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Monthly Archives: July 2014

  One evening in mid-September last year I was in my office and noticed that the setting sun was giving off the most amazing light. As most of my colleagues were gone for the day, I walked around the floor, poking my head into unoccupied offices looking for the best combination of light and color […]

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Images like this increase my interest in developing my own film.That’s not going to happen for issues mostly of space but it does tempt me nonetheless.  The reason is that although I can manipulate my film scans in standard image processing software, I think they lose some essential “filminess” along the way. So if I want […]

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  Saturday was my birthday and I drove up to Mystic, Connecticut with my family for an overnight excursion.  The travel was horrific, especially on the way up, but the rest of the weekend was a brilliant success. We had a great afternoon at the Mystic Seaport Museum of America and the Sea, and then […]

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  Different gear can help you see things in a different way. I have photowalked this neighborhood at least a half-dozen times,and walked down this block, and never thought to photograph this particular spot until I did so with a 645 Medium Format camera (the Fujifilm GA645zi) and black and white film. It’s all about […]

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  It is generally considered a poor idea to have a dominant out-of-focus foreground element in an image.  Our eyes naturally start with the closest elements in view. When we look at an image like this and see at that first blurry tulip just to the right off-center, it’s a bit disorienting. But I liked the way […]

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  A fine if uninspired photograph. I mostly enjoy it for two reasons: 1. I’m amused at how I was able to stand directly, dead center of the doors, and yet avoid having any part of me reflected; and 2. I also like how the door itself is in focus but the reflection of the […]

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  It was very early in the morning; pre-dawn in fact. I took this shot of Lady Liberty and it needed to be pretty long — 50 seconds — just  to capture enough light. I was not trying for any sort of long-exposure effects and did not expect any. The Statue of Liberty is a […]

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Earlier this week I noted that I was a bit wary of posting some of my shots taken with real film, because I sometimes end up falling in love with a shot that has a weak composition or subject, simply because I love the look of the medium. So here are two cases in point, which […]

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  Gantry Plaza State Park in the Long Island City section of Queens is perhaps my favorite spot to view the Manhattan skyline. Part of the reason why are the gantries themselves, which dominate the left foreground of this shot.

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  This is a reasonably familiar photographic composition, featuring the Standard Hotel over the High Line park, framed by the cut-out of another building that straddles the park. Taken with Fuji GF670 medium format and Kodak Portra 400 film.

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  I am finding myself more intrigued by film photography right now than I have ever been — but this is not film.  This is in fact a 3-year old digital image made up to look like black and white film. The subject of course is the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.   […]

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  The Morocco Pavilion is one of the most visually interesting spots in WDW, and one of my favorite photography locations in the Walt Disney World Resort. As best as I can tell, this is informally but usually called the “tile room,” and it is rarely cluttered with visitors even during the day. If you’re in […]

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  Once upon a time New York had basically two forms of portable coffee cup: styrofoam and the Anthora: “Anthora – We are happy to serve you” by Dan Bluestein – We are happy to serve you. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Nowadays you do not see much of either. Styrofoam is […]

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