New York 2016

The Oculus PATH Station By Ground Zero

The Oculus PATH Station By Ground Zero

I was in New York for a few days in late September.  As usual I walked for miles, taking pictures of newer buildings, going to the excellent 9/11 Memorial and Museum and crossing the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset. I also attended the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera, seeing Tristan und Isolde – a great evening! 

Here are some images for your enjoyment.  Come this way …

Bikers on the Ferry

Going to the Olympic Peninsular on the August long weekend I spotted these fellows on the ferry. The weather was lovely and they were obviously heading off on a fun cruise along the windy road.

Not my usual kind of image, as I don’t generally “do” people, but converting to black and white seemed appropriate to the machines and the men riding them.

Bikers On The Ferry
Bikers On The Ferry
On the ferry to Port Townsend, WA

Lerwick, Shetland

I visited Lerwick, Shetland in October 2015. The weather, like all places beside the North Sea, was changeable! I have used black and white for these pictures, to convey the cold bleakness that Lerwick often experiences.

I will be posting more pictures from my trip to beautiful Shetland, once I have processed them.

Lerwick Harbour
A grey day in Lerwick

Of Seagulls and the Sea

I have recently been doing more long exposure photography – several minutes at a time, using neutral density filters to cut the light coming in to the frame.  This can give a silky feel to moving water (waterfalls anyone?) and an interesting look to the clouds (which I have yet to achieve as it has not been cloudy/windy enough).

I took this picture on a grey day on  Whidbey Island, WA.  The exposure was 6 minutes, during which time these seagulls came and sat on the rocks and then flew away – none of which I intended.  There were too many people around for me to shout them away.  Interesting effect though, a little like very early photographs which were also, of necessity, long exposures.

Long exposure of Washington coast, with seagulls on the rocks
Long exposure of Washington coast, with seagulls on the rocks

My Favourite Mountain – West Spanish Peak, CO

Near La Vetta, CO is West Spanish Peak, a wonderful mountain with a couple of ridgebacks leading up its side.  It is on the edge of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, where Robert Oppenheimer used to trek on horseback, while he was managing the Manhattan Project. There are always interesting clouds in the area and sometimes it can be quite dark and stormy. We pass this mountain on Hwy 160 between Walsenberg and Ft Garland, on our way to Taos, NM.  The road sits between 7,500′ and 8,000′ and West Spanish Peak rises very steeply to 13,626′ (4,153 m) – not unusual for this part of the world. [Nerd fact: It is apparently the easternmost US mountain over 4,000 m.]

The picture was taken in 2010, when we first took this road.

In southern Colorado, by the New Mexico border
In southern Colorado, by the New Mexico border