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Title: Photography...........the way I see it (all images prior to 9/16/11)
Post by: BLeafe on March 18, 2011, 07:47:52 PM
My analog gear is on its last legs and the cellphone camera is REALLY limiting, so I got a new little digital camera to play with and I've been shooting up a storm.

I don't want to create hundreds of topics, so I think I'm gonna put a lot of the photos in this one from time to time. There may not be any rhyme or reason - it's just whatever caught my eye that day.

I'll occasionally still do separate topics, but, hopefully, less often.

Questions/comments/discussion always welcome.


Let's start off with two shots of the same subject - good old Enlightenment. The first was taken last Saturday from my living room - a mile away. It looks like a disaster waiting to happen.

The second was taken this morning from across Court Street (click to enlarge).

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on March 18, 2011, 07:55:22 PM
It's March 18 - time to finally take down.................the CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS!

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on March 18, 2011, 08:01:00 PM
Courthouse neighbors and their pets:

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on March 18, 2011, 08:10:02 PM
The Court Street Bridge Replacement

The first photo shows what's spanning the river at the moment - the Court Street Craneway.

The second shows the old bridge, sitting on dry land just off the water between the USS Ling and the beginning of Bridge Street.

The third shows the top of the larger crane - the one that's NOT on the Craneway.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on March 18, 2011, 08:18:44 PM
Finishing up the morning shoot

1. The flag and steeple of the First Reformed Church (Church on the Green)

2. Enlightenment and the downstairs neighbors

3. Enlightenment, other downstairs neighbors, and the Stalker on the Green

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: irons35 on March 18, 2011, 08:55:28 PM
last year it was October, so its an improvement. :laugh:

It's March 18 - time to finally take down.................the CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS!
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: hankmc on March 19, 2011, 12:01:43 PM
Excellent photos. Welcome to the digital photography world.
I have been a photography buff for many years going back to developing and enlarging black and white film and thinking that cropping and pushing the film's ASA rating were the ultimate weapons available to the amateur.
May I ask what camera you bought? It seems to have an excellent zoom ratio and the clarity is great. Are you using a tripod for the long shots or are you blessed with amazing stability?
I bought my first digital camera in 1997. A Sony Mavica MVC-FD7 that stored about 20 photos on a 3.5" Floppy Disk and had a very good ten times zoom that was a nice feature.
I have gone through a few since then and presently use a Canon Power shot SX 120 that does a decent job and fits in a back pocket instead of a shoulder bag, a feature that has become my biggest priority.
I enjoy using a couple of free sites for editing and resizing and have a copy of an older Photoshop program that is far too powerful and complicated for my needs. Photoshop offers a trimmed down version at a more reasonable cost and I was about to buy it when I came across this on line editor which works well. http://pixlr.com/. Another is Irfanview  http://www.irfanview.com/
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on March 19, 2011, 12:54:46 PM
May I ask what camera you bought? I...presently use a Canon Power shot SX 120...

After a lot of research, the hands-down winner was the Canon SX 130 IS. The zoom is 12X (28-336) and that was a must for me.

I have a Mac and - believe it or not - do almost all my photo editing in the super-simple iPhoto program that came with the computer.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: hankmc on March 19, 2011, 01:42:10 PM
The SX 130 is an excellent camera and would have been my choice if Canon had it available as part of the trade in program I used to buy the SX 120.

My previous Canon Power Shot 60 had a problem that Canon said would cost me $130. to repair. They also had an SX 120 refurbished for the same price so I opted for that. Canon has a decent support system, they took the Power Shot back and repaired a color problem that they announced on their website as a recall after I had owned the camera a few years. 

My only complaint with the 120 is it's lack of a viewfinder since using the screen in bright sun light is difficult at times. 
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on March 20, 2011, 01:37:41 AM
I don't have a viewfinder either.

To answer your other question..........no tripod was used during the courthouse area shoot. It was bright and sunny, so shutter speeds were fast enough - even zoomed out. Plus, both the camera and I have Image Stabilization. ;)

New image: all 3 colors are lit in one direction and 2 are lit in the other at Union and Passaic streets:

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: hankmc on March 20, 2011, 11:26:09 AM
Hmm...No tripod needed...I envy your stability but it is obviously somehow related to the age of the platform. Did you shoot the long shots in an Auto setting or were you reverting to your analog knowledge days and controlling the F stop and shutter speed? , a wonderful choice provided by this digital photography world we now live in.

