Sunday, July 29, 2012

Manhattan Bridge Weekend

Manhattan Bridge.Lately, every weekend we’re trying to use the free time to full potential. We pick a new, or old for that matter, place and go there to explore, visit, walk and photograph. Last weekend was no exception.

Manhattan Bridge tower.We picked Manhattan Bridge as our target. We already walked over Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges before, but we never had a chance to walk on Manhattan Bridge until then, while it does have a pedestrian walkway as well. Alena, Arosha and I got into the car and drove over to downtown Brooklyn.

Arosha looking through the guardrail.We easily found parking right in front of the pedestrian ramp to the bridge and got on our way. Manhattan Bridge has subway trains running on it, so I was afraid that such loud noise would scare Arosha. But to my surprise once Arosha saw a train go by he started demanding for more trains! Even though he was covering his ears with his hands every time a train would go by he would stop, look at it and smile.

Brooklyn Bridge and construction of the Freedom Tower.As for my main objective — I wanted to see if I could find a good vantage point of view of Brooklyn Bridge for some cityscape shots. And as I suspected the views were spectacular. Even though there is a metal mesh covering the side of the bridge there is just enough space to squeeze a lens through guardrail. I only had my 50mm manual lens with me though, so I couldn’t get as wide of a shot as I wanted to. But it just is another reason to revisit.

One of the downtown streets.We didn’t get too far — we walked as far as the first tower of the bridge. By that time we had enough photographs, Arosha has seen enough trains, managed to pull on every handle in the maintenance covers on the bridge and drew a conclusion that it was not a good idea to jump into the water from here.

Clock Tower. Arosha loved it.On our way back I showed him a clock tower with a large clock on top of it and he liked it so much that he kept asking to see the tower for the next couple of days.

Manhattan Bridge pedestrian walkway.After we got off the bridge we decided to explore the park right on the water under the bridge that we noticed from the top. It was a long walk there, but there was a good playground with a fountain for Arosha and more great views for me. Brooklyn Bridge on the left and Manhattan Bridge on the right. But again my lens was not wide enough to get both bridges into the frame, but I’m pretty happy with some of the shots that I got.

Hole-in-the-wall gyro place — the best gyro in Brooklyn.And to finish our day we dropped by my favorite gyro place in the whole country. Certainly the best gyro in Brooklyn. I used to eat in this hole-in-the-wall place very very often during the time when I worked at my first full time job nearby at the end of the 90′s. We got a pair of gyro platters to go and the gyro was still as good as I remembered.

BQE. Brooklyn Queens Expressway.It was a good day.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Second Roll

I’ve received the scans of my second film roll about a week ago and still haven’t posted the photographs. There are a lot of good shots again. I found these the most interesting. The most processing I’ve done on these was cropping and straightening in Photoshop. Nothing else.

Looking up.Arosha was reaching for something up high and I asked Alena to look up as well. It’s not very sharp, but it just works on this photograph.

Chess.I walked up to these guys and asked permission to take a photo. No response followed. Then one voice said — the silence means agreement. I took a shot and thanked them. No reply followed — they are all in the game.

Seagull at Sheepshead Bay canal.There are a lot of seagulls all around Sheepshead Bay canal. Each pole is occupied.

Alisa.The daughter of our friends Vika and Ignat — Alisa — playing in one of the local parks.

Shublik.Our Shublik is beautiful even in black and white. With age he’s got much easier to photograph even with a manual camera. He’s not a kid anymore.

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.Verrazano-Narrows Bridge — even to this day every time I see it I’m amazed by it’s beauty and sheer size. Whenever I have somebody come over from overseas this is the first spot I take them to.

Roll & Roaster.Roll & Roaster is one of the oldest places on Emmons Avenue. This antique car looked very fitting in front of it.

Silhouette.I was sitting on bench at the end of the canal when I saw this man going somewhere in a suite and old style hat. It’s a good place to take photographs of people going on about their business without intruding.

Yom Kippur.On the last warm day of the year people were coming out from synagogues on a day of Yom Kippur to enjoy the passing summer.

That’s all for today. A good set, but I probably won’t be doing more film anytime soon. The age of instant gratification has ruined me.
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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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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

First Film Results

Arosha up close.This morning I got an email from The Darkroom about my film — it has been developed and scans were available for download — they will send the CD with them and the negatives in the mail later. What can I say? I got extremely excited and anxious about looking at them and now that I did look at them I’m even more excited.

Alena at Floyd Bennett Field. Not sure what caused the scratch.Pretty much all of the photographs came out well. Some might not have a great subject or not have a good composition — this one I definitely should pay more attention to, but overall — great results that are beyond my expectations. Good exposure, good light, good focus, good subjects, great results.

Street. Williamsburg.I’m looking and looking at these over and over and I’m completely psyched. As my friend Andrey said that this moment with film is much more pronounced than it is with digital. You’re taking the photographs without seeing what they are, you are waiting to complete the film, you send the film out, you wait for the results and all this time the feelings get built up and then you see the scans. And when they are a good — excitement overflows you! That’s what I’m feeling now.

