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Once upon a time New York had basically two forms of portable coffee cup: styrofoam and the Anthora:

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Creative Commons Photo by Dan Bluestein

Anthora – We are happy to serve you” by Dan BluesteinWe are happy to serve you. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Nowadays you do not see much of either. Styrofoam is gone for environmental reasons and the classic Greek diner cup has been supplanted by a wide variety of proprietary designs and cups that advertise just about anything with a budget. I found this fellow at the top sitting on the ledge next to a subway entrance in Queens, and I think I was drawn to the color contrast between the cup and the green/blue paint.

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I think it took about 17 seconds from the time unveiling of the design for the Columbia University School of Law building, aka Jerome L. Greene Hall, before someone started calling it The Toaster. This balcony, looks like the sliding button on the end of a toaster that you use to push the bread down and start the toasting process. There is another one on the other end of the building placed higher up.

Very few people like this building design. The architects also worked on Lincoln Center and the UN, which I think were more successful, although I do not much love the UN building either.  I think the building is almost Brutalist with all of its overwhelming concrete. For a differing take, check out this article by someone who truly appreciates the building. He agrees with me that it has some Brutalist elements (which he likes) abut also points out that when viewed directly, the concrete recedes somewhat and the glass dominates, giving the building a lighter touch.

I never much liked the balconies, which seem kind of pointless. It seems to me that the reason to have them would to create a sense of separation from the building and suspension in air when you step out into them, but being surrounded on top, bottom and both sides with concrete, any possibility of such an experience is lost. Apparently you are also no longer allowed to enter them.

The brick building in the background is Wien Hall, known as Johnson Hall when I was attending. The tent was up in preparation of graduation ceremonies and festivities when I took this in early May.

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It’s not my most dramatic or impressive photo, but I wanted to try out Capture One and this is one of the first images I settled on, from a recent outing with my online photo buddy Jim Nix. You can see his impressive work from the evening here.

I didn’t intend this to be a showcase or test of anything, and in truth this exercise is not properly designed to be either. But while working on the image I became mildly obsessed with seeing how much detail I could tease out of the Lady in the harbor. In the end I cropped pretty tight and just tried to enhance the image in simple ways: a bit of an exposure adjustment, some highlights recovery, noise reduction, plus a tough of sharpening. I was surprised at how good it came out given the heavy crop, and I suppose that is as much a testament to the camera and lens (Fuji X-T1 and Fujinon 55-200mm zoom) as it is to Capture One.

The original image, unedited from Raw except for generic JPG output is below.

- Oh just be quiet about the skewed horizon already. I was shooting on top of rocks. Leave me alone, OK?

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Dark Radio City


I’ve been working here roughly 20 years and I cannot remember ever leaving in the dark and seeing the Radio City Marquee be dark like this. This was shortly after a brief but rather fierce thunderstorm, but as you can see none of the other lights in the area are out, including office lights in the same building. It’s a mystery — one that might, I expect, be fascinating only to me.  Happy Independence Day tomorrow and have a wonderful weekend.


“Love alone creates.”
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  • Len SaltielJuly 4, 2014 - 6:51 am

    Really weird to see it dark. Nice catch MarkReplyCancel

  • Mike CriswellJuly 6, 2014 - 10:56 am

    That is a strange one, maybe blew a breaker or something during the storm, cool shot with all the water and glowing reflections.ReplyCancel

Polite TransportJust a slight bit of fun today. I was very disappointed with the results from this roll of film. It might have been the film itself, it wasn’t expired (I think) but it was a bit old and I didn’t store it carefully. Lots of shots ended up underexposed and murky.



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