The ability of the camera to handle the varied lighting in the Passaic Ave/Union Ave picture is impressive. Sell your light meter on E-Bay.

You did say comments were welcome and I am celebrating getting my wings like Clarence the angel in the classic film It's A Wonderful Life....My posts no longer have to be approved by an administrator.   
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: Editor on March 20, 2011, 02:00:26 PM
Yep.  10 legitimate posts is all that is required to get your wings.  Congratulations Clarence.  :angel:
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: hankmc on March 20, 2011, 04:14:43 PM
Understood sir, no complaint implied just an explanation of my running off at the fingertips  ;D.
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on March 20, 2011, 05:20:17 PM
I envy your stability....Sell your light meter on E-Bay.

CLOSEUPS

Guy removing lights: AUTO, 1/640, f5.6, ISO 160

Enlightenment/top of dome: AUTO, 1/200, f5.6, ISO 80

Statues (both shots): AUTO, 1/400, f5.6 ISO 80, 100

Why would stability be an issue in broad daylight? I'd worry about that if it went below 1/60............and that's without IS.

The traffic light at night is another story - I set the shutter speed and had to use a tripod.

I never owned a light meter. Shooting concerts for two decades taught me how to deal with weird, uneven lighting.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: hankmc on March 21, 2011, 09:16:29 AM
Thanks for the photo info.

"Why would stability be an issue in broad daylight? I'd worry about that if it went below 1/60............and that's without IS."

My reference to stability was only regarding the zoom shots. My reference to a light meter was tongue in cheek.

Two features I like are the widescreen format and the surprising quality of the video capability.
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on March 21, 2011, 05:55:05 PM
My reference to a light meter was tongue in cheek.

I know. ;)


Here's a sequence I shot a couple of weeks ago. It's just a plane coming into Teterboro, but it sure doesn't look like it.

(maybe I shouldn't have said what it was)

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on March 21, 2011, 06:14:23 PM
What I should have posted:

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: hankmc on March 21, 2011, 11:17:46 PM
UFOs in Hackensack would work...
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on March 24, 2011, 01:23:01 AM
Ah, Spring.............

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: hankmc on March 24, 2011, 03:38:42 PM
With the river in the background, belching smoke stack and older buildings Hackensack looks like it is from another era. Nice shot in sepia?
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on March 24, 2011, 04:12:37 PM
Sepia would give it a brown or reddish-brown cast. I just put it in iPhoto and moved the saturation slide all the way to zero to make it B&W.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on March 24, 2011, 04:21:40 PM
SNOWDOMES

Big snows make for nice winter pictures, but little snows have an accentuating charm all their own.

I had to get these early this morning before the sun came out and melted all the snow.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on March 27, 2011, 12:40:37 AM
Today's assortment includes sparkling low tide, leftover salt in the E lot, a red tree, an unfortunate man, a block-long steeple shadow, a sunset, and a one-exposure horizon that's perpendicular to itself.
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on March 31, 2011, 03:04:11 PM
The first one is just something I saw out my window when the sun reflected off the circular object.

Ya gotta love Geri's colors (click to enlarge).

The last one I took this afternoon from my living room as two fighter jets leave the area after flying over Yankee Stadium on Opening Day. They were probably still over the Bronx, at least 10 miles away. The foliage is in Fort Lee/Cliffside Park.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on April 04, 2011, 01:41:38 PM
The last photo is of One World Trade Center - about 15 miles away - and is a bit oversharpened.



Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on April 08, 2011, 09:58:05 PM
The first four pictures were taken right by the river, the fifth on Main, and the sixth on a very uneven-looking Anderson St, which appears to have a downhill component and too many wires and streetlights (one is on) above it........and the yellow lines don't come close to lining up before and after the tracks.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on April 09, 2011, 10:42:09 PM
Holy Trinity Church is such a great structure to photograph from all sides. These three photos were taken in the back.

Does anyone know the function of what's shown in the first picture?

