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4-22-14 Earth Day

It is earth day today. It seems to me that it has become very commercial and has lost its original impetus. I may just be cranky due to lack of sleep so don’t quote me.

On Sunday when I was down at South Ferry and Battery Park, the fishermen were out in force.

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This little beauty was 33″

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4-21-14 Travel Theme: Round (Memorial Edition – Circle Game 2)

Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now
Cartwheels turn to car wheels thru the town
And they tell him take your time it won’t be long now
Till you drag your feet to slow the circles down

And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty
Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true
There’ll be new dreams maybe better dreams and plenty
Before the last revolving year is through

And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

Joni Mitchell

Last night’s Mad Men leads me to finish my Circle Game rumination. Abigail’s last six weeks of high school also push me here…

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is round. My first go round is here.

Yesterday, I went down to South Ferry and the Battery to see the mouth of the Hudson. Just off the entrance to the harbor are three monuments (last weeks photo challenge - here). The first is The American Merchant Marines Memorial.  The second is the Korean War Veteran’s Memorial. The third is “The Sphere”.  It is a sculpture by Fritz Koenig that installed in 1971 in the plaza of the World Trade Center between the towers. It was designed to symbolize world peace through world trade. During the attacks of 9/11 it was damaged, but it was relocated – unrepaired -to Battery Park on March 11, 2002.

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Here are other views of Round.

http://thatmontrealgirl.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round-spanish-style/

http://almostitalian.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round/

http://shaanthz.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/travel-theme-round-and-weekly-photo-challenge-on-top/

http://katpegimana.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/travel-theme-round/

http://witrianphotofolio.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/travel-theme-round/

http://memoriesaremadeofthisblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/travel-theme-round/

http://fathersunny.com/2014/04/19/wheres-my-back-pack-travel-theme-challenge-round/

http://vackrare.com/2014/04/19/round/

http://vannillarock.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/round/

http://elizabatz.com/2014/04/19/travel-theme-round/

 


4-20-14 Phoenix

“When I was in school, I wanted to be W. Eugene Smith. He was a legendary staffer at Life, a consummate photojournalist, and an architect of the photo essay. He was also kinda crazy.  That was obvious when he came to lecture at Syracuse University and put a glass of milk and a glass of vodka on the lectern. Both were gone at the end of the talk. He was taking questions and I was in the front row, hanging on every word.  Mr. Smith, is the only good light available light?” came the question.  He leaned into the microphone. “Yes,” he baritoned, and paused.   A shudder ran through all of us. That was it! No more flash! God’s light or nothing!
But then he leaned back into the mic, “By that, I mean, any &*%%@$ light that’s available.”
Point taken.”
Joe McNally

I thought this quote was an excellent lead in to the pictures I shot at St John The Divine yesterday.  They have an extraordinary exhibit, Phoenix: XU Bing at the Cathedral, that will be up through 2014. These are two 12 ton sculptures suspended from the ceiling each constructed of debris from a building site.

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4-19-14 Travel Theme: Round (Circle Game)

 Yesterday a child came out to wonder
Caught a dragonfly inside a jar
Fearful when the sky was full of thunder
And tearful at the falling of a star

Then the child moved ten times round the seasons
Skated over ten clear frozen streams
Words like when you’re older must appease him
And promises of someday make his dreams

And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

Joni Mitchell

 

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is round.  So many ways to go, so many directions that one can take…

Last summer season…a sun at Union Square Greenmarket

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This spring season…St John the Divine, stained glass windows over the entrance

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Other ways to a round:

http://cornishkylie.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round/

http://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round-the-sushi-bar/

http://hereandthere5.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round/

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round/

http://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/tourist-in-my-own-town-round-travel-theme/

http://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/circles-in-stone-rollright-avebury-stonehenge/

http://albatz.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/word-week-photo-challenge-rounds-tea-malaysia/

http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round/

http://roosdoring.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round/


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.

Selenium

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 Sepia

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reality

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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…

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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.

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Some other views:

http://thekeptlife.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/downtown-cincinnati-a-photo-essay/

http://brothertom.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/the-bowman-and-the-spearman-weekly-photo-challenge-monument/

http://nando67.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/faro-a-colon-columbus-lighthouse-monument/

http://moersalins.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/tsunami/

http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/urbanscape/

http://anevolvingscientist.com/2014/04/12/weekly-photo-challenge-monument/

http://albatz.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/weekly-photo-challenge-monumental-buddha-in-bangkok/

http://meindachboden.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/photoworld-11-4-14-2/

http://gnivmcelada.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/weekly-photo-challenge-monument/

http://thelandslidephotography.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/weekly-photo-challenge-monument/

http://thegirlwhoclicked.com/2014/04/14/weekly-photo-challenge-monumentmonochrome-monday/


4-13-14 No Drama Sunday

 

 

 

 

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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

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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.

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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.

 

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

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So I did and headed on home.


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