- At the flea market
A couple of weeks back we went to the Stormville Airport Antique Show and Flea Market. Although there were a lot of vendors I didn’t find much of interest: a few old cameras, but nothing special as well as being in bad shape and overpriced. My wife managed to find a few pieces ...
- A walk around Ossining – Self Portrait with dog
If you look carefully at the large sculpture in the preceding post (A walk around Ossining – Take Me to the River) you’ll see that the inside of the arch is reflective. I took advantage of this to take a self portrait with our dog, Harley. Kinda surreal?
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.
- An Excursion to the Dutchess County Fair – A Portrait
I thought at first that this figure was a mannequin i.e. part of the antique machinery display – that is until he spoke making it clear that he is a person, according to his nameplate one “Larry T”. I guess my eyesight must be worse than I thought.
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.
- An Excursion to the Dutchess County Fair – Holy Blacksmith!
I came across this blacksmith just as he was finishing his demonstration. If I’d come another minute or so later I would have missed this picture. It seemed to me that it was full of religious symbolism.
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.
- An Excursion to the Dutchess County Fair – Man in a hat
Since I didn’t take this picture I wasn’t going to post it. However, I appear in very few pictures and the ones I am in don’t exactly flatter me. I quite like this one so I decided that on further reflection I’d include it.
It was a very hot day so I decided ...
- An Excursion to the Dutchess County Fair – Woman in a hat
My wife almost always wears hats. As we were approaching the fair I noticed that she (and our friends) were ‘tittering’ about something. It took me a while to figure out what it was. Sometime during out time in Rhinebeck, and unknown to me, my wife had picked up a new hat and ...
- An Excursion to the Dutchess County Fair – Lunch at Gigi
After looking around the antiques stores we were starting to get a bit peckish so we went to Gigi, apparently a favorite with our friends when they lived up here. It was a nice day so were able to sit outside.
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.
- An Excursion to the Dutchess County Fair – Overview
Last August we went to the Dutchess County Fair with some friends.
According to the fair’s website:
The Dutchess County Agricultural Society was formed in 1842 on a $157.00 grant from the New York State Legislature. The Society’s purpose was “to continue the development of agriculture, household manufactured items, and domestic produce.”
1842 – The First Official Fair
- ’76 House – The Spy and the Traitor
On the mantel of the ’76 House’s lovely blue and white fireplace stand two paintings: one of John Andre (the spy, above) and the other of Benedict Arnold (the traitor, below). Arnold’s portrait is framed upside down!
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.
- Self portrait in a Christmas ornament.
I came across this very reflective Christmas ornament on a tree in Law Park, Briarcliff Manor in December, 2013. I posted it originally as part of a black and white set, but it looks much, much better in color.
Taken with a Sony Nex 5N and 45mm f2 Minolta MD Rokkor-X.
- Las Vegas – Violinist
A member of the string quartet, which performed at both the wedding ceremony and the reception. Maybe not the sharpest picture I’ve ever taken, but I still like it.
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.
- Las Vegas – Little Brown Riding Hood
In the preceding post I mentioned that I wasn’t, for the most part, going to post any pictures of people at the wedding. This one is the exception. When our younger daughter pointed her out, I just couldn’t resist taking a picture of this little girl in a hooded cape looking at her ...
- Las Vegas – Flyboarding
I spotted this spectacular water sport from our room. Unfortunately I didn’t know what it was called. After some browsing around on the internet I discovered that it’s called Flyboarding.
It’s great to watch, but I don’t ever see myself doing it.
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.
- Las Vegas – Rowers
The preceding post showed rowboats at rest. Here are a couple of them in action.
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.
- Server – Hudson House, Cold Spring, NY
Taken in June 2002 (was it really almost 16 years ago!) during a pleasant lunch by the Hudson river at the Hudson House in Cold Spring with my friend Andres. If I’m not mistaken she’s taking away the remains of my Crème Brûlée.
Taken with a Canon Powershot S10.
- Déjeuner sur l’herbe
Actually this would be more accurately described as “dîner” rather than “déjeuner” as it was taken during an evening picnic on the grounds of Boscobel while waiting for a play to start. Constitution Marsh and the Hudson River can be seen in background – one of the most spectacular Hudson Valley views I’ve come ...
- Descent to the lower levels
In this case to the ground floor of the Danbury Fair Mall in Danbury, CT. I’m quite pleased with this picture. I dont’ often take pictures of people, nor do I take pictures of things that move. My reactions are not all that good and I need a certain amount of time ...
- New York Street Scene
Taken with an Olympus XA.
- In remembrance
My niece laying flowers on her great-grandfather’s grave.
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M1.
- A couple of portraits
A couple of pictures of my wife taken in 2009. I suppose the first one is technically better. In the second I’ve missed the focus. It should have been on the eyes, but instead it’s on the nose. Still in many ways I prefer it. To me it captures more ...
- Hudson Valley Ribfest – Boy an a bucking bull
He didn’t last very long. Only seconds after I took this picture he was off. My wife and our friend Doreen look on to the right.
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.
- Hudson Valley Ribfest – Cooling off
Well it was an exceedingly hot day!
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.
- Hudson Valley Ribfest – Nikki Briar performs
While we were there the performance on the main stage featured Nikki Briar and her band. Country music, which I’m afraid is not my favorite musical genre.
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.
- Hudson Valley Ribfest – Got pork?
One of the food vendors – hard at work.
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.
- Hudson Valley Ribfest – Food Vendors
Long lines of people waiting for the food vendors’ offerings.
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3
- New England Air Museum – Volunteer
This is one of a fairly small number of volunteers who assist visitors at the museum. Both he and his wife (also a volunteer) travel a long distance to do this. My deepest thanks to them for giving up a good chunk of time so that visitors like myself can have an enjoyable ...
- 2017 Favorites – Color
And now 10 favorites from 2017 in color. Above Christmas tree in two bridges park near Childrens Beach on Roaring Brook Lake.
Got pork? Taken at the Hudson Valley Ribfest, August 2017.