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: Homer Jones on April 10, 2011, 09:21:43 AM
No function at all. It is what you might call "architectural license" where the architect tried to replicate some design feature he saw elsewhere and was trying to carry through the entire Church design. Basically it is an abstract of a doorway on the bottom and two window openings above.
Now look at photo #2. The doorway there is of similar scale to the doorway in photo #1 as are the windows.
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: hankmc on April 10, 2011, 10:20:50 AM
An ideal place to hang some bells as in the original Spanish style churches.http://www.inkasdestination.com/en-cusco-peru/useful-info/spanish-churches-and-museums.php

Beautiful pictures showing the detail and workmanship involved in this type of construction.

In spite of the numerous sites provided in a Google search I could not find any info on when the church was built.

       
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on April 10, 2011, 10:39:56 AM
I was thinking about bells too, but it seemed odd to me that bells would be placed in the back of a church.

Holy Trinity Church celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, but the current building is not the original. Information provided by Editor in this thread: - http://www.hackensacknow.org/index.php?topic=530.0 - indicates that the current building was dedicated in 1932.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: hankmc on April 10, 2011, 12:39:33 PM
That structure may have been symbolic rather than functional since bells were not installed but the suggestion of bells is in line with the design of a church.

Your photos show that the building seems to be kept in excellent condition. Considering the various older trades that were involved in it's construction that is quite a feat in itself.

Picture #2 is a good example showing a tile roof, plastered exterior walls, an arched wooden door and some nice stonework. The intricate trim and detail shown in picture #3 is fascinating.

A good example of things we may see every day but do not really look at. Thanks for the look.

 
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on April 10, 2011, 02:37:31 PM
Direct shortcut to 417 Main St from River St:

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on April 11, 2011, 08:09:58 PM
1. People-watching

2. Where's a meter maid when you need one?

3. Korebrew? (Korean & Hebrew?). Had I had been walking in the other direction, I might have thought that it was an LL Cool J bingo card.

4. 1/99 (think Nena in 1984 )
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on April 11, 2011, 08:13:46 PM
Almost forgot............

5. Hear Nena in 1984


http://img819.imageshack.us/flvplayer.swf?f=Miwu

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on April 15, 2011, 07:00:10 PM
1. HUMC

2. Tree shadow

3. My peeping neighbors

4. I'm on two roofs

5. Church of the Sacred Underbrush

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on April 16, 2011, 10:53:12 PM
Tonight's storm knocked out power in my neighborhood just after 8pm for a little over an hour.

In the first picture, you can see darkness west of Main. The Middle School was out, as were the churches around me and the E lot, which is most of this picture.

Since a dark apartment kinda sucks for photo subjects, I opened my front door and saw unusual shadows (picture 2) coming up from the floor below me and from my own floor. Then I noticed what appeared to be a bloody ceiling (picture 3) - all courtesy of the hallways' evil emergency backup lights (picture 4).

The second I shut the door, the lights came back on.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: hankmc on April 18, 2011, 04:44:28 PM
As I mentioned before I enjoy your pictures because they make me think, most captions also bring a smile to my face.

Your peeping, and also pouting neighbors seem to be sorry they did not choose the river view rather than settling for the standard assorted cable view.

The scene in Img. 2271 made me wonder what was on the other side of the wall that was being anchored by those steel backing plates, what would come crashing down if some evil resident undid the nuts? The device on the wall directly under the emergency light also caught my eye. A switch? A door bell? The lighting and shadows are fascinating, less so under normal conditions I assume.

The church steeple is a thing of beauty against the "in your face" architectural style of the high rise and it's two partners looking like they are about to march off the high ground and crush the folks in the cheap seats.  Very appropriate caption on that one.



 
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on April 18, 2011, 06:00:03 PM
The scene in Img. 2271 made me wonder what was on the other side of the wall that was being anchored by those steel backing plates, what would come crashing down if some evil resident undid the nuts? The device on the wall directly under the emergency light also caught my eye. A switch? A door bell?

I think you are referring to the number "7" that hangs there. I may be the only person you know who occupies the 7th-floor of a 6-story building.

No one here would consider whoever did such a "dastardly" dismantling to be evil. Any evil would be on the part of the installers of what you see below.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: hankmc on April 20, 2011, 12:37:31 PM
Thanks for clearing up two mysteries. The 7 is now so evident I am wondering how I missed it.

