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Bill Cunnngham New York

The film is titled simply, Bill Cunningham New York. My wife and I wanted to see this when it was here in the theaters, but that was around the time I was getting quite sick and we missed it. I finally got around to seeing it this weekend, courtesy of Netflix and Roku. I might add that, quite by accident, we saw, just a few days earlier, The September Issue, about the making of, um, the September issue of Vogue in 2008 (at the same time this film was being put together). The September Issue is also an interesting film. But it is a perfect warm-up for the movie about Bill Cunningham, and if you haven't seen either, I recommend you try watching them both, in that order.

Anyway, we loved the film. I loved it. I mean, I loved it, or more accurately, the film made me love Bill Cunningham and his work.


Cunningham is, of course, a famous photographer, but that says almost nothing. I knew his name and a little about him and his work.

But, as the movie shows, he's a very special case. …

White Rock Lake with a little fog

I had picked my daughter Catherine and her friend up from school and we were almost home. Just before turning into our neighborhood I noticed that White Rock Lake looked uncommonly beautiful. Calm, gray, with a bit of romantic fog and beautiful reflections. I didn't have a DSLR with me but did have my Panasonic DMC-LX3. It was after 4:30pm and I knew the light was going. Raced back to the lake (two blocks), parked and ran (very cautiously) across Garland Rd, found a spot — and realized the camera didn't have a storage card! Luckily the LX3 has an internal buffer. I knew I needed to shoot raw and with the large raw files, I could only take a few photos. These are the two best.

Those are coots in the water.


Fog can do nice things for landscape photos.

Haven't had a chance to make prints yet but hope to this weekend. These are photos that need to be viewed in print, and large.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3. Exposure: ISO 125, f/2.8, 1/125th sec. Raw conversion by RPP; final postproc…