Posts in Long Island City
The Perfect View

Long Island City, NYC

It was the 4th of July 2015. We had a newborn to take care of and we were moving out of our apartment in the morning. We were doing the last minute packing, as we do, and I noticed two barges slowly coming into view and anchoring in the middle of the East River. This was odd, to say the least. Then the people started to arrive, lots of them. Then there was this ship shooting water into beautiful arcs as it traveled down the river. What was going on? Did I miss fleet week or something? Alas, I did not, it was the Macy's 4th of July fireworks and they were back on the East River after a long time on the Hudson. I was not aware of the change and I can tell you that I did not please my wonderful (but supportive) wife when I started setting up the tripod to take pictures instead of packing up what seemed like the entire apartment! I figured it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I mean, we had a balcony on the 22nd floor facing the river, we had the perfect view! I ended up taking 150 pictures. There's another one I really like too, but I think I will save it for another time. For today's post though, I am sharing one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it and happy 4th to everyone!

Creatively Parked

Long Island City, NY

It's been a few years since I've tended to the site. I mostly blame a hectic life, a newborn, a new company, etc. Blah, blah. The reality is that I hit a creative wall head on and hard and remained parked there. No motivation to take a picture or create anything with the camera. I wasn't particularly interested in even working on photos I had already taken and liked. Hit. Wall. Splat. I'm not sure why, but a few weeks ago, my motivation started to rise. A tinge if you will, and I was digging the camera out. I resumed keeping an eye out for potential shots. I started planning to take the camera with me more often. Today, I decided to breathe some life into this site. I added a new picture after 2 years and changed the design a bit. I plan on adding some text to each of the past posts, context is important. The motivation is steadily increasing, I should have momentum soon. I'm excited to get out of park and to drive around and capture again.


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Long Island City, Queens, NY

This photo was taken one year ago today. I like the perspective and how the light hits the street and splits the scene up a bit, one might even say contrasty, but subtly. This makes me a bit nostalgic for snow, but then again last winter brought so much of it that by spring we had had it with winter. However, there is no denying the beauty in the flaky stuff even after some human meddling. Let it snow, let it snow (kinda, sorta).

Foggy River

East River (near the United Nations), New York City

One of the amazing benefits of living on the East River are the views. I was walking my dog (see previous post) one weekend and this fog started rolling in on the East River. It's not the first time I have seen this since moving here, but usually it covers everything so that you can see nothing. On this day, it split between top and bottom if you will, allowing for a peek through the clouds of the fog. This made for interesting composition opportunities, not to mention that bad weather shots tend to be more interesting, especially in cities. Anyway, like so often occurs, I didn't have a camera with me. Yes, I had my cell, but that wasn't going to cut it. I dropped the dog off, grabbed my gear and starting hitting the shutter as I leaped out of my building lobby because I knew the fog would go away in an instant. I managed to get this shot before it totally shifted and was gone forever.