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About Robert S Johnson

The times I have not lived near the water have been the least aware and most dangerous times of my life. Without Emmylou Harris - the world would have a less beautiful sound.

4-17-14 It’s A Gray Gray World

“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.” 
Ansel Adams


I took a walk along the river early today from 23rd to 42nd Street. I decided that I was going to play and decided to shoot with the intention of going black and white with the images.

Once I imported them I decided to play a bit with the Lightroom effect filters.







Once upon a time this is how we “looked” at the world. For too long, in my opinion, photographers thought something along the lines of:

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!” 
Ted Grant

4-16-14 Palindromic Wandering

“I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do – that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.”

Diane Arbus

 It snowed on much of the eastern part of the United States yesterday. To hear people freaking out you would think this has never happened before. One long ago example…New York City schools closed in 1982 on April 7th when close to 10″ of snow fell. Still it was an odd way to celebrate “pay your rent” day (taxes were due yesterday.)

On April 16, 2012 I wrote the following…”It was a beautiful summer day. True it is only April but I don’t know what else you could call a sunny day with temps in the mid/high 80′s.”

On April 6th, 2014 it was close to 70 degrees.  Many people were doing naughty things…



A silly factoid. It is palindrome week in the US.  What do I mean? Check the date heading on my post.

4-15-14 Flashback

“To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.”
Edward Weston

I thought today I would do a little flashback to April 15, 2011 when The Quotidian Hudson was but a toddler. I hope you don’t mind. Follow the link back to the childhood of this blog!

Oddly enough, given the title “Time”

4-14-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Monument.  (first go is here)

Back in 2008 (before the bubble burst and the economy crashed) New York City was graced with some monumental artwork.  “New York City Waterfalls” by Olafur Eliasson consisted of four waterfalls placed in the East River. They ran every day from June 26 through October 13 between the hours of 7am and 10pm. It cost 15 million dollars, all paid by private funds. The bulk of the money (over 13 million) was supplied by Bloomberg LP – thank heavens while he was Mayor Mike Bloomberg had no input into the company!

They were a lot of fun while they were around.








Some other views:

4-13-14 No Drama Sunday








4-12-14 Play And Walk

After I finished my Lightroom Tutoring session yesterday I figured I would walk across Central Park to get home. I had not been to the park in quite some time. I also figured it would be a good day for me to play with the camera and wander a few places I don’t get to often enough in the park.  So, the first thing I did was play with


the multiple exposure function. This is not something I often do and I have (had – they are gone) a LOT of truly crappy pictures but I kind of like this hot dog cart on 5th and 73rd. Then I walked up to the Metropolitan which was drowning in people.


I don’t think this even remotely touches on the population just on the stairs by the entrance but I again sort of like the shot. So after that I wander through the park until I came to The North Wood. I really don’t get there enough.

While I was there I made a few friends.





but after awhile I wore them out with my attention and my camera and I got the idea that it was time to go.




So I did and headed on home.

4-11-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

I am being literal today. The weekly challenge is Monument so that is what I shall show. Last year on a cool day in late June I was in Boston escorting my cousins on Freedom Trail.

There are many monumental sites on the trail but the last two of note are what interest us here.

The first is the penultimate stop: Old Ironsides, The USS Constitution:


and then the final stop: The Bunker Hill Monument. Two things of note about this monument. It was the tallest in the United States until The Washington Monument was built in 1885 and most of The Battle of Bunker Hill was actually fought on Breeds Hill.



Here are some other monumental views:


4-10-14 Night Shot

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. -

Rainer Maria Rilke


Last night it felt like spring. Almost everyone on the streets had clearly made a decision to dress as if it was 5 degrees warmer than it was and the wind was blowing 5 mph less. I just decided to wander around with the camera and play a bit.




Ghosts everywhere.

Get Your Free Dinner for Two at Fish Restaurant

Robert S Johnson:

Win free food! Read a book!

Originally posted on The Accidental Cootchie Mama:

You still have a few days to enter the To Live Forever Journey to Charleston Contest. What? You haven’t been entering??

Well, let me tell you why you should, before time runs out on April 15, 2014.

In this post, I’ll focus on the free dinner for two at Charleston’s Fish Restaurant. Just one of the freebies in this freebie-packed trip to Charleston.

Nico Romo makes kick ass food. Period. Unique combinations of flavors. Lots of options. And for the pickiest of eaters (like me), cilantro-free choices. The restaurant is comfortable and welcoming. The wine list is varied but not overwhelming. The staff are among the friendliest people in town.

It’s one of my very favorite places.

You know you want to win.

Click here for all the details on the To Live Forever Journey to Charleston Contest: I WANT A FREE TRIP TO CHARLESTON!

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Everglades Challenge, Segment 3: Magic Key to Indian Key

Robert S Johnson:

These folks recently told me that they don’t regard themselves as hard core kayakers. I disagree. Who do you think is correct? This is a great post, by the way.

Originally posted on Wind Against Current:

By Johna Till Johnson
Photos by Vladimir Brezina

← Previous in Everglades Challenge

Nap on the beach

Start: Magic Key, Estero Bay, Monday, March 3, about 4 PM.
Finish: Indian Key, Ten Thousand Islands, Tuesday, March 4, about 10 PM.
Distance: 52 nautical miles (60 land miles).
Paddling time: 24 hours.
Rest time: 6 hours.
Average paddling speed: 2.2 knots.

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