11-9-13 Weekly Photo Challenge -Habit

The challenge this week is habit.

Lots of possibilities there but for today… It is my habit to take pictures. Then bring them home and edit them down. Then work on them. It is my habit to start with the original:

5Pointz Original

I bring the image into Lightroom and first check the White Balance, exposure and contrast

5Pointz WBEC

All of this is on an as needed basis of course. Then I adjust the shadows and highlights

5Pointz Sh-High

Finally I fine tune and straighten as needed (many people would do that first but for some reason I hold off until the end.) Fine tuning is working with the detail curve, the saturation and luminance levels, and sharpening.

5Pointz FineTune_TonesHSL_Sharp

Not every image gets this treatment. Some get more and some less but this is my basic workflow habit.

Save 5Pointz!

Other views of habit:

If I Could, I Would Marry Food | True Stories

Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit (Herf) | Points of View

Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit | Jinan Daily Photo

Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit | Never clip my wings

A cuppa, my way | Kan Walk Will Travel

Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit | PonderTheIrrelevant

Weekly Photo Challenge; Habit | terry1954

Weekly Photo Challenge: My Kitchen Table Farm | Light Words

Still Life With Tony Curtis and Whipped Cream – LJ Pic de Jour | piran café

What Makes Your Day? #nablopomo #poetry #photography | Moondustwriter’s Blog

Weekly Photo Challenge – Habit | Escape from Chao

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10-17-13 The Department of Design and Construction

Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus.

David Hockney

The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.

Charles Dickens

Last week before I went to 5Pointz (see posting here) I was at the New York City Department of Design and Construction. Why? I mean, QH, you are neither a designer or a constructioner (sic).

True but there I was nonetheless with other members of the Taoist Tai Chi Society helping two of our Tri-state instructors give classes to the employees as part of their Wellness curriculum. .

As befits the department of Design and Construction, I find it to be a truly beautiful building. In the past it housed The Adams Chewing Gum Company, makers of Chiclets, Dentyne and Certs.  Here are a few shots of the building.




10-12-13 Travel Theme: Deep

“If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.”

Katherine Hepburn 

The Travel Theme put forth by Ailsa over at Where’s my backpack for this week is Deep.  Merriam-Webster has 7 definitions with 14 sub definitions between them so you can go deep into your archives and pull an almost infinite amount of photographs that could reflect the theme.

First I want to go back to Dominica to Boiling Lake. 200 feet deep.

Deep Boiling Lake-0114

Then I want to revisit the Little Red Lighthouse, deep under the George Washington Bridge and deep with snow.

Deep Little Red-2

Finally, as I mentioned, The City Council gave approval to building owner, David Wolkoff, to tear down 5Pointz and replace it with two residential towers. No timetable is in place yet, since lawsuits are still flying. The depth of feeling of a sizable community of New Yorkers about 5Pointz is remarkable. If as I assume, the courts rule in the owners favor, New York will have lost two arts meccas in 2013, The New York City Opera and 5Pointz. There is some deep meaning there, perhaps.

Anyway, here are some images from 5Pointz that I feel reflect deep talent, deep commitment, and deep fun.



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Deep Feeling and amazing spray work

Deep Feeling and amazing spray work

Lastly the deep need we all feel to be revealed and noticed. This very nice young man asked me to take his picture. I offered to send him a copy or give him my blog address where it would be posted but he said no. Apparently just the knowledge that he will be on my social media was enough to fulfill that deep need.

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Finally a few other folks reaching for the deep.

Travel Theme: Deep Transplanted Tatar

Travel Theme: Deep | Foto Challenge

Deep Blue Seaport (Travel Theme: Deep) | Four Deer Oak

Travel theme: Deep | Cee’s Photography


10-11-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

This week the photo challenge is Infinite. It seems to me that when you check the definition of the word infinite it boils down to one of two things . 1: Having no limits; 2:  Extending indefinitely. There are other definitions but they all seem to be subsets of these two.

Merriam Webster Online defines it as:

1:  extending indefinitely :  endless <infinite space>
2:  immeasurably or inconceivably great or extensive : inexhaustible <infinite patience>
3:  subject to no limitation or external determination
4a :  extending beyond, lying beyond, or being greater than any preassigned finite value however large <infinite number of positive numbers>
 b :  extending to infinity <infinite plane surface>
 c :  characterized by an infinite number of elements or terms <an infinite set> <an infinite series>
Anyway. Lots of ways to go. Here are two.
First lets look at space. The final frontier.

