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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

Calvary: Old Stones, New Skyline
October 12, 2009
It's a rare sight. You walk up a small hill through a parterre of pretty white tombstones on well kept grass, aiming for the deepest blue autumn sky above, and suddenly, among the crosses and seemingly one of them, a familiar silhouette. Tall, slender even, stylish and sharp, it's the Empire State Building. You're in the Calvary Cemetery in Queens - that's the middle of nowhere, or maybe slightly north of it. Getting there without wheels isn't so casual. It involved in m...
Dazed in Harlem
October 11, 2009
I'm miserably dragging my bones, today. The subway ride wasn't even that long yet stations lazily drifted by like distant planetary stops on an endless journey to the universe's end. I wonder if I've got a fever. Space travel is said to be hard on you. As I sip my coffee at a terrace, a warm autumn day lighting up the wide Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, Harlem is asleep around me. Its Dutch roots forgotten, the renaissance of the 20's a pale memory, later crime and drug reco...
The crossing of the Atlantic Antic
October 8, 2009
I'm late. The crossing is long over. 'Been working on the web site and picture processing took a plunge. Anyhoo, here's the deal: Once a year, Atlantic Street is blocked off between below Henry all the way to 4th. Nearby stores and others not so near send in a crew and set up little street kiosks. Everything goes, from food to drinks to arts to hats to music and events. Then hundreds of thousands of people flock in. The place is jam-packed. It lasts all day. So the crossi...
Stripey background and unity
October 5, 2009
With many - rather average but interesting - pictures on hold, the last week has seen me obsessively reworking the main site's look and feel, and trying to integrate the blog into it more seamlessly. A striped background has emerged because, well, I always liked stripes. And they serve the unifying purpose very well. The good old winged dolphin logo was reborn and modernized, another thing I'm quite fond of despite its age. Entry date display was upgraded from the original...
HDR Revisited
October 1, 2009
This will be a revisit of my old HDR tutorial. After much trial and error, I have to come to better understand what I like in HDR, and what I dislike. Here is the difference between a raw image and an HDR composite: That's it!...
Shaking New York's Pandora's Box - Part 2
September 24, 2009
There was an excursion to the northernmost tip of Manhattan, an elevated outpost bordered by much water and covered in urban forest. We walked through Fort Tryon Park, past the Cloisters, to Inwood Hill Park and around the bend, along the mouth of the Harlem River to have shish kebabs on a bench. There were walks along the banks of the East River, Brooklyn side, at and past sunset. A sad realization there, as it turns out that the entire Promenade - which is built right on ...
Turn your faulty IE into Chrome with a simple plugin!
September 23, 2009
Everybody knows it: Internet Explorer sucks. It sucks mostly because even in its 8th version, it still isn't standard-compliant. The other four major players in the browser field, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari, have synchronized their efforts and achieved a rather similar level of compliance. Web designers can target them globally and obtain very consistent results. But IE remains a mystery. No matter what, version after version, it just doesn't manage to catch up with th...
Menu update, some site maintenance
September 20, 2009
The menu is evolving. Granted, my icon collection is somehow limited and I'm not such a great icon designer myself. I will have to do something about the ones above, though, because they aren't all really relevant. But this is all happening in stages. The latest stage, as it is, was two-fold: I created a succinct "Rules Of Conduct and Copyrights" page, linked to from the main menu. It explains my candid expectations in terms of visitor behavior - yes, I allow mys...
A new top menu for the blog!
September 14, 2009
The most unrelenting readers among you might have noticed design fluctuations in the top part of the blog over the last three days. I apologize for the inconvenience; I was upgrading the top menu and later conducting some heavy testing. Not having an option to test offline, I had to work live, and be visible about it. I give you, tada... the Mac-looking Icon Menu! Yawn. It's all over now and as I sit at home resisting the urge to scratch, corticosteroids having been tapered ...
The state of digital photography: stuck in tradition?
September 10, 2009
"You may not: spot-edit your entry, except to remove sensor dust or hot pixels. use any selection tool, including but not limited to the marquee, lasso, layer masks, quick masks, or any similar tool to select a portion of your image for any reason other than cropping or creating a border. use ANY editing tool to create new image area, objects or features (such as vignettes, lens flare or motion) that didn’t already exist in your original capture. dist...
Shaking New York's Pandora's Box
September 8, 2009
Blogger Melanie was recently commenting on this blog that she "... sometimes think[s] that if you could turn NY upside down and shake it, what would fall out would be astounding." I liked the idea so much I've adopted it as a blog category and changed the legend for the main web site's New York gallery accordingly. It now reads: New York is a Pandora's box, an incredible urban urchin, fragmented and multifaceted, addictive. Imagine a giant hand flipping the cit...
Running, Jumping, Climbing, Diving... Or Not.
September 6, 2009
After being stuck at home for too long, initially nurturing a knee injury and recently dealing with an urushiol encounter of the third kind, I am really dreaming of getting back out there for heavy sweat, mild pain and frantic motion. In the meantime, I've been reading up on alternative training systems, wanting to bring more into my routine than simply running. So far, two characters and their ideas stick out of the crowd, David Belle and Erwan le Corre. What? Oh, yes, they ...