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Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

Apparent horizon or visible horizon.  The line where the earth meets sky.

We’ve got plenty of buildings and trees that block the clean line around here.

First up – Coney Island Horizon

Coney Island Horizon

 

 

 

Another clean line separating earth and sky in Cumberland Ohio at The Wilds

Wilds Horizon

 

Charleston West Virginia Horizon

WV Horizon

 

 

 

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Rainy Thursday 2 CityPittsburgh Rainy Thursday Afternoon

 

 

VA Horizon (1)On the road to Virginia Horizon

 

 

New York City Horizon

NYC Horizon

 

 

 

Pittsburgh Horizon

And a vertical taken in traffic at the red light Pittsburgh PA

 

Okay, that’s a pretty good sampling of horizons.

Starting to get too many choices to put up.  I’m stopping now and going to bed.  I thought about going into an external hard drive and finding British Columbia or Okanogan WA but it’s late.

NIght.

 

 

 


Painting the Bike Lane on Bleecker Street and Bicycles in the City

iPhone shot of the bike lane on Bleecker Street being painted

and all over the city you see brand new blue Citi bikes (bike sharing program)are parked, waiting to be rented.

Bleecker Street Bike Lane

 

Crew painting the blke lane along Bleecker Street- butter mint green?

 

 

Before Painting

 

The Bike Lane before painting.

 

 

Bleecker Street Bike Lane

 

You can see the bike lane before it is painted green

 

 

 

Blue citibikes

 

Man riding a blue Citibike at Union Square

 

 

 

bicycle east side

 

Lower East Side Bicyclist

 

 

Battery Park

 

Bicyclist watching the man do a flip in Battery Park

 

 

 

Coney Island Bike Rental

 

Coney Island Bike Rental

 

 

 

Delivery Bicycle

 

Bicycle delivery

 

 

Hudson River Bicycle

 

Along the Hudson River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man on cell phone on bike

man on cell phone on bike

 

Bicycles parked along sidewalk

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Single wheel locked up on the sidewalkbicycle wheel


Hot Time, Cell Phones in the City

Street photography isn’t my thing.  Funny to say that after posting loads of NYC city street photos the last week but I mean being a true street photographer is not my genre.  Photographing people unaware hasn’t really appealed to me and I felt awkward or intrusive. But in an hours time walking down Fifth Avenue I took 165 photos of people on their cell phones.  A lot of them while crossing the street without looking.  It wasn’t a plan and I made a little movie of the photos but the end result was monotonous and boring.  Even though I got it down to a minute thirty three seconds it was a snoozer.  You can determine if the ones I have chosen to illustrate my experience produce boredom in the viewer.

In a couple of the photos you can see three or four people on phones at once.

This is not going to be an ongoing effort to capture people using technology in public.  The good thing is it allowed me to get more comfortable on the sidewalk photographing people.  Of course, it wasn’t a fair playing field as they were definitely distracted and ignoring me which is how I was able to lift the camera to my eye and take their picture.

 

 

 

How have cell phones affected the way we live?  Our human interaction?

There are posters around the city that say HEADS UP showing a guy on his cell phone and a vehicle turning into the crosswalk.
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Cell phone central park zoo

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Bumper Stickers Gone Wild

At the red light, waiting to go into the Liberty Tunnel.                         I blurred the numbers on the license plate.

Bumper stickers have been around a long time but I haven’t seen them on too many cars lately. Until I drove home from school.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge

This week’s challenge was something to think about on my trip from Pittsburgh to Columbus Friday afternoon.  Sorting through images I had in the archives. (in my mind, obviously)   Nothing jumped out.  And then-

an opportunity presented itself, right in front of me. Standstill traffic.  On Route 70 West, Friday afternoon.

A 3 1/2 hour trip took almost SIX hours to drive today due to congestion from road work and merging to a single lane and perhaps a bad accident that was cleaned up by the time I got to the site.

I saw police and emergency vehicles driving the other direction with lights and sirens.

A truck reflected the sky AND an old fashioned airplane is in the left door panel.  It looks like a bird. The sky seemed to merge with the reflection in the shiny truck.  Nature and machine-made merge.  I waited to merge to the left single lane. Other interpretations of merge are here


Jurassic Pittsburgh


After the Hail Storm, Before Elton John

A real snarl.

Traffic- downtown Pittsburgh, in every direction! I was on my way to class, not the concert.

You know how I like to take photographs when I am stopped at a red light.  It was Wednesday night on my way to class.  I had just come through the hail storm from the South Side.  What could the traffic be? Rush hour for sure.  The storm. And I see a guy on a corner I NEED TICKETS.  Penguins? Nah.  Elton John Concert traffic on top of everyone’s commute home.  There is never a good way to get from Point A to Point B in Pittsburgh, especially if you are in a hurry!

Add to the List of Things Out of Your Control

Hailstorms. Stones pelt cars. Leave dents.
Severe Weather Watch turns into a Warning
but you’re out driving from work.
It looks like the world might end.
And traffic, bank lines. A snarl.
How to be patient. Wait.
A few lights cycle, you sit.
Why anyone honks is beyond me.

Red Sky in Morning from the Birmingham Bridge

Left the house a bit earlier to get to the other side of the city this morning. As I hit the Birmingham Bridge I saw the sunrise.  I pulled to the edge, hit the flashers again and sat quietly, and shot the sky over a few minutes time.  The other direction I could see cars on the Parkway with their headlights on.  A nice way to start the day. But the Red Sky,Sailors Take Warning turned out true as it is snowing (about 3 inches so far) and already they have called for a two hour delay at school.  The dark band along the bottom of the photo is the Jersey Barrier. Unretouched photograph!

Red Sky in Morning, Sailors Take Warning

Finding more beauty in winter.


“Ice Sculptures Make Great Gifts”

Who knew?  I admit I’ve never considered purchasing an ice sculpture as a gift. But seeing this truck made me think of ice sculptures I have seen up close.  Plus, it’s hot and humid again so the idea of ice appeals to me.

Do-it-yourselfers?   You’ll need to read “Ice Sculpting the Modern Way, Joseph Amendola’s Ice Carving Made Easy and Mac Winker’s Ice Sculpture: The Art of Ice Carving in 12 Systematic Steps.” (from Wikipedia)

Last summer I watched an ice carver/sculptor whir a chainsaw, spew ice and find a dolphin inside the giant block.  Ellen’s daughter had  an R2D2 at her wedding, and Donna’s son’s wedding had a giant heart with their engagement photo inside the ice.

You sit at a red light and there it is- the thought of the day. The company lists themselves as the coolest guys around- more info click Mastroice on Herron Avenue

Brake lights and a message on a truck- long red light on Bigelow Boulevard


Thanksgiving Traffic at a Standstill on 70W in Maryland

Seven hour trip took TEN hours on Sunday after Thanksgiving


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