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.
On the 27th, I took the new Canon – which I won through a raffle sponsored by Adorama Camera, a great camera store and rental house in the city, and Canon, on our journey through the city.
We went to MOMA to see the American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe and New Photography 2013 exhibits. I was a little disappointed in the American Modern. MOMA has such a large number of works that I would have preferred to see some lesser known Hooper and O’Keeffe (to name two). AS always, though, any Hooper is better than no Hooper and once again I was reminded how much his use of light has affected my work. The New Photography 2013 was fascinating. Loved some: Steven Shore; Annette Kelm; Allan Sekula; Brigit Jurgenssen; others not so much.
Then we walked through Central Park on our way to see Inside Llewyn Davis – forget what the critics say about it , go see Her, or American Hustle, or 12 Years a Slave, or Hunger Games. Don’t waste your money on Davis.
The experience was very different between the park and the museum.
I thought I would take another crack at the Weekly Photo Challenge. Attempt #1 is here. It stayed warm in the city today but rained most of the day. I found myself in Central Park. When I came over the rise and headed down the path to the softball fields I saw today’s photograph. I immediately thought it fit the challenge.
This is usually one of the busiest crossroads in the park. I stood and watched for about five minutes. No more than ten people came by and no one came close to stopping but the gentleman running the cart had no intention of leaving. He was certain that many of his regulars would come by. I expressed surprise that he had regulars but he assured me he did. I thought about it a bit: nuts can be addictive and there are a lot of offices and apartments nearby so why can’t nuts make some people become regular?
A few other views of one:
And in case the spirit has not moved you yet: ONE of my favorite songs of the season…
One: Given it is mid to high 50′s in New York on the Winter Solstice this photograph seemed right. Six months ago on the summer solstice…one player blows for the crowd waiting in line for Shakespeare in the Park.
Many other “one”s:
Ailsa’s theme this week is olfactory in nature: fragrant. Now, of course, many images come to mind that can represent that theme but, well, you know I am in New York so this felt right.
A few other ideas about fragrant appear below:
For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground,
And tell sad stories of the death of kings;
When I saw that the weekly photo challenge was unexpected, I had to believe that whether consciously or subconsciously Cheri Lucas Rowland over at WordPress HQ had been influenced by the date. To my mind the events in Dallas 50 years ago were perhaps the most unexpected event at least since Pearl Harbor and probably longer. Some people had predicted a Japanese attack. The CIA warned about 9/11 but I don’t think Kennedy’s assassination was on any radar – well except for those who planned it.
I took a walk through Central Park recently. As I came over a rise what appeared before me?
Giant pink snails from Italy of all things.
As always. a few other views:
To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
The Photo Challenge is as fleeting as its topic. The challenge comes around every week but hesitate even slightly and suddenly a new challenge has taken its place. I was planning on being really esoteric and smart about the challenge and avoid the more obvious choices but I realized that time is fleeting, and sometimes the obvious is only obvious because it is right.
I am sure many other folks will go the same way and I look forward to their views.
This photograph is exactly as I created back in 2005 in iPhoto.
Next year they are both seniors in High School. This weekend, Eva (L) is upstate at Mountain Jam. Abigail is on Randall’s Island at the The Governors Ball. Both are music festivals of 3 day duration. Their musical tastes have diverged. Their love for one another has not.
“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
- Dr Seuss
Here are a few other views for your enjoyment.
“If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.”
I have been inside the computer for the last 5 hours and my eyeballs are spinning.
Seen on the wall of one of yesterday’s pathways…
and yes, in honor of the artists slogan…I did play with it a bit. Not much but enough to add to the mix.
Here are but three.
But, you only walk this pathway once…
Of course all roads and pathways lead to…
Well in this case they lead to a few other views of what pathways are…
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