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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

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December 13th, 2008 · 4 Comments

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Tomorrow’s weather prediction is for less than nothing.

In other words, they expect that the temperature will drop to -1 degrees F. as a big snow storm moves in tonight. It’s currently 47 degrees.

I made sure to get out for a walk today. So did everyone else. We all went down to the Pearl Street Mall.

This is the vibrant heart of my town and has been since 1976 when they closed Pearl Street between 11th and 15th Streets to vehicle traffic (except on cross streets). That opened it up to to pedestrians, buskers, and independent shops of all sorts.

My photography mentor, Doug Goodin, suggested that we go together to shoot people on the mall. Together, he said, we would be less likely to be accosted by the people we shot. I still plan to go with him, but just had to get there on my own today.

I have been reading about the father of modern photojournalism, Henri Cartier-Bresson, after watching a 2006 film about him and his work, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye. He shot with a little Leica 35mm camera, and Wikipedia says that, “He enhanced his anonymity by painting all shiny parts of the Leica with black paint.”

Today I wanted to follow in his footsteps with stealth photography. So instead of my big Canon D50 camera, I took my little Panasonic DMC-LX2 camera. It’s tiny and was already black. While my shots weren’t always stealthy, they were unobtrusive. These were today’s best.

Meaningful to Me, Because Hurdles was Where I bought Catherine her last big Present, a String of Pearls

Meaningful to Me, Because Hurdles was Where I bought Catherine her last big Present, a String of Pearls

How Sad

How Sad

Bruiser and Kids

Bruiser and Kids

Bruiser and Boy

Bruiser and Boy

Entertainer

Entertainer

Balloon Man

Balloon Man

Kids

Kids

Girls

Girls

Boys

Boys

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kevin M // Dec 18, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Looking good my friend. Glad to see that new “axe” is getting good use everywhere you tramp!

  • 2 David Mendosa // Dec 18, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Dear Kevin,

    I’m glad that you discovered my blog! But a bit chagrined that I didn’t credit you as also being one of my mentors! You certainly are!

    Best regards,

    David

  • 3 Oscar Wheatley // Jan 6, 2009 at 2:26 am

    your ‘lost everything but faith’ image could be really strong, but do you have it from another angle. the subject is slightly out of focus and it degrades the impact of the image massively. sorry.

  • 4 Lucille // Mar 8, 2012 at 10:20 am

    What small town is featured on this sight of shops and etc. on the Main Street. You bought Pearls at
    Hurdles Jewelers on this Street. It looks like a town
    I’d like to live in.

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