15-03-21 Seven Pictures -Fourteen Poems

I spent all day working in Lightroom on the pictures I shot yesterday in celebration of Spring.

In the process I “found” fourteen  2-line poems. I “created” them by taking the playlist of the 14 songs I had on auto repeat and for the first group of seven, taking the first line of each song in order played and then, for the second group, taking the first line of song 1, the second of song 2, the third of song 3 etc…

Scarily some of them are actually not just nonsensical.

So, to accompany your journey through my photographic day yesterday, here we go.

From my apartment

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I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping/Baby we’ve been together for a long, long time

 I had me a boy, turned him into a man/You get a shiver in the dark

George Washington Bridge

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I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping/You get home from work and then we just turn out the lights

Oh, then I let him go./A band is blowing Dixie double four time

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Do you remember I searched you out/Will you dance, Charlie boy, will you dance?

We’ve been doin’ this longer than you’ve been alive/They call me the breeze

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I stood still is what I did/Will you dance, Charlie boy, will you dance?

Bottles of whisky and bottles of beer/Ain’t no change in me

MOMA

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Outside another yellow moon/Hey babe, what’s in your eyes?

I hear Mariachi static on my radio/got no time for the corner boys, down in the street makin’ all that noise,

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It was a teenage wedding/Oh what an ordinary day

But when Pierre found work/In America

Advanced Lighting w/Robert Meyer @ICP

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Let me know how many of the songs you can identify…

15-03-05 Weekly Travel Photo Theme Challenge [Environment Reward]

Now I realize that most of my fellow New Yorkers and Northeasterners are a bit tired of the winter. I am not. I think it has been a brutal winter but in NYC it has been cold but not that snowy. Today we actually got a bunch of snow (6″-8″, I believe) and for the first time all winter I was able to go for a walk in the storm. Sadly they closed the walkway over the George Washington Bridge. I’m not sure if that was because of the storm or because not 1 but 2 people jumped off it yesterday. One from the lower deck after exiting his car and a few minutes later, one from the upper deck after exiting his bike. However I got to tramp around in the woods and then walk the greenway down to 155th Street.

One of the many things I like about NYC is that you can find “wilderness”/country inside the city. So this fits Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Environment and for me it was a Reward to do this which is the theme of the Weekly Photo Challenge.

As always…click the pic to make it full size.

Here was my first reward

Here are other environments and rewards:

https://touchofinsanity.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/weekly-photo-challenge-reward/

https://mikehardisty.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/weekly-photo-challenge-reward/

http://ceenphotography.com/2015/03/05/travel-theme-environment/

https://naomibaltuck.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/making-correct-change/

https://lailaturrahmi.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/weekly-photo-challenge-reward/

https://raleighcatdaddy.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/camel-ride/

https://amaviedecoeurentier.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/for-lorne/

https://almostitalian.wordpress.com/2015/02/28/50-shades-of-bay-the-environment-of-port-phillip-bay-victoria/

https://mutajalliphotography.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/wpc-reward/

https://emiliabrasierphotography.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/weekly-photography-challenge-reward/

15-02-16 Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetrical Symmetry

“We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! teachers! leave the kids alone!
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.”

Pink Floyd

  1. “radial symmetry. a basic body plan in which the organism can be divided into similar halves by passing a plane at any angle along a central axis, characteristic of sessile and bottom-dwelling animals, as the sea anemone and starfish.”

The weekly photo challenge is Symmetry

My first pass is Here. However, I feel it wouldn’t be very symmetrical to only do one.

This image has nothing to do with the definition and lyrics above…

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Other views:

https://thisartfuljourney.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/

https://orourkesite.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/

https://julialewisblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/symmetry/

http://eatswritesshoots.com/2015/02/16/symmetrys-scimitar/

https://nonijaz.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/symmetry-a-response/

https://adsilaphotographer.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/symmetry-at-the-arboretum/

https://beautyintheordinary500d.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/

https://krystalvation.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/photo-challenge-symmetry/

http://still-times.com/2015/02/16/symmetry-weekly-photo-challenge/

https://natsukashii55.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/

15-02-15 Fashion Week

‘Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys they’d just walk around naked at all times.’

Betsey Johnson

Three images from yesterday.

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15-02-14 Travel Theme: Transformation (Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Style)

Ailsa’s theme this week is Transformation.

Katherine and I were walking home after seeing Two Days, One Night, which is a truly good film with a wonderful performance by Marion Cotillard. It is a “small” film which points out some real truths about late stage capitalism.

But that’s not why I called you together. As we walked by Lincoln Center I realized it is Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Irony of ironies.

I am not a fashion photographer. I’m not a paparazzi, but I had my camera with me so…

I think I got some very good shots of the crowds and some models exiting the show but we are here to show transformation. I believe these three photographs fit the bill.

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et voilà!

 Other transformations:

http://elizabatz.com/2015/02/13/travel-theme-transformation-of-a-muddy-field-into-noodle-soup/

http://lessywannagohome.blogspot.be/2015/02/travel-theme-transformation.html

https://aquamarineeyes.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/transformation/

https://pommepal.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/travel-theme-transformation/

https://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/why-negative-waves-so-early/

http://browsingtheatlas.com/2015/02/14/absinth-makes-the-heart-grow-fonder/

https://almostitalian.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/did-the-earth-move-for-you-too-transformation/

https://travelleronamission.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/travel-theme-transformation-of-warsaw/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/travel-theme-transformation/

15-02-08 Weekly Travel Theme Details

Digital witnesses, what’s the point of even sleeping?
If I can’t show it, if you can’t see me
What’s the point of doing anything?
What’s the point of even sleeping?
So I stopped sleeping, yeah I stopped sleeping
Won’t somebody sell me back to me?

Annie Clark (St. Vincent)

Ailsa went with details this week as her Travel Theme.

My first attempt: Here

I made this yesterday in between double exposures. I pushed the exposure, used a very limited depth of field and then adjusted the white point in Lightroom and added a bit of contrast.

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Other details…
https://nhungdongthuongnho.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/watts-towers/

https://katpegimana.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/intricate-details-of-grand-palace-bangkok/

https://citysonnet.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/travel-theme-details/

https://thesweetandthebitter.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/travel-theme-details/

https://vannillarock.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/details/

https://hamburgundmeehr.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/travel-theme-details/

https://sweetykannoth.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/travel-theme-details/

https://rjbailey.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/travel-theme-details/

15-01-27 Scenes From A Small Storm

RSJohnson_Hudson_1501279152Well, the Clipper stayed east of us and NYC ended up with between 6″ and 12″ depending on your borough. It will probably be an extraordinarily expensive non major event given how many people didn’t go to work today and the cost to small business of shutting down the subway.

Long Island, Massachusetts and Maine got hit hard. It wasn’t the size of the storm but the location that was missed. I hope my Governor and Mayor will realize that weather forecasts are notoriously unreliable and you don’t cancel the world on a rumor. You prepare but you don’t act until you have some surety.

However, it was a “snow day” today. Here are a few images from this morning

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