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.

Queens Rain

Hunters Point, Queens, NY

I thought about writing a Haiku for this picture. My wife likes writing those, but I will admit I do much better with images than I do with poems. The attempt was miserable, so I'll do what I always do, say what I felt when I pressed the shutter. Actually, I knew exactly what I wanted to see in the image, I saw it before I picked up the camera. I waited until the rain came in and the fog loomed just right. The rest was about turning it into black & white and dodging and burning in some spots.

What strikes me about the scene is that this could have been taken any time in the far past and you wouldn't know the difference, it's got an old feel to it for me. It's also not a typical New York image. There is deliberately no Empire State Building or other landmark. This is Queens, it has beauty in its own very special way, just not always.