Monday, June 13, 2022

Kinderdijk, Netherlands

 


Windmill occupancy for rent. Real cheap but the renter has to operate the windmill as needed.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Izitso

 


Hasselblad 500cm
Tmax 400

It's been a while since I developed a film.  This is from the archives.  Hope your day is going well.

Friday, June 10, 2022

Thursday, June 09, 2022

Elon Musk's New Space Launcher

 


This could have been Elon Musk's New Space Launcher.  A view from Roosevelt Park in Long Island City:  Ravenswood Generating Station is a 2,480 megawatt power plant in Long Island City in Queens, New York.  It is owned and operated by LS Power/Helix Energy Solutions Group  The plant is fueled primarily by fuel oil (no. 6) and natural gas which heats the boilers.

Hope your day is going well.

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

Postmodern Apathy

 

Postmodern Apathy: Rich young rulers, cosmopolitan background, fabulous lifestyle yet hollowness prevailing, fake gladness and snobby attitude.

My friend commented on this image:  "I guess the main difference is that when we were young, the "elite" were from the older generation, but they were with their own version of hollowness, fake gladness and snobbiness... (there's always people and groups of people who think they're better... there's always those who chose separation instead of compassion and unity). As David Byrne used to sing: "same as it ever was...""

Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Boro Bike Tour


 

Capture date May 1, 2022

Produced in conjunction with the City of New York, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is a charitable ride that funds free bike education programs reaching thousands of New Yorkers each year.

Monday, June 06, 2022

JFK to LIC in the Age of Dystopia

 


The image was taken while on the Yellow Cab Taxi from JFK Airport.  We were going to Long Island City to visit my grandson.  Well, and his mom and dad as well... but you can see where are our priorities. I dig how this dismally banal subject can be considered a work of art.  The layers and geometry work together to form - a dismally banal subject.  

Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, June 04, 2022

Art by Amir

 


The fabulous patina on the door is a work of art by Amir, the cat.  Please DM him for print.  He will work for food and a chin rub.  Note that bely rub is at your own risk.

Friday, June 03, 2022

Blue Hour in Long Island City

 


It was the blue hour in that one chilly evening in Long Island City.  I was glad to have my iPhone.  I was not even planning to shoot photos that night considering that this place was not safe during evenings.  On the way back to the hotel, I noticed broken windows of SUVs that are parked on the street.  I could tell that these vehicles were recently broken into as there were still shattered glasses lying on the road next to them.  Almost everyday, I would see newly broken windows.  

Thursday, June 02, 2022

I Will Lay Me Down

 


I will lay me down like a bridge.  I am so way behind the eight ball in posting images on this blog.  My apologies.  This image was taken back in March of this year at Savannah, Georgia.  An exceptional city.  I read somewhere that it was the first suburb in the States.  So I suppose Savannah was an experiment that proved to be a success in city planning.

The Savannah River is a major river in the southeastern United States, forming most of the border between the states of South Carolina and Georgia.

Hope your day is going well.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Shapes of Things in New York


 I believe this was captured on Jackson Street at Long Island City.  I really like taking pictures with the setting I used on my Fujifilm X100F.  The secret ingredient is the White Balance.  Fo this one, I set the temperature to 10,000 K.  The rest of the settings are pretty much preferential.  Here's my recipe:

Film Simulation - Chrome, Grain Effect - weak, Dynamic Range - 400 iso, Highlight Tone - +3, Shadow tone - +3, Color - 0, Sharpness - +1, Noise Reduction - 0, Long Exposure NR - Off, Color Space - sRGB, WB - 10,000 K.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Inspiration for the Jeep Wrangler

 


Cool Dude on the street was the inspiration for the new model of Jeep Wrangler.  It feels like I hired both of them  to capture the image.  It would have been an expensive photograph but the opportunity just landed on my lap - so to speak.  

Monday, May 09, 2022

Southern Comfort

 



This kind of architecture is common in the Victorian District of Savanah, Georgia.  Some of these Victorian homes date back to the 1800s.  Prominent features on the two-story frame homes include turrets, towers, bay windows, decorative trim and whimsical colors. 

Hope your day is going well.


