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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

Fireflies!
June 26, 2016
At first there was one, we tracked it all night, pointing fingers like children in a zoo. Then there were two. A night later, three. Now there are so many we lose count. It's not the woods, of course, but for a New York City neighborhood, it's quite pleasant. They fly around us and light up our evenings. With birds of all kinds, the bloody squirrels, visiting cats, a dog across a fence, the raccoon and even possums, this is a lively garden space. I'll soon post about ou...
Philly
A few months ago, while a moody winter hiccuped erratically across the Eastern Seaboard, I blew the proverbial fuse and blasted off our Brooklyn island and unto uncharted territory at the wheel of a Zipcar. Poor Marie was tied up to her computer by aggressively lively deadlines, and I just had to see the world. Any world. Fast. Willingly lured by the artistically carved, delicately etched and forever lacquered and polished memories of my dear tropics, I was weak and went s...
Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn - 360 Panorama
May 4, 2016
// I am posting this for the heck of it, despite many imperfections. Water movement caused the boats to blur, people were strolling past, birds flew like UFO's and clouds struggled to all say cheese at the same time. Oh well, I needed the practice and this is the result of eighty separate exposures, combined into a single image through exposure fusion, my new HDR replacement, and PTGui Pro, and some Photoshop tweaking of the nadir and zenith. Consider this a rehearsal ...
Walking Down the Memory Lane
Yesterday on the web I unexpectedly came upon the soundtrack of the old French movie Le Rapace. I downloaded the file, gave it a quick antivirus check – even though only a French user could have made this track available and everybody knows that French viruses spread on an honor basis only – and opened it with Winamp. Thunder. Lightning. Stars exploding in giant supernovae. The darkest of black holes suddenly opened around me and I fell in, helpless, as if a distant el...
Feather Count
April 22, 2016
A couple of months ago, walking home from the subway with a hook towards Whole Foods, we came upon a gathering of people who stood on sidewalks, pointing up animatedly and aiming phones. At first I had thought they were looking at a plane but the object of their attention turned out to be a pair of large red-tailed hawks. The birds appeared to be collecting little sticks from the top branches of a tree to build their nest, which they puzzlingly had elected to place on th...
The Namaqualand Bloom, Part 5 - Luxing Out at Babylonstoren
Having disdainfully discarded the main artery option and instead opting for a rougher drive south on yet another isolated dirt road, we sliced our way through beautifully empty Karoo-like scenery, stacked landscape layers fading to the horizon like memories in a tired mind, losing sharpness as they grew distant. Karoo In Clanwilliam, we rejoined the busy N7 exactly at the point where major roadwork had impressed us on the way up. It did again. Of massive proportions, the ...
Truffle!
February 24, 2016
This was Marie's outrageously delicious gift recently, once-in-a-lifetime splurge - or maybe more, who knows, hard to resist once you know the way. We accommodated our truffle six or seven different ways, my favorite being a very simple pasta dish which reminded me of a fun dinner at Manhattan's A Voce years ago when Marie's mother had been visiting and full MINO* was in effect. There is something viscerally raw and gripping to walking into an apartment that smells of truf...
Devinette Macro
February 23, 2016
Shot with my makeshift macro rig, a reverse-mounted 50 mm lens and a can of Pringles attached to my flash for close-up directional lighting. I lazily skipped the focusing rail and paid dearly with lousy focus. So, very shallow depth of field, and you are looking at a few millimeters worth of surface. ...
And Koken Bites the Dust
February 22, 2016
After enduring years of disappointment by the team who started SlideShowPro, abandoned it, then began working on Koken only to sell it once they were bored with it too, I was on edge. Then recently having to seek technical help from the folks at NetObjects who acquired it, I was asked for my FTP credentials as only form of support and after hesitating, I reluctantly agreed. The support team then proceeded to wipe my .htaccess* file without making a backup. When confronted, th...
A 'Possum in Brooklyn
February 10, 2016
All right, well this is impromptu and of the lowest quality, but I'm not sure either one of us had seem an opossum in the city, ever. Marie came home saying there were two of them in the front garden next door, so I jumped three feet in the air, grabbed my camera, a jacket, and fumbled out the door while feverishly setting my ISO as high as it would go. It was just before six in the evening and darkness was almost complete; shooting with a 300mm lens, I had to compromise....
A Lazy Blogger's Guide to Enlightenment
February 9, 2016
Now that I have your attention, I shall begin with a disclaimer: it was a ruse. The purpose of this post is merely to report on the state of things, not to instruct you on how to alter them. The latter you will have to learn by yourself. My blogging activity has recently dwindled to the trickle of a faucet in a drought. Work has been keeping me on my toes during the day, and wide awake at night while the toes are resting. In addition my core website, Vincent Mounier Photog...