Friday, April 27, 2012

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Space Shuttle Enterprise on top of Boeing 747.I’m totally psyched! We just got back from Fort Wadsworth where we drove to this morning to witness the final voyage of Space Shuttle Enterprise strapped to the back of Boeing 747 to New York Intrepid museum.

Shuttle carrier escorted by a fighter plane.When several weeks ago I heard about Discovery flying in the same manner all over DC I was very jealous of Washingtonians. Needless to say when I heard that the same thing will be happening over New York I immediately took a morning off from work. The flight got delayed twice because of bad weather and it finally happened today, on Friday, April 27, 2012.

Flying over Verrazano Bridge.When I heard about the flyover I thought that Fort Wadsworth would be a perfect location to view it from. It is located pretty high up, overlooking the bay under Verrazano Bridge and has a good view of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, although the statue is pretty far and is somewhat hard to see on the photographs taken with a normal lens.

View of Enterprise from Fort Wadsworth.Early in the morning I packed my gear — my usual 24-70mm lens, but this time I also took my 70-200mm lens and the 2x teleconverter that I have laying around which never gets any use. And I’m very glad I did.

Flying over the Statue of Liberty.We were really hoping that it will get closer to our location than the Statue of Liberty and this morning I had found two maps of its possible fly path and on both of those there was at least one pass over the bridge. Since NASA never disclosed an exact fly route I was hoping that these maps were true.

A big crowd has gathered at Fort Wadsworth.When we got to Fort Wadsworth I realized that my secret spot isn’t so secret. It was as crowded as I’ve never seen it before, but it wasn’t bad at all. There were plenty of parking spots left and we easily found a good viewing spot near the edge where I setup my tripod. Even though I knew I can’t fix the camera completely it still provided good support for those telephoto shots.

Arosha being completely unimpressed by the shuttle.There were a couple of guys with radios who were getting constant updates. They told everyone when the plane was 2 minutes out. And then it appeared through the cables of Verrazano Bridge. I started with my 24-70mm lens to get good landscape shots of the bridge with the plane.

My dad and I.By the time it passed the bridge I switched over to my 400mm setup, but was quite late to get any decent shots. Nobody was sure if we were going to see it again or if it was going to cut through the middle of city on its final route to JFK.

Flying by Freedom Tower.Luckily we didn’t have a long wait. It again showed up over the Statue of Liberty — it was hard to see with a naked eye, but I could see it very well through the lens. To the happiness of all the photographers and observers the shuttle carrier did a second pass right over the bridge and I got a good number of great close up shots with the plane taking up the full frame.

Space Shuttle Enterprise on top of Boeing 747.I was so ecstatic that I started clapping and the other people followed too. It was a good and fun event for us, but Arosha found it quite boring. Later he is going to see these photographs and he’ll be able to say that he was there, although not too happy.
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Friday, September 30, 2011

More Film

As I said in my previous post I will select more images from my film batch and post them. Here they are. No processing work on these, except for resizing. Straight up scans from the lab.

Williamsburg bicycles.
Manhattan skyline from Williamsburg.
Brooklyn Heights promenade. Arosha's climbing.
Typewriters at Brooklyn Flea.
Arosha and Alena. Not far from home.
Brooklyn Heights.
More bicycles, this time at Brooklyn Flea.
Alena and Arosha at Floyd Bennett Field.
Alena and Arosha at Floyd Bennett Field.
Alena at Floyd Bennett Field.
Crab at Floyd Bennett Field.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

NYC Panorama

NYC Panorama wallpaper on dual monitors.I found a cool use for my 6,000 pixel wide panorama of New York City that I took several months ago. Looks awesome on dual monitors.

NYC panorama wallpaper for dual monitors.You can download a 3840×1080 version that will work perfectly on a pair of 1980×1080 monitors. I use Actual Dual Monitors tool to manage my dual montors and it lets me set a single wallpaper for both screens.
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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Rain, Rain, Rain

Rain, rain, rain.The start of this summer has been “amazing”. It’s been raining for weeks now and it just keeps going. Next week weather forecast looks even worse. This is really strange and really atypical for New York.
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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Times Square

Times SquareWe ended up in Manhattan towards the end of the day today. Since we often lug around our camera we decided to visit Times Sq. And yet again it has proved hard to photograph. Harder then it seems to me at least.

Times SquareSome aspects of the images came out quite well, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. The things that gets to me the most is the noise in the photos. Continue Reading
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Monday, September 17, 2007

The Statue Of Liberty

Statue of LibertyСегодня был хороший, в меру солнечный и в меру тёплый, осенний денёк. Мы (наша семейная парочка и Игнат с Викой) провели его в Manhattan. Сперва мы отпра-​вились на остров, бережно несущий на себе Статую Свободы. Конечно, это толь-​ко пишется быстро — на самом деле, нам пришлось отстоять довольно длинную очередь.

Нас позабавил какой-то чер-​нокожий дядечка, подраба-​тывающий себе на жизнь игрой на каком-то неведомом мне интструменте (большой вогнутый диск с какими-то шишечками, по которым он бил палочками). Мне кажется, он был из Ямайки, но голову на отсечение не дам. mrgreen Он спросил Даню — “Hey, where are you guys all from?”, на что мой муж честно ответил “Brooklyn”, а потом, видно сжалившись над музыкантом, добавил “and before that — from Russia”. Дядечка очень обрадовался, и тут же настучал нам Калинку-Малинку и, кажется, Катюшу.

Circle Line ShipВ лодку, готовую отвезти нас и еще толпу народа на заветный остров, мы зашли в первых рядах, так что даже сидели прямо у края качающейся посудины. Качалась она неплохо, между прочим. Поездка ничем примечательным не отличилась, мне даже статую было видно плохо, потому что все стояли и снимали остров самыми разными фотоаппаратами. Прогулялись по острову мы хорошо, хоть мне периодически и хотелось, чтобы люди куда-нибудь пропали хотя бы минуток на 5. Continue Reading
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