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Roads and Paths: CB&W

There’s something lovely about photographing a road or path. They can entice you into the photo, making you wonder what’s around the turn or past the focal point. They can be a stage for action and the hustle and bustle of a city, or an invitation to somewhere tranquil and secluded. Plus they can be really useful for framing a shot!

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I’ve got a decent amount of pics that would satisfy this photo challenge (roads and walks), so I decided to limit myself to a few photos that looked fun with selective colorization. Continue reading “Roads and Paths: CB&W”

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Breaking the Silence: WPC

I was planning to take a photo of a nice, empty cobble stone street down in the Soho area for this week’s photo challenge: silence. The idea was to do some sort of photographic illustration of the Simon and Garfunkel song “The Sound of Silence” (speaking of, I recently heard Disturbed’s cover of the song—it’s beautiful). But I just wasn’t feeling it. I even had the song (both versions) streaming on my phone to inspire me.

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I’d gone downtown after walking for a while with the Women’s March and I guess that changed how I listened to the song. Continue reading “Breaking the Silence: WPC”

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Delicious: TPC

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge from Dutch Goes the Photo is “delicious.” As a trained pastry chef, I really wanted to bake up something special and photograph it. But as a PhD student and adjunct professor who is starting term next week, I knew that was a bad plan.

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So I decided to incorporate this challenge into my dinner run.

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I don’t often go to Eataly–and I’ve never been to the downtown one–so I thought I’d treat myself on my last weekend of freedom and get dinner there. Continue reading “Delicious: TPC”

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Circles and Orbs: TPC

I’m trying out a new photography challenge (Dutch Goes The Photo’s Tuesday Photo Challenge); this week’s topic is circles. Seemed like fun!

Circles are just a two-dimensional spheres. I read about physics in my spare time. I study science policy and while I don’t need to know theoretical physics to understand science policy (certainly the policymakers don’t!), I pretend it’s for my studies rather than purely for fun. Then I feel productive! Continue reading “Circles and Orbs: TPC”

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Summer in Central Park: WPC

As you can tell from the green leaves (not to mention the title of this post), I took these photos over the summer. I thought they were perfect for this week’s challenge: weathered.

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There’s something quite beautiful about how nature weathers wood and metal–it sort of takes off the harsh edges, making the man-made blend with the naturally occurring. Continue reading “Summer in Central Park: WPC”

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17 of 2017: WPC

The Weekly Photo Challenge for the last week of the year is to choose a favorite photo from the year. One single favorite photo wasn’t happening. I thought maybe the top 5 would work. But then I figured my favorite 17 of 2017 would be fun. Some of these are favorites because the quality, some because the subject, some just because. I’ll caption each one, because I just know you are waiting with baited breath to find out why I picked each pic! In no particular order: Continue reading “17 of 2017: WPC”

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Fall is Finally Here: WPC

Finally, we are having autumnal weather in NYC! Not that I minded unseasonable warmth for two months, but it was getting old. Fall is my favorite season and it seems to be getting squeezed out.

That’s why when I was walking across the park last week and saw the leaves starting to change and the sunlight peeking through the leaves, casting a mottled light on the path I just had to take out my phone and snap a pic—even if I was running late for a meeting (don’t tell!) It’s wasn’t quite fall weather last week, but we were getting a sneak peek!

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“Hear the beat of dancing feet, / It’s the song I love the melody of…”: WPC

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.

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‘Yoko Said’ aka Wind: WPC

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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