Building on Chemin Vert, Pinchat, Geneva, Switzerland.
Iris in my daughter’s garden, Geneva, Switzerland.
Blue Angels, NY Airshow, Stewart Airport, July 2017.
Your repetitive View by Olafur ...
- 2017 Favorites – Black and White
As we come to the end of another year it’s time for me to go through my annual ritual of picking a few (actually 10) of my favorite pictures from 2010, starting with black and white.
Above – Tides by Emil Alzamora. Taken at Peekskill River Park.
A runs through it – the Croton Gorge that ...
I like the way the two doorways, the standing man, and the figures in background make a diagonal that leads your eye through the picture. Also the way the two doorways frame the standing man. I also like the textures of the door step, stepping stones and gravel.
Taken at the Hammond Museum and ...
- Thanksgiving at the Castle
This year we decided to go out for Thankgiving and we chose to eat at Equus in the Tarrytown Castle. According to history section of the the castle’s website:
Only thirty minutes north of Manhattan, Castle Hotel & Spa sits majestically atop one of the highest points in Westchester County overlooking the Hudson River (note: ...
- Reclining Woman
Taken sometime in the late 1970s to early 1980s. I don’t remember which camera I was using. Nor do I remember what film I used other than that it was some kind of slide film.
And yes, I know that the white balance is way off. I’d seem some pictures in a ...
Taken in Geneva, Switzerland in May 2017 with a Sony RX100 M3.
- Woman on a Computer
Taken during a cruise on the River Hudson almost one year ago (December 2016). See also:
Hudson river cruise – Returning
Hudson river cruise – Under the Tappan Zee Bridge
Hudson river cruise – Dancers
Hudson river cruise – The Band
Hudson river cruise – Skydeck on the Hornblower Hybrid
Hudson river cruise – Manhattan view
Hudson river cruise – Leaving
- Peekskill Blues
A while back we went with some friends to a kind of street festival in Peekskill, NY. North Division Street, with a number of restaurants had been closed to traffic. We went to one of these eateries: the 12 Grapes. Restaurant for a meal, making sure that we got a table outside ...
- A Watercolor Exhibition
In the middle of August we went to a water color exhibition at Muscoot Farm. Above, one of the artists with some of her work on the wall behind. She also happens to be one of my wife’s friends. We bought one of her paintings: a landscape featuring a lake scene.
Taken with ...
- Korean Food
My wife is very good a discovering things to do and a couple of days ago she came across an event at our local library. It was a demonstration of Korean cooking followed by an actual Korean meal. We both like Korean food so off we went. The event was very well ...
- Putnam County 46th Annual 4-H Fair – Revolutionary War Re-Enactors, Around the Camp Fire
I don’t really have much to say about these: Just a few portraits and some cooking implements.
Taken with a Sony A77 II and Minolta Maxxum 50mm f1.7
- Putnam County 46th Annual 4-H Fair – Revolutionary War Re-Enactors, Blacksmith
This guy really looked authentic! Right out of the history books. He was answering questions at the time and looking intently at the people asking. I love the expression on his face.
Taken with a Sony A77 II and Minolta Maxxum 50mm f1.7
- Putnam County 46th Annual 4-H Fair – Revolutionary War Re-Enactors, Militia
At one point I thought of giving this picture a sepia toned, distressed look to make it look old. But then it occurred to me that photography would not be invented until around 60 years after the Revolutionary War so I decided to leave it as it was.
I seem to recall that this was ...
- Putnam County 46th Annual 4-H Fair – Native American Exhibit
This was one of the few occasions when I’ve asked someone if I could take their picture. I generally avoid taking pictures of people, and when I do I usually do it without their knowledge as I don’t like the look that I get when people know they are being photographed. In this ...
- A friend visits
Not too long ago a friend of ours came to visit. We had a very pleasant lunch outside on the patio overlooking the lake. I don’t recall why we came indoors (maybe it was getting cold? Maybe it was starting to rain?), but indoors we certainly came, and had our dessert in the ...
- Independence Day 2017 Fireworks on the Ossining Waterfront Better late than never!
I’d tried taking photographs of fireworks before, but I’d never really prepared properly (merely using whatever camera I had with me). Predictably the results were not particularly good. This time I took a bit more care, bringing along a tripod and a shutter release cord. I’m much happier with these.
Picnic while waiting ...
- On White Pond
Although White Pond is quite close to our house, I wasn’t aware of its existence until yesterday.
The walk starts by a small jetty (see above). As we passed by someone was fishing.
Before the trail enters the woods there are some great views of the pond.
After a while the trail goes away from the lake ...
- A walk around Teatown – Fishing at Vernay Lake
As mentioned in the previous post (See: A walk around Teatown – Shadow Lake) you pass Vernay lake at the beginning of the Twin Lakes Loop trail and then return to it at the end. As I passed it on the way out I noticed these two people, presumably a father and daughter, fishing. ...
- Geneva – Old Town, Fondue at the Restaurant de l’Hotel de Ville I love cheese fondue! My preference is for the fondue at the Café du Soleil in Petit-Saconnex, near where I used to work (it was also a favorite after work watering hole for myself and my colleagues). Unfortunately, time was getting short during our visit and our daughter and her family were incredibly ...
- Four Women on Hallowe’en
From time to time I look back on old photographs. Sometimes I see possibilities in them that I didn’t see before. Over time Lightroom has become more sophisticated and my Lightroom skills have improved. So occasionally I end up with a photograph, which I didn’t think much of at the time but ...
This my friend Gustavo. We’d arranged to meet at 3 Westerley (See: Sunset Drinks at 3 Westerley and Sunset Drinks at 3 Westerley part II) for drinks and a meal.
For a variety of reasons I don’t take many pictures of people. And I don’t usually like using on camera flash, or ...
- Geneva – Champel, Parc Bertrand According to the French version of Wikipedia (Translation from the original French):
The park, as well as the property therein, was bequeathed to the City of Geneva by Alice Noerbel, the widow of Alfred Bertrand, representative of a large Geneve family in 1933 (for a part) and then in 1940 ( for the rest).
