I was very busy yesterday and only had a very brief window to dash to the river. When I got down there I found some students shooting a movie. I asked if I could shoot them shooting (how pre post-modern) and they said sure. I got off a few good shots but then this gentleman on a bike appeared. I saw him out of the corner of my eye. I figured I would wait until he passed but kept my eye in the viewfinder. Then he came in range and I had to shoot. I was lucky and got the shot I wanted.
He reminds me of Timothy Spall – the actor who plays Wormtail (Peter Pettigrew) in the Harry Potter movies. He also played Churchill in The King’s Speech
A potential answer to the Becky Ann question. I found this information at Tom Neale\’s Cruising For You.
“Diving and Sonar Surveys, Hudson Project:
Randive and Alpine Ocean Inc. will be conducting side scan sonar surveys along the Hudson Project power cable route between Edgewater, NJ and West 49th Street / Pier 88 Manhattan, from April 7 to May 6, 2011. Work hours are Monday to Friday during daylight hours. Diving operations will be conducted at slack water to identify targets along the route that may impede future cable installation. The 30’ dive boat BECKY ANN can move within 10 minutes notice to not impede commercial navigation with notice via CH 13. The BECKY ANN will notify Vessel Traffic Service New York (VTSNY) on VHF CH 14 fifteen minutes prior to starting, and upon completion, of each dive operation. No diving operations will be authorized if visibility is less than one nautical mile. The on-scene points of contact are Mr. Keith Michalski at 732.991.2274 or Mr. Kurt Erlandson at 732.991.2273 or the M/V BECKY ANN on VHF CH 13. Vessels with concerns about the location within the channel should immediately notify VTSNY via CH 11, Phone: 718.354.4088, or D01-SMB-VTS-WatchOfficer@uscg.mil. (First District LNM 15)”
BUT the problem with this is I keep seeing the Becky Ann above 79th Street which does not match the report above…
This has been one wet month…although we have dispensed with the cold.
However it looks like the last two days of April will be dry.
Rain – The Beatles
I didn’t have much time today and I spent much of it stalking this little guy until I almost got the shot I wanted.
The head of my college theater department had a saying about the work posted on his office wall: “It’s not the vision I had”.
He would remind you, however, that just because it wasn’t the vision you started with didn’t mean it might not be better than what you had envisioned.
Your collaborators always bring something to the table and you have to listen to them.
Marble Hill- once part of Manhattan Island…than an island of its own…then attached to the mainland and The Bronx…legally still part of Manhattan (New York County).
This shot is through the chain link fence on the Broadway Bridge. the only bridge in New York City that crosses water and yet has both ends in Manhattan. It crosses the Harlem River Ship Canal. That is the Henry Hudson Bridge in the distance with Spuyten Duyvil Bridge (just visible all the way in the center back of the image) and the Hudson just beyond. The large outcropping at the far right is renowned for having the Columbia University \”C\” painted on it.
For more details on the Marble Hill neighborhood I refer you to Bob\’s Walk.
Thanks to Ephemeral New York – another great wordpressblog for the brief history of Marble Hill.
Warmth! While it was not sunny – today was the second warm day in a row! I had an appointment downtown and so decided to walk from home to 42nd Street and then take the x-town bus. These next thumbnails detail my walk in approximately 10 block increments…Remember that a click on the image will give you the full size shot!
Photo Shoot 108th
Trumpville (A Legend in his own mind)
Boys never get past their love for heavy gear
Up at 7am, Sunday to make sure Abigail’s friend and study partner, Angel (appropriate name for Easter, no) is up and out of the house by 7:30 so she can get to church with her family. Busy weekend for the girls. Friday night see Lady Gaga with Maya and Celia, don’t get back from the concert until 1:30 (We drove them to Newark and back for the event and Gaga, bless her heart, plays long sets.) Saturday up until 3am finishing a major English project on religious images at the Metropolitan Museum.
I should go back to bed but I don’t. Instead I head down to the river and walk for the next two hours – My version of church, maybe? A lot of stories by the river on this first really warm spring day.
Sleeping Off Saturday Night…
A quiet river morning
A new family has joined us at the river. How long until they head north I wonder…
I decided to play with aperture today. This shot was taken: ISO – 400; Shutter 1/320; Aperture f/32.0.
For a complete and tedious (author’s words not mine) explanation of f/stop
So, in a surprising turn of events, Earth Day dawned, gray, windy and cold and proceeded to get… grayer, windier and colder. It was a nice change from the weather we have been having which has been gray, windy and chilly. High temperature today was 50 degrees. Historically it is 61. For the month of April NYC is averaging 3 degrees cooler than normal.
I realized that I had not been to New Jersey in a while and decided to head over to Liberty State Park and the western side of the mouth of the Hudson. There are truly some glorious views of Manhattan and the river from here. Even in the gray.
I went by to visit the hawks again this morning and as I arrived at the nesting area I saw the Samantha Miller dropping buoys into the river north of the 79th Street Boat Basin. I spoke with Sven of Miller\’s Launch, the company that runs the Samantha Miller, and he tells me that they were dropping in the moorings for all the people who summer their boats here. They will pick the moorings up in late fall.