10-25-16 The World Series

Begins right now! I am not a football fan and was glad that this past Sunday  lots of kids were out playing baseball and soccer in Riverside Park,

I got a nice double exposure but can’t decide if I prefer it in color or black and white.

All thoughts appreciated.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASHER!!!! 20 years old. OMG


5-4-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

“Whether he is an artist or not, the photographer is a joyous sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts.”
Walker Evans

The Weekly Photo Challenge is spring. It has barely begun in the northeast. Running more than a bit late but seems to be moving in now.  A few spring images from Riverside Park, April 27, 2014:



RSJohnson_1404270394Other springing off points:











7-17-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: Golden Hour (Take 2)

The weekly challenge this week is The Golden Hour. Now to me, a true golden hour came last night around 10:50 when Mariano Rivera entered the Baseball All Star game at Citi Field to a standing ovation from fans and all his professional peers. If you are not a baseball fan, please indulge me for 30 seconds before we get back to business. Rivera is something we don’t see very often. A person of dignity, humble and respectful of everyone,  who is absolutely and unquestionably the best ever at what he does.  But it is only a game, I have heard people say. True, but it is his profession and something he loves and for over 19 years he has worked quietly and hard to become what he is. The best of the best and respected by everybody who works in his business.  There just are not many people you can say that about.

Okay, end of homage and on to the challenge. If you hadn’t heard professional photographers hate sunset pictures, at least the ones I hang with. Three cheers for “the golden hour” hiss, boo for sunset. When I was just a babe in arms in photography I never understood that. Now I believe I do.

Here are three “golden hour” sunset pictures from 2010, 2012 and 2013. They have been worked only slightly. White balance correction primarily. Nothing your photo lab would not have automatically done for you when you dropped off your vacation pictures.

Boro Walk

Saugerties Sunset 1-6-12-0319

Boro Walk

Do you see what I mean? Each of these pictures could be made “better” BUT none of them are bad and the middle one is bloody spectacular if you ask me. And that is the problem professionals have.  You are not the artist when you shoot sunsets, nature is and she is better than you will ever be and makes everyone look good.

Just my thought.

A few other POV on the Golden Hour (There are so many people who do the challenge that it is impossible to view everyone and that is a shame. So many ideas and views and so little time to find them.):

362 | brent’s iPhone 4S & japan

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | Notes from Africa

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour – Sunflower | rodocard

Weekly photo challenge: The Golden Hour (2) – Spain and Gib | Every picture tells one

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | MUmox

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | Blue Octopus

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | Charles Schnyder Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge – Golden Hour II | Travels and Trifles

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | Erin O’Leary Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | avantgarde | keliling sumatera

A Little Like Lovin’ | Fly for Icarus

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour « The Neophyte Photographer

Weekly Photo Challenge : The Golden Hour | The Bluebird of Happiness 幸福

Weekly Photo Challenge / B4 Retouch: The Golden Hour (Istanbul) | What’s (in) the picture?

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | Thrifty Finn

Weekly Photo challenge/Golden hour: The Alhambra | Following the trail of Ibn Battut

8-9-12 Three Water Day

Today we had what we call a three water day.
Elizabeth really wanted Oysters for the cocktail hour. Blackfish Creek is home to the best Oysters in Wellfleet and therefore the world, and there are several Oyster Farmers on the flats as well as several legal foragers who harvest daily. Elizabeth decided to see if she could buy some. She took off with Ben while I was waiting for a visitor. But I chased them down (home field advantage.

The farmers aren’t allowed to sell so I found a forager and we bought 2 dozen.

That was water 1. Then off to LeConte Hollow for some time in the Atlantic.

Ben with Abigail behind…Then off to Duck Pond.

Back to the house so those who eat oysters could indulge.

To finish our day we went to Harwich for the first game of The Cape Cod League playoffs between Harwich and Orleans.

Hey, it’s an iPhone. What can I tell you?
Orleans won the game 3-1.

7-21-12 Not The New York Metropolitans

I think there is baseball related information in there somewhere

Hard as it is for me to believe I had not (until today) been inside either of the new baseball stadiums in town. I have been to ball games but in other cities. Why haven’t I gone? Probably because they are so damn expensive, maybe because I don’t like the public paying for a capitalist to build private space, possibly because the Yankees are way too corporate and the Mets, well, too Bernie Madoff inflicted.

The original Metropolitans played from 1880-1887. The current Mets were officially named upon their founding The  Metropolitan Baseball Club of New York, although cooler heads later prevailed.

The Mets were playing the Dodgers – as always that means a number of fans who forget or do not accept that they moved to LA a few years ago…but that’s cool. Hey Pretzels heeeere…

Can I prove this was the youngest fan there…no but…

She spent most of the day jawing at the Dodger fans

Truly a good cause and important information
but is there anything at this ballpark that has to do with baseball?

Oh look! A baseball game (Can you see Katherine in sec 26?)

Mets with runners on 2nd and 3rd, 1 out 1 run behind…

What do you think? Did they score?



9-28-11 Epic Collapse(s)

Nope, I am not talking about Rick Perry.

I am not talking about the stock market.

I am not even talking about the debut of The Chew.

3 words: Red Sox; Braves.  Once upon a time both teams were from Boston…

Between these two teams they lost a 19.5 game lead as of 8/25 and managed to not make even these diluted playoffs.


My Boston/New England relatives are NOT happy tonight…

For the first time in a long while I did not make it to the river today.  Other, more important issues, required my complete attention.  The picture above is one that I have shot over and over again. This is, so far, the best iteration.

As I am sure I have quoted before…”Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. – Samuel Beckett

Centerfield-John Fogerty

And to all those who celebrate: Happy Rosh Hashanah