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This is a deplorable situation: the only pictures I’ve taken in the past couple of weeks have been AT WORK!

Not to say that the D200 has not come in handy for physical therapy purposes; and walking around the gym with it hanging around my neck has been sorta cool–look at me! I’m working AND playing at the same time!

I’ve done this a half-dozen times now because my stick-man (or woman) figures of exercises are far past laughable. And patients can’t remember what’s on the menu just from the name of the exercise, though it seems to me that “butt lifts” and “knee flops” should be enough.

So I just set the camera on black & white, a low res image size, high ISO since grain won’t matter, and shutter priority at maybe 125, and snap away.

Then, in Photoshop, I select the folder images for Contact Sheet, 4 rows and 4 columns, and print–a copy for the patient, and one for their chart, a third for my files. Slicker than a month-old egg!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. So cool! So you actually give the patient examples of how to do the exercises with THEM doing the exercises? Neato.