The cell antenna array seems too close to your residence. People are going nuts protesting proposed antennas that will be hundreds of feet from the closest house and more than 100 feet in the air. Were you considered expendable when that location was chosen?

 There really is not enough known about the long range effect of holding a radio transmitter, (aka cell phone), up against the side of your head for hours or, the amount of radiation we absorb from the spiderweb of radio waves we are plowing through daily.

 
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on April 20, 2011, 09:00:13 PM
Busy day today. Besides the "Art under 80" shoot:

1. A bloomin' park

2. A Teaneck police car stopping someone on Anderson St

3. An antique meat locker (subject of a future post)

4. Do you know the way to M IN    ST? (to be reposted in the "Signs..." topic)

5. Mass destruction

6. The SS Catch Me

7&8. A chained radial and a tiny sitter in front of the same house

9. A choo-choo

http://img190.imageshack.us/flvplayer.swf?f=Mlxr



Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on April 21, 2011, 03:33:34 PM
The cell antenna array seems too close to your residence. People are going nuts protesting proposed antennas that will be hundreds of feet from the closest house and more than 100 feet in the air. Were you considered expendable when that location was chosen?

I've been ranting about the stupidity of this cell antenna installation for years, so you'll pardon me if I choose not to resurrect the subject in this thread. If you want to read about it, you can go to my site and use the Gallery index on the left to scroll down to Hackensack. Click on that and go down to the fifth from the bottom image/writeup.


On a cheerier note, it's Springtime at the library:
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: hankmc on April 22, 2011, 02:17:17 PM
Your reason for not renewing the battle is understandable. I will check your site. On to cheerier subjects.
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: irons35 on April 22, 2011, 04:25:29 PM
where was the destruction photo taken?
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on April 22, 2011, 09:58:00 PM
where was the destruction photo taken?

East side of S. River St, just south of 80.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on May 01, 2011, 12:30:20 AM
A train, a pane, and work over Main:
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on May 04, 2011, 04:23:51 PM
Any idea where any of these places are? Two are in Hackensack and one is less than a half-mile from the Hackensack border.

They are:

1. A huge granite elephant

2. A metal-guardrail-eating tree

3. An acid flashback (actually, they ALL could be that)  ;D


I took these photos last Sunday morning - straight - and they're all unmanipulated single exposures.............honest!

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on May 09, 2011, 12:00:46 PM
ANSWERS

1. The single-piece-of-granite elephant is located at the foot of Mt Vernon St  - just west of the tracks - in Ridgefield Park. There's a granite and marble company there.

2. The guardrail-eating tree is on the Hackensack River walkway behind Bergen Tech..............oops........Bergen Academies.

3. The third place is hiding in plain sight on Passaic St, near Linden (below):
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on May 09, 2011, 02:20:15 PM
There wasn't much time for good composition on the first shot, but had to get those iconic 1959 Chevy tail lights and fins. It looks pretty cool, considering that the Biscayne was the cheap model that year.

My father worked for Chevy back then and got a pair of dealer-only promo cufflinks shaped like that  '59 rear end. You can see one of them in the second photo.

The rest are just recent odds and ends.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: hankmc on May 12, 2011, 03:45:16 PM
A quote from your opening post in this interesting thread: "Questions/comments/discussion always welcome."...I hope that includes other photos.

My artistic wife hung some crystals in the East facing windows and I spent some time this morning chasing rainbows playing across our back room over usually mundane walls. Some of the rainbows contained silhouettes from the outside world others from interior items.  Quite a return on a couple of bucks worth of glass.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v708/hankmc/IMG_1894.jpg)

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v708/hankmc/IMG_1902.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v708/hankmc/IMG_1918.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v708/hankmc/IMG_1932.jpg)
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on May 12, 2011, 04:11:45 PM
I did a couple of stitched images yesterday. As usual, click to enlarge.

AFTERNOON and EVENING:

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on May 12, 2011, 05:37:55 PM
Still trying to catch up on the Spring spate of shooting. I probably won't do much in the summer because I can't stand heat and humidity, so I'm making up for it in advance.

A couple of Sundays ago, I shot from the Bogota side of the Court St bridge construction. Since there was almost zero access, it took little time, so I went over to FDU and crossed the footbridge to the Hackensack side and walked north towards Rt 4.

