5-7-13 Brighton Beach – The Elevated

After we left Coney on Saturday we headed to Brighton Beach and had a great dinner at a Russian Restaurant (I showed a picture of it the other day). I used our time there to do some twilight shooting of the Elevated.

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5-6-13 Travel Theme: Dance – Coney Island “Boro Walk” Edition

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is  Dance.   You can see my first attempt here.

I believe I mentioned last week that I am the teaching assistant for a series of Boro Walks being done at ICP.   Saturday was the second walk.   Andrew Lichtenstein, a wonderful documentary photographer led this walk. You can see his work here.

The walk was through Coney Island and Brighton Beach. Lots of great photo opportunities there but this post is about dance!  Every Saturday (and Sunday I believe) there is a dance party on the Boardwalk.  Here are just a few of the dancers.

and just for fun, here is a picture of Andrew leading a discussion on the subway ride out…

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Below are links to a few of the many other views of dance. Check them out.

Travel theme: Dance | no step too loose

Dance Three Ways | dadirridreaming

Travel Theme: Dance | Stepping Ways

Travel Theme: Dance | Postcards from

Travel Theme: Light (on Training) | Star and Twinkle

Travel Theme: Dance | Its In The Picture – 365

Dancing with abandon in Sedona | Travel with Intent

Travel Theme: Dance | American Gypsy Gibberish…

I Hope You Dance | The Retiring Sort

Travel theme : Dance | Moments In Your Life

4-25-14 Travel Theme: Contrast

Ailsa’s theme this week is contrast.

“I call to the airplanes,” cried the bridge. “I flash to the ships of the air. But you are still master of the river. Quick, let your light shine again. Each to his own place, little brother!”

The Little Red Lighthouse and The Great Grey Bridge” by Hildegarde Swift


“When the prophet, a complacent fat man,
Arrived at the mountain-top
He cried: “Woe to my knowledge!
I intended to see good white lands
And bad black lands—
But the scene is grey.”

Stephen Crane

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I remember taking a bath
and wondering why Coney Island
was so mean in the winter,
and how long it would take
to walk there in the Spring’

Puma Perl


And I’ve seen you at the corners and cafes it seems

Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme


So, what do you think? Did I fulfill the assignment?

As always a few other views of the subject:

Red and Black…(a New Interpretation) | ilargia64

Weekly Travel theme: Contrast « Lagottocattleya

Travel Theme: Contrast | Northwest Frame of Mind

Contrasts | authenticallyannamarie

Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Contrast | Stephen Kelly Creative

“Rustle of autumn” | Have you ever…

Street of Liverpool | Le Drake Noir

Travel Theme: Contrast | Geophilia

Down through the ages | Beyond the Brush

Travel theme: Contrast | baD.I.N.K.adink

Weekly Travel Theme: Contrast | The Land Slide Photography

Travel Theme: Contrast | MythRider

Travel Theme: Contrast | The Backpack Monologues

Travel Theme: Contrast | To Mother Earth, with Love

Travel Theme: Contrast | A New Day

Have a seat | Beyond the Brush Photography

Travel Theme: Contrast | All The Worlds A Stage

Travel Theme: Contrast | I did it … for Johnny


Contrast Down Under | Becoming Aussie

Travel Theme: Contrast | K2inCanada’s Blog

Travel Theme: Contrast | Canadiantravelbugs’s Blog

Travel theme: Contrast | Stefano Scheda

Travel Theme: Contrast | weird & cool stuff seen while out & about

Conspicuous Contrast | The Urge To Wander


4-18-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: Change (Take Two)

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air;
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

The Tempest (4.1.146-58) – William Shakespeare

The photo challenge this week is change.   This is my second go round with this theme. If you would like to see the first it is here.  This time I take a slightly different view of the subject.





Takin' It To The Streets

As always: here are a few other points of view.

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change ~ Growing in the Garden | In Da Campo
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change + Plant = Flower | Albatz Gallery & Blog
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change (into Calvin Klein’s) | Thrifty Finn
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge – Change! | rarasaur
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | PragueByKaty
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Postcards from Scotland
  7. Weekly photo challenge: Change | A Number of Things
  8. Change: Wow – and what a change! | Journey to New Zealand
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Imperfect Happiness
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | cancerinmythirties
  11. Smooth Operator | Views From My World
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change! | Chasquita
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Peanut Jelly Sandwich
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Rainbow Bakery
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: CHANGE (Autumn) | A drifter off to see the world
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Photo & Tour
  17. constant | yi-ching lin photography
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change (Seed Update) | Nature Mom
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Penne 4 Your Thoughts
  20. Peace Wisdom Prosperity
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change II | northumbrian : light
  22. Change of life | Le Drake Noir
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Faye Hicks’s Blog
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | i play camera
  25. CHANGING TIDES | bluebrightly
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Benjamin J White
  27. Go and Make a Difference in the World | Not The Sword But The Pen
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Jill’s Well
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | The Evolution of X

2-6-13 Travel Theme: (The) Shadow (Knows) #2

“There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night.”

Albert Camus

I wanted to revisit Ailsa’s travel theme this week and take it in a completely different direction then my first attempt.

These are shadows you can find around the city of New York.

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Lower East Side - Urban Garden

Lower East Side – Urban Garden

Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center

Side question. Any one else getting spam bombed today? Akismet has caught 38 but 14 have gotten through so far

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…

10-21-12 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…


10-11-12 A Walk Around Coney Island

B&H in association with ICP offered a Coney Island walk led by Harvey Stein (you may remember I took a class called Photographing People from him this summer). Harvey has been shooting at Coney for a gazillion years (42 actually) and has two books published on the subject, so he knows the area pretty well.  What better way to spend 10-11-12?

It was an absolutely gorgeous day and the 50? 60? of us jumped right in to shooting. We all went our own ways of course. This was my journey.

Harvey explains the scene.

Lunch Break

Students from Rachel Carson High School of Coastal Studies

Mom and Phillip

Under the pier

7-23-12 Photographing People

I am taking a five-day intensive class (10-5 daily) called “Photographing People.” Harvey Stein is the teacherHarvey has been a professional photographer since 1979 and is probably best known for his work at Coney Island. Coney Island 40 Years was published last year. His first book on Coney Island was published in 1998.

Today’s afternoon assignment was to go to Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center and ask people we found interesting if we could take their pictures. We are to bring in our five “best” to show tomorrow. These are the top 5 that didn’t make the cut…


7/23/11 The Norwegian Jewel passes Pier 54