15-02-05 Playtime

Then a crowd a young boys they’re a foolin’ around in the corner
Drunk and dressed in their best brown baggies and their platform soles
They don’t give a damn about any trumpet playin’ band
It ain’t what they call rock and roll
Then the Sultans
Yeah the Sultans they play creole, creole

Mark Knopfler

I felt a little off when I got home and decided to just mess about in Photoshop for a bit with one of my current favorite pictures while listening to The Sultans of Swing on auto repeat..

This is the original:

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This is after working it in Lightroom:

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Moved into Photoshop from the edited Lightroom

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I have no idea if I like what I did. That is going to have to wait until tomorrow but I had a good time.


15-01-15 Fashion

Photography has no rules, it is not a sport. It is the result which counts, no matter how it is achieved.

Bill Brandt


12-14-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle

 The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Twinkle.”

We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.
Marilyn Monroe

In response to this week’s challenge, I thought the back cover was appropriate.

Nothing twinkles like sunlight hitting petroleum floating on water!

Boro Walk

 Other twinkles:










10-7-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs

Challenge: Signs

Possibly of all the signs I see frequently, this is my least favorite sign in the world.

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Here is my first response to the challenge:

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Here are other viewpoints of signs:











12-20-13 Nazgull

I took this in March of 2011. I have never really been happy with it but I have kept working on it over the years. My title for it has always been The Nazgull and I see no reason to change that.


12-2-12 A Different View

I am in love with the Hudson River. I lived near it for many years without really noticing it but over the past five years or so, it has become a larger and larger presence in my life.  So days like Sunday, with the fog and the duck,  can make me very happy.

It can also piss me off.  Sunday comes after Saturday. The Hudson is a working river, lots of commerce, lots of untreated raw sewage during heavy storms, long-term pollutants that are only slowly beginning to be cleaned up, flotsam and jetsam galore. It is a fact. Many people have worked and continue to work to clean it up, to make it a place we all can use.

So when I see crap like this…

12-2-12 Asshole behavior

I get angry. Really, how hard would this have been to clean up after your party?  I’ll tell you how hard. It took me about 30 seconds to collect the 4 balloons (2 not shown) and another 30 seconds to pop them and put them in my pack for disposal when I returned home.

Careless, unthinking behavior bothers me.  Do we really need more immortal plastics in our waterways?

9-18-11 Ecofest at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum…?

Big weekend for events. Yesterday, the Ocean Conservancy Coastal Cleanup with my friends at Green City Challenge…Today there was the Koman Race for the Cure , a number of street fairs and Ecofest (postponed two weeks by Irene). My friend Lori Grinker, a truly wonderful photographer, also gave a talk about her work in progress “Dear Grinkers”. You should check out her work.

I went to Ecofest before going to Lori’s talk. For me, there is a bit of cognitive dissonance in having EcoFest on the Grounds of the Intrepid but: “The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” – Fitzgerald

Hope you enjoy the show…

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8-11-11 – I’ll Walk

Riverkeeper – (Riverkeeper – How Is The Water) released its five-year study of the water quality in the Hudson Estuary (NY Harbor to Troy, NY) on Tuesday.  It does not make for very happy reading. There have certainly been significant improvements…but we have a long way to go.

This afternoon I participated in a “Shut Down Indian Point” rally. Pictures and facts over the weekend.

6-4-11 – Play Time

I have absolutely no idea of what this is.  I can only believe that it is not a positive thing for the water of the Hudson River or the fish and birds who live on, above, and around it.

Went up to Riverbank State Park and North River Wastewater Treatment Plant – “processes 125 million gallons of wastewater every day during dry weather, and it is designed to handle up to 340 million gallons a day when the weather is wet.” –  They, the authorities, claim that the plant is odorless. We, the people of New York, know better. The wind was off the river yesterday and you could smell the plant as soon as you got close to Riverside Drive. It was not as bad as it can be but was not as good as it sometimes is.

North of the Park the barbeques were going big time. Every 10 or 20 yards you would find another family or group, coals flaming, meat cooking, birthday parties being set up. Between the Park and The Bridge I counted over 4o cookouts, from tiny 2 people events to the size of this one…

I really enjoy watching New Yorkers at play. Just to the right of this picture, across the bike path, a Hawaiian themed birthday party was being set up. On the field north of that several baseball teams (some adult league or other, we have a bunch) were running wind sprints and practicing ground balls. They looked very professional in their red and blue uniforms.  By the river lots of people in bikinis, speedos, and surfer shorts, sunbathing. Bikes and blades everywhere.