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Monday, December 7, 2009

I don't really look this good

The photo added to the blog today was taken by David Hobby, an accomplished former Baltimore Sun photographer.* If you have any interest in his craft, you should be following his blog, Strobist. If you are a civilian, you may still admire his work.

He has been generous enough to open his studio to me for a set of photos, of which this is the first. If he can make me look this good, imagine what he might do for you.



*I have the highest regard for all the photographers and former photographers at The Sun whose work was an ornament to the paper and a credit to the profession. I never had any difficulty in dealing with them when posing annoying questions from the copy desk. That their ranks have been decimated is yet one more instance of the crisis that has diminished newspaper journalism.

12 comments:

  1. You look jaded and cynical. Success!

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  2. Oh, I don't agree at all. I think you look quite mellow and thoughtful.

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  3. Without un chapeau du Saison, it's difficult to tell......

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  4. de la saison

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  5. I prefer the picture where you are wearing a hat. So few people look good in hats or even bother to wear one at all.

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  6. Patricia the TerseDecember 8, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    "de la" Saison? C'est vrai?

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  7. Congrats on your elevation to the heights ... on the MDDC board.

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  8. Seconded on Sun photographers. I just wrapped up a photojournalism class at Towson University with Monica Lopossay, who's an amazing photographer and a great instructor.

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  9. Everybody's probably moved on, but the sake of my own fastidiousness, the proper French expression is "chapeau de saison." It is correct that 'saison' is a feminine noun and takes 'la' and 'de la.' However, the expression excludes the article, as in 'paté de maison' or even more commonly 'paté maison.' Thank you for your patience.

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  10. i just want to say waooo... for this. you look nice here.

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  11. Merci pour chapeau de saison. I still like him better avec la chapeau. Ciao, darlin'.

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