Washington Square Park, New York City
Hunters Point, Queens, NY
I thought about writing a Haiku for this picture. My wife likes writing those, but I will admit I do much better with images than I do with poems. The attempt was miserable, so I'll do what I always do, say what I felt when I pressed the shutter. Actually, I knew exactly what I wanted to see in the image, I saw it before I picked up the camera. I waited until the rain came in and the fog loomed just right. The rest was about turning it into black & white and dodging and burning in some spots.
What strikes me about the scene is that this could have been taken any time in the far past and you wouldn't know the difference, it's got an old feel to it for me. It's also not a typical New York image. There is deliberately no Empire State Building or other landmark. This is Queens, it has beauty in its own very special way, just not always.
High Line, New York City, NY
New York City Subway, NY
One of my goals as a photographer is to overcome my fear of taking pictures of strangers. I know this is pretty common, even amongst professionals. Living in NYC means that I have a whole world of street photography and really interesting people and situations available to me. I mostly took landscape pictures when I started and now I seem to really enjoy getting those street shots, once I muster the courage to actually do it. The ultimate milestone would be taking a shot in a subway, really up close and personal. If I could do that comfortably, that would be a major achievement.
This shot was taken on a subway in NYC, but I don't count it as a success towards my goal because the subject didn't know I was taking his picture. However, I do look at it as step one in what I imagine will be a long line of steps towards building my confidence. The good thing is that while I build up that courage, I will be taking more pictures, and who can argue that being a bad thing?
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Taking a shower outdoors is strange, at least the first time. It seems unnatural until you get out of your own way, turn around and see this view. All of a sudden, cleansing takes on a whole new meaning.
This is sunrise from the outdoor shower at Hix Island Hotel on the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico. The Hix architecture is all about openness, integration and appreciating nature, which is why there are no TVs or phones in the rooms. No loss, there's plenty to see anyway.
One technical note, I tried to get the sun "sprite" effect by closing down the aperture to f/16 and smaller, but the sun still came out flat. I wonder if this is a limitation of the micro 4/3's sensor or maybe my shutter speed was too fast? Regardless, I still like the photo and it serves as a reminder to get out of my own way and look around every once in a while.