Now that Voyager 1 has broken out of the solar system our species is getting its first real taste of the infinite size of space.

The moon is 384,400 km away – give or take where it is in its monthly cycle. Voyager 1 at the moment I type this is 18,871,155,000 km away and has barely left the solar system. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a really cool real-time odometer here that tracks Voyager 1 and Voyager 2.
I took this photograph in Wellfleet this past summer.
Deep Infinite Cape Blackfish Creek Midnight-130818
I went to visit 5Pointz today before they tear it down for high-rise apartments. I found this which I believe represents another infinite cycle – the food chain.
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Now here are some other ways of looking at the subject.

9-28-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

“Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera will all but take you by the hand.”

Margaret Bourke-White

The Weekly Photo Challenge is Saturated.

My first view was actually taken on a very cloudy drizzly day and I worked it over good to saturate it.  Darkroom, Lightroom, Photoshop…the tools are handled differently but it is all the same.

Boro Walk

I took my second view  on a bright sunny day with a subject already deeply saturated in color. I adjust the white balance and made one other change. I shot this in Camera Standard but used Lightroom to change to Camera Vivid.

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Here are some other examples from people who took the challenge:

Weekly Photo Challenge : Saturated – Some Birds and A Barn | I see beauty all around by rob paine

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Processing the life

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated « Leya

Weekly Photo Challenge / B4 Retouch: Saturated (Take Off) | What’s (in) the picture?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | small house/BIG GARDEN

Resaturated | Purple Rosemary

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Ritva’s Art too – Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated – Blossoms | Aylin’s Wonderland

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Foto de Moto

Weekly Photo Challenge : saturated | Mon beau manoir

Weekly Photo Challenge: SATURATED | Pictures From Her Window

Down on Rue St Denis | Beyond the Brush

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Uncle Spike’s Adventures

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | The Land Slide Photography

4-8-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: Colors (#2)

All colors made me happy: even gray.
My eyes were such that literally they
Took photographs. Whenever I’d permit,
Or, with a silent shiver, order it,
Whatever in my field of vision dwelt–
An indoor scene, hickory leaves, the svelte
Stilettos of a frozen stillicide–
Was printed on my eyelids’ nether side
Where it would tarry for an hour or two,
And while this lasted all I had to do
Was close my eyes to reproduce the leaves,
Or indoor scene, or trophies of the eaves.


I took my first pass at this weeks Travel Theme: color here. I thought I should take another run and go in a completely different direction. If you have been reading the Quotidian Hudson for a while you know that I am a fan of graffiti and have a love of 5Pointz.

Here are a few tiny examples of the work there.





