10-03-16 WPC – Nostalgia – Times Square Edition

“Now you’re telling me
You’re not nostalgic
Then give me another word for it
You who are so good with words
And at keeping things vague”
Joan Baez

The Theme: Nostalgia

First attempt: 16-10-02 WPC- Nostalgia_Hippie Edition

Moving into the mid 70’s now. A double exposure I took last month as a thought or possible draft for “Trans_Lucent.”
I don’t think it is right for that, but I do think it is right for this.



5-16-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art

The Challenge this week is work of art“Art” isn’t just paintings and sculptures, it can be anything in which we find beauty and meaning

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“Art” isn’t just paintings and sculptures, it can be anything in which we find beauty and meaning 

Other views:











4-7-14 A Sunday Journey

Yesterday I showed the threshold of a New York spring.  As several people noticed I stopped by the Lighthouse on my walk.

RSJohnson_Hudson_1404060094 I then headed off to get up to the bridge. I took a different route this time. It involves an underpass beneath the West Side Highway…



It is a charming place. From there you have several choices. I decided to go under the northbound off ramp…


but soon enough I was up on the bridge looking back on the way I had come and the way I would return home and wondering what kind of idiot would possibly ruin their political career by ordering the shutdown of three lanes leading on to a bridge that carried 102 million (102,000,000) vehicles in 2013.


3-3-14 Abandon The Weekly Photo Challenge? No!

“Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.”


The weekly photo challenge is abandoned.  I already took one pass at it here. Today I thought I would revisit 2011 and my first visit to the abandoned Glenwood Power Station in Yonkers. It thrusts itself into the Hudson.


There is a plan to turn this into a hotel but other than ripping apart much of the inside, there has not been much “progress”.  Before the demolition started the interior looked like this.





Other views:

The Accidental Cootchie Mama is on an epic journey walking the Natchez Trace to help publicize her first novel “To Live Forever An Afterlife Journey Of Meriwether Lewis” and posted today about The Elizabeth Female Academy which truly fits the theme. #toliveforeverbook












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:

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

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

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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.

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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

Also posted for Portfolio Development at B&H Event Space: : https://www.facebook.com/bheventspace

10-22-13 Banksy, Gas, and Sheep

The other day I mentioned that at the end of the Boro Walk I saw a Banksy work on 24th and 10th Avenue. I thought I should show it to you.


Now Bansky got his start as a graffiti artist and that is what he primarily remains. A number of the pieces he has already done in NYC have been tagged or painted over by local graffiti artists since they don’t like him. In Brooklyn a man has placed armed guards in front of several pieces to protect them from vandals. There are deep levels of irony in that, I think.

This particular piece had the feel of a temporary site specific installation and when I went back Monday morning I found this.

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On the north-west side of 10th and 24th we have another longer term installation. It is The Sheep Station, a work by Francois Xavier Lalanne. It goes something like this.

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10-8-13 Boro Walk – Lower East Side

Start from 43rd Street and take the F downtown. Andrew Lichenstein was the leader of the walk.

Tompkins Square Park


and then we begin…

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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

9/1/13 Travel Theme: Distance

Ailsa’s theme this week is distance.

Yesterday I combined it with the weekly photo challenge: sea.

The image I am using is from the same shoot as the one I used for the Travel theme: big.

H’mm getting a bit self-referential here, aren’t I…

Ah well. This view is from the summit of Mt Beacon at the end of the old incline railroad, looking over Beacon, the Hudson River, Newburgh and on deep into the Hudson Valley and finally to The Catskill Mountains.

Mount Beacon

As always a few other views…

Distance | Berbagi Kisahk

Travel Theme: Distance | Patricia Sands’ Blog

Earth, Sea & Distance: Photo Challenges | Canadiantravelbugs’s Blog

Distance – Ailsa’s WTT… | Ouch!! My back hurts!!

Travel Theme: Distance | alien shores