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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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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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“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.

Surprise: WPC

Yesterday I went to the beach. It was in the low 70s and I had the day off!

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Isn’t it just beautiful? And surprise! It’s only a subway ride from central Manhattan–and still in New York City! Coney Island may be known for Nathan’s hot dogs and the cyclone rollercoaster. But it’s also got a beautiful sandy beach. Who’d have thunk this is in a city?

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Also surprising is that I took these photos with my iPhone. I know these aren’t as good as they would have been if I’d brought my canon, but I hadn’t really expected to be so awed and, well, surprised, by Coney Island. Although, I suppose, that’s the point of surprises. At least my iPhone takes a reasonable photo, even with zoom–the second surprise of my day.

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Second Ave Subway: WPC and CB&W

Today’s a two-fer! The Daily Post weekly photo challenge this week was to capture something that’s “against the odds.” I happened to ride the Second Ave Subway the day after the challenge was posted and I knew I had to go back with my camera and get some photos, because if anything says “against the odds” it’s the Second Ave Subway.

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MTA at Columbus Circle: CB&W

Oh dear, I missed last week’s challenges. I went away for the holiday weekend and it threw off my whole schedule. Anyway, I’m back!

I’m still experimenting with selective colorization in my black and white photos (my first attempt was reasonably successful). I’ve downloaded GIMP and have been slowly learning it over the last month. Continue reading “MTA at Columbus Circle: CB&W”

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Names: WPC

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet.

This week’s photo challenge was simple: names. I almost used a photo I took many years ago in Stratford-upon-Avon that shows the grave stone with Shakespeare’s name on it. But it’s not actually a great photo, even if it is a great subject.

So I took my camera out to Lincoln Center, because I love it. The low slung stairs have displays that show different information (like what’s showing that night). It also says the name of the famous Lincoln Center plaza with the founding–the Josie Robertson Plaza–and of course the name “Lincoln Center.”

The photo didn’t come out quite as I’d wanted–they display is only on at night but to get the steps properly exposed, I ended up over exposing the lights. You aren’t allowed to use a tripod on Lincoln Center’s plaza so it’s difficult. I’ll have to go back another night and work on it. I decided to make this black and white, to play up the simplicity and contrast, and ended up quite happy with this all things considered.

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On the other end of the spectrum, I love this photo of the brightly informational posters the the names of upcoming performances at Lincoln Center. Again, the exposure isn’t quite right, but it’s a hard balance (especially for hand-held photography). And again, I’m quite pleased with the final product. What a fun challenge!