and here are a few other views…

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  2. Using colour. | Chronicles of Illusions
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge – Color | AMusing Pix
  4. “In The Pink Word” Press Photo Challenge – Color #wordpress #photography | Moondustwriter’s Blog
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge – Blue | Canoe Communications
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Bold Conversations
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | 2 Geeks @ 3 Knots
  8. Snapshot: A little color in Cozumel | mustbewanderlust
  9. Colors! | Jaajaabor
  10. Rx: Color! | A New Day
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Stepping Ways
  12. Highlight on Art and Craft Shops | Shop with Intent
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour | The Sacred Cave
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge :: Colour | Cheryl Andrews
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  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Pa-BLAM!
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  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color « Vanessa Runs
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  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color, Venice (Burano) and Venetian Cake | Le CuGine d’America
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | The Letter J, The Number 9
  26. Colour: Lakes of the REA, Bolivia | Taking to the Open Road
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Something Unspoken
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | A New Day Dawns
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour/2 | Its In The Picture – 365
  30. weekly photo challenge: the colorful graffiti of Hongdae | Private Mixture
  31. The Season following Winter | IMAGES & WORDS
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Bakwai Photo Journal
  33. weekly photo challenge: colour | It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see – Thoreau
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | from the top of my mango tree
  35. Submissions Open for Photography | Nice Cuppa Tae
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colors at Coogee Beach | Nourishing Chow
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Untold Contemplation
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | A Thoughtful Paper
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour (Yellow) | Postcards from Scotland
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | i play camera
  41. Claire: Vintage Slip Makeover | Making It Daily
  42. Colour blocking | justmomentarily
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge – Color « LargeSelf
  44. Enjoy the Ride | Cardinal Guzman
  45. steve | yi-ching lin photography
  46. colour | photo theme hop
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour | Ramblings of a Feisty Spirit
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | The Evolution of X
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Disorderly Chickadee
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Fork in My Eye
  51. Bougainvillea Display | Created ~ Create.it
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color Me! | it’s just abOut Me 🙂
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color – Orange « The Neophyte Photographer
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Creativity Aroused
  55. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: COLOR | Patricia Sands’ Blog
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | CURLY BUG
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color of Sun, Moon, and Sky | My.Vivid.Visions
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color (Colors in Rajasthan) | artandkitchen
  59. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | the girl with the twitchy face
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Blessings through raindrops…
  61. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Sweet as a Picture
  62. Weekly Photo Challenge: {Color} | lifebydmagdalene
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge:Colour | Kirsten H. Whyte
  64. Amaryllis Redux | Wind Against Current
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  66. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color. | Beyond Life. Almost daily.
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  68. photo chalenge: colour (or, Spring sewing projects) | Curls n Skirls
  69. Behind the Times | Views From My World
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  71. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color II – Yellow « The Neophyte Photographer
  72. WordPress Photo Challenge: Color | The Lint In My Pocket
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Mapping Chattanooga
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  75. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | The Day After
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  77. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color « Behind the Willows
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7-2-12 Queens Is The New Brooklyn (Birthday Edition)

Today was day 4 of the long Birthday weekend but the difference was…it is the actual birthday.  We started the day at PS1 in Long Island City. Katherine particularly wanted to visit the installation by James Turrell called Meeting. It was inspired by the Quaker Meeting shape and idea.  We both were knocked out by Janet Cardiff‘s sound installation The Forty Part Motet and we both enjoyed Saul Melman‘s Central Governor.  There is also a truly inspirational piece entitled Wendy by HWKN that is in the front courtyard.


Wendy (from the 3rd floor) w/ 5Pointz in the background


Central Governor

Wendy at work

We headed back to the car and

circled 5Pointz

before heading out to Spa Castle in College Point. Spa Castle is a spa so I refrained from taking pictures. However, New Yorkers, if you haven’t been you must go. Tourists when the tension of the city gets to be too much…

The 3rd (top)  floor is a health club and restaurant. The second floor consists of a number of outdoor pools with all sorts of jets and relaxation spots in a variety of temperatures. There is also several indoor bathing areas and an indoor pool bar. Floor 1.5 has the hand and foot massage rooms and a sleeping area.  The ground floor has six saunas and an Ice room as well as a true “spa” facials, mani/pedis, waxing, full body massage etc. as well as a food area.  The Lobby floor are the locker rooms. Spa Castle provides uniforms for the co-ed floors but the pools in the single sex locker rooms (ranging from 61 degrees to 104) and the 187 dry sauna and the steam room are full monty.

This place attracts a full cross-section of NYC. More languages than you can shake a stick at, every color, creed and religion is here. They do allow kids which some people object to. Don’t go on weekends or holidays!!!! There si some nuzzling that occurs.  I made a discovery here. Some time in the last few years, tramp stamps have become big with the 20-30 year old male set…

From there we headed to Chinatown in Flushing and ate at a nice little restaurant called Biang (if you are counting that is Chinese food four days in a row – I think someone likes it)…and ended the evening back in Long Island City just as the sunset at Gantry Plaza State Park.

1 WTC in the distance

The Bride



Travel Theme: Secret Places

Ailsa’s – Where’s my backpack? – Travel Theme of the week is Secret Places.

One of my favorite places in the five boroughs is 5Pointz.  It is a worldwide graffiti mecca that has been in existence since 1993, I believe.  The work on display there is incredible. The building covers a full city block near PS1 and just off the 7 train line. However, if you want to see it you may need to move fast. Currently this 8th wonder of the world is scheduled for demolition – Landmark set to be demolished – in 2013 in favor of yet more upscale condos …just what New York is begging for…

If you live in NYC, please contact any and all of your local politicians to see if they will commit to help save 5Pointz!