Saturday, May 07, 2022

Time Must Have a Stop

 


My mind is so busy thinking about values that I don't have time to experience them. (Aldous Huxley, Time Must Have a Stop)

I dig the books of Aldous Huxley.  The book I quoted here has influenced me a lot in my younger years.  That along with Brave New World.  Also there is something about clocks that I just love to photograph.  Before Covid, Rose and I would travel in Europe and each city that we step on I would document with the camera.  Well that practice is in hiatus because of woke travel restrictions.

Friday, May 06, 2022

Little Barn in Central Texas


 Texans are proud of their state.  The Lone Star Flag is conspicuous in many places including this barn here.  I spoke to the owner and he said that he built the barn from old wooden fences.  He talked about the house as though it was his baby.  Indeed a paragon of a proud Texan.

Hope your day is going well.

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Thursday, April 28, 2022

World Gone Wrong

 


Strange things have happened, like never before. 
My baby told me I would have to go. 
I can't be good no more, once like I did before. 
I can't be good, baby, 
Honey, because the world's gone wrong. (Robert Dylan)

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Eat Beef

 


Now that the Lenten season is over, these chickens can now come out of hiding.  

Monday, April 25, 2022

Abuela

 

Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl
With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there
She would merengue and do the cha-cha

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Romeo and Juliet Noir

 


A re-edit of a previous artsy image I made years back.  I think this was in Galway.  I'm really digging the film look nowadays.

Valentine is done 
Here, but now they're gone 
Romeo and Juliet 
Are together in eternity 
(Romeo and Juliet)

(Don't Fear the Reaper @blue_oystercultblue_oystercult)

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The Sewing Room

 


This image predates my DLSR phase.  Captured with a crappy point and shoot equipped with an 8 megapixel tiny sensor.  That was all I could afford to go to digital photography.  Used a wide angle adapter to get the fake fish eye look.  Re-edited to look like film.  Didn't take much editing considering the image was lo-fi to begin with.  After all these years, I still like it.  

Monday, April 18, 2022

Reminiscing on the Eternal Love of the Spotless Mind


 "Although a tear may be ever so near

That’s the time you must keep on trying"

 - Charlie Chaplin

Friday, April 15, 2022

Chase the rainbow

 


Chase the rainbow, find and see what's at the end.  Must be the Irish water. Photo editing tends to go a certain way after drinking from the tap. Or was it the stout? 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Tolerance is a good thing

 

"I ain't scared of you nor your limpid sword, buster."
"Nor do I. Not scared of yer bald head."

That day Vice President Dick Cheney and Sir Kenneth Branagh became good friends.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Voodoo Vibes at the Little House in the heart of Texas

 


A weather like this:  Have a cup of coffee.  Or better still, have a glass of wine.  Hope your day is going well.

Saturday, April 09, 2022

Friday, April 08, 2022

The Wonderful World of Colors

 


Our room we were renting was bereft of color - as though time rewinded into the monochrome past. It is as though how the developers of photography have envisioned it. When photography first came out, it was already in color but the scientists who wanted to be artists thought the color photos were scandalous so they made everything black and white - even at times adding blur and scratches and sepia coloring to make the photos primitive. Fortunately, that has now changed. We now have the luxury to see things in color once again. A major leap forward to progress.


Nota Bene: the photo was edited using the Lark preset found under the hood of the @instagram.

Thursday, April 07, 2022

Untitled Painting by an Unknown Artist

 


I was surprised to see this image got posted two hours ago without my knowledge. Siri is playing tricks on me.

Hope your day is going great.

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Willkommen Vienna

 


Welcome to Vienna.  The sky is teal and the roofs are all made from clay.  Great works have been done here by the early thinkers of the elite Vienna Club.

Hope your day is going well.

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Fastest Sushi Chef

 


Domo aregato Tanaka-san.  He's the fastest sushi chef in the west.

Monday, April 04, 2022

Moon Over Cardiff

 


Our last night in Cardiff.  Not much going going on here.  It is the capital and largest city in Wales.  I thought of just heading down to the bar and chat with the bartender.  I then remember that there is no bar in our hotel.  We are holed in this small hotel and there is nothing much to do.  I'll try to count how many street lights are out there.

Saturday, April 02, 2022

Date with a Celebrity

 


Evelyn on the phone: "Look the guy you tried to hook me up ... he's not a real person."

