If you are familiar in the least with the morning news/talk shows on the major networks you know that they all seem to have concerts on Fridays during the summer. This Friday I managed to haul my lazy bones out of bed at a ridiculously early hour to attend my first morning show concert.
I accompanied my darling daughter to the Midtown Manhatten News Corp. concert set of Fox and Friends. We drove in from NJ and arrived at 48th Street and 6th Avenue at about 6:30 am, if you should happen to take public transportation, this would be the nearest subway station.
Once we arrived on site my daughter quickly found a college friend and proceeded to catch up on all the news and move in close to the stage for a fabulous view of the performance. I took a little bit of a stroll over to 7th Avenue where I found a Smilers convenience store with cut flowers lining the 48th Street side of the corner store. I have a thing for market flowers and these sunflowers surely caught my eye.
The clouds and extreme humidity had Lazy Hazy Days of Summer going through my mind... well at least it's a happy tune :-)
As I stood back and took in the view of NYC and all it's glory the shop's keeper began to wet down the sidewalk in preparation of the day ahead. The city was beginning another new day and the hustle and bustle began. Workers can be seen rushing along the avenue and the lights of Broadway attractions were clearly lit in the background.
It was a quick walk back to 6th Avenue, where a very familiar scene from my many years of working in the city was encountered. The corner coffee cart, a workers' morning necessity long before Starbucks arrived in town. Coffee, rolls, bagels, donuts you could find them all right there at the corner cart. Quick, convenient and most importantly very inexpensive!
I couldn't resist... I got on line and partook in a delightful "regular" coffee. (Passed on all the carbs, breakfast would come after the show). I found a bench right on the corner
with a fabulous view of the stage and far enough from the speakers to avert deafness. (Yeah, I said it... I've come to really enjoy hearing and would like to keep it around for awhile)
The show's guest band was Gloriana... a country band that seems to be taking charts by storm. My daughter has been listening to their music for a couple of years now, she believes they are very talented and haven't received the recognition they deserve as yet. You can read her blog review of their latest album A Thousand Miles Left Behind [Stop by her blog and show her some blog love;-)]
The performance was fun and the band stills has a great love of their fans... they freely gave away copies of their CD and autographs were gladly shared.
After the show we had a quick breakfast and started to head over to Central Park. We made it as far as the bus stop on 48th and 6th but the heat and lack of sleep didn't play well for us so we just decided to head back to NJ and call it an early day.
It's hard to believe that I used to work just four blocks from here, it's even harder to believe that it was over 30 years that my career had move further downtown to the Financial District!
The move from Television & Radio to Brokers & Traders was quite a culture shock, but that's a story for another day.
A road trip with my daughter and a visit with my brother... afternoon rain was welcome as it cooled down the 99 degree temps.
I'm submitting this to July's Photo-Heart Connection, this photo brings memories of a fabulous day enjoyed with loved ones!
Yotsuba gathered a gang of friends to get ready to watch the 2012 London Olympics.
We'll be watching the opening ceremonies tonight, my daughter has be anxiously awaiting the show for some time now... she has a thing for Michael Phelps ;-) Looking forward to the show Danny Boyle has put together, it should be very interesting.
Love is a shelter in a raging storm Love is peace in the middle of a war And if we try to leave may God send angels to guard the door No, love in not a fight...but it's something worth fighting for ~ Love is Not a Fight, Warren Barfield
Today I'm participating in the Photo-Heart connection for May... I'm sharing this photo I took for Memorial Day in the US. While it's always signified the start of summer and the beginning of the beach season, we must never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can live freely and in peace. We must remember all they've given and respect the values they fought to protect.
Learning is a lifelong process... Despite the fact that I've been using my camera for over 3 years, I continue to learn as much as possible about photography. Today I sat in on a Creative Live session "Photography 101 for Moms", very interesting session for moms to learn the basics, it was fun.
I love attending the sessions at Creative Live there courses are free for the live recording and cover many aspects of photography and more. You can also buy previous courses if you find them of interest. My budget's been kinda tight, so if I have the time I enroll in the live recording. Definitely worth checking out there course calendar... you might find something of interest.
