2012 in review

Selecting one representative image from each month of 2012:

Free Syria protest on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House, January 7, 2012
The clearing out of Occupy D.C. in McPherson Square during the enforcement cleanout – February 4, 2012.
Kite Festival
The Discovery shuttle being flown by the Washington Monument – April 17, 2012
Project Bandaloop’s aerial dance “Bound(less”) at the Look Up! Night Street Fair – at the Old Post Office, Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Kennedy Center
Citified: Art and Creativity East of the Anacostia River. Exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Keep the Promise March for American, AIDS rally, July 22, 2012.
Montgomery County Fair
First anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, September 17, 2012
Escalator at Judiciary Square
High Heel Race, 17th St., D.C.
Santarchy, on Pennsylvania Avenue by the White House

New York – November 2012

Three days in New York, taking a limited number of Iphone photos to capture the experience:

Train tracks as seen from a moving train, along the Amtrak corridor
MOMA, and reflections
Men staring at The Scream, on display at MOMA
Mural on Roseland Ballroom exterior
Leo Villereal, at Madison Square, with the Chrysler building visible through the center
Fashion District
Reflections, 6th Avenue
Keyboard, on the floor of a moving subway car
Discovering Columbus exhibit, above Columbus Circle
Warhol on the wall at the Discovering Columbus exhibit
Accordion on the subway platform
Sticker, near Union Square
Stickers, East Village
Graffiti/stickers East Village
Times Square
Holiday window, Lord & Taylor, with reflections of skyscrapers

Travelogue – New York City

On my recent trip to New York City, I wanted to use both my DSLR and my Iphone camera – but to keep it simple, I decided that I would take just a few photos with my Iphone, trying to capture my trip in 3 or 4 photos from each day.  Here they are:

Reflections in a building on 8th Avenue. Stuck in traffic on the way to my hotel, since there was a festival on 8th Avenue.
Waiting in line outside the Whitney for the Kusama exhibit. No photos are allowed inside the Whitney, so this is the view through the window, with Kusama on the bottom and the Whitney ceiling lights on the top.
Bas relief with graffiti, St. Mark’s Place
Stickers and graffiti on St. Mark’s Place
Pigeons on 8th Avenue
Pigeons on 8th Avenue
First anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, in front of Trinity Church
Hacula sticker in the driveway of an underground garage, Chelsea
Old poster on 10th Avenue in Chelsea
Markings on a post in Chelsea
Greek head at the Met
Broadway cleared for President Obama’s motorcade, coming from Letterman
Torrential rain, on 8th Avenue
Feast of San Gennaro, along Mulberry Street
Chinatown signs, along Canal St.
Philadelphia skyline, viewed from the Amtrak train on my way home.

Barneys 500

One of the things I love about New York is the creativity of the store windows.  Barneys has some of the best displays.  This is the Barneys 500 – a race course for shoes that ran across windows in the front and side of the store.

Walter Steiger shoe in the Barneys 500 race.
Manolo Blanik (#3) and Pierre Hardy (#5) shoes racing around the Barneys 500 track.
Manolo Blanik shoe in the Barneys 500 race.

Fiesta DC 2012

Fiesta DC parade went down Pennsylvania Avenue this afternoon.  I have taken photos of a number of parades along this route – and it remains a challenge to get good shots – crowds in the way, strong light and heavy shadows, usually costumes with hats that shade the faces, busy backgrounds, etc.  So I took lots of shots but only got a few keepers.   Hopefully I will keep learning how to work better under these conditions.

Photo experiment – day 31 of 31

This month has been fun trying new things. I’m glad to be done, and glad I actually managed to stick to something for 31 days in a row. It’s been a useful way to become less hesitant about experimenting – with the daily task of trying a new technique, I haven’t worried about waiting to find the time to do anything to a more perfect state, just a good initial attempt at each technique. Some of the experiments I probably won’t try again, but some I definitely will – I want to make a better shot of a splash, and I will probably use the photo+texture often, and I am fascinated by light-painting.
Here is making a 3D look out of a couple of my photos – the acrobat is from one photo, and the sides of the box are 5 copies of one photo. The result is not yet really good but I can see how I might be able to do something like this better in the future: