10-26-12 PhotoPlus Expo

Before the storm smashed into the Tri-state I had a chance to attend PhotoPlus Expo at the Javits Center. I had a lovely long post or two planned but don’t have the desire to write them anymore. However, one of the fun things about the show is that many of the major vendors stock their booths with models (at a Trade Show? Who ever heard of such a thing!)

Here are a few of the highlights.

At the Nikon Area…

Can’t remember who brought us this lovely lady…

These two were brought to us by…

And I can’t remember who brought us “The Sons Of Anarchy” station…


10-30-12 Luck

This was/is a really bad storm.  As always in these situations some were lucky/fortunate and some were not. We fall into the lucky category.  Yes, there were very high winds and much rain in NYC, but in the end the issue was the storm surge.  We live on one of the highest points on Manhattan Island.  That is luck, not planning. We had several neighborhoods we considered after Abigail was born.  If the right apartment had appeared we might be evacuated or without electricity and with severe damage in our apartment or house. Of course, even those people are lucky.  Breezy Point, 80 (eighty!) houses burned to the ground, around the city, houses collapsing, cranes collapsing, patients needing evac from a hospital… random chance where you are at what time.  If we had not had the warnings from the Government weather satellites, this could have been much worse. As it is, repairs will run into the billions of dollars and  Atlantic City, much of New Jersey, Long island, Connecticut, suffered equally.  They cannot predict when the subway system will be back, so no idea when the kids go back to school or people can go back to work. No idea when they will get the power back on in downtown Manhattan, or on parts of Staten island, Queens, Brooklyn or the Bronx.

8 hours before Sandy hit land – which happened at 8pm almost exactly at high tide and with a full moon – …

I was down at the river. The tide was ebbing…

The picture below is hardly the best picture I have ever taken but it shows how far the water overflowed the banks.  The fence in the background is the fence in the previous picture.  This is easily 100 feet and again I emphasize that we had it very easy.

They have closed all the City parks until further notice , probably because of this sort of thing.

The parks are closed but that doesn’t stop us…

I, again, want to thank everyone for their concern and notes. My family and I are fine. My city is not.

10-29-12 Sandy

I am not sure that I have ever posted pictures I did not take before but dangerous times call for dangerous measures…Thank you for all the messages of concern. We are fine because we live in Morningside Heights but as you can see much of the rest of the city is flooding. I have no pictures from Battery Park but the Harbor and the Hudson are cresting at 14 feet which is 9 feet above normal…

10-28-12 Oh Sandy NYC Style

Stranded at the drive in
Branded a fool
What will they say Monday at school?  (Nothing it is cancelled)
Sandy, can’t you see I’m in misery?
You made a start, now we’re apart
There’s nothing left for me
Love has flown all alone
I sit and wonder why, oh?
Why you left me, oh Sandy
Oh Sandy, baby, someday
When high school is done
Somehow, someway Our two worlds will be one
In Heaven forever And ever we will be
Oh please, say you’ll stay Oh Sandy
Sandy my darlin’, you hurt me real bad
You know it’s true
But baby you gotta believe me when I say I’m helpless without you
Love has flown all alone I sit I wonder why
Why you left me, oh Sandy?
Sandy, Sandy, why, oh Sandy?

New York City prepares for bad weather.

10-27-12 Travel Theme: Spooky

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Spoooooooooooooky.

I think I will make several contributions this week, but when I saw this on Long Island today…I knew I had to start with a literal interpretation…

10-25-12…Picasso;Katy Perry; Minnie Pearl

All the folks above were born today. More importantly, so was Abigail. Today was Abigail’s 16th birthday. I took lots of pictures of the taco party we threw for her and her best neighborhood friends. I was asked not to post any of them.
She’s 16. It’s the least a Dad can do…

10-24-12 Flashback!

“Before I realized, I was hypnotized
Flashback to the past”

Robbie Robertson

Having started the reorganization of photographs work, I am coming across lots of stuff that I used to love. Some I still do, even though in some cases I couldn’t tell you why.

That is not true with this picture.  I took it at The New Orleans Jazz Festival in 1991. It had rained hard and the field was extremely muddy. I saw these two dancing and was taken by their focus on the music but even more by the intensity of their focus on each other.

Strangely enough, about 8 years later a true friend of ours, who had been at Jazz Fest with us that year and knew this picture well, moved downtown. The woman in the picture lived in her new building and they have become very good friends.

On October 24th, 1996, Andy Pettitte outdueled John Smoltz as the Yankees won 1-0 and took a 3 game to 2 lead in The World Series. The next day something even more momentous occurred.

10-22-12 Preparing A Change

Over the past few days I have been going through many of my images since – god help me – I am planning to reorganize. My old Lightroom/HardDrive  structure which worked for a while is now being overwhelmed by the amount of images that exist and I am losing my ability to easily call them up.

Here are two images I rediscovered taken in Tulum, Mexico in 2011.

10-21-12 Flashback

“These fragments I have shored against my ruins”

T. S. Eliot

I have been doing a lot of work inside Lightroom over the last few days and have not been able to get outside very much.

So I thought I would travel back to summer…