In the park ...
- Geneva – Augustins
Augustins spreads out to the East of Rue de Carouge between Plainpalais and Carouge around the Place des Augustins. According to the website of the Republic and Canton of Geneva this square gets its name (translation from the original French):
…from a monastery, founded in 1480 by the brothers of “Notre-Dame-des-Hermits”, of the Augustinian Order, ...
- Geneva – Mont Salève, An international traveller
I’m not referring to my wife (who’s been an international traveller for a good number of years), but instead to our dog Harley seen here (with my wife) on top of Mont Salève. He’s now on his third country: the US (his birth place, or at least I assume it is. He was ...
- Geneva – Kermesse
It’s now time for some more pictures from our May visit to our old stomping grounds in Geneva, Switzerland.
When we lived in Geneva our daughter went to the International School (Ecolint). Every year they hold a “Kermesse”. According to Wikipedia:
Kermesse, or kermis, or kirmess, is a Dutch language term derived from ‘kerk’ (church) ...
- Runner, Woodlands Legacy Field
I’d taken the dog for a short walk in Granite Knolls Park in Yorktown, NY and was returning through Woodlands Legacy Park when I noticed this sports field. I initially thought to include the goals, the scoreboard, and the floodlights. But then this runner passed by….
Taken with a Sony RX100 M3
- Geneva – Carouge, at the Café du Rondeau
We’d been walking around for a while. I was hot, tired and my feet were hurting. So I decided to stop for a beer (or two). Luckily most Geneva cafés allow dogs. My chosen destination was the Café du Rondeau (Roundabout Café), which is located directly opposite the Reunification Statue.
It was quite ...
- Geneva – Carouge, Place du Temple
The Place du Temple is smaller, and less busy than the Place du Marche and I tend to prefer it as a place to hang out. Most places are closed on Sunday in Geneva, and when we lived there we would often pick up a newspaper and go somewhere to sit, have breakfast and ...
- Rickshaws, Kathmandu, 1999
Taken during a visit to Nepal in 1999 probably with a Canon AE-1 camera and I can’t recall what lens. I say Canon AE-1 because the only other camera I had at that time was a Minolta Hi-Matic 7sii. Some of the other pictures in this batch could not have been taken with ...
- Garden Club Meeting
My wife and I are members of our local garden club, which recently held a presentation on “Birds of the Hudson Valley”. Here two of the participants are watching the presentation. The garden club also has its own closed Facebook Group, but the club’s chairperson didn’t want this picture to be posted.
I wonder ...
- Croton Point – Fisherman on Teller’s Point
As far south as you can get on Croton Point, this area is known as Teller’s Point. The viewpoint is to the south with Hook Mountain State Park on the right and in the distance the Tappan Zee bridge. I liked the lettering on the rocks: “Keep off the Rocks”. I imagine ...
- A Hike. Part 1
We live in close proximity to Fahnestock State Park. In fact it has been possible to walk into the park, but only if you’re willing to dash across the Taconic State Parkway during a lull in the traffic. That, however, has now changed. The park has recently acquired some new land south ...
- A treasured memory
We recently received this picture from one of my wife’s relatives. The small child is my wife aged about 6 months, being held by her father. It’s was very low resolution scan, full of spots and other marks i.e. not a particularly good scan.
I was able to eliminate many of the ...
- Through the door of the slave house
Dakar is situated on a peninsular and is the western most part of Africa. Consequently it’s a touch closer to The Americas than anywhere else in Africa. Perhaps this is why it was the main jumping off point for the slave trade. The slave trade was centered on Gorée Island, which is ...
- Happy Traum at the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center
I’d never heard of Happy Traum, but the events at the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center (TCCC) (see also: Tompkins Corners Cultural Center; Latino music festival at Tompkins Corners Cultural Center; David Amram Quintet at Tompkins Corners Cultural Center) are usually worth going do so when my wife mentioned that this was taking place we decided ...
- Train arriving through the murk
I took this picture in December, 2013 through the window of a moving train on the Hudson Line (the blank greyness in the background is where the Hudson River is supposed to be) – on the way back home from New York City.
I like the general gloom accentuated by the dirty windows and way ...
- New York’s place in the history of photography Although I’m interested in many different things, I suppose my two main interests are photography and history so I was pleased to find this informative article. I was not familiar with much of the information in it e.g. Samuel Morse’s role in introducing photography into the US.
Morse’s early introduction to the daguerreotype was just ...
- New York’s finest
Taken on the occasion of the Pope’s visit to New York City in September, 2015, which we attended as did a lot of other people. They did a fantastic job of marshaling the teeming multitude up and down various avenues in Manhattan and into Central Park. Thankfully there were no incidents!
- Performer, Myannmar, 2007
Taken during a visit to Myannmar in February, 2007. Of course the performer was impressive. I don’t know how people can twirl rings, kick balls etc. all at the same time, but I also liked the bright colors of the background.
- Ballerina Mime
Taken in the Times Square subway station on Christmas Eve, 2016. I had wanted to separate the subject from the background, but wasn’t able to with the only camera I had with me: a Sony RX100M1. At first this bothered me, but the more I looked at it the more I started to ...
- Latino music festival at Tompkins Corners Cultural Center
The stage awaits the opening of the Latino Music Festival. Honorando los Laborodores (honoring the workers) at the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center. Sunday, October 16, 2016 featuring performers from a variety of countries.
I took the dog for a walk that day and ended up spending more time walking than I had anticipated. Consequently ...
My wife in the late 1970s/early 1980s. I guess I must have been going through an ‘artsy’ phase at that time.
Taken, I believe, with a Canon AE-1, which I bought second hand (and in lousy condition as I recall). I don’t think I ever had a prime lens for this camera. Instead I had ...
- The potter
This was taken during a trip to Nepal – some time in 1999. I seem to remember using a Canon AE-1 film SLR. I don’t recall what lens was used. I took quite a few pictures and I really like quite a number of them. Unfortunately they came from a Kodak ...