I'm posting the pictures I took from Hackensack that day first and the next post will be the pictures I took from Bogota and Teaneck the same morning.


1. I wonder what the goose was looking for (or hiding from) and what kind of pipe it's standing on.

2.  Are those garbage bags on the left?

3. I'm sure you've read about the problems under the Rt 4 bridge, but..........

4. ..........this looks worse than I thought.

5. The pathway stopped short of 4, so I walked up towards Hackensack Ave, cut through the Hooter's lot and found myself on 4, walking towards Teaneck. Eastbound was pretty jammed.

The rest of the pictures from this walk are in the next post

6-7. Before I went home, I took some pictures at the American Glass & Metal building on Passaic St, where I got compressed a bit.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on May 12, 2011, 05:44:37 PM
1. Not much access, but lots of stuff compressed in one frame.

2. If you look closely, you can see......

3. .........this

4. This was nearby and looked interesting flapping in the breeze with the sun behind it.

5. Continuing the walk photos from the previous post, I'm now on the Rt 4 bridge on the Teaneck side. Traffic is just stopped dead. This is at around 11am...............maybe it's because of a 1pm Yankees home game?

6. Looks like it's got an outboard motor.

7. He and his shadow

8. Coming down the ramp off 4 at River Rd, I saw two FDU lots with motorcycle activity. They seemed to be bike-riding classes. I was pretty far from this bunch and didn't even see the fist bump when I took this shot.

9. A little further south near the FDU buildings, I saw this traffic jam. All the bikes were Suzukis and all the plates said "Fairleigh Dickinson".

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: hankmc on May 13, 2011, 04:16:24 PM
"All the bikes were Suzukis and all the plates said "Fairleigh Dickinson".... definitely not the local chapter of the Hell's Angels
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on May 13, 2011, 04:53:17 PM
Oh, I don't know............I'll bet this angel could lead you there.
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: hankmc on May 13, 2011, 09:49:05 PM
the road to hell has to be a long bumpy trip...relying on the rear view image of a large helmet, some nice hair and a decent looking pair of leathers is a big role of the dice for such a tough trip :D
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on May 14, 2011, 03:27:49 PM
Considering what was available at the time, this roll of the dice was the best Highway to Hell option by far.

Unless............well, you know...........

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on May 14, 2011, 03:33:56 PM
These are the rest of the Courthouse/Court St Bridge shots:
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on May 14, 2011, 03:40:00 PM
The latest from-home shots:
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on May 14, 2011, 03:45:18 PM
Leftovers.

Finally caught up (for the moment).



Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: hankmc on May 14, 2011, 04:08:35 PM
Great bridge construction shots, I would have liked to see them lifting the old bridge spans. I wonder what became of the old swing mechanism. Was there ever a hut for the bridge tender or was this an open by appointment only bridge?

I agree with your choice on the biker, a clear winner in that field.

On a second look at IMG_3051 that garbage bag looks like it has a pair of feet sticking up on the left side.
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: hankmc on May 16, 2011, 08:40:59 AM
thank you for the info.
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on May 20, 2011, 01:12:10 AM
Mechanical, wet, wet, old, and reversed.

The last one was from a series of ONE picture I took from my car yesterday while waiting for the light to turn green at Main and Anderson. For the hell of it, I reversed the colors to see what it looked like and liked it much better.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on May 22, 2011, 05:02:16 PM
I took these yesterday:


1. Love the outfit - especially the gloves. Looks like she's marching in the Arbor Day parade.

2. Kipps Bend

3. You need a really strong truck for this load.

4. The balloons reflect as someone who I hope is not an airhead.

5. Dad was in the shot (he kicked the ball), but it looks more interesting this way (sorry, Dad).

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on May 30, 2011, 04:00:06 PM
A STROLL ACROSS THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE

These are some of the fun shots I took on 5/25 when I went to the George Washington Bridge to photograph the USS New York coming up the Hudson River as part of Fleet Week (see http://www.hackensacknow.org/index.php/topic,1978.0.html for that shoot).

Basically, I got there too early, walked across the bridge to the 178th St bus terminal and back to Fort Lee on a gorgeous day.


