Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Day 90 Brainless

Today's Assignment: Look for the opportunity to photograph a subject or scene in natural light today. Pay careful attention to the exposure.

Camera:      Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture:     f/1.8
Focal Length:     35 mm

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Day 89 - Have You Backed Up Lately

Today's Daily Shoot theme is the color green. Make a photograph dominated by green and post it. 

Camera:      Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture:     f/1.8
Focal Length:     35 mm

Red Bank Sunset

Took an afternoon stroll in Red Bank over the weekend. As we were heading home we were presented with this lovely scene on Monmouth Street

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
~ Rabindranath Tagore

Monday, March 29, 2010

Day 88 I Can Here the Bells

Make a photograph today of something that produces a unique sound. Try to communicate that sound to the viewer.

“True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.” 
~ Erich Segal

Camera:      Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture:     f/4.8
Focal Length:     35 mm

Weekly 365 Update - Week Twelve

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Day 87 The Bunnies Shop

Sunday Challenge: Backlighting in a scene can create drama. Make a photo with interesting placement of backlit subjects.

Camera:      Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture:     f/1.8
Focal Length:     35 mm

A Day in Hoboken

Saint Patrick's Day was a beautiful sunny spring day and Kate and I took a stroll along Washington Street in Hoboken.

Our first encounter was with a street artist that was painting an old time street scene

The painter was friendly and even gave his permission to take photos!

Even the hotdog vendor was cordial, he was very proud that one of the paintings was bought by the city of Hoboken for their archives. There seems to be lots of civic pride in the city!

Have you seen or heard of  "Cake Boss" ? Well Buddy's bakery has been located in Hoboken since the early 1900's. Carlo's Bakery is directly across the street from Town Hall

The TV show has definitely improved this little shop's business, and word on the street is that the town was giving Buddy an award on 3/17 for the shop's contributions to the local economy.

Now that's getting a lot out of your dough... don't ya think?

Kate and I step inside for a few minutes, but the crowd was huge... 

We really don't need to be eating any of those sweet cakes or pastries anyway! We walked a bit further down Washington Street to see what other goodies we could find!

City Hall, directly across from the bakery was bustling with activity, after all it was the middle of a normal weekday.

This Police Officer was trying to keep things moving, mostly that bus which was interfering with the flow of cars and pedestrians! While it was a "normal" weekday, I did think there were more people just strolling along than was usual. Probably just the tourists and St. Paddy's Day celebrants getting ready to partake in the celebrations at one of the many neighbor pubs!

From the looks of things, revelers and inn keepers alike were anxious for this day to begin!

Kate was excited to be in Hoboken and wanted to have lunch at one of the many pubs along Washington St.  We did find a place that had a nice menu and reasonable prices, it's a shame I can't recall the name of it.

We loved the traditional pub setting, and the weather was gorgeous so the doors were open wide!

Steak with pesto and cheese was one of the specials, and it was quite good.

There was much more we got to see along Washington Street and then later along the river front. I'll be sure to post those another time! All in all we had a great day and I'm looking forward to another trip to investigate more of the neighborhood!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Day 86 Willy's

Today’s Daily Shoot assignment is:
Sidewalks are great for people watching. Make a photograph of a sidewalk scene today.
This scene is in Red Bank, NJ

Camera:      Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture:     f/2.8
Focal Length:     35 mm

Day 85 S is for Storm Trooper

Today's Daily Shoot assignment ~ Think of a subject that starts with either the letter "D"or "S"

Camera:      Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture:     f/2.0
Focal Length:     35 mm

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Day 84 Traditional B&W

 Today's daily shoot assignment
Time to revisit a traditional photographic look. Make a black and white photo with high contrast today.

Camera:      Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture:     f/4.0
Focal Length:     55 mm

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Day 83 Portable HD TV

you've been commissioned to photograph a product for a company's marketing dept. Give us your best product shot.

This is today's best product shot... I think I could work a bit more on this style!

