Water Trails

I was taking some pictures of the fountain in the Plaza at Lincoln Center in New York City when I noticed these water trails. The fountain itself is quite fascinating. It goes through cycles: starting with one that is quite innocuous where the level is quite low, and progressively getting higher and higher. The problem is that as it get higher the spray is more and more likely to get caught by the wind and blown onto the plaza. While this can produce interesting abstract patterns (as in the picture) it can also be quite dangerous, creating a very slippery surface in the vicinity of the fountain. If fact while we were there a child slipped and fell.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

An Escalator

We went into New York City to see a production of what turned out to be an extremely good production of “Kiss Me Kate”. I was waiting for my wife in Grand Central Terminal – leaning on a railing at the top of an escalator. As I looked down it occurred to me to take a picture of the people on the escalator. There was also a small triangular area (top left in the pictures) where people would from time to time pass by. I wanted to include that too.

These two pictures are what I ended up with. The first one clearly show the two women on the escalator as well as the man passing by. However, it doesn’t give much sense of movement. The second also shows figures on the escalator and in the triangular area. It shows the movement much more, but I think it’s a bit too blurry and indistinct. I don’t think either of them is quite right, but I prefer the first one. If I had it to do again I think I’d try to come up with something in between: something that captures some of the movement (but not too much).

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

Concentration

Our friend recently invited us to a July 4th barbeque. This hammock was hanging between two trees in the garden and at one point his daughter was lying in the hammock and decided to get up. I haven’t done well with hammocks in the past. I can’t get into them. On the odd occasion when I manage it I tend to fall out, which is probably just as well as I probably otherwise wouldn’t be able to get out at all.

However, she was successful, but look at the concentration required.

Taken with a Sony Nex 5N and Sigma 30mm f2.8 EX DN.

She doesn’t seem impressed.

From time to time I look back on older pictures to see if there’s anything that has potential that I might have missed when I took it. So I was browsing around in Lightroom when I came across this picture. I’d looked at it a few times before, but I guess not closely enough.

This time, however, I followed her gaze and noticed where her eyes were looking. I also looked at the expression on her face and finally the position of the hands – particularly her right hand.

Then I started to smile. She really doesn’t seem impressed.

After a bit of research I discovered that it’s a statue of Athena. The original bronze sculpture was by Myron c.460 BC when it stood close to the entrance of the Parthenon. This re-creation shows Athena having thrown down her flute (which she had invented) and the satyr Marsyas preparing to retrieve it.

Taken in 2011 at the Botanical Garden, Copenhagen, Denmark with a Panasonic Lumix ZS-3.