- Girl with a phone
My wife’s friend invited us over to their house for New Year’s Eve. They have a large house and there were a lot of people there. One of them was this lovely little girl.
At one point in the evening, in spite of the noise (and there was quite a lot of it) she ...
- Skier on the ice
Our lake is now completely frozen. However, we’ve had a few ‘warmish’ days with temperatures well above freezing. Usually people don’t go onto the lake until we’ve had several days of below freezing temperatures. So I’d be a little concerned that the ice is not all that thick at the moment.
My wife was ...
- Hudson river cruise – Dancers
As mentioned in an earlier post – I don’t dance. My wife loves to so I’m a severe disappointment to her. I really don’t like leaving her without a partner and I wish I could be a confident dancer, but I can’t. We even took some dance lessons at one point. I ...
- Hudson river cruise – The Band
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. I didn’t really pay much attention to the band at the time. People were dancing (I don’t dance) and seemed to be having a good time and the band seemed to me to be doing a more than adequate job. It wasn’t until I ‘looked them up’ ...
- Make America Great Again
We went to see a play in a small theater on West 72nd Street NY city. A friend dropped us near the 72nd subway and while my wife was checking out a nearby Bloomingdales Outlet I walked around looking for photographic opportunities.
I came across this guy sitting in Verdi Square and did something I ...
- My grandmother
As I came downstairs this morning I passed this picture in a frame on a shelving unit. The picture had slipped and was now crooked in the frame. So I decided to take it out and straighten it. Then it occurred to me that I should probably scan it and post it ...
- By the roadside 19: Self portrait with trash pile
My ‘By the roadside pictures’ have all so far been ‘pretty pictures’ of flowers and the like. However, I also come across things, which aren’t all that pretty. It was bulk pickup day on our lake when during a walk I came across this rather large mirror. I couldn’t resist taking a ...
- A fisherman and his dog
In the preceding post (Dog and fish) I described an encounter with two fisherman; two dogs and a fish while walking along the Hudson near Scarborough Station. One of the dogs (and the fish) appeared in that post. This is the other dog with his owner taking a break from the fishing. ...
- Treasure hunter
I came across this man with a metal detector early one morning in 2011 on the Connecticut shore. Apart from myself I think he was the only person on the beach.
I liked the primarily horizontal bands of tone: the darker tone in the foreground; then the lighter tone of the sand; the brighter tones ...
- Garden club meeting
In earlier posts I’ve mentioned that my wife and I belong to the local garden club. It’s been great to be a member as we’ve met many incredible people who also belong to the club. Every year the club organizes two major events: the Christmas Party; and the Garden Tour where members visit ...
- Seventy six trombones
Well maybe not 76, but three or four at any rate. Taken at a Big Band concert at Boscobel near Cold Spring, NY in September, 2013.
- Woman and child
My wife and one of the grandchildren in our lake. I hope it conveys some of the love I feel for my family.
- Girl on a tractor
I tried to capture something of the joy and energy of this young girl playing on an old tractor.
- Portrait of a woman 2
For time to time I go through boxes of negatives from long ago looking for candidates for scanning. I say negatives, but there are also a few (very few) slides – this is one of them. I no longer remember what camera it was (probably a Canon AE-1 or a Minolta 7sii rangefinder), ...
- The magician
Our older daughter, her husband, and their three children came for a visit and we went with them to a sort of children’s party at one of our beaches. One of the highlights was a magician. I loved the expressions on the kids’ faces.
- Portrait of a woman
A picture of my wife taken in February, 2009 with a Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D. I think it captures something of her cheerful, effervescent personality.
- Horse and (dismounted) rider
Taken at a nearby public garden. The horses (there were more than just this one) had just returned from a ride and were about to be groomed and fed. I can’t really articulate why I like this one.
- Bathroom pictures 10: Legs
Why did I take this picture? Well – “It seemed like a good idea at the time, yer honour”. Actually I was feeling a bit frustrated. I had nine pictures, but I couldn’t for the life of me see where another would come from (remember I needed ten pictures). I’d about resigned ...
- Bathroom pictures 3: Self portrait
The most difficult part of taking this picture was keeping the camera out of the frame! After that – trying to keep my expression from looking too demented (harder than you’d think. It took me a few attempts to get an expression that I was satisfied with).
- Live from Trump HQ, Briarcliff Manor, NY
A few days ago I was quite surprised to see our small village (Briarcliff Manor, less than 8,000 population) being referred to as “Trump HQ”. It seems that Mr. Trump was giving a speech at the Trump National Golf Course, a short walk from our house. We we informed by the village that ...
- Myanma Dancers
Taken in Myannmar (also called Burma by some) in February, 2007 with a Canon Powershot S-50 compact camera. The naming of this country is fraught with difficulty. It’s also caught up in politics so I’m by no means sure what adjective to use in the title. I could use “burmese”, but I’m not ...
- Waiting for the bus on a hot sunny day
You had to feel for this guy. It was a hot day today – about 81F and it had obviously taken its toll on him. Maybe he’d just come off work? Perhaps he’d had some sleepless nights? Who knows?
- Inside the market at Grand Central Terminal
Taken May 30, 2012 with a Sony Nex 5N and 18-55mm kit lens. This was about a month after I retired and I think I went into NY City to meet up with some former colleagues for a drink. I think this captures a little of the hustle and bustle that you usually encounter ...
- Birthday boy
Yesterday was my birthday and we went out to dinner and a fine performance of “Man of La Mancha” at the Westchester Broadway Theater.
My wife had earlier asked me to scan this old picture so that she could post it on Facebook and of course I neglected to do it. So on our return ...
- Campers around the camp fire
Taken in November, 2013. I started from near Pelton Pond in Fahnestock State Park and didn’t want to walk along busy route 301 to the trail. Instead, I set out through the woods to see if I could find another way. I managed to make it and on the way came across a fairly large ...
- The Kiss
Taken in a small park somewhere on the east side of Manhattan, around 47th-49th Street and 2nd Avenue with a Panasonic Lumix Zs7, an inexpensive compact camera with a very long zoom – very useful in this case. An invasion of privacy – maybe? But this was a public place so there’s always the possibility ...
