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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Crossover Dreams

I’m creating this entire post from my iPad as a road test. Not a lot to say about the image. This is a fairly routine black and white conversion of an image that is not quite as interesting as I imagined it woul be when I took it. I’m not running it down, mind you. […]

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Let’s Get This Straight

It’s funny how I keep covering the same themes as I write about the images in this series, because the issues I keep covering aren’t necessarily related to the subject matter. My shooting that day was all about lines, shadows, perspective, above/below and other things you would expect when shooting underneath elevated subway tracks. Meanwhile […]

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Diagonal Alley

J.K. Rowling stole my pun. The photo does not really show it clearly, but the elevated subway train tracks and this alley cut on a sharp diagonal through a city block. If you look at the map on this post, this is the alley one block before the train passes over a park called Rosemary’s […]

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Tracks Over Tracks

Continuing our travels under the M Train, this crossing at Woodward Avenue provides the best view of the street level tracks that used to run through these back lots. The elevated subway was built directly over these old rails. Once again I used the lens correction feature in Photoshop to correct the wide angle distortion […]

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Crossing Onderdonk

This image shows the M Train elevated subway just after the turn in yesterday’s image, as it leaves Palmetto Street and starts its past through back alleys and mid-bloc crossings. This is the first such crossing, on Onderdonk Avenue. I did some heavy perspective correction in Photoshop in the 14-24 super wide angle lens. It […]

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At The Turn

As I mentioned in the first post in the series, the reason I found this spur of the elevated subway M Line interesting is that it turns away from Palmetto Street to roll over a series of back alleys. We aren’t quite there yet, but here is the turn. I had no end of trouble […]

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Straight Up. No Chaser.

  For better or worse, the composition here is largely accidental. Oh, I did decide to point the camera straight up, but beyond that the framing was largely a guess. I suppose I could have crouched way, way, down, or even just lay down on the sidewalk, but I didn’t. So the fact that the […]

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Shadow Lines – Continuing the Self-Critique

So here it is – the wall I promised two days ago. To reiterate, I wasn’t promising the world’s best picture of a wall, but one that made better use of shooting the wall from an angle, and on that count, I think this delivers. First, as a practical matter, I could not hace shot […]

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Approaching Seneca

  So I messed up a bit yesterday when I said that today I would post a better image of a wall shot from an angle, because I also promised to post all the images from my photowalk that day in order, and I did not realize that this one was next in line. The […]

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Imperfection – A Self Critique

While it is not as if my output has been perfect to this point, this image suffers from the worst combination of poor composition and a subject that is not very interesting, certainly among anything I’ve put up for some time. Basically, it’s just a boring photograph. But I am posting it for a couple […]

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Shadow Tracks

This continues our journey under the M Train elevated subway line. This is at the corner of Palmetto Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. In the foreground and curving off to the right you can see the remnants of the street level tracks from either a trolley or a ground level subway line. The M train […]

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Uneven

Yesterday, Bob Lussier had a post called “Off Centered“ in which he confessed that he needs to better check his framing in the field, because the shot he posted came out off centered. I commiserated, and promptly fell for my biggest in-the-field compositional mistake, which is a tilted horizon. In my (partial) defense, I will note […]

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Event Horizon By The Queensboro Bridge

So apparently NYC is building one of those alien transport machines from the movie Contact, or the gravity drive from the movie Event Horizon. Either way,  you will be able to travel outside the galaxy from this platform as soon as the third ring is added. Officially it is an East River viewing pavilion but any fan […]

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Um, Okay [Seagram Building Plaza Teddy Bear and Lamp]

The plaza in fron of the Seagram Building on Park Avenue is one of the city’s most successful public/private spaces. I admire the building management for trying new things every now and then, but not this.  This is called Untitled (Lamp/Bear) and is going to be auctioned off by Christie’s in May. Ever since the Cow […]

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Fill ‘Er Up At The Silvercup

Another shot of the Silvercup sign. I think I’m going to keep shooting it until I get it perfect. On a business note, I want to mention that B&H is offering a special offer on the E-PL2. The Olympus E-PL2 is a successor to one of my favorite cameras, the E-PL1. The deal is that you […]

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