Friday, April 01, 2022

The Art of Contentment

 


For those who have been following this blog, this image may look familiar.  It should be as it was taken around 2020.  This post may be a reminder.


I believe this is Poco, one of the two donkeys who live in Berry Springs Ranch, a few miles from us.  The other donkey (not pictured) is Amigo.  Not sure why they named the donkey that  because she is actually female.  Maybe she is transitioning.  Who knows.  

Berry Springs Park and Preserve is a park in and of Williamson County, Texas close to the city of Georgetown, Texas. The park is on farm land with many pecan and oak trees as well as the waters of Berry Springs that provide a lake for fishing with fresh water. 

Hope your day is going well.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

A Lamppost and Two Flag Staffs

 


A Lamppost and Two Flag Staffs stand deep in the heart of Texas.

There are only two states in the Union that allow the state flag to be raised at same height as the National flag, namely Hawaii and Texas.

Hope your day is going well.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Please Don't Shoot Me a the Back

 


Savanah is truly a place frozen in time.  We strolled along Forsyth Park, a 30-acre park named for Georgia’s 33rd governor.  Located in the Forsyth Park Extension, the Confederate Monument is an imposing, 48-foot tribute. A lone, anonymous soldier stands atop sandstone, commanding the considerations of visitors. Yet the Confederate Monument is mired in misconception. Popularly thought to memorialize the Confederacy, the monument instead commemorates Savannah’s “Confederate Dead.” Even the inscription furthers its funerary function: “Blow from the four winds, o breath, and breathe upon these slain that they may live.” 

It was tricky in framing the statue.  I wanted it to be between the hanging tree moss.  But the wind would make them sway so I have to time my shot to get a clear view.  Got it!

Hope your day is going well.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

MP Tavern or Why Distortion is an Just an Illusion

 


This one is an oldie that got filed in the archived.  Never got edited until now.  Editing was a bit difficult as I was losing my patience.  No matter how I try to straighten the house, it would still be tilted.  This phenomenon led me to believe that either the house is physically tilted or I am experiencing an optical illusion.

Couldn't remember where this was taken.  For sure it was somewhere in New York.  I think it could be at Great Necks.

Hope your day is going well.

Monday, March 28, 2022

For Canine Use Only

 


Yes, it's for canine use only.  Why else would they install a fire hydrant in the middle of the grass field?

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Vintage Model T Ford or Why I Love My Diana

 


Got to love the Diana.  It's sometimes referred to as a toy camera because all the parts are made of plastic including the lens.  If I took it to a photo op for portraits or weddings, people would laugh at me.  Yes, it's silly.  It doesn't even have a real view finder.  It's basically an early point and shoot film camera.  It takes the 120 format so the resolution is better than the 35mm film.  Found this vintage Model T Ford while going to work decades ago.  I had to retrieve the image from the archive because I am into film photography again.  Unfortunately I lost the lens.  A brand new Diana would fetch for $100 US.  I think I bought mine for $30 back then.

Friday, March 25, 2022

First Attempt on Espresso

 


This was taken when we first got our espresso machine a couple of years ago.  It was my first attempt to make espresso so I wanted to document it.  I ended up filing the image and have forgotten all about it.  So I suppose the coffee is two years in the brewing.  I hope they are still hot.

Hope your day is going well.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

The Sun Always Shine in Tuscany

 


Only an idiot would point the camera directly to the sun.  I am an idiot.  But it makes great photo op.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

One more cup of coffee 'fore I go

 


Nothing like a nice stroll in the morning.  Savannah wind gently touching our hair.  Making the Tree Moss sway along.  Followed by a nice cup of coffee.  Sorry, it just got consumed before I could take a photo of it.

Hope your day is going well. 

One more cup of coffee 'fore I go
to the valley below - Bob Dylan 

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Victorian Porch

 


Got no telecommunications
Cables haven't gotten out this way
The man in the moon is a musician
That's the way we pass the lunar day
(Dolly Parton)

Monday, March 21, 2022

Jolene

 


This truck is an all purpose terrain, capable of going 120 mph at 0 to 60 seconds.  It is for sale by the original owner to the highest bidder.  Runs on demineralized coal.  

Hope your day is going well.

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I'm begging of you please don't take my man
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
Please don't take him just because you can - Dolly Parton