- Boy and goat
Taken in June 2013 with a Sony Nex 5N and its 18-55mm kit lens at Niese’s Maple Farm. Even though I made this photograph a while ago I still remember it well. The boy had been looking down and then he suddenly looked up, fortuitously right at the camera. At the same ...
- A Recital
After a visit to the West Point Foundry with my friend, Ken and some refreshments at The Depot in Cold Spring we went to The Chapel of our Lady Restoration. Inside a woman was playing on a grand piano and we discovered that this was preparation for a free recital to be given the following ...
- The busiest and best breakfast in New York
Taken across the street from Grand Central Terminal with a Sony Nex 5N and 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens outside what I believe is the Pershing Square Cafe. I think there’s something a little surrealistic about this picture with the disembodied head of the woman emerging from the chaos of the reflections.
I’m not at ...
- My wife and our visiting friend from Bangkok
Our friend’s wife transferred to Bangkok, Thailand about a year ago and of course he went with her. But they retain a house here (presently rented) and return frequently to make sure everything is OK. He’s here at the moment and staying in our house in Briarcliff Manor (which is right next to ...
- His other car’s a Mercedes
It was a gorgeous, sunny day the other day and I was walking the dog around the lake when my friend Paul pulled up in his Jaguar – with the top down. He looked rather ‘cool’ and I was completely at a loss for words. And yes – his other car IS a ...
- With dolphins
Taken on my wife’s birthday in 2005 during a very pleasant vacation in Bermuda. This was during the period where I’d soured on photography and was basically just taking travel and family snaps. The camera I was using at that time was Canon Powershot S-50 – one of the few cameras I’ve ever ...
- Eirah and Harley go for a walk
Taken around 4:00 pm in November, 2015. The light was absolutely gorgeous.
- On the phone
Seen during a walk in Ossining, New York.
- Hiker on the Appalachian Trail
Went for a walk along Sunken Mine Road in Fahnestock State Park with side trips along the Old Mine Railroad Trail and a portion of the Appalachian Trail. All told we walked for about two hours.
This picture was taken along the Appalachian Trail where we came across a rather picturesque waterfall. While I ...
- Woman gazing
What was she gazing at? She was walking up a flight of stairs (I was at the top) and hanging from the ceiling was an Alexander Calder mobile: Lobster Trap and Fish Tail, 1939. The picture was taken at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
When we bought our lake house a few years ago we decided to remodel the kitchen. This brought us into contact with a number of interesting contractors who actually did the work. Ron was one of them. He’s presently an electrician and he did pretty much all of the electrical work on the ...
- On the streets of NY
I don’t do much street photography. It usually involves people and I have something of aversion to taking pictures of people I don’t know. Once in a while I’ll give it a try though, just to see what kind of results I can get. This was taken somewhere (I don’t remember exactly ...
- Woman in a big hat Even though it was taken back in June 2012 I can clearly remember taking this picture. We were going with some friends to an antique car show on the grounds of Maryknoll in Ossining, NY but first we went to eat in a great Peruvian restaurant (I think it was Actuario) in Portchester, NY. There ...
Our friend, Andres was visiting from Geneva so we went into NY City to have lunch. We’ve known Andres for about 25 years, first meeting when we were both working in Geneva. We moved back Geneva and he moved back and forth between Geneva and NY a couple of times before we both ...
Taken just four days after I retired in 2012 with a Sony Nex-5N and a 55-210 mm lens that was purchased using a gift certificate given to me by my staff as a retirement present.
It was taken on 44th Street between 2nd and 3rd Ave in New York City and as I recall it was ...
- People in windows
I was walking the dog in Briarcliff Manor when I noticed the geometric pattern of the bright windows against the darkness outside. The people seen through the windows add a human dimension to an otherwise abstract pattern.
- Manhattan street scene
The sign says “595 Fifth Avenue”, which would put this somewhere around 48th Street. What caught my attention was the size of mural, which you get a sense of from the much smaller figures passing by. At a quick glance it looks as if the picture is over-saturated – but it isn’t. ...
- Dudoir anyone? There is a type of photography called Boudoir. Originally Boudoir refereed to a location in the house, usually the lady’s room, but this term has been borrowed for intimate female photography.“The most common manifestation of contemporary boudoir photography is to take variations of candid and posed photographs of the subject partly clothed or in lingerie. Nudity is ...
- Skaters at Rockefeller Center
This is another one of those pictures that I like without knowing exactly why. When I took it I remember that what impressed me was the movement of the skaters around the rink. Some were extremely graceful, others less so. I’ve never been on ice skates in my life and my occasional ...
- Walking the Dog
For once it’s not me walking the dog, but me taking a picture of someone walking the dog. This was taken with a NEX-5n and 18-55mm kit lens. It was soon after I got the camera and I wasn’t all that familiar with it. It was early in the morning in November ...
- 2015 Favorites – Color The British are coming.
The previous post highlighted my favorite black and white pictures from 2015. This one deals with my favorite color pictures (again in no particular order).
Inside Tompkins Corners Church.
New York airshow.
Jami and Peggy at play.
River Hudson from the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club
Hydra 70 rocket pods on Apache attack helicopter
Moonrise Roaring ...
- 2015 Favorites – Black and White
Another year has passed and it’s time to post some of my favorite pictures from 2015 – starting with some black and whites. Like last year I’m presenting my ten favorites – in no particular order.
I’ve been trying to find a focus for my photography, which at the moment is all over the place. ...
- Traffic Policeman, New York City
Taken during a walkaround in New York City in February, 2012 on Fifth Avenue around 50th Street (near St. Patrick’s Cathedral). The camera was a Sony Nex 5N and I believe the lens was a Canon 50mm f1.4 in Leica Thread Mount.
