Monday, May 29, 2017

Shoot Fifteen - Marshfield Fair

Toronto - as Jim, Tony, Mike, Elaine, Joani, Milt, and Peyton figured out!

"Demo Derby Time!"

It was late August of 2016 when several of us decided to shoot the Marshfield Fair at night for Shoot Fifteen. We got over there early enough to get some late afternoon captures of the Demolition Derby. For some reason I went off on my own and left Jeff the W to feign for himself. Well he wound up in the press box overlooking the entire demo pit while I was scurrying around to find a vantage point.

Lesson learned, Jeff knows how to get things done!

This was another image where I wanted to have some fun with the post-processing. I was leaning toward a comic book look and I think I got it.

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

is the most populous city in its country.

A global power city as it exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment.

is an important center for international diplomacy and has been described as the cultural and financial capital of the world.

home to the headquarters of the U. N. 

as many as 800 languages are spoken here

city traces its origin to its 1624 founding  as a trading post by colonists of the Dutch Republic

for five years this city served as its nation’s capital.

city plays host to three of the world's ten most visited tourist attractions in 2013

Several sources have ranked it as the most photographed city in the world.

over 120 colleges and universities are located in this city

the names of many of the city's bridges, tapered skyscrapers, and parks are known around the world

Sorry, no helpful hints for this one!

A Word to the Wise. . .

"Don't take life too seriously. 
You'll never get out of it alive." 

                    ~ Elbert Hubbard    

Murphy's Laws. . .

Barrett's Laws of Driving:

You can get ANYWHERE in ten minutes 
if you go fast enough.

The vehicle in front of you 
is traveling slower than you are!

It's Cartoon Time. . .

Monday, May 22, 2017

Shoot Fourteen - MIT at Night III

Copenhagen, not so easy, eh? Heard from Mike Di, Jim, Milt, Peyton, Elaine, Doris, Carol, Michelle, and Tony. also, long time follower but first-time responded, Lisa Daria!

"MIT Stairwell"

Finishing up Shoot Fourteen with this slightly lit stairwell next to the Stata Center. Not sure why I took this in the first place - perhaps, it was the angle I had or the interesting glow from that end of the building. I'm not even sure what the function of this structure was - dorm? library? labs?

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

the largest city in the country

it is said to be one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

It is not just the financial center of its country, but also a major economic center of the world.

The city is famous for the Royal Museum. This marvelous museum was built in the year 1910 and is adorned with brilliant statues of people and various events of the city and houses the largest totem pole in the world. This totem pole is over 100 years old.

the eight islands of the city together have about 568 acres of parkland. Of the parklands in this city, the one that stands out is Watt’s Island as only pedestrians are allowed on the streets of this island.

You may also visit the Casa Loma. A picture of European elegance and charm, the Casa Loma was home to financier Sir Henry Pellatt. This castle is a veritable maze, with its secret passages, towers, stables, and even a tunnel measuring 800ft. The castle has a beautiful 5-acre garden, which is open to the public from May to October.

the residents of this city not only love their pets, but also take them very seriously. Called PawsWayPet Discovery Center is dedicated only to dogs and cats. This center is one of a kind. The Center strives to promote pet-keeping in the city, while also making people aware of their duties as a responsible pet-owner. PawsWay even has a coffee shop inside its complex where the owners and their pets can eat and drink together.

What about this: city even promotes a major league baseball team and it is NOT in the U. S.

Murphy's Laws. . .

Law of New College Dorms:

If they build it, 
you will pay.

A Word to the Wise. . .

"He who has a why to live 

can bear almost any how."

~ Nietzsche

It's Cartoon Time. . .

Monday, May 15, 2017

Shoot Fourteen - MIT at Night II

Vegas, baby! Well this is NOT Vegas so I can tell you who responded: Milt, Elaine, Carol, Joani, Peyton, Michelle, Jim, Mike, Jeff W, and newly retired Tony M!

"Stata Dorms - Rear View"

As I mentioned last week, these buildings (not sure if I should refer to them as buildings) were strange from the street and even weirder from the back. This was taken from a small gathering spot in the back. 

I wonder what the architects and builders were thinking when they first saw these plans?

I did take some liberties (after all it is MY blog) with the post-processing of this one. However, that was the sky when I tripped my shutter.

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

One of the oldest cities in Europe is still one of the cities that is considered to have the best quality of life.

The city is situated on the islands of Zealand and Amager.

It’s one of the more highly developed countries as it is a major regional center of business, media, science and culture.

