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A long time ago, my sophomore English teacher, Father William Campbell, saw something in my writing and predicted that I would someday become a newspaper columnist. He suggested the perfect title for my column--"Leaves of the Palm." Now that I have a little extra time on my hands I've decided to put Father Campbell's prediction to the test. I'm going to start using this blog site not just to reprint opinion pieces I've published elsewhere but to try to get more of my ideas and opinions out there. Feedback is welcome. To find out more about me, please check out my Web site: www.EdwardFPalm.com (Click on any of the photos below for an enlarged view.)

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Palm-Print of the Day

It's odd, but I still remember taking most of the pictures I took in Vietnam in 1967, including this one of a seamstress in the village on the northern side of the river (the Song Cam Lo) that divided our area of operations roughly in half.  Her older brother was there on the scene, and it was obvious he didn't like my photographing his sister.  He also spoke a little English, and I remember his proudly telling us "I am student."  It would be years before I would realize what an accomplishment it was to be a student in that time and place.  
      If I say so myself, I think this one is rather good.  The lighting, the expression, the selective focus, and even the canted angle all seem to work together--at least, I think they do.  The original is a Kodachrome slide, which was only ASA 25 at the time.  I must have been shooting at F2.8 at 1/30th of a second.  --EFP

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