- The Poughkeepsie Peeper: 1900 Nice to see an old picture from a nearby town, which I’ve visited in just the last couple of weeks:
Bardavon Opera House
Times Gone By
Madonna and Child Statue
A Couple of Buildings on Main Mall Row, Poughkeepsie, NY
Redeemed Christian Fellowship – Church of God of Prophecy
- RIP Dandy
Remembering the good old days, while mourning the loss of a dear friend. My wife playing the guitar on the left, Dandy singing on the right. God speed & Rest in Peace, Dandy. Thanks to his daughter Carissa for digging up this photo. Our thoughts go out to Dandy’s wife and our dear ...
- Figure on an Escalator
Taken in February, 2012 before I got serious with this blog (there are only three posts prior to February 2012). Shot inside Grand Central Terminal. For some reason I really like this picture. In fact I like it so much that I have a print of it on my wall. I’m ...
- A Portrait
Once upon a time many years ago I used to take lots of pictures of my wife. I really enjoyed taking pictures of her. Nowadays though she doesn’t like me taking her picture (at least other than the obligatory selfies and pictures with friends) saying that she doesn’t look good any more.
I took ...
- Thai Woodcarver
Taken somewhere outside of Bangkok, Thailand sometime in the early 2000s. I don’t remember what camera I used or what film. I do remember being quite impressed by his abilities and his concentration. Even with lots of people (including myself) milling around him, making noise, shooting off flashes etc. he remained entirely focused ...
- Photobook completed
I have a number of ongoing projects few of which I’ve actually completed. In this case, however, I managed to finish one – probably because it had a very definite end point. Back in May 2015 our friend Paul expressed a wish to do something with his old negatives. Specifically he wanted ...
- My Wife And Harley The Dog On A Bench Overlooking The Hudson
Just a snapshot, but the light was nice and I liked the way they looked!
- A Couple of Snakes
A couple of snakes have recently made their way into my life.
First, I was scanning some old negatives when I came across the picture above. It shows a younger me posing for the usual ‘cheesy’ tourist shot in a market outside of Bangkok, Thailand. I would guess that it was taken sometime in the ...
- Boats – Thailand
Film scan taken, I would guess about 15 years ago, from a bridge over a canal (khlong) outside of Bangkok, Thailand. Nice colors, nice repeating pattern of the fruits, I also liked the diagonal line of the boat on the left and, of course, the hats.
- NY Air Show – Watching the Show I know that I said that this post would be the last one from the NY Air Show. It turns out that I was wrong – I’d forgotten this one because it’s quite different from the others. First it’s black and white, where the others were color. And second, all of the other posts ...
Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore’.
I’ve posted before about the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center:
David Amram Quintet at Tompkins Corners Cultural Center
Tompkins Corners Cultural Center
Tonight’s event was a little different though: it was the first event to take place inside the old church, which is the core of the center. The center’s website described tonight’s event as:
“MOURNFUL AND NEVER-ENDING REMEMBRANCE” ...
- Pall Bearers
I thought long and hard about posting this picture. A while back I posted about a niece of ours who had passed away (RIP Eve Borja). This was taken at the funeral and shows the pall bearers waiting to take the coffin. The problem was that part of me felt that posting ...
- Leaning on a Lamp Post… I’m leaning on a lamp, maybe you think, I look a tramp,
Or you may think I’m hanging ’round to steal a motor-car.
But no I’m not a crook, And if you think, that’s what I look,
I’ll tell you why I’m here, And what my motives are.
I’m leaning on a lamp-post at the corner of the street,
- Reading in the Park
This was taken during one of my periodic walks around New York City. I came across this woman reading in a small park (I don’t remember which park it was nor do I remember exactly where it was) somewhere on the east side of Manhattan. I do recall that she was completely immersed ...
- Father and Daughter
This is my friend Gustavo with his eldest daughter. It was taken in June, 2012 with a Sony NEX 5N and its 18-55mm kit lens. We’d been to an antique car show at Maryknoll in Ossining, NY and after the show we went for a walk around inside the rather spectacular oriental style ...
- A Watcher
Judging by the time stamp on the picture I was passing through Grand Central on my way to work. What caught my attention first was the bright sunlight streaming through the windows at the east end of the terminal. Then I started to pay more attention to the people busily rushing around inside ...
- Papal Visit – Part 2
This is the second of two posts on the Pope Francis’s visit to New York City in September, 2015. Part 1 can be found here.
So after four hours on line we finally got to security. I thought it would be something like airport security, but it was a bit simpler (e.g. didn’t have ...
- A Good Spot to Watch the Airshow
I mentioned earlier that I went with some friends to the The First Annual New York Air Show. August 29-30 2015 at Stewart International Airport. The show attracted quite a crowd. This guy found a great spot to see the show – on top of his C-130J Hercules – part of one of the static ...
- Emi brings out the watermelon
In an earlier post I mentioned that we had been invited to a get together at an apartment on Central Park West. This is the owner of the apartment bringing watermelon to some of the younger guests. I loved the way the children were jumping around. The one on the left seems ...
- A Walk in the Fountains at the Palais des Nations, Geneva
Taken in Geneva, Switzerland, August 2010 with a Panasonic Lumix ZS-3. This fountain is on the plaza in front of the Palais des Nations, the European HQ of the United Nations. It was a hot day so I knew that eventually someone would run through the water and sure enough someone did. ...
- A Birthday Party
My wife regularly (usually 4-5 times a week) takes dance/exercise classes. Once a year she and other friends celebrate her teacher’s birthday. Sometimes it’s at a restaurant, but this time she invited them to our house. Everyone brought food and a good time was had by all.
Taking pictures at this ...
- Man on a Boat
Back in October, 2011 we went with some friends on a boat ride on the Hudson. This is one of the other passengers. He was wearing a straw hat and soon as I saw him I was taken by the magnificent beard and the expressive wrinkles around his eyes. This was taken ...
- David Amram Quintet at Tompkins Corners Cultural Center
I’ve posted earlier on the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center. Their latest event was a performance of the David Amran Quintet. The music was great and Mr. Amram, acting as host, was informative and amusing. The weather was good and on a clear, cool evening a great time was had by all. And yes ...
