Posted on June 18, 2014
I like to go out with an infrared camera at least a couple of times each summer. It’s the best season for lots of leaves and while puffy cumulus clouds which look cool in infrared. Even on the NYC streets there are plenty of trees for infrared. The COUNTRY image is the grounds of the William Cullen Bryant home in Roslyn, Long Island. The second image, the CITY was shot looking down 9th Avenue in the 40′s.
Posted on June 6, 2014
Game in progress! Shooting across a city during the afternoon, especially from far away with a long lens can play havoc with color. First there’s almost always haze. It’s even worse in Los Angeles at this time of day. The concrete and trees are an unusual cast, shooting across great distances in the city with long glass just does this! Something must happen to the photons thru the haze. I like the stadium in it’s neighborhood filled with fans. It’s kind of a miracle to get it this clear on a city, summer afternoon.
Posted on June 4, 2014
When a street musician is really good, people may walk by without looking but everyone notices the playing. This girl turned around for one last look before disappearing out of view down the street. This man could really play.
Posted on June 3, 2014
Marlins Park in Miami has a homerun feature just like CitiField in NY has the giant apple that rises, or the man who comes down the slide at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The Marlins have a multicolored mountain with birds and fish that twirl around it. For the first time I almost wasn’t allowed to take a picture at a new ballpark. My tickets were expensive ones down by the field. In the 6th inning I took my camera and got on the escalator to go up way up to the top of the upper deck behind home plate to take this shot. Security looked at my ticket and refused to let me go. The guard said “You’re down there by the field, a great place to see the game.” I asked if I could go up to take a photo of the ballpark but no dice. What made no sense was that I was trying to go up to the CHEAP seats, NOT sneak down to more expensive seats! So what gives?? This had never happened to me before at any of the 22 other ballparks I’ve photographed. You can always walk around and go up to cheaper areas. Even though the upper deck was almost empty he wouldn’t budge. I never cause any trouble so I just thanked him and said it was no big deal. Finally he changed his mind and let me up long enough to take this shot. Very strange. Anyone know if the rules are changing at other ballparks, and why?
Posted on June 2, 2014
I just returned from a 24-hour there-and-back speaking trip in Miami. The approach route into either JFK or LGA is pretty standard. But sometimes there’s a fun, different route that lets me grab a new photo. I notice that people leave the window shade down these days. There’s almost a peer pressure not to open the shade. They’re missing all the good views out the window.
Posted on May 30, 2014
Posted on May 29, 2014
To think that it was going to be torn down! It took Jackie Kennedy leading a group to save it. Our NY’s Penn Station was even grander, but with rail ridership down in the 50′s and 60′s the Penn Railroad couldn’t afford to keep it. Penn Station’s demolition struck a nerve with people about preserving places like this. If Penn Station hadn’t gone first, developers might have succeeded in taking down Grand Central. By the way it’s a common mistake for people to call it “Grand Central Station”. It’s correct name is Grand Central Terminal. Below it is a giant chamber even larger than what you see. In the next few years a new tunnel will carry Long Island Railroad trains directly from the Island to Grand Central.