Camera Nikon D40 Exposure 0.033 sec (1/30) Aperture f/4.5 Focal Length 35 mm ISO Speed 360
“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive.” ~ Elenora Duse
Seeing the wonder of the simple things in life, knowing in my heart there is beauty all around us if we just stop and look for just a moment... These are moments I want to capture!
Monday - Preparing the invitations for the upcoming graduation celebration
Tueday - Turkey on "Light" wheat
Wednesday - A visit with my cousin and smile from her charming Buddy
Thursday - Morning light made these dandies unresistable
Friday - Nikon is idle on the desk
Saturday - A family gathering at Cupsaw Lake
Sunday - Rainy day at the station, poor girl had to go into The City for work
Monday - Another chilly and wet day; toys and snacks shall prevail!
There are tons of apps for the iPhone and I'm having a grand time playing with many of them. The big problem I see is keeping track of what I do as process the photos. There is definitely a conflict between my Technical and Creative selves. The technical wants to observe and record each and every step along way while the creative side is just in there doing and playing! Oh well, I am a Gemini... so that's bound to happen.
Have a great week and until next time... Live, Laugh, Love!
I've been concentrating on using only the iPhone for shooting and editing my 365 for April. While the iPhone is a very simple camera to use, I think it offers great opportunities to expand one's creativity. There are many apps available to assist in capturing the photo that tells the story. As I experiment and explore I hope to share my findings and improve my photography skills.
Yesterday afternoon the light was hitting this figurine on the shelf... He belonged to my mother, when Mom passed my aunt took this little guy as a memory from my mother. He came back to me last May, now he holds memories of Mom and Aunt Lillie for me. This close-up of his face just reminds me of Mom, I think it's the little smile.
92/366 Camera Awesome Exposure 0.05 sec (1/20) Aperture f/2.4 PSE for resolution adjustment
The last week has just zoomed right by... I can not believe it's already April! Here's what I've been up to
Clearly, the iPhone has taken over my life... 3 out of 5 of these were taken with it. We are definitely at the dawn of the age of mobile photography and the iPhone is just the beginning. It's amazing to me that the iPhone 4 is the most popular camera on Flickr today. iPhones also are the top 4 most popular camera phones, followed closely by the Android based Samsung Galaxy S II in the fifth spot and is gaining popularity.
iPhoneography is taking the world by storm, more importantly the age of phoneography is upon us. As new smartphones are developed they are featuring improved camera performance and increased application development. Photography has become fun and hip... and so easy to share it's almost infectious!
Today I stumbled across a fabulous article on Chase Jarvis' blog - Don't Quit Your Day Job? No Problem A showcase of very touching street photos from a NYC banker with a very serious hobby.
Chris Arnade (Twitter @chris_arnade) is proof that photography, even as a hobby, can clearly touch the heart and tell stories that need to be told. Along the streets of the Bronx there are many stories needed to be told and Chris' Faces of Addiction set on Flickr tells them with great heart and dignity. I was truly moved by this set of photographs, it reminded me of a similar project I had in mind years ago that was inspired by Richie Sambora's Harlem Rain. Chris has inspired me to start planning that project, the time has come and it is now!
I heard the news today that Japan had another earthquake... and so close to the anniversary of last year's devasting events. I also found it ironic that today's Google Doodle commemorates Akira Yoshizawa the grandmaster of origami.
My heart and prayers go out to all those that suffered the devastation of last year's horror and to those who went through today's horrible reminder!
Today's photo may be a bit of cheat, these were last year's photos compliled into a collage tonight. If you didn't see last year's efforts they are 1000 Cranes for Japan and Update
Collage - Picasa from last year's Cranes for Japan project
Special thanks to Photobook Girl's recent article on Free Collage Tools for reminding me of this very handy feature in Picasa. BTW, she is far more creative with photobooks and collage than I am and is an excellent source for tips on books!