Besides the main event warship pictures, I shot:


1. the Little Red Lighthouse from the Jersey tower

2. the jammed Henry Hudson Parkway feeder ramp

3. the bridge from the upper level of the bus terminal where the buses enter and exit

4. the Jersey coastline south of the bridge

5. the FDNY fireboat "Three Forty Three"

6. the bridge's south walkway

7. under the bridge approach on Hudson Terrace in Fort Lee
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on June 02, 2011, 08:13:36 PM
Stuff............
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: Chief Oratam on June 04, 2011, 08:00:53 AM
Just want to point something out...

In picture #6 (the bridge's south walkway) in post (A STROLL ACROSS THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE)

See the Titanium encasement's around the cables that were put in place after 9-11...  That's so the enemy cant drive up with a car or truck explosive and try to take out the bridge...not trying to scare anyone...it's a dangerous world we live in...
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: hankmc on June 04, 2011, 09:06:26 AM
Darker times at the GWB. 2002

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v708/hankmc/DCP_6494.jpg)
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on June 09, 2011, 04:20:14 PM
1. Two and a half men go to college

2. From the Hackensack River Walkway

3. Roof thing

4. My roof door has a peephole. When the sun hits it, this is on my wall (smaller).

5. My next-door neighbor

6. A man and his bike

7. A man of letters

8. The sun reflects off One World Trade Center

9. The separation of church and state

10. Cell hell

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on June 15, 2011, 04:04:42 PM
1. Cloudy sunset

2. Wheels

3. I took this picture because of the lights coloring the wet pavement - never noticing the pink stretch limo at the credit union door.

4. Almost full moon. This is the best I've been able to come up with using my little Canon.

5. Sun shining on Bogota's version of a skyscraper. Sign is on Rt 80.

6. I posted this elsewhere on this site. I just like the fact that these fireworks were a couple of miles (and a couple of towns) away.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on June 23, 2011, 04:25:20 PM
 1. Dried window glop

 2. Flag shadow on hands/family

 3. Getting a new window (or is it a picture frame?)

 4. Tiger sky

 5. Goodbye green house on Green Street

 6. HPD/HFD bayoneted rifle and fire axe (not visible) at funeral

 7. Sunset w/crosses on steeple at Passaic and Summit  on right

 8. E lot Koi pond?

 9. BCPD blue effect

10. Balloon says it all


Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on June 30, 2011, 03:01:10 PM
1. Some people just don't want to be photographed

2. TEB/EWR

3. Korean Youth Prayer Circle

4. Need a seat for "Spiderman"? (WAY off-Broadway)

5. The Ward St Wheelmen

6. Image of car show murder suspect?

7. I haven't seen this headgear worn in public since the 60s

8. Left and right: colorful Empire State Building  and Bogota smokestack light (see daylight version in 6/15/11 post)

9. The grimy SE corner of Sears

10. Happy 4th of July


Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on July 07, 2011, 03:30:09 PM
(faceless) People, Places, and (odd) Things, including a bushed cushion (a bushion?) and pancake mix and peanut butter (yum!) left on an SUV...........ALL taken from home:

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on July 14, 2011, 04:30:58 PM
All photos were taken from home and are ęBob Leafe


1. The inspiration for Jimi Hendrix' hit, "Boxy Lady"

2. Wired on Passaic Street

3. Fire cloud

4. Dead bumper

5. Reflection

6. Foschini lights and a little bit of river

7. Unenvied meter

8. You need words?

9. Moonvane

10. After yesterday's storm
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on July 21, 2011, 01:35:09 PM
More pix from home............

#2, 4, 6, 8, 10:

Mowing the dirt

One World Trade Center (with 25-30 floors to go) from 15 miles away

Hole-y meter!

Birdbath on the road

The full moon - 9pm and 12am


Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on July 28, 2011, 06:00:53 PM
I should get out of the house more, but then I'd miss all these shots:

1. Heat wave 7/21/11

2. Roof bird

3. Coupling clouds

4. "Objects may appear smaller..."

5. Too much road salt?

6. Carrot Top

7. Clouds in vane

8. Kids NOT playing video games!

9. Pretty green eyes behind bars

10. Sundog


Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on August 04, 2011, 05:15:50 PM
Although I have new pictures of other subjects, I'm only posting one picture this week because - as far as I'm concerned - there IS no other picture to post with this one. In my semi-humble opinion, it's probably one of the best pictures I have ever taken.