It’s considered as one of the very environmentally friendly cities because its harbor can be swum in and about a third of the city’s people use bicycles as their means of transportation.

In their downtown area, the places to visit and to be entertained at are the Tivoli gardens and the Town Hall Square.

If you want the very cultural and scenic areas the places to see are the Marble church, the Rosenborg castle, and the Christiansborg.

This should do it: And if there’s one thing you shouldn’t miss, it’s the statue of The Little Mermaid sculpted by Edvard Erichsen.

A Word to the Wise. . .

"Deal with the faults of others 

as gently as your own."

~ Chinese Proverb

Murphy's Laws. . .

Paul's Law (of Drinking):

You can't fall off the floor.
(at MIT, I'm sure they can make that a possibility!)

It's Cartoon Time. . .

Monday, May 8, 2017

Shoot Fourteen - MIT at Night

Hong Kong - Fragrant Harbor, really? Well, Milt, Carol, Michelle, and Jim thought so. Someone did mention that they were having an issue with responding to the blog. Not sure why that is happening.

"MIT Parking Garage"

For #14, I got a chance to shoot some architecture - buildings that have long been on my life list! The Stata Center at MIT is a complex of several uniquely designed structures! First glimpse looks as if they are in total disrepair, about to tumble as soon as a large truck rumbles by.

A handful of HDP club members made an evening of walking around the center trying to find the right angle (lost cause these buildings were all about angles and very few of them right)! I probably spent the first fifteen minutes in awe of what was before me. Soon I had my trusty tripod out and began to click away. 

A walk around the back of this complex opened up a totally different set of nooks and crannies - yes, I shot them as well!

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

Spanish name for "The Meadows" and is the 28th most populated city in the U. S. Population growth has accelerated since the 1960s, and between 1990 and 2000 the population nearly doubled, increasing by 85.2%.

It is a top three destination in the United States for business conventions and a global leader in the hospitality industry, claiming more AAA Five Diamond hotels than any city in the world

is an internationally renowned major resort city known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife.

a popular setting for literature, films, television programs, and music videos.

annually ranks as one of the world's most visited tourist destinations.

where else can you walk a short distance and visit a pyramid, the Eiffel Tower, and the Statue of Liberty?

Still need help – you have got to be kidding!

The city bills itself as "The Entertainment Capital of the World!"  

A Word to the Wise. . .

A blind person who sees is better 

than a seeing person who is blind.

~ Iranian Lore

Murphy's Laws. . .

Baruch's Observation:

If all you have is a hammer, 
every problem looks like a nail. . .

It's Cartoon Time. . .

Monday, May 1, 2017

Shoot Thirteen - Vermont

Moscow - that large complex was, of course, the Kremlin! Checking in were Mariann, Carol (with Moscow pix), Milt, Michelle, Peyton, Elaine, Mike and Doris.

"Fisher RR Bridge"

Shoot #13 finds me in Vermont for another annual activity - time share. For the past thirty years we have been making the drive to Stowe, VT and the Von Trapp properties.

Each year I try to find something around the area of great interest. Last year I did shoot about a dozen covered bridges. This year I returned to Fisher RR Bridge with my fisheye lens for some fun.

I shot a few dozen images of this covered bridge - I changed my viewpoint, used both portrait and landscape orientation, and went in fairly tight. I have a few that I do like. This one was processed with HDR, Here is an interior shot in B&W.

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

this city’s name translates into “Fragrant Harbour" or "Incense Harbour

the city boasts the second largest number of high rises of any city in the world

after the First Opium War (1839–42), it became a British Colony

later occupied by Japan during World War II until British control resumed in 1945.

It is well known for its multitude of theme parks like Ocean Park, a Disneyland, and Lai Chi Kok amusement park.

The city is very famous for its shopping malls and thus gets its name “shopper’s paradise” from them. One can get anything and everything from clothes and cosmetics to toys and electronic gadgets in places like Stanley Market, Jade Market, Ladies’ Market, Temple Street Night Market, and many more.

Another famous tourist attraction is Victoria Peak, which provides a bird’s eye view of the harbor and the whole city.

Helpful hint: In the early 1980s, negotiations between the United Kingdom and China resulted in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declarationwhich paved way for the transfer of this city's control in 1997.

A Word to the Wise. . .

"Life is not about how fast you run 

or how high you climb, 

but how well you bounce!" 

~ Vivian Komori

Murphy's Laws. . .

Clifford's Point of No Return Law:

The light at the end of the tunnel 
could turn out to be 
the headlight of an oncoming train!

It's Cartoon Time. . .