Monochrome Mondays

Reflection. It is one of the most exciting and frustrating aspects to photography. It is difficult to get the balance just right. To have the camera positioned so one half of a photo is ‘above’ while the other half is ‘below’. It is also hard to get the clarity of the reflection just right. But when it is done right, the results can be very satisfying. I remember taking this shot last year in Cape Cod. I took the same shot in color and monochrome, but when I viewed them both, the monochrome shot had that little bit of ‘magic’ for me. Something about the reflection in this case seemed much more pleasing. Let me know what you think in the comments, and do make sure to follow me on social media. Links to the right or below the photo. Until next week!

Cape Cod Reflection

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Monochrome Mondays

Well after a week off for a business trip to Las Vegas, Monochrome Mondays is back again. I’ll have to make this one shorter than normal in its description, owing to the fact that I came into about 200 emails in my absence. Not to mention the remnants of a raging cold which kept me home almost the entire weekend. On Friday as I made my way home early in the morning-by monorail, subway, then taxi, the closer I came to our neighborhood, the more I could not wait to see the first signs that I was really home. Coming up out of the subway not feeling well, tired and bedraggled, bags straining at their seams I caught my first sure sign that I was almost home. Like most places in New York City, one only has to look up to know where you are. It is no different in my neighborhood, and in any direction I can see distinctive buildings, smokestacks or water towers to guide me. But coming up out of that subway the other day and while wearily hailing a cab to take me the rest of the way, I saw the slightest glimpse of the Queensboro 59th Street Bridge. And that’s when I knew I was home for sure!

Queensboro 59th Street Bridge

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Monochrome Mondays

Well today is May 1st and spring is well and truly here. Which of course means that summer is not too far behind. Which also means it will soon be time to go to places like the one shown in this photo-Coney Island. Though much has changed there over the years, for a lot of people, those two words signal the start of yet another summer of the beach, boardwalk, amusements the Cyclone (and for baseball fans, the Cyclones), Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, freak shows, and lots of people watching. There is something so unique about Coney Island. When you get off the usually long subway ride out there, you just get a feeling of letting it all go,  and all the worries and problems disappear. Pictured is the famous Parachute Jump ride, which has sadly been long shut down to the public. But the unique structure still stands towering above the area, a reminder that whenever you see it in the distance, good times are near.

Coney Island

A heads up for everyone, due to a business trip to Las Vegas next week, Monochrome Mondays will return on May 15th!

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Well yesterday was a fabulous spring day here in New York City. My wife and I took a stroll around Flushing Meadows Corona Park and enjoyed the sunshine, glorious weather, and all the beautiful flowers and trees in bloom. For those unfamiliar, the park was twice the site of a World’s Fair, first in 1939 and then again in 1964.  It was a great chance to see the icons of this park standing up close and personal such as the Unisphere, the NY State Pavilion, and the Queens Museum. My favorite is definitely the Unisphere, designed for the 1964 World’s Fair by Gilmore D. Clarke. Though it looks impressive every time you drive by on the highway, up close it really takes on a new meaning. Representing the budding space race at the time of construction, to me it takes on an entirely new meaning these days. The entire borough of Queens is probably the most diverse area not just in New York City, but all of the United States. Perhaps even the world. Walking around on a beautiful spring day seeing people from all corners of the world barbecuing, riding bikes, skateboarding, playing soccer or even cricket reminded me that the planners of that World’s Fair chose very well indeed when they added the Unisphere to remind us we all live on this one planet.

The Unisphere

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Monochrome Mondays

Normally Mondays are not so happy for most of us. Today however is a good Monday, since I am off today and tomorrow! But I still have some work to do…such as share with you a new Monochrome Mondays. In the case of one thing leading to another, the other day I changed my profile photo on Facebook to one from Ireland last summer. After selecting it, I scanned through some of the other photos I took, when I came across this one again. For all the natural beauty of Ireland, it is also a place where you are easily reminded of it also being a place where people work hard, and the landscape often shows evidence of it. Piles of turf, or hay bales abound. So do little boats, which seem to be everywhere near the coast. I walked one day down to a tiny little pier in Kilcar, Donegal. By no means was it a beautiful scene, and with the tide in it had that not so attractive smell! But the contrast of this little boat, leaning to one side, while looking towards the town was too appealing for me not to take this photo.

Low Tide, Donegal

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Spring is officially here! Well I hope it is for most of you anyway. After being cooped up for much of the winter it is now finally time to get outside and enjoy the nice weather. I love going for long walks with my camera in hand. Where I live you never quite know what you will see. Old buildings, interesting signs or architectural details, or waterfront scenes. I love discovering all sorts of scenes like that. On one such walk a year or so ago, I found a little waterfront view near Astoria Park, in Queens. What made me grab my camera was the way the big clouds were slightly obscuring the sun, which caused some great sun beams on the water, together with the streak of sun glinting off the water and the silhouetted skyline of Manhattan in the distance. But sometimes happy accidents happen just as you are preparing to press the shutter release. And so it was that the two birds came swooping across on the left hand side, giving the photo a real sense of movement and life.

Hope you all are getting some nice weather wherever you are and taking advantage of it!

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As a general rule, when I want to ‘go’ somewhere I prefer to go to a place near water of some sorts. That might be the ocean, or a lake or river. Being near water just makes me happier I guess. Occasionally though I might find myself on a hiking trail in the woods, marveling at the strength and resilience it represents. Old trees and young saplings. The conversations among different species of birds. Dense undergrowth of grass and wildflowers. There is a real sense of life in the woods-both the seen and the unseen.

Strangely enough though, I took this shot last fall in the woods….right next to the ocean as it happens. Cape Cod is a nature lover’s paradise. Though most people rightly associate it with being on the ocean or the bay, there are also dense areas of woodland. This photo was taken on the Atlantic Cedar Swamp Trail, within the Cape Cod National Seashore, mere steps away from the relentless Atlantic Ocean. A perfect place to go when you like being near the water…or the woods!

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