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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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Newton’s Cradle: CB&W

This week’s challenge for Cee’s Black and White Photography Challenge was toys. Fun! I toyed with (get it?!) the idea of photographing my sewing machine or my silly ‘adult coloring books’. But for me crafting and toys are different categories. So I decided to fiddle around with my Newton’s Cradle.

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I wanted to freeze it with one of the end balls in mid-air but my apartment isn’t light enough to use such a fast shutter speed and still have a semi-decent photo. Still I got some fun shots, I think.

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Particularly this one, where even though the movement isn’t frozen, you can see the movement of the end balls.

 

You can sort of see the motion in all of them actually. And in some ways I think it’s cooler that way than frozen mid-swing.

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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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Chocolate Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream

It’s the end of the year and I’m trying to play catch up. This semester I was teaching for the first time (while still taking classes and trying to get my act together to study for my comprehensive exams and begin the process of doing my dissertation proposal). So it’s not that I did stuff that I didn’t post, it’s that I didn’t do anything but teach and study. But I was going through my photos to pick out pics for the last photography challenge of the year and I noticed that I missed a couple of really good food items. Here goes….

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White Chocolate, Cranberry, and Pecan Scones (and some scone making pointers)

One of my professors held our final meeting over brunch in his lovely apartment. A couple of my classmates from that class were in classes with me last year when I was less busy and so baked for my classmates. It seemed polite to bring something and my classmates strongly encouraged me to do so!

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Clyde the Sea Lion: WPC

The Bronx Zoo has a pride of sea lions. (I don’t believe the collective noun for sea lions is “a pride,” but it works!) They are so amusing to watch, and Clyde and Indy recently had a beautiful little calf (why sea lion babies are called calves instead of cubs–or the much more appropriate given their dog-like behavior, pups–is beyond me. But I digress.) The baby and Clyde are in the featured image above. You can recognize the baby because she’s still furry looking. You can recognize Clyde because he is mid-bark. I assume the female sea lion is Indy, the mom, but she could be one of the other ladies who lives there.

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Clyde is particularly amusing, because he’s a bit of a cheeky bugger. Continue reading “Clyde the Sea Lion: WPC”

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Lost Hat: WPC

There’s something about lost items that I find interesting to photograph. I’ve got a photo somewhere of a pair of dress shoes sitting on a park bench–with no feet in sight. If I find it, I’ll have to post it here.

In the meantime, while the subject matter isn’t experimental, the processing technique is. I’ve used GIMP to touch up photos and, occasionally, to selectively color black and white photos. But every time I’ve done the latter, I’ve just let the original color shine through the black and white filter.

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A Peek into the Past: WPC

I can’t help it, I’m doing a second post for this week’s photo challenge. It’s a fun topic, I suppose. Or maybe it’s that time in the semester that I just need a diversion. In any case, these photos are from a visit this past summer to Genesee Country Museum. I know I’ve mentioned them before, but I love going and it’s such a fun place to take photos.

I have tons of pictures, so I figured I’d go with the more literal peeks… Continue reading “A Peek into the Past: 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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