Woman in Red Heels (Pic of the Week)


I’m resurrecting Pic of the Week for this, my first in an album called “Candids.” I’ve taken to taking my camera into restaurants and stores and snapping pictures where I normally would not. I read of a technique where the photographer casually lets his or her arms hang down, holding the camera at or just below waist level. Without even looking at the screen, so as not to draw attention, the photographer then uses a thumb (usually his or her own) to depress the shutter button. (click the pic to enlarge)

Usually I strike out badly because there’s almost no composition involved and I haven’t figured out the angles yet. This time, however, I was sitting and placed my camera on the chair next to me, using the self-timer to keep it sharp without cranking up the ISO.

Photo Tech
Camera …. Canon PowerShot S95
F-stop … f/8
Shutter Speed Value … 1/3 sec
Exposure Program … Aperture Priority
Focal Length … 105 mm
ISO … 80
Metering Mode … Spot

Can You Fly These Planes?


Just making my way through Cleveland-Hopkins International airport, I found these oversized “paper” airplanes between the C and D concourses. I was a bit surprised that few travelers seemed to notice them, and that in the two times I passed under them, only one person besides me stopped to take pictures. (click pic to enlarge)

Perhaps not many of them have a 7-year-old son who still is fascinated by every plane he folds.

I called the airport for information, but as of this writing have not received a return call. My first source was Wikipedia, via Google, but as a former reporter I still cringe any time I see someone citing a sole source. Add to that Wikipedia’s user-contributed nature, and it gets murkier.

According to Wikipedia: “The airplanes… are actually made of aluminum covered with photographic laminates and measure as much as 16 feet long. The installation is called Home, School, and Office (1999). The artist is Andy Yoder.”

I confirmed this on Andy Yoder’s website and also found that he is a Cleveland native. There was an e-mail address listed, so I figured I would give it a shot.

Mr. Yoder graciously replied and gave me a few more details about his path as an artist. He was born and reared in Cleveland and graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art, then moved to New York City. He has lived in Vermont since 2003 and plans a summer relocation to Falls Church, one of Virginia’s numerous Washington, D.C. suburbs.

I got no indication that he had tested these planes by flying them off his back deck — probably a smart move, as each weighs between 500 and 1000 pounds.


Andy Yoder

Photo Tech:
Camera: Canon PowerShot S95
F-stop: f/3.5
Shutter Speed: 1/5 sec
Focal Length: 57.8 mm
ISO: 80
Metering Mode: Multi-Segment

Tragedy and Heroics


The artist died in his New Mexico studio before finishing this sculpture. Tragically, a piece of one of his works fell and severed an artery in his leg. I doubt that any city in the world boasts an emergency response time fast enough to save a life in such a situation.

This is a sad reminder of how fragile human beings are when hit in just the wrong spot. (click pic to enlarge)

When properly outfitted with gear and training, however, they can be amazingly resilient. The sculpture the late Luis Jimenez never finished was dedicated on June 15, 2007, to commemorate the 76 Cleveland firefighters who have died in the line of duty since the department’s inception in 1862.

At the time I shot this photograph, it was merely a colorful eyecatcher amid the gray of Cleveland’s winter. I am glad I researched later to find out why it was there, and the story behind it. As usual, real life was much more interesting than anything I could have imagined.



Photo Tech:
Camera: Canon PowerShot S95
F-stop: f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec
Focal Length: 105mm
ISO: 80
Metering Mode: Spot