A few days ago I was in Riverside Park and down by the river looking for spring. I didn’t find it but I did find these.
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Ailsa’s travel theme this week is up. I had hoped to go deep into the files for this one but, no such luck. I know I have prints of many places and ideas that fit the theme but I could not find them. It did make me realize though that my preference, is for me to get up as high as possible and shoot down. I can’t say why that is so but it was an interesting thing to observe. All of the shots used for this post are from 2013.
Apropos of nothing, a lovely lagniappe of my day was the chance to have a drink with Andra Watkins, The Accidental Cootchie Mama her own bad self, and her charming and erudite husband, MTM. They are in NYC on business and were kind enough to call me and spend some time.
Up we go:
A few other points of view
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world”
Went to the eye doctor today. Had been feeling like I needed a new prescription especially on the close vision. Well, I most certainly do need new glasses. My near vision has moved the visual equivalent of a full f/stop but my distance vision has only deteriorated slightly. So I am trying to slide by with new reading glasses.
Funny thing. I had shot many pictures on the 1st which I had already looked at and rated for focus, exposure, framing and so on. Looked through them again with the new glasses. Now sometimes I want tight focus and sometimes I want soft but Uh oh! It seems that I have been rejecting shots that I believed they were not crisply in focus that actually had perfectly tight focus. Conversely some shots I thought were nice tight focus are actually soft. I wonder if discovering 20/20 vision again will change the work I produce?
“I never considered a difference of opinion, in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”
(Thanks to Seasweetie’s Pages for the quote)
Took a long walk on the river yesterday. It was a nice day. I took a number of shots with my DSLR but also a few with the iPhone. I ran this one through Snapseed. I really like that little app.
I took this picture on 11/14/11. The deserted power plant in Yonkers.
I really liked the image but when I took it of my memory card, it wasn’t quite what I had seen/shot So I started to work on it.
First a small crop to get rid of the distractions out of the frame.
After a couple of weeks I felt that I had succeeded to the best of my ability.
I looked at it six months ago and realized I didn’t like it that much. After 6 months work I have come up with this..
more to do I think…
Decided to take a second pass at Ailsa’s Travel theme of soft (other entries may be seen here). This is not my usual style but I like it.
Shot at 6:45 AM on October 21, 2011.
Tech Talk Time:
1/15 of a second
I worked on it a bit in Lightroom. The main changes were dropping the exposure a stop and a half, soften the contrast and de-saturating. A few other small tweaks but that is about it.
Ailsa’s theme for the week: Soft
I think the hardness of the helicopter nicely sets off the softness of the clouds over the river.
I do love what a few simple adjustments of subject and shutter speed can do to an image.
I think my favorite shot of the day…