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Lake Merritt
At a lunch last year in Oakland

May 28th, 2005

Actually Do It
Saturday. Cloudy, a bit cool, the mood good. An excellent start to something.

How bout getting your webcam up?

Boy, when's the last time I thought about that? Probably reading Rien's issues with the Lefki locals, taking their pictures as they pass by on the public road. Here in the US we're allowed to take the picture of anyone in a public place. Can't use a telephoto lens to peek through windows, but if it's a public place you have the right to take pictures. Not sure how the law is written in Greece. One universal truth that applies everywhere, though, is getting along with your neighbors. You want to get along with your neighbors and if they're paranoid about your webcam, you make concessions or you suffer consequences.

I like things to be as warm and fuzzy as possible when I'm in my cave and I suspect I'd point my camera elsewhere if the neighbors disapproved. Which they probably wouldn't. Well, thinking further, eventually they'd become aware of it (people always do) and who knows who comes or goes into the building during the day when I'm at work? You never know, here in Oakland.

So maybe you'd better skip the webcam.

Of course. Excellent strategy. So why do I now think, having said that, there's now an outside chance I'll actually do it?

The photograph was taken at lunch last year in Oakland with a Nikon D2h mounted with a 17-55mm f 2.8 Nikkor lens at 1/45th second at f 3.2 at ISO 1000.