Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Pretzel Stand - New York City (2020)

Twisted Logic

It was a beautiful autumn day under clear blue skies. The light was so pure that I didn't have to make any edits to the image file. I didn't alter the color, contrast, or white balance. I just added a bit of sharpening and cropped the image to a square, eliminating a couple of people who were walking on the right side of the frame.



a photo of a pretzel stand near central park in new york city
Pretzel Stand - New York City (2020)



An acquaintance remarked that the photo reminded him of the cover photo on Steely Dan's Pretzel Logic album.

I looked up the Pretzel Logic album on, where else, wikipedia. It turns out that the album photo was taken just a few blocks north of where I captured this shot on Fifth Avenue. Central Park served as the scenic backdrop for both photos.

Decades later, the legacy of New York pretzels lives on!


Camera: 
Sony a7R IV
Lens: Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS


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Monday, November 16, 2020

Cellist In A Tunnel - New York (2020)

A Little Night Music


Performers in public spaces contribute to the magic of the New York experience.


a photo of a musician playing cello in a tunnel in new york central park at night
Cellist In A Tunnel - New York (2020)




Camera: 
Sony a7R IV
Lens: Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS


Light happens. Be ready. Shoot hard.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Early Voting In New York City 2020

Record Turnout


We just had a big election here in the United States. Despite the raging Covid-19 pandemic, more people turned out to vote than in any previous election. Many voted by mail while many others voted in person in the weeks leading up to Election Day in an attempt to avoid crowding.

Here are some photos of people waiting to vote in New York City about a week before Election Day. As you can see, turnout was extraordinary.


a photo of early voting lines in new. york city 2020



a photo of people waiting to vote in new york city 2020



a photo of early voting lines in new york city 2020



a photo of early voting in new york city 2020



a photo of people lined up to vote in 2020 pandemic election new york



a photography of election 2020 people waiting in line to vote new york city
Long Lines For Early Voting in New York City (2020)





Camera: 
Sony a7R IV

Lens: Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS


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Friday, October 23, 2020

Central Park In Black And White

Grayscale In Green Spaces


Central Park offers
A dazzling array
Of dynamic visual delights

It's a marvelous place to take photographs
In color
Or black and white!



a black and white photograph of the eldorado apartment building central park west new york
The Eldorado on Central Park West




a black and white photograph of boats in central park new york
Rowboats Moored On The Lake




a black and white photograph of people exercising in central park new york city
Exercise




a black and white photograph of a radio controlled toy boat in central park
Radio-Controlled Boat




a black and white photograph of the sign at the boathouse restaurant in central park





a black and white photograph of pedicabs and a skateboarder in central park new york
Pedicabs And Skateboarder - Central Park




a black and white photo of a woman on a staircase at bethesda terrace new york city
Staircase At Bethesda Terrace




Camera: 
Sony a7R III

Lens: Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS


Light happens. Be ready. Shoot hard.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Evening Street Scene In Nice

 When Once We Gathered Freely


This year has been rough on everyone, but please to whatever you have to to stay safe and maintain a positive outlook. Better times lie ahead. We'll all be traveling again soon!



a color photo of people on the street in nice france by daniel south




Camera:
            Nikon D700

Lens:
            Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED


Light happens. Be ready. Shoot hard.
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Monday, October 5, 2020

Castles of the Loire Valley

 Les Beaux Châteaux

The Loire Valley, located about 200 km southeast of Paris, features an amazing collection of well-preserved castles and regal residences, each with a distinct flavor, and all of them featuring a delicately decorated French style.

I have not spent a lot of time in the Loire Valley, but I made a brief stop there some years ago. Here are a few of the properties that I had the great pleasure to visit.


Le Château de Chambord is as grand as it is elegant.


a photo of the chateau de chambord in the loire valley france
Château de Chambord - Loire Valley





Le Château de Cheverny features prominently in the Tintin adventures.


a photo of the chateau de cheverny in the loire valley france
Château de Cheverny - Loire Valley





Le Château de Chenonceau is uniquely architected to cross the River Cher.


a photo of the chateau de chenonceau in the loire valley france
Château de Chenonceau - Loire Valley





Le Château de Blois is impressively well preserved inside and out.


a photo of the exterior of the chateau de blois loire valley france
Château de Blois - Loire Valley





Boats at the Château de Chambord on a pleasant afternoon.


a photo of boats at the chateau de chambord loire valley france
Boats at the Château de Chambord






Camera:
            Nikon D700

Lenses:
            Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
            Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII

Light happens. Be ready. Shoot hard.
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Nice - South of France

Enhanced Resolution

I compose music. When I post my music online, I often make a slideshow to go with the audio. Hopefully, this adds interest by giving people something to look at while they're listening.


a photo of a grand hotel in nice south of france daniel south
Grand Hotel - Nice, South of France




Sometimes, I have difficulty deciding which photos to use with a piece of music. I wouldn't think that this would be the case, given that I took the photos and wrote the music, but typically I'll spend days agonizing over the choice. I want to make sure that the mood of the photos matches that of the music, and I want to avoid, when possible, using images that I have used in other slideshows.


a photo of a statue of miles davis in nice france daniel south
Statue of Miles Davis - Nice, France




I went through this struggle earlier this year when I posted the three movements of my first Tuba Concerto online. I had composed the concerto in 2015, but for some reason, I procrastinated on publishing the score and registering the copyright. I finally got everything organized this year during the pandemic shutdown.


a photo of a pier at nice france by daniel south
Untitled - Nice (2009)




After much deliberation, I settled on using photos from a 2009 trip to France. I felt that the images were a good match for the music, but using them involved some technical challenges.


a photo of lounge chairs on a beach in nice france by daniel south
Beach Chairs in the Morning - Nice (2009)




I wanted the slideshow to display in 4k, but some of the photos didn't have enough resolution to meet the 4k specification after cropping and applying zoom effects. My 2009 camera had limited resolution compared to more recent models.


a photo of a floodlit pier at night in nice france by daniel south
Floodlit Pier At Night - Nice (2009)




Sometimes innovations arrive just as we need them. A software package that increases the resolution of photo files came to market recently. I tried it, and I was very happy with the results. I increased the resolution of my files when necessary, and the 4k video looks crisp and detailed throughout!

Nice is once of the most beautiful cities that I have visited in my years of traveling. Highly recommended.


Camera:
            Nikon D700

Lenses:
            Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
            Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII

Light happens. Be ready. Shoot hard.
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