I've always wanted to get good shots of what I call "clean lightning" - lightning that is not obscured by rain, cloudiness, or any other meteorological condition. Big, heavy, forked bolts would be a major plus. Beautiful or well-known scenes backlit by the bolts would be almost too much to ask for.

Last Monday morning - August 1, 2011 - at just after 2am, I got all of that in this picture taken from home.

New York City was clear as can be, from the Empire State Building right down to the shimmering One World Trade Center building (which still has 28 floors to be added).

Right over Hackensack, the sky was clear and stars were visible. You can't ask for better conditions to photograph lightning.

Since it wasn't raining in Manhattan, the cloud and bolts may have been out over the ocean.

You can click on the image to see it larger and I would suggest doing so in a dark room or at night (or both) to see the interesting-looking cloud that generated this light show.

I really had trouble getting to sleep that night - very tired, but also very anxious to download the images and start working on them.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: Editor on August 04, 2011, 05:35:59 PM
Astounding.
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: Skipx219 on August 04, 2011, 05:36:15 PM
Great shot !!!
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: Homer Jones on August 04, 2011, 06:14:04 PM
Wow! Glad I wasn't on a plane following the East River approach into Laguardia.

What settings did you use on your camera for that shot?
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on August 04, 2011, 06:45:18 PM
What settings did you use on your camera for that shot?

The compact (and tripod-ed) Canon SX130IS was set at 15 seconds, f8.0, ISO 80, manual focus.

When I was researching compact camera specs, I couldn't figure out how a little camera with no focusing ring could have manual focusing, but this one does and it's one of the main reasons I bought it. It's GREAT for fireworks that are too fast for auto-focus and anything that's far away, like Manhattan. Auto-focus always comes out worse - even for stationary objects like the Empire State Building.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: just watching on August 04, 2011, 07:14:10 PM

Definately awesome.

And what's interesting to me is the right bolt, and all the little small feeder bolts to it's right that seem to be feeding up into the main bolt.  There's literally an array of them.
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: Homer Jones on August 04, 2011, 07:21:37 PM
That's pretty close to what I was figuring. Ol' Homer shoots with a D7000 and always turns off the autfocus and vibration reduction with tripod mounted distance shots. I was mostly interested with the time you used.
That photo is one you should submit to National Geographic, Popular Photography or other contest sponsors.
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on August 04, 2011, 07:57:38 PM
Almost forgot............it was on a 2-second shutter delay to eliminate blur (there's no remote available for it).

For what it's worth, it's much sharper than it appears to be here.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on August 11, 2011, 04:30:46 PM
1. Rays

2. Party!

3. Musical meter

4. from St. Rocco's Feast, Ft Lee 8-7-11

5. Escape from the Middle School

6 - 10.  Another visit from the HFD (false alarm)

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on August 18, 2011, 03:50:26 PM
After all the rain this week, I'm going with a sequential meteorological theme:


1-2.  Sunday 8/14 - night ground reflections after the day's rain

3-7.  Monday 8/15 - clouds rolled in, it POURED, cool clouds after it cleared

8-10.  Tuesday 8/16 - cool clouds continued: over NYC, at sunset, and into the night


Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on September 01, 2011, 03:50:53 PM
Lightning DOES strike twice! (this time in Hackensack)

This happened on August 18.

To get closeups of lightning, you have to zoom in on a small part of the horizon and hope that bolts strike at that spot while the shutter is open. Lightning was hitting periodically at various spots along the entire horizon and there were probably at least 50 spots like this one to zoom in on.

Of however many shots I took before the rain reached me, this was the only successful close one, but it's better than I could have hoped for. Going through a low cloud in multiple spots? I don't even think I saw the cloud until I downloaded the image.

My thanks to those of you who contacted me about buying a print of the NYC lightning photo. Not to spam this list (too much), but prints ARE available for many of the images I post.

Now if only I had the email addresses of everyone who lives in the buildings in this shot...................


Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: irons35 on September 01, 2011, 11:14:59 PM
Bob,
 to reply to your email the buildings are left to right, 130, 150 and 160 Overlook.  there is a small piece of 140 Prospect visible between 150 and 160 Overlook.  it was easier to see them here.
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on September 08, 2011, 04:00:06 PM
 1. UFO

 2. Sunset 1

 3. Evil storm

 4. My underwater home

 5. Nick's picks: blue on blue

 6. Raptor

 7. Sunset 2

 8. #165 x 3 = bad scheduling

 9. Jaws

10. 8/17 Moonrise - 8/18 Sunset


Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on September 14, 2011, 03:25:08 PM
 1. Sunset after Irene

 2. Sun roof

 3. Cloud carrier

 4. Just south of here on 8/20 (don't know whose they are)

 5. Fun, Fun, Fun (but Daddy took the T-Bird away)

 6. Sunset

 7. Treeneck as Irene exits

 8. Left turn onto Anderson St

 9. A human shadow casts its own shadow!

10. State St flooded...............by 3 emergency vehicles' lights

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: Editor on September 14, 2011, 07:51:30 PM
Where was the human that made the first shadow?
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: just watching on September 15, 2011, 09:01:23 AM
I love your photos.  Could you please start a new string with more photos.  There are so many photos on this one string that I cannot effectively download on my computer. Thanks.
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: Editor on September 15, 2011, 04:10:29 PM
I initially thought it made more sense for Bob to post all pictures in one thread.  But I see now that the page does take a long time to load.  Maybe we should create a separate board (in line with Hackensack Discussion) or a "related board" just for photos. 
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on September 15, 2011, 04:37:11 PM
Thank you, jw.

There are 15 posts allowed per page. Each page takes longer to load as you get closer to 15 posts, especially if I'm making most of the posts as photo posts.

Starting a new thread wouldn't help because the same thing would happen on the very first page as you got closer to 15.

Actually, I had hoped that some discussion might be generated, which would mean fewer photo posts per page and a quicker-loading page as you approach 15 posts.

Maybe the answer is to make it 10 posts per page.


Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: BLeafe on September 15, 2011, 04:48:00 PM
Where was the human that made the first shadow?

ONLY
(http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/1231/shadyt.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/508/shadyt.jpg/)

...that a woman was walking around her car, talking on her cell phone, and pausing in one spot for a few seconds during the long exposure - enough time to leave an impression.

Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: Editor on September 15, 2011, 05:58:36 PM
If we created a new board, each picture could be its own topic, with its own title and own comments.  Like the Shadow Picture topic.
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: just watching on September 16, 2011, 07:21:47 AM

It's your call.  I suspect there will be less views if it moves off the Hackensack Discussion part of the website.
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it (all images prior to 9/16/11)
Post by: Chief Oratam on September 22, 2011, 05:13:04 PM
Great Idea.....keep up the good work....and if your open to ideas I've got 1...
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it (all images prior to 9/16/11)
Post by: Editor on September 22, 2011, 05:40:22 PM
I'm all ears...    (((???)))
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it (all images prior to 9/16/11)
Post by: Chief Oratam on September 24, 2011, 08:41:13 PM
I'm all ears...    (((???)))

If bob is out and about....and not finding anything....maybe, try Maple Grove Cemetery..aka...(New York Cemetery).on Hudson St...
Heres a sample of some of of the 19 century tomb stones that are being crowded out and or Fading away and Crumbling from centuries of weather and decay... Theres Real History There......

Ackerson,
Ames,
Banta,
Berdan,
Blauvelt,
Bogert,
Conklin,
Demarest,
Hopper,
Huyler,
Moore,
Myers,
Pangborn,
Terhune,
Van Saun,
Voorhis,
Vreeland,
Zabriskie
.........Just a thought.......
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it (all images prior to 9/16/11)
Post by: Homer Jones on September 24, 2011, 09:15:03 PM
On the same note, check the cemetery next to the Church on the Green. Some real oldies but goodies lying in rest there.
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it (all images prior to 9/16/11)
Post by: Chief Oratam on September 25, 2011, 10:58:25 AM
On the same note, check the cemetery next to the Church on the Green. Some real oldies but goodies lying in rest there.

Your absolutely correct Homer....
Title: Re: Photography...........the way I see it
Post by: Editor on January 14, 2016, 07:08:59 PM
You did say comments were welcome and I am celebrating getting my wings like Clarence the angel in the classic film It's A Wonderful Life....My posts no longer have to be approved by an administrator.

"Get me, I'm giving out wings!"   :angel:

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