- RIP Eve Borja
Our family has recently been affected by tragedy. My wife’s niece Eve (seen above on the left with my wife and Eve’s son, now 11) passed away unexpectedly and rather mysteriously at her son’s baseball game. It seems that she suffered a severe allergic reaction to something, but nobody knows what. This ...
- Harley goes for a swim
It was quite hot the other day so I decided to go for a swim in the lake to cool off. Our previous dog, Jackson had loved swimming in the lake but we weren’t sure how Harley would react to the water. So I carried him in and let him swim back to ...
- Cellphones Galore
This was taken in the Sculpture Garden at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. So many beautiful things to look at yet many of the people were just sitting there attending to their cellphones. Although I’m a compulsive internet user myself, I find the way these devices intrude into every ...
- A Woman and Her Dog
Our friend and her dog. He’s a French Bulldog and every year she has an outdoor birthday party for him – last year with a band. Our previous dog, Jackson didn’t get on with him at all. Jackson was smaller, but extremely aggressive with other dogs (he was part Jack Russell terrier). ...
A group of musicians playing at a local community event. Above: John Cohen founder member of the New Lost City Ramblers and famous for his music, art, movies and photographs including iconic photographs of Bob Dylan.
Cohen’s hands on his mandolin.
Fiddler. It looks as if this shot was posed, but it wasn’t. He ...
This was taken at my brother-in-law’s house in Rochester, NY – yes, the home of Kodak. On the left is another brother-in-law, and on the right one of my nieces’ daughters. Between them, and apparently fascinated by either me or what I was doing (i.e. taking pictures) is another daughter. I’m surprised ...
- Underware Vendor
This was taken with a Pansonic Lumix LX-3 at a flea market in Connecticut in October, 2011. It was early (around 8:00 a.m.) in the morning and the sun was low and very bright. The light was extremely contrasty. At first I’d thought it would make a good color photo (the garments ...
- My first elephant ride
My first, and so far only ride on an elephant – seen here in the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthya (you can see some of the ruins in the background). It’s not much of a picture, but I can take solace in the fact that I clearly didn’t take it (that’s me on the left ...
- Paul and Family
I’ve recently started a small project with my friend, Paul. He’s an actor and former Soap Opera Star (General Hospital, Love of Life, The Edge of Night, and Days of our Lives). He also appeared in a number of other TV shows including Kojak, Police Woman, Good Times, The Blue Night etc.
- My Mother’s Birthday today
Today is my mother’s Birthday. She would have been 89 had she not been carried away about 20 years ago by Emphysema caused by a lifetime of heavy smoking. She’s seen here with my father on their wedding day in August 1950. I wasn’t born until 1952 and so clearly could not ...
- New Windsor Cantonment: Guide in period costume
In this shot we’re inside the “Temple of Virtue” at the New Windsor Cantonement with another extremely friendly and knowledgeable guide who explained to us the history behind this building. She also suggested that we might want to look at the Revolutionary War period surgical kit and then explained all about it.
- New Windsor Cantonment: Blacksmithing Demonstration
In addition to giving a very thorough presentation on the New Windsor Cantonment our knowledgeable and versatile guide also provided a musketry demonstration as well as showing his prowess as a blacksmith. Specifically he explained/demonstrated how to make a nail.
The blacksmith making a nail.
- New Windsor Cantonment: The Bluecoats are coming
Musketry demonstration at New Windsor Cantonment. To the rear a reconstruction of the “Temple of Virtue” where George Washington is reputed to have made one of his most impassioned speeches. He was speaking to his officers who were inclined to march on Congress to take, by force, the back pay owed to them. ...
- New Windsor Cantonment: Revolutionary War Soldier
Taken during a visit to the New Windsor Cantonment where the American army finished up the Revolutionary War while waiting for peace. This guide is in the uniform of a Massachusetts regiment. He also did the musket firing and blacksmithing demonstrations. As I was processing this picture I noticed that it was taking on ...
- Turtle Fishing?
We took our visiting friends to Kobu – a nice asian fusion restaurant on the lake in Mahopac, NY. They’ve recently added a pleasant covered patio area right next to the lake. After we’d finished eating we noticed a flurry of activity down by the lake so we went over to “check it ...
- Another Picture of My Wife
A couple of months ago I posted a picture of my wife scanned from some old slides I came across. Here’s another one from the same period i.e. around the early 1980s
- Touching photographs of Horace Warner’s ‘Spitalfields Nippers’
Wikipedia describes Spitalfields in the late 19th century as follows:
By the later 19th century inner Spitalfields had eclipsed rival claimants to the dubious distinction of being the worst criminal rookery of London with common lodging-houses in the Flower and Dean Street area being a focus for the activities of robbers and prostitutes. The latter street ...
- Reading in the Park
As I recall this was taken in a “pocket” park somewhere on Second Avenue in New York City with a Sony NEX 5N and Sigma E 30mm (45mm equivalent) f2.8. I tend to shy away from pictures of people I don’t know (and even people I DO know for that matter). However, at ...
- Street Vendors in New York City
I don’t remember much about this picture other than that it was taken somewhere in New York City (along 42nd street I think) in May 2012. I think they were selling posters of some kind. I liked the animated expression of the woman on the right (her eyes almost seem to twinkle) and the ...
- A young me
As I continued my scanning project I came across this old photo. It’s in pretty bad shape: creased, torn, stained etc. Once I’d scanned it I improved the appearance somewhat, but didn’t spend a lot of time on it (you can easily see some bits I missed up in the hair).
Yes, that’s me! ...
- People and Dogs on the Lake in a Snowstorm
We had about six/seven inches of snow yesterday and were sitting in the living room reading when we noticed movement on the lake. Four people were walking their dogs on the lake. The falling snow did not seem to bother them very much and the dogs seemed to be loving it. By ...
- Bali part IV: A few more pictures
Kertha Gosa Pavilion.
This is the last batch of pictures (I promise) derived from scanned negatives from a trip to Bali. The rest can be found at:
Bali I: Batiks
Bali II: Around Ubud
Bali III: Temples
Devotions at the temple.
