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Old Oct 28, 2011, 4:54 PM   #1
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On my way to work this morning I debated on whether to take pictures at all being that it’s unusually cold. Temperature is cold and wintry and the fall leaves haven’t even changed colors yet in New York City.

But pull out my camera I did and looked for something -- anything -- to shoot.

Soon a man came strutting up Fifth Avenue dancing I suppose to the tune coming out of his earplugs connected to his mp3 player. He was turning the sidewalk several blocks long into his own dance floor.

I pursued the man trying to get in front of him, being held back twice by DON’T-WALK lights while he strutted off in the distance farther and farther away.

But overtake him I eventually did. And when I fired several shots in front of him, he danced gaily even more and held his place as if invigorated by the sudden appearance of a photographer.

When I stopped firing he strutted on past not even bothering to acknowledge our encounter perhaps to entertain others up the avenue.

As I continued my walk to work I wondered what, if any, was the cause of the man’s dancing. Was he celebrating? Was he working out by dancing as others would by running? Was life being good to him and he was rejoicing? Or was he plain nuts?

One late poet and dance critic once said that “there is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good.”

And a Japanese proverb says, “We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.”

So there’s no doubt there’s something nutty about dancing. But I doubt anyone’s annoyed by anyone dancing. Happy and excited that I decided to pull out my camera after all and catch a day’s worth of haul so early, I thought the sight of someone dancing if nothing else was bound to wake people up and turn an otherwise cold and wintry morning into anything but.

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Old Oct 28, 2011, 6:31 PM   #2
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Nice story- and I like the Japanese proverb..!!
Cool shots... New York looks a fascinating place to visit...!!
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Old Oct 30, 2011, 10:06 PM   #3
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Thank you, SIMON40.

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Cool, really loving #6, great shot and processing works really well!
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Old Nov 3, 2011, 3:53 PM   #5
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Nice pictures and story.

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Old Nov 8, 2011, 8:27 AM   #6
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Thank you, Mark. I will have to remember the settings I used -- Topaz Adjust psychedelic I think then Topaz B&W Effects.

Thank you, Marcelo.

#7) Topaz Adjust psychedelic preset with Topaz Adjust B&W diffusion preset.
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