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Photo/Video Equipment Sale

For Sale
Image by Ian Mutto (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imuttoo/)

In preparation for my move to Australia this fall, I am selling  some of my photo and video equipment. Everything listed here is in excellent to “like new” condition.  Please let me know if you are interested in anything:

Calumet Cocoon 70 Light Tent (product page)
For use in photography and video to achieve a uniform bright white background. The Cocoon 70 is perfect for small to medium objects (up to about the size of a digital SLR). Retail price is $84.99 at Calumet. Selling for $40.

Tempo SATA E2P interface card
(Amazon item page)
Allows you to connect two eSATA hard drives to your Mac Pro or desktop PC. Listed at $42 on Amazon. Selling for $20.

Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI Editing Card (Amazon item page)
PCI Express interface card for a Mac Pro or Desktop PC. Allows you to capture uncompressed HDMI video along with analog component, NTSC, PAL, S-Video and analog audio. Listed at $189 on Amazon. This item is only three months old (I will provide a receipt) and was used two or three times. Selling for $150.

Epson Stylus NX420 All-In-One Printer (product page)
This printer also scans and copies, and is Wi-Fi enabled. It is brand new and still sealed in the box. Retail $99. Selling for $50.

Pentax W20 Waterproof Camera (dpreview.com listing)
This small point and shoot camera is waterproof and durable. It comes with the battery and charger. Takes SD cards (not included). Selling for $100.

Massport Doesn’t Want Me Taking Pictures of the Snow [UPDATED]

The offending picture.

Today, I was asked to leave a public park by a Massport policeman for taking pictures of the snow.

I was walking in the Bremen Street Park for about a half an hour this morning, taking some pictures of last night’s snowfall. As I was about to take a simple picture of the shadow of a railing on the snow, I heard someone yell something at me. Turning around, I saw a Massport policeman calling to me from the window of a small official building in the park, but I couldn’t hear him at first (I was standing next to an unoccupied — but running — Massport police vehicle). As I walked toward him, I could hear him say “The park is closed.”

Now, this particular park is right down the street from my apartment, so I happen to know that they do a very good job of letting you know when the park is closed. There are big metal gates that get locked and bright yellow chains that are hung across any walkways they don’t want you using. Today, the gates were open and the chains were down, so I said to the officer “It’s closed? Even though the gates are open and the chains aren’t up?”

He said something like “Yes, the maintenance people must not have closed things back up after clearing the snow — I’ll go close them now,” then told me I had to leave the park.

I didn’t know the exact legal status of this park (is it public land? does it belong to the port authority, or do they just patrol it?), so I left. But as I did, I couldn’t help but notice all of the other people walking in the park, or the children playing in the snow, or the sign that gave the park’s winter hours, and said nothing about it being closed in bad weather.

The building the policeman was in, to the left of Mr. McKay.

In fact, even if the park was closed, the section where I was standing when I was asked to leave is almost always open — it’s right in the middle of the path people use to walk to the MBTA station that’s only accessible via the park.

And, hours later, the gates to the park are still open, the yellow chains are nowhere to be seen, and people are still walking in the park, undisturbed.

The only reason I can think of that I would be asked to leave is that I had a camera, and police often single out people with cameras. The MBTA police have done it to me, military police have done it to me, federal police have done it to me, and none of them have ever been in the right.

So, Massport: was the park closed, or was your employee inappropriately harassing a photographer? Maybe I’ll go take a walk in the park to think about it.

UPDATE: I just got off the phone with Massport’s Director of Media Relations. He called to apologize about the incident, said he’d look into it, and told me he would give the police officer a “good long talk” if the park wasn’t actually closed. He also promised to follow up once he does some investigating, so I’ll report back when he does.