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Titan Machine Corp


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 the gear. Vision is nothing!

Well, no, but gear can alter your vision.It did for me here.

Anyway, Titan seems to be a pretty cool local business — one of those companies you have no idea exists unless you need its services or go walking around in the odd neighborhoods where they reside. It was founded in  1973 by a man named Carlos Escobar, a 2-time Purple Heart recipient. There’s a cool photo of him on their about section back in the day, and now in his 70s, Carlos is still part of the company. Pretty cool. They manufacture and repair hoistway and elevator equipment. Also pretty cool.

I’ve just used the word “cool” three times in short order but — although I actually  have no direct experience with the company — I just get a very good vibe from their website.

Finally, trying a new idea, here is a Google Street View look at the location to give you an idea of what I saw before I took the picture. Perhaps it gives you a bit of insight into the creative porcess to see an entire street in context and compare it to the end result of the photograph.

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“If you are what you should be you will set the whole world on fire.”

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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 those 2 in-focus tulips relate to one another from this exact angle. And this is not my garden where I would have felt entitled to bend that front tulip out of the way and risk damaging it. So here we are.

I’m not bad at composition, I’m just so damn ethical.

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  • Jimmy DenhamJuly 24, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    Personally, I like when we break rules like this – makes the image a bit more artistic and personal. Lovely colors too!ReplyCancel

  • Len SaltielJuly 24, 2014 - 7:47 pm

    You should know the rules before you break them and you chose correctly on this Mark.ReplyCancel

Miller Theater Doors, Columbia University


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 building across Broadway is blurred.

Minolta SRT-202
Minolta Rokkor 58mm f/1.2
Ilford Delta 400 film pushed.

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Statue of Liberty With Passing Boat Light Trails


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 statue after all. She does not move except in Ghostbusters 2.  Plus it was so dark that both the water and sky were essentially invisible, rendering the most common form of long exposure effects irrelevant.

So it was a surprise when I looked at the result and saw the light streaks. It was so dark I could not see the boat at all and did not even notice its lights in real time. It just turned out to be a very happy accident.

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Those blades on the roof of the new building spin in the wind, and look pretty neat from the right angle, and can be seen from a fair distance. As of now, if you look at that location on a satellite image map, it still shows an empty lot. Finally, you cannot see it here but I took this standing underneath an elevated subway line. I have another shot of the new building with its fans/blades/art? contrasted with some coiled wire hanging from the elevated that I will feature later on.


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