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I walked across the Williamsburg Bridge yesterday evening for the first time. It was a beautiful evening and I timed it perfectly for golden hour, although this shot doesn’t take advantage of it.

This is an iPhone shot,. I processed it to look like this after I crossed the bridge and hopped on the subway. Then, for some reason, I started over in Aperture and recreated the exact same look using that program.

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A detail of a larger shot of the East River and Manhattan skyline taken around dusk from Randall’s Island on a long but not super long exposure – 10 seconds.

I really want to do more stuff like this but I rarely seem to remember while I’m out and about. This one came to be rather haphazardly, but I’m quite fond of it.

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  • LensScaperAugust 31, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    When I first saw this I thought maybe this was a little of motion blur added in processing. But the means don’t really matter – it’s simply a lovely abstract.ReplyCancel

Epcot China Pavilion - Temple of Heaven


The title covers it. This is the China Pavilion at the Epcot resort in Walt Disney World (WDW), focusing on the replica of the Temple of Heaven, taken at night after the fireworks display ended. The Epcot World Showcase looks better at night than it does in daylight. The combination of darkness and well-done lighting hides many of the the little tells that render the experience just a bit less true during the day. At night, one can fall more easily for the illusion.

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  • LensScaperAugust 26, 2014 - 4:35 pm

    Well composed and that pavilion is pin sharp, Mark. It takes night-time for a place like this to reveal its best.ReplyCancel

  • Len SaltielAugust 27, 2014 - 7:04 am

    Perfectly composed and exposed Mark. I am headed there for two weeks in late Oct. This is making me want time to accelerate.ReplyCancel

29 Washington Square West


The good thing about January early morning photo excursions is you can usually get in some night time shooting at a somewhat reasonable hour before dawn. The downside is that it can be crazy cold, as it was this morning.  I have come to love this shot, which has been sitting around for several months, including the processing. I think this might be my only HDR of the year, but I’m not even sure of that. This could be just one shot. I’m not certain.

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In The Shadow Of The Seven


This is a shot that is not as interesting as I imagined it would be when I took it. Part of it is a lack of sharpness on the buildings and the balconies. But I kind of think there’s still something here.  This is on Roosevelt Avenue in the Woodside neighborhood of Queens.

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  • LensScaperAugust 25, 2014 - 4:40 pm

    There’s definitely something there, Mark. I like the diagonal framing and the building beyond has considerable interest. The light was obviously tricky, but if it was me I would certainly be heading back there for a second shot at this.ReplyCancel

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