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Carpet of Bluebells at the BBG – A full 360 Panorama

Shot at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. It’s not a very good shot, the contrasts were difficult to handle. But shooting a 360 wasn’t on the agenda so I hurried and sneaked one in, because flowers are flowers. Unseen, they die in vain. Notice how the heavy rains (and possibly some hail?) have laid so many flowers flat… (Pano was updated May 21st, 2011, with a slightly better developed version)

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Posted in: New York & Panoramas on May 20, 2011 | Show Comments(3)

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All-too-Forgotten Top of Manhattan

It’s so easy to think of Manhattan as the typical, postcard-favorite urban urchin we all know, to picture the many southern bridges, the proximity of Lady Liberty, the old buildings of nearby Brooklyn, buzzing water traffic and an even greater automobile mess.

For a change, here is a 360° panoramic view taken at the very northern tip of Manhattan, in Inwood Park.Towering above us is the double-level Henry Hudson Bridge, stepping over to the Bronx. To the west (or below the bridge), the Hudson River and further across, New Jersey’s Palisades. At our feet, Spuyten Devil Creek, a channel leading to the Harlem River to the east (or right). Inwood park is hidden behind us and the hill.

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Posted in: New York & Panoramas & Photoblogs on April 23, 2011 | Show Comments(6)

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Beautiful Gardens

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Mountsier garden, the forest grass circle. Design by Richard Hartlage.
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Hardie garden. Design by Richard Hartlage.

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Posted in: New York & Panoramas on April 19, 2011 | Leave a comment

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Out on a Stormy Night

We left home in a subdued, late-afternoon sunshine, picnic in tow and appetite cranked up, hoping for a mellow setting and a dry patch of grass. By the time we reached the Brooklyn Bridge Park, however, hope had faded, replaced by menacing clouds and a bone-chilling westerly wind.

Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan

We setup our kikois anyways and endured the freezing evening while strange clouds zoomed past us and Manhattan sank into darkness. There were good reasons for us to hunker down, as we soon discovered. Marie had chosen our charcuterie masterfully and the simple saucisson, cow milk cheese and orange-peel-flavored paté de campagne were divine, and blended perfectly well with a contraband white wine, if maybe a touch sweet as all Rieslings but nice and clean-cut nonetheless.

So we ate and watched and talked and shivered and analyzed the sky and took deep breaths. While the walls are closing in and threatening to crush one, it’s always good to seek open spaces and a wider perspective, to broaden the scope of one’s worries and mingle with a world that has not yet been overwhelmed by defeat and petty failures. There, in the glory of all things daily but often ignored, lay the magic of perspective, the beauty of patience and the power of renewed energy and resolve.

Manhattan struggles to regain its sunset
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River Cafe, Brooklyn – 360 Panorama

Here’s a 360° HDR panoramic shot taken in Brooklyn by the River Cafe. Too many tourists around, but that’s normal. Right overhead is the Brooklyn Bridge, undergoing some serious maintenance. Next door, the sacred ice cream place. Across the East River, that little town is Manhattan. The new Brooklyn Bridge Park stretches to the south. Grimaldi’s Pizza would be just a few minutes away, but of course, we are boycotting it.

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Posted in: Panoramas & Photoblogs on April 15, 2011 | Show Comments(4)

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Sunset on Table Mountain, Part II

It would appear that, distracted by other issues, I spaced out and forgot to post half of the pictures associated with my previous Table Mountain Sunset story. So here they are.

These are all HDR images, hence the slightly groovy hues and enhanced mid-tones. Triple-bracketed exposures blended together by Tim Farrar’s now defunct FFDD script.

 

Posted in: HDR & Photoblogs & South Africa on March 12, 2011 | Show Comments(2)

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