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Looking Up Mercer


The Empire State Building is everywhere.  Mercer Street in SoHo from just north of Broome Street, on an early Sunday morning.

NB: And boy am I embarrassed because that’s the Chrysler Building (D’oh!)

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East River Sculls


I was out in Gantry Plaza State park with Rick Louie when I saw this group of rowers heading down the East River in their single sculls. I had no time to adjust any settings on my camera that was set to take motionless landscape shots and barely had a chance to even compose the frame as they were moving surprisingly fast.  I ended up with a too-slow shutter speed than I would have intended that introduced a slight blur to the sculls and rowers, who were also somewhat underlit. But I took what I had and went with it when processing the image.

Oddly, the yello crown of lights at the top of the building on the right resisted all efforts to desaturate it, making it look as if I employed selective color. In fact, I desaturated it about 50% more than the rest of the image an it still stands out. I could have pushed it all the way but I decided its defiance deserved some recognition.

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Tom Kat

Two different cameras and different film, but the shots above and below were taken about 1.5 blocks apart and within 20-30 minutes of each other. The live Kat had an uncanny knack for looking right at me and the klens, then turning away at the exact moment in between when I decide to press the shutter and actually do so. I also have no idea if it is a Tom or not.

Tom Kat


Minolta SRT-202
Kodak Professional BW C-41 Film
58mm f/1.2 lens

Fujifilm GA645zi,
Kodak T-Max 400


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If I knew what kind of car it is I would have said so in the title. It appears to say so on the rear panel but I cannot make it out and I didn’t take a closer shot to note the model. This is outside a collision/ auto body shop that works on a lot of older and classic cars in Glendale, Queens.

Kodak Professional Black and White C41 Process Film
Minolta SRT-202
58mm f/1.2 lens

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  • Milton Erven AnglinAugust 18, 2014 - 12:57 pm

    The car is a 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air.ReplyCancel

    • MarkAugust 19, 2014 - 1:11 pm

      Thank you. A pair of my Facebook friends reached the same conclusion so I think it must be correct.ReplyCancel

Hoboken Painted Buildings


Hoboken has a surprisingly large number of painted row houses.  It’s sort of an open secret. I went there a few weeks ago hoping to wander around most of the morning but some unpredicted rain cut my trip short, so I only grabbed this shot and one more before packing it in.  This is on one end of Washington Street, which is the main drag, about a block away from Carlo’s Bakery of Cake Boss fame. I did not even get a chance to explore most of the more residential streets.

I have visited Hoboken before for photo outings, but mostly for the waterfront and NYC skyline shots.  I will be heading back at some point to complete my unfinished business.

This is Velvia 100 35mm film
Contax G2
Contax 21mm lens

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