Thursday, January 27, 2011

Still Shooting

Photo du Jour is over, but I'm still lugging the camera around. I've seen this scene every day for the last few weeks but never with kids playing. I got a little help from the Snow Day:

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Photo du Jour Rehash: Walls

Some of my more cooperative subjects:

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Photo du Jour: Day 365

I've learned a few things in the course of this project. 1) You'll find some great pictures if you carry your camera around every day. 2) You'll find better ones if you go looking for them. After I took the new desk job I pretty much stopped looking for them -- shooting what I could on my way to and from work, or in the few minutes before I went to bed. Believe it or not that gets very boring, and it shows in these photos.

Still, I think this project improved my photography, even if that wasn't always in evidence. I can compose a picture much quicker than I used to; I have a better sense of what to include or exclude from the frame; I'm more attuned to photogenic light and color. But most of all, I reminded myself that making good photographs requires work and time, and I'll have to devote more of both if I intend to make memorable images.

I'm going to take a break for a week or two and think of a new project for 2011. (Photo de semaine?) In the meantime I'll do a little best-of and repost some of my favorites from the last year. To the dozen-odd visitors to this site, thanks for your interest. Knowing that a few people looked at these pictures made me try a little harder than I otherwise would've. Well, maybe not today:

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Chelsea Market, still done up for the holidays:

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Photo du Jour: Day 363

Excuse the back-to-back food photos, but...english muffin pizzas! Hadn't thought about these in years, much less eaten them.

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Mythili made eggs over-easy in bell pepper frames:

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Josh and Grant waited for me to take my photo of the day after we went snowboarding at Hunter Mountain.

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Steam poured from the first floor of an apartment building:

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Playground in Chelsea:

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More from my "Solitary Figures in the Subway System" series:

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After the last snowstorm left Mythili's coworkers stranded in the boroughs and unable to make it to work, her employer put her up in a hotel on the night when another storm came.

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From the department of captions that add nothing to their photographs: Waiting for our order at Johnny Rockets.

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Pizzeria, Astoria:

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Nadia at Melody in Astoria:

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My friend James and I had some stewing to do:

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What I think are remnants of an old pier on the west side of Manhattan:

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Trash pick-up had been suspended after the recent blizzard:

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Monday, January 03, 2011

Photo du Jour: Day 348

Back in Astoria:

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Washington D.C.:

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New Year's Eve at Arun and Liza's:

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Mom cleans up:

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Mythili in the backyard:

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L.A. Union Station:

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Forgot to bring my camera out today; had to use one I took with Mythili's:

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The desk becomes a buffet on Christmas:

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Newhall:

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Dad and Grandpa on Balboa Island:

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Robyn and Taylor at the Bay Arcade:

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Heading West for Christmas:

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Mythili's handbag:

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Astoria:

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Birthday drinks for Josh at Sparrow.

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Photo du Jour: Day 332

A graphic designer at work needed photos of a book for advertising material, and I searched the building to find some interesting light. Later, I learned she only needed a cutout, and the background didn't matter.

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IAC holiday party:

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