A Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

New York Abstract Fever
July 6, 2014
I was going to go from here to there and I was going do this or that. And then something happened and these came out. That's when I realized my lack of flexibility was just stiffness. So I stretched my canvas and mirrored the visions. Yup, I'll do better next time. No, this post is written in English. If it doesn't seem to mean anything, it's because the weekend didn't either. I'll post flowers next, harmony soon to be restored. Twins in Blue
Conflict on the Highline
Its construction having begun in 2006, the Highline is a city park built above street level on a re-purposed aerial train track. The idea came from a similar park in Paris which I have never seen. The use of otherwise abandoned and derelict space is brilliant and a beautiful greenway was created for all to enjoy without claiming an inch of extra city footprint. The skyborn garden is over a mile long and, now in early summer, lush and colorful. Construction will have tak...
Gantry Plaza State Park 360 Panorama - Four Years Later
June 29, 2014
// Following the stills I posted last week of Queen's Gantry Plaza State Park, here is a full spherical panorama of the very northern end of the park. The old gantries of which I had shot panoramas four years ago are hidden behind the trees to the south. The sun unfortunately disappeared while I was shooting the 80 images required for this panoramic scene, so it is a bit grey. As always, click on the full screen icon at the top right of the pano, and then zoom in and ...
Old Steel, New Looks
June 25, 2014
This a simple photo post, the images shot on a recent short trip to Queens via the East River Ferry. I was testing various techniques, among which long exposures and a new kind of HDR-like blending called "fusion", promising but definitely not satisfactory yet. I also attempted a full 360 panorama using fusion, but I have not dealt with its 80 files, each 20 megapixel large and needing to be blended, processed and stitched... So without a story, I hope you enjoy these r...
Staten Island Touch and Go
June 20, 2014
Unfortunately, it appears that every Saturday or Sunday, at about the same time we decide we should go somewhere for fun and a change of scenery, eight million New Yorkers reach the same conclusion and scramble. I'm not sure how our intentions are leaked, maybe I should check with Assange or Snowden. The bottom line is we all end up, it seems, competing for subway cars and breathable air. Last weekend, Marie and I opted for a cross-city stampede, the whole shebang, nort...
Bis Repetita Placent - A Run Around Table Mountain
The last two years have been rather rough in terms of running. I've been cursed by a fateful book and plagued by cramps. I'll soon post about that. But back in Cape Town last December, I did manage to revisit one of my favorite Table Mountain runs, first charted in 2010. The weather was dramatically different this time. While Cape Town's summer month of December is normally windy, sunny and dry, there had been an unusual amount of rain and clouds were still hanging l...
Of Life and the City
June 5, 2014
This post was born as a brief reply to a reader's very nice comment but I got carried away and wrote beyond the intended single paragraph. I hope - and expect - that I will take heat for it. Mine is a rather dark and negative view of life in the city. I know there is another side and I welcome comments. But there are as many realities as there are sentient beings, and probably as many universes as the combined number of possible decisions made by those beings every second...
Timelapse from Riverbank State Park
Timelapse photography had been trending for a while, but with the emergence of 4K video, it has found a new meaning for itself. The maximum pixel dimension of HD video is 1920 x 1080 pixels. This is much less than what modern DSLR cameras are capable of. So while photographers are able to shoot stills with 20+ megapixel resolution, when switching to video mode, they are using only a fraction of their sensor's power. In comes 4K. The new video standard features resolu...
Upper Delaware River, a Foraging Gig - Part 2
After images of the great outdoors in Part 1, here are the remaining pictures, drinks and dinner preparations. Shot with available light, a mix of daylight and tungsten early on and only weak overhead tungsten later, so bear with me. If you wonder why there are no pictures of plating or the table, well, by then I was busy eating - and it was delicious. Again, I must have hobbit blood. Eating is a serious business and should not be interrupted unnecessarily, even by pict...
Upper Delaware River, a Foraging Gig - Part 1
The Delaware River is born in the Catskills, two pristine mountain streams becoming the West and East branches that eventually merge just below the small town of Hancock, NY. The main river then swiftly flows south, flirting with the states of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware, on its way to Philadelphia and the nearby ocean. Invited to spend last weekend by our friends Steve and Helen, we had booked a Zipcar for a couple of days and headed north...
Pilgrimage to Knysna
In February of 2008, on my first visit to South Africa, Marie and I took off from Cape Town for a short road trip along the Garden Route and into the Little Karoo. Our wedding had been unconventional and delightfully private, under the watchful eye of Table Mountain. We were already on a larger journey so the expedition to Knysna and into the Karoo was a honeymoon inside of a honeymoon. We were like astronauts, off-planet for sure but doing a short EVA to take in the views...