Camera:      Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture:     f/4.0
Focal Length:     55 mm

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Day 82 Storm Damage

Today's challenge for the daily shoot was Look for angles today: 90s, 45s, or any other combination of angles that make an interesting composition.

Damage from last week's storm left some very strange angles all around town. Clean up seems to be a slow process for some.

Camera:      Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture:     f/5.6
Focal Length:     55 mm

Feeling Groovy

"Slow down, you move too fast.  You got to make the morning last. 
Just kicking down the cobble stones. Looking for fun and feelin' groovy."
~ The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) Simon and Garfunkel

I know, I'm giving away my age but I couldn't resist! Saturday's trip with Hubby led us to Queensbridge Park, where the Queenboro Bridge was in full view. The weather was so gorgeous, everyone was out and about!

Touch football action on the AstroTurf had a nice crowd of spectators, and hubby was very interested!

Cycling to the park to watch the local touch team and catch up on some reading seemed to be more in line with this young fellow's day

Strolling through parks and all that fresh air made us very hungry for lunch, so we ventured off to find a place. Both of us having grown up in Queens, made this a natural choice we couldn't pass up.

Sorry folks, but they just don't make Gyro sandwiches anywhere else that compare to those in Astoria Queens!

We were greeted with the offer of  a free sample

We just headed right inside and took the plunge

SugarPup agrees, mmm-mmm, best Gyro we've had in years!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Day 81 Time's Up

Today’s Daily Shoot assignment is:
Set an alarm for a random time today. Any time. When it goes off, pick up your camera and find a photo near where you are. 

I was just leaving a client and heading back to my office when the alarm went off... luckily the car wasn't moving at the time.
Camera:      Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.125 sec (1/8)
Aperture:     f/5.6
Focal Length:     52 mm

Weekly 365 Update - Week Eleven

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Day 80 Running Late

Woody reminds me that we "gotta run", it's getting late!

Camera:      Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture:     f/5.6
Focal Length:     55 mm


Yesterday Hubby had a business meeting in N.Y. and I decided to join him for the ride. It was a beautiful day; Spring arrived in all it's glory! I didn't have much time, but I did spend a few minutes in Flushing Meadow Park.

The zoo was open and the animals seemed to really enjoy the day

Remote controlled race cars were really stirring up the dust, and getting lots of attention from nearby ball players and strollers alike

Balloons were available right near the carousel ride. I love watching children as they approach the carousel, the music elicits a proud marching stance as if they were in a parade.

Flushing Meadow was the location of both the 1939 and 1964/1965 World's Fair. There are quite a few structures that remain from these event, the most famous of which is the Unisphere.

The building below is near the NY State Pavilion and it's design is quite interesting. Something about the design makes me think of the Guggenheim Museum

I don't know the name or background of the building, maybe that's a project for another day.

Near the Unisphere there are relaxing and welcoming gardens

I could just hear and see the old time band or barber shop quartet playing from the gazebo

Saturday morning means sports and soccer seemed to be the sport of the day. Walking the ball to the field

Getting the goal ready for the the big game

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Day 79 Gantry Plaza State Park

East River view looking south, bright warm first day of spring!
Liquids can be still and reflective or in motion and chaotic. Make a photograph of something liquid today. 

Camera:      Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture:     f/16.0
Focal Length:     55 mm

Friday, March 19, 2010

Day78 To The Curb

Change your angle today. Make a photo from 1' (30 cm) off the ground and post it.
Storm cleanup continues, Winter's last day happens to be collection day.

Camera:      Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.001 sec (1/1250)
Aperture:     f/5.3
Focal Length:     155 mm

Winter Drive - Sergeantsville, NJ

Sergeantville is the home of the oldest remaining covered bridge in NJ

A two lane county road leads from the bridge directly into town

The creek and roads are quiet, and glisten in the early afternoon light.

The general store is prominently located at the one traffic light in town, from what I've read they sell excellent home made Chinese food!

Awarded by the Princeton Bicycle Club as a Friend to Cyclists, they provide food and drink to nourish participants traveling through the areas. Warm and colorful surroundings were welcome this cold day in February!