15-09-24 The “Real” New York City – A Lazy Late Afternoon On The Hudson

Continuing with my “real New York” idea, I will be giving you a bit of today’s life on the greenway in Manhattan that runs along the Hudson.
When I got home from work today, I was cranky and exhausted…too many days in a row getting up at 4/5 AM and driving way too far (not whining – I love the life I have chosen here at the beginning of my last third but tired is as tired is) and needed to get some images to clients. After handling that I sat back and said: “I need the river. I miss the river. I don’t go there as often as I should. Go, you idiot!”
So I headed into Riverside Park and then down to the 79th Street Boat Basin. Got there, turned around walked back up the river to my home, about 4 miles in all. I feel so much better. I know the river is my anti-anxiety place, my mood elevator place, as Castaneda would have said…it is my “power place”, but for some reason I have been neglecting it and thus neglecting myself…

A few images from my walk. I hope you enjoy them.






11-1-13 Travel Theme – Delicate

Ailsa’s Theme this week is delicate.  I didn’t know that when I was shooting today in Fort Lee Historic Park but I think I took a number of “delicate” shots. I will go with a few on one theme today and will probably revisit later this week.

Today the theme and variation is being played on foliage.

Foliage Delicato-3

Foliage Delicato-2The park is right on the Hudson

Foliage DelicatoBefore I give you the links to other views I wanted to post a song that is, to me, delicate. I realize this is not a word that is usually applied to Nina Simone but there you have it.








12-6-12 White Bird

I spent all day today in the Lightroom.  I took a photo cruise with B&H around Manhattan back in October. They  teamed up with A&I Photobooks on a promotion that lets you create a 40 page photo book of the day very inexpensively. I took over 700 hundred pictures that day. Today I spent the day cutting.

First cut brought me to 250. Second cut to 140. Those I did some minimal work on (primarily white balance and exposure) and then cut down to 75. Those I worked more extensively. I am now down to 59 and will make my final cut in the morning.

I worked one picture more than the rest and below we have it in theme and variations. I am interested to hear your thoughts. Which one do you like?
Seagull Trio-1

Seagull Trio-2

Seagull Trio-3

10-2-12 Travel Theme Foliage – Journey Through The Past

All day presidents
look out windows
All night sentries
watch the moonglow
All are waiting till
the time is right
Son, don’t be home too late
Try to get back by eight
Son, don’t wait
till the break of day
‘Cause you know
how time fades away.
Time fades away
You know how time fades away.

Neil Young

I am taking a second crack at Ailsa’s theme of Foliage.  In my first foliage post, here, I remarked that I had some great foliage pictures from the old days of shooting with film, and I do.

However, this was the picture I had in mind. It took me a long time to find it. I went through 7 years of photo albums before I came upon it and it was somewhat of an emotional ride. I was flipping through the albums quickly and it was unsettling seeing those who have died, the couples that are no more, the friends who have drifted away or are not friends any longer, the babies who are now in college, places that used to hold great meaning for me that I simply do not go to anymore.

On a deeper level still, remembering the dreams of those times, some reached, some not, some abandoned, some still being  pursued.

It isn’t that I don’t look through these albums because I do, but not usually in this concentrated a way and with this much intention.  I find that I am curiously unsettled by it.

I took this picture somewhere near Phoenicia, New York. Katherine and I used to rent a cottage on the edge of the National Forest Preserve from April until October. We had a garden (very exciting for people from NYC) and a creek ran just below us. It feed into the Esopus Creek which is a tributary of the Hudson River.  Woods were all around us. About every other week we would have friends up. It was truly a great time in our lives.

This is our friend David, just hanging out…

Travel Theme: Foliage 9-29-12

This week, Ailsa decided on a travel theme of Foliage. Something to do with fall in the Northern Hemisphere I believe.

I have some great foliage shots from back in the film days but decided to go with shots I have taken around my Hudson adventures.

From The George Washington Bridge:

From The Mid-Hudson Bridge


Lock 5 – Champlain Canal North of Troy

Outside of Buchanan, NY – taken with my iPhone 4

Other foliage you may enjoy

Wind Against Current

Cee’s Life Photography

Autumn in Bruges

9-28-12 Looking Up

The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men’s apples and head their cabbages.”
Cyrano de Bergerac

Ailsa’s Theme

Apollo’s Chariot