- My wife around 1980
Wasn’t she gorgeous. She still is!
In addition to the constant snow it’s also gotten extremely cold. I also recently fell on the ice and hurt my back so I’m disinclined to go out at all at the moment. So instead I’ve turned to one of my outstanding projects: to scan my old ...
- New Years Eve
New Years Eve celebrations with our friends the Cross’s at the relatively new “Hudson Room” in Peekskill. “Over the Top” performed. The Sony RX100 does pretty well in low light and it’s so so easy to carry around.
- RIP Bob Mawson Our friend Robert Mawson passed away on November 22. RIP Bob we’ll miss you.
The text below is liberally paraphrased from his obituary.
Born in County Durham in the northeast of England in August 1943 he became a boy soldier in the British Army to escape work in the coalmine. He was stationed in Menden, Germany ...
- And the band played on
Pictures from two bands playing at a farm where we went to get pumpkins about a year ago. The first and third are “Nashville Drive” (at least according to the sign). The second and fourth are from another band – I didn’t get the name.
- Barbershop in Ossining, NY
- Ghost Rider
I was going along Peekskill Hollow road one day when I saw this skeleton sitting on an old motorcycle perched on a stone wall. I was in a hurry at this time and the light was bad but was determined to get a picture so back I came the next morning when, I guessed, ...
- Self Portrait
This was taken with a Panasonic Lumix LX3 on the train home from Grand Central Terminal to Scarborough. As I recall I’d had a few beers and I was playing with the camera – partly to get more familiar with it. More importantly perhaps I was trying to keep myself occupied so that ...
- Waiting for the Train
Taken June, 2012 around 10:00 pm at Grand Central while waiting for a Hudson Line Train. She’s certainly thinking very intently about something – I wonder what it was?
One of my fairly rare ‘people’ pictures.
- The man in the mirror
I noticed these two blue and white vases at a local antiques fair and decided to take a picture. As I was taking it I spotted the mirror in the background and decided to wait until someone walked by behind me so I could get their reflection.
- Planting Time We’re members of the local garden club and every year those who run it ask for volunteers to help plant at ‘Two bridges park’ near the beginning of Lake Shore Road and my wife volunteered. This year the girl scouts turned up in force to help with the planting.
The two pictures below show some ...
This is Germaine Chandelier at the February meeting of our Garden club which co-incided with Germaine’s 92nd birthday.
Germaine is a fascinating person as can been seen from this extract from the Alsace-New York Newsletter, Spring 2007 celebrating Germaine’s induction as ‘Chevalier dans l’Ordre du Merite’:
Germain Schneider-Chandelier was born on the 22nd of February 1922, at ...
- Happy Birthday Eirah
Today is my wife’s birthday so we decided to celebrate by having dinner at the Hudson House River Inn in Cold Spring, NY. Its website states:
Built in 1832 and operated as a hotel since then, the Hudson House River Inn is truly part of Hudson River history. The Hudson House is located on the serene ...
- Copenhagen pictures Jeremy
I often revisit old photographs – particularly when it’s very cold, snowy etc. and I don’t feel inclined to get out an take more. They were taken in May, 2011 during a school trip to a museum in Copenhagen .
Through a net
- World’s first selfie
Pioneering Photographer Robert Cornelius Credited With World’s First Selfie c. 1839
via Pioneering Photographer Robert Cornelius Credited With World's First Selfie c. 1839.
As a number of blog posts have already pointed out: he might have at least combed his hair before taking the picture.
This is my brother-in-law, Roy. He’s the one who sells the jewelry I talked about in an earlier post. I love this picture. It was taken sometime in the late 1970s/early 1980s. I don’t recall what camera I used, but it was probably either a Canon AE-1 or a Minolta Hi-Matic 7sII.
- Sony Alpha 500 Ken
In an earlier post I noted that my first digital SLR was a Konica Minolta Maxxum 5d. I bought this camera because:
a) I’d had a good experience with a minolta camera in the past. My first serious camera was a Minolta Hi-Matic 7sii. By that time I’d had film SLRs, but when I went to ...
- Scanning Project Continued – Another Wedding This time it’s my parent’s wedding: 5 August 1950 (I think). I wasn’t born yet so clearly I didn’t take the pictures. Unfortunately I don’t know who did and the tattered and fading wedding album gives no clues. I recall that I loved to look at this album when I was a ...
- Really old pictures During our recent garage cleanup we came across three apparently exposed films in a box that clearly had not been opened in years. I had them processed and scanned. Two of them were completely blank – I guess that somehow the leader had been wound back into the cartridge before they were exposed.
- More scans: Eirah By the window
Continuing the scanning project – after the wedding album the next album that came to light had some old pictures of my wife, Eirah. Even though over 30 years has elapsed since these pictures were taken she still looks the same to me.
Sitting on a cushion in the living room in our house ...
- Wedding Pictures The invitation
We recently had a water leak at our house in Westchester County. We rescued a number of old pictures; family albums etc., which luckily had not been damaged. It did make me realize, however, that I should do something about the pictures before they deteriorate any more (even though undamaged by the ...
- Pictures by Divya These three pictures were taken by my granddaughter Divya. For the first two she used her father’s (that’s him in the second picture) Nikon D80 and the third one (of our cat, Gypsy) an iphone. She’s three years old! Having said that her paternal grandfather is a prominent architect and her aunt is ...
- People Pictures Boules players – Bryant Park
People (mostly friends and family) have pointed out that there aren’t many people in my pictures. This is true – up to a point.
I’m much better at taking pictures of things that don’t move. Lakes, mountains buildings, stationary vehicles etc. People test my technique a bit, children in particular.
I take pictures ...
- Cleaning up Holbrook Road after Hurricane Sandy Some pictures of the situation on Holbrook Road right outside our house. A large pine tree had fallen across the road and onto power lines, bringing them down, hitting a utility pole and putting enough tension on the other utility poles to make them lean significantly. That’s our mailbox you see in the foreground.
Here you ...