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3-31-14 Made It 25% Around The Sun, Again

Yes, indeed we did.

I needed to prepare a portfolio for the last class with Amy Arbus tomorrow, 50% work from the class and 50% work of our own. While putting it together I fell back in love with this picture. This image and I have a very dysfunctional relationship. I love it then I hate it and refuse to even look at it. I printed it out today and fell in love again.



If you were eligible and needed it, I hope you signed up for the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance and didn’t let the negative Nellies and people of bad faith scare you off. Before you blow up at me, what exactly are they offering you in its place? The old system we all agree is awful? What is the definition of insanity again?

Will The ACA work? Damned if I know but I am sure it won’t if people insist on sitting in the corner, kicking their heels and holding their breath.

3-21-14 egnellahC otohP ylkeeW: Reflections

The photo challenge this week is reflections.

“A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”

I’m a photographer. I chose to take the word and its meaning literally. RSJohnson_Hudson_13081300086


A few other views (stayed tuned until the end for a truly different view):

http://emiliabrasierphotography.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/weekly-photo-challenge-reflections/ – this one is especially for The Accidental Cootchie Mama - http://andrawatkins.com/2014/03/21/join-me-at-nashvilles-parnassus-books-on-april-3/









http://emiliabrasierphotography.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/weekly-photo-challenge-reflections/ – this one is especially for The Accidental Cootchie Mama - http://andrawatkins.com/2014/03/21/join-me-at-nashvilles-parnassus-books-on-april-3/


11-18-13 Spring HDR Phone Urge Go

I get the urge for going
But I never seem to go
I get the urge for going
When the meadow grass is turning brown
Summertime is falling down and winter is closing in

Joni Mitchell

Even though we are on our third day of 60 degree plus weather the Winter Solstice is only 33 days away and this song has been appearing in my mental playlist more and more frequently.

The sky has been spring beautiful for the most part these last few days and the Pro HDR app on my phone called to me and I answered.


42nd Street

111th Street

111th Street

96th Street

96th Street

Columbia University

Columbia University

10-4-13 Travel Theme: Height

I borrowed an Olympus OM-D E-M5 from a friend and spent much of the day playing with it. I have never shot with a mirrorless camera before and wanted to get a sense of how they perform. Do they reach the heights of a high-end DSLR?  No, but once I learn what I am doing, I think it will perform wonderfully and it is so small in comparison.

Ah well, I digress. Ailsa’s theme this week is height.  So, for my first pass I decided to hold myself to pictures I took today with the Olympus. Some may be pushing the theme a bit.


So, you could say that the sun is low in the sky and yet it is a great height above us.


I am high above this young soccer player.


How does the camera look?

As always, here are some other views.

Travel Theme: Height | Ese’ s Voice

Weekly Travel Theme: Height | wordsvisual

Travel theme: High | Through the Eye of Bastet

Travel Theme: High | Patchwork Ponderings

Travel Theme: Height | This, that and the other thing

Where’s My BackPack Travel Theme Photo: Height | fathersunny

Travel theme: Height | Cee’s Photography

6-10-13 No Accounting For Taste

“I cannot cure myself of that most woeful of youth’s follies — thinking that those who care about us will care for the things that mean much to us.”

D.H. Lawrence

I have a photograph that I took on April 28, 2011 that I love.  If you recall that year from April 25- 28, the US from Texas to the New York and then up to Southern Canada had 358 reported tornadoes  in that period.  Apparently the worst 4 days for tornadoes in weather history.

Anyway, I was out walking the river on the 28th when a powerful storm blew up. The sky and water turned a very peculiar color which is, I think, one reason people don’t like the picture. Here it is, just as it came out of the camera. No processing at all. Thoughts?



3-29-13 A Quiet Start To The Weekend

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.

Tall and Tan and Young and Handsome

Tall and Tan and Young and Handsome

Love is in the concrete

Love is in the concrete

Looking over the water

Looking over the water

1-19-13 Travel Theme: UP

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:



Hudson River

Hudson River

A few other points of view

Ese’s Voice

Adventures We Seek

Artifacts and Fictions

Around The World

1-1-13 (Cont) Looking At The World Through Different Lenses

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world”

J.R.R. Tolkien

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?

Hudson River

Hudson River

Hudson River

Hudson River

11-29-12 A Year Ago Today

“I never considered a difference of opinion, in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”

Thomas Jefferson

(Thanks to Seasweetie’s Pages for the quote)

11-18-12 Snapseed Effect

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.



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