I’m a day late (and perhaps a dollar short) for the “pedestrian” photo challenge. And that’s a shame because I took these photos the weekend before the challenge went up and they are perfect for it! It was fortuitous. But this week—well, this semester—has been terribly busy and I just lost track of time. So I won’t take any longer. Here are my photos, taken on 42nd Street, which, because of a parade on 5th Ave, was closed to traffic and became a pedestrian thoroughfare for a few hours on a Sunday.
Did you ever watch “Mad About You”? Well, this ’90s sitcom starring Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt had an episode guest starring Yoko Ono. She’s hired Reiser’s character, a filmmaker, to film the wind. It doesn’t go particularly well, but “Yoko said” so he keeps trying.
I didn’t actually have any major problem photographing the wind–representing the element of air–but I couldn’t help laughing about that episode as I attempted the task.
Getting all four elements into one picture proved illusive. (Hey, Yoko only wanted one!) But I think I’ve got all four between these photos–with at least two elements in each picture!
And I even managed to get three out of four in this one with the long grass blown over by the wind on the banks of the Hudson river.
There is little that is more satisfying than having a project come out right. And it’s even more satisfying when you can eat the results!
I was having some friends over for dinner and I decided I had to make coconut sorbet. I’d had some out and I’ve been wanted to use my ice cream maker; sorbet is easier to make than ice cream (no custard) so it seemed like a good opportunity. It was, and the coconut sorbet was amazing! Although I had a little issue with the coconut fat solidifying too early in the ice cream maker. It clumped up so the texture of the sorbet was still perfect, but I don’t think that should have happened. (I used organic canned coconut milk–perhaps non-organic has emulsifier in it…)
Okay, okay, it’s New York County; Manhattan is a borough. Also, there are bridges from Monroe County and Oxfordshire in here. But I couldn’t help myself.
I don’t have particularly much to say about this topic. I do, apparently, enjoy photographing bridges, so you’d think I would–you’d think wrong, though!
Still, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I’ve got plenty of those… Continue reading “The Bridges of Manhattan County: WPC”
Delta is the symbol used to denote change in mathematic and scientific equations. For example, students are taught that velocity = change in position / change in time. That equation is often given as v=(x-x)/(t-t) [with the first x and t having subscript 2 and the second x and t having subscript 1 to denote that they are two discrete location and time coordinates, but I can’t figure out how to get subscript characters in WordPress!] This, of course, is more simply written as v=∆x/∆t. In other words, a delta represents not some nebulous concept of change but a specific, measurable change between two distinct points in time (or space).
In case you were wondering, this is Shakespeare’s Garden in Central Park, NYC. Not, say, the garden at Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon. (Although I have been there. See?:
Now that was actually Shakespeare’s Garden.)
In any case, this Shakespeare’s Garden is tucked away in Central Park, nearish the W81th street entrance. It’s beautiful! Continue reading “Shakespeare’s Garden”
This week’s challenge, focus, was almost too easy! I do a lot of macro and/or food photography so focus is very important. I’ve had many a photo come out terribly, with the focus just slightly off or the depth of field just a bit too wide or too narrow. On occasion, though, as the prompt reminds us, sometimes an out of focus photo can be beautiful in it’s own way. Continue reading “Out of Focus: WPC”