Brooklyn Heights. Promenade over looking Manhattan.In fact, and this is a rare one, the only thing that I needed to fix on some of these is the level of horizon. Also some scan got a large thin scratch going through them. I’m not sure weather it’s my fault or the lab did something wrong. Otherwise I’m very happy with sharpness and contrast. I love the grain and how the light got rendered. I really don’t have anything to fix.

Williamsburg shore line. Brooklyn Flea.I’m still surprised by the forgiveness of the film with respect to the exposure. If my D700 can adjust aperture and shutter speed with 1/3rd of a stop and has a very advanced metering device, Zenit advances in full stops and has an antique metering wire powered by selenium. A lot of these shots in very different conditions were taken with me somewhat winging the exposure setting, yet none of them are ruined.

Flowers. Floyd Bennett Field.Maybe a lot of the credit for this should go to The Darkroom. I’m not sure whose fault the scratch is, but I surely am going to use their service in the future. I also will be shooting more film it looks like. I bought two rolls to start with anyhow.

Self portrait.I can go on and on with my rambling and photos, but I think I’ll stop now. I’ll pick out some more photographs from this roll and make another post. But do not fear, I will not post all 36 of them. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go and load a new film into the camera.

P.S. I don’t remember the last time I posted straight out of camera photographs. Remarkable.
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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Williamsburg Bridge Photowalk

Here is a couple of photographs from our Williamsburg Bridge photowalk from this past weekend. All of these were taken with Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S manual focus lens.

Subway
FDR Drive
Williamsburg Bridge
Fence
Empire State
Factory
Bikepath
Bikepath
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Floyd Bennett Field Photowalk

Trail. Taken at f/2.It’s been raining for 5 days straight now. They are predicting it will keep raining for at least 3 more. But since I got my 50mm f/1.2 lens in the mail yesterday I’ve been itching to get out and shoot.

Brassicaceae. Taken at f/1.2.Today during the lunch break the sun peaked out from under the clouds. Alena, Arosha, my dad and I jumped into the car and drove to the nearby Floyd Bennett Field (5 minute drive) for a 40 minute walk. I took a good number of shots and pretty much all of them came out great. I’m very very happy with the purchase at this point.

Pebbles. Taken at f/1.2.As soon as we got home it started raining again. Our timing was perfect. Here are some of those shots. All of these were taken at either f/1.2 or f/2.

Footprints on the sand. Taken at f/1.2.
Shell in hay. Taken at f/1.2.
Hay. Taken at f/1.2.
Papa. Taken at f/1.2.
Wooden beach. Taken at f/2.
Beach grass. Taken at f/2.
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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Coney Island

Alena tries to take Arosha outside everyday for a couple of hours and on weekends I started taking advantage of these walks by joining them and taking my camera along. Today our destination was Coney Island. We didn’t last as long as we planned because the weather was colder than expected and it was snowing at times. I did walk away with a number of good shots I think.

Coney Island.
Parachute Jump at Coney Island.
Fence Climbers.
Fisherman.
Subway. Snowing.
Pier.
Pier to Tower.
Trash Urn.
Lamppost.
Bench on the Boardwalk.
Coney Island Boardwalk.
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Monday, December 27, 2010

After Christmas Mall

Yesterday I took Alena and her mom to Kings Plaza mall so they could shop for gifts to bring back to Minsk. Not the funnest exercise for most men and I wasn’t an exception. I however grabbed my camera with me and was wondering around, taking pictures of all kinds of things before security guard told me that I was acting against their policy and he would kick me out if I wouldn’t stop.

Window shopping.
1969.
Christmas Tree.
Candy stand.
Hangers.
Christmas tree.
Bulbs.
Shampoo.
I did choose to stop because at this time it was REALLY snowing outside. First big snow of this winter. Right now all cars are buried up to their windows and everyone is working from home. Later today I have to go and dig-up the car. Didn’t really get any great snow storm shots either.

Snow on the water.
Snow storm.
The morning after.
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday Walk

Today we went for Arosha walk with Alena, Mike and, you guessed it right, Arosha. I took my camera with me. Mike along with all the men in his office are in support of Movember. I just pulled a copy-cat. Here are some shots from the walk.

Beach
Mustang
Autumn
Sunset
Movember Mike
Movember Dan

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Pattern Walk

Yesterday we went for a work on which turned out to be an uncharacteristically cold day. We ended up looking for patterns and textures of all kind and taking photos. Here are some of them.

Brick Wall


Brick Wall

Building Facade


Building Facade

Cobblestone Pavement


Cobblestone Pavement

Garage Door


Garage Door

Ivy Wall


Ivy Wall

Graffiti


Graffiti

Metal Sidewalk


Metal Sidewalk
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