moved away from my desk. Then I had a call from the psychiatrist, saying that he had left a report for me a week ago that he needed today, so I had to find that and rush through that report. That meant putting aside the report that I was working on and doing the other report before going back to the report I was working on.
It was also nearly 100 today, the hottest day of the year so far, and Walt was going off to San Francisco to the opera tonight, so even if I had wanted to go out and do something that would make an interesting photograph, there was no way to go anywhere (and I wasn't about to walk any great distance in this heat).
I did go outside and throw toys for Sheila for a bit, just to get some sort of variety in the photos, but even she looked at me as if to say "in this heat? Are you nuts?"
From 12:45 to 5:30, prime photo opportunity time, I didn't even think about the camera. I had taken a grand total of 36 photos--just barely enough for a one-minute video!
It's fair to say this was not the most interesting "Day in the
Life" that I have ever attempted to participate in. I think I'm going to have
to combine a video and the photos if I'm going to get any sort of a decent video out of
PHOTO OF THE DAY
When your most interesting photo is a box of baby butt wipes