Nyokki Revisited

Ten years ago—April 6, 2006—I bought little green Nyokki for my daughter during a trip to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Molly and I had seen it on a Japanese website weeks earlier; we were delighted to buy one locally, for less. Nyokki means grow in Japanese. Three months earlier, she started studying the language as…

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Bubba’s Buddy

Four days after I buried poor little Bubba baby bunny in our backyard, another appeared. The rabbit would be the second sighted and photographed in June 2006—this one on the 8th and the other the 25th; perhaps they were one and the same. There was something poignant about the bunny’s appearance, and, coincidentally or not, he…

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Remembering Bubba

When I started Flickr a Day one year ago, I envisioned a photographic storytelling project, That was 2015. For 2016, I shift storytelling to broader venues but can’t promise daily delivery. Our first installment time travels 10 years to June 2006, when our family inherited lost baby bunny Bubba. While walking our Kensington, Md. neighborhood…

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Flickr a Day 218: ‘Looks’

Somebody is fascinated by owls, for there are plenty of them in the photostream of Riccardo Cupidi. Self-titled “Looks” makes the Day for composition and for being interesting. C`mon, that is one fraking big bird. What a stare. Riccardo used the Nikon D200 and Sigma 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 lens to capture our selection on July 27,…

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Flickr a Day 129: ‘Fire!’

The best street photography, and also photojournalism, is about opportunity and seizing the moment. That’s what Ville Miettinen did on Oct. 13, 2007. “Some thick rubber mats caught fire in the building next door to my home, and in minutes the street was filled with a dark smoke”, he says. “Before evacuating I took some shots…

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Flickr a Day 113: ‘Barber Shop’

Documentary photographer Akshay Mahajan shot today’s selection on Aug. 24, 2007, using Nikon D200. With nearly 48,000 views, the image certainly is popular. Vitals: f/4.5, ISO 100, 1/50 sec, 18mm. He is from Bombay, India, but lives in New Delhi. Akshay joined Flickr in November 2004. While active on the service, you will find more photos…

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Moment of Second Guessing

Penn Camera called today to say that the Canon EOS 40D had arrived. I was No. 38 on a waiting list that wasn’t to be fulfilled until October. Unexpectedly, days after I sold all my Canon gear and switched back to the Nikon D200, a 40D could be bought after all. For a fleeting moment,…

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The D with One More Zero

This afternoon, I completed a 180-degree turn with respect to photo gear. I completely abandoned Canon and moved to Nikon. I had made a kind of switch before; this one is permanent. All my Canon equipment is gone. Timing is strange, because I passed up opportunity to buy new dSLR models from both companies. I…

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