Five Mile River

In 2009, I happened upon this scene

A snowy scene in Norwalk CT, where I used to work.

This is called the Five Mile River (presumably because it runs for 5 miles to get to the Long Island Sound, I guess?) and it was a scene that I had photographed many, many times at different seasons and different times of the day.

It lends itself to a panoramic view in any season. In this case I decided to revisit the panoramic view using Luminar 3.

I think it looks very good with the Black and White treatment as the long shadows are accentuated and drive the viewer to the inky blackness of the river.

We never know what jewels lie in wait inside our libraries just waiting for us to git them some TLC using a powerful editor line Luminar 3.

Torn Between Two Loves

If you go to my Ello page, you will see something peculiar.

There are a ton of Black & White images with lots of views.

They are the photos with the most views. No color photo has more views than any other B&W photo.

In other words, they are pretty popular. At least there.

There is a sort of different level of popularity on my B&W instagram page, but I’d just started with that recently and I have not given it the proper care it deserves. (I’ll need to suck up to the Instagram Algorithm Gods in order to get more followers).

And the thing is, I love Black and White photography.

My father had a large collection of Life Magazines and I remember expending a lot of time browsing those pages. Maybe that’s the reason why I love photography so much!

Is definitely the reason why I love black and white photography…

I grew up wit the classics. My first photography book was all in black and white (I think my father still has it).

I also love Street Photography, and there is consensus that good street photography is black and white photography. At least is my consensus. :-)

But color is such a bitch!

It hits you when and where you least expect it. It saturates those photo receptor cells and fells the viewer with pure and unadulterated joy!

I am conflicted…

On a recent walk, I took this picture:

Barren in Color

Nothing mayor. A quick iPhone shot on an afternoon walk during the first minutes of the sunset, overlooking the Brooklawn Country Club, in Fairfield.

I edited the photo using Luminar 3 with Libraries and I was happy with how it came out. I like the color gradation on the sky, the color contrast between the golf course, the leaves in the front and the sky; and last but not least the barren trees silhouettes that kind of join all the colors by traversing up and down.

But then I decided to add another layer to the file and try my hand at this:

Barren in B&W

I like to do this when the images have texture (like the branches in this case) and as part of an on-going project that has to do the winter trees.

The image tickles memories of the death trees in Namibia with feelings of solitude and desolation. Definitely something I like lately. So I posted the photo to Instagram.

I didn’t post the color photo.

Now, I am torn between two loves… Can’t say one is better than the other. The feel is different. That’s the reason why photography is so subjective. We each have a different way of seeing things.

Black and White or Color? Should I flip a coin? What are your thoughts?

Coming up on Salem

I was coming back home after dropping one of my sons at the shop to pick up his car.

It was the blue hour in Bridgeport and traffic was very heavy.

Coming out of the highway, I was standing in line waiting for the light to change when I happened to look to my left. I quickly unplugged my phone from its charger and snapped a quick one from my window.

The view of St. Augustine Cathedral backlit with the setting sun and the trees was calling out to me; some will say…

I edited the photo using a combination of Snapseed, distressed effects and Stackables.

There is a long tradition of stories about Salem in New England. The stories were about the battle between the church and what was believe to be witchcraft. Lots of women were hung from trees for some puritanical bullshit.

The image of the tree and the church reminded me of that, hence the title…

Harborview Market for a Birthday

We went out to celebrate our son’s 22nd birthday.

My wife had suggested we go to this place called Harborview Market in Fairfield a mere 12 minutes from our house.

She had to take our youngest to visit the dentist so she called me to make sure I got there early to see if I could get us a table.

You see, Harborview Market is just that, a Market that has a bunch of tables with a large collection of what looks to be chairs that have been gathered through tag sales.

Every chair is different…

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When I got there, the place was jam packed and I had to park my car about a block away, on a rainy day.

I asked in front if I could reserve a table for 10 people and they informed me that they didn’t take reservations. All I could do, was wait and hover over the tables until one was available.

That took about 45 minutes…

My brother-in-law arrived with his wife and daughter, as well as my son and his girlfriend. I asked them to hover over some tables to see if one of us got lucky.

In the end, it paid off as we started to sit with some strangers in the hopes that when they left we will have the table to ourselves.

When we were about to settle in two tables, my wife arrived with my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law, and of course, she saved the day!!

She managed to wrangle a family that was leaving and we all sat at this antique round table ready to eat.

OUR table at Harborview Market

OUR table at Harborview Market

We started with some delicious Croissants that my wife had ordered ahead of time, and then everybody ordered their own thing. My choice was a wonderful Cuban Sandwich that turned out to be huge and AWESOME!.

We had coffee, Juice and talked just about everything and everybody had a great time.

Everybody absorbed in conversation…

Everybody absorbed in conversation…

We got to meet the owner of the place as he came over to our table and introduced himself. He was extremely nice!. We later found out that he his originally from Cuba, but was raised here and he spoke Spanish fluently.

Our Birthday Boy and his girlfriend

Our Birthday Boy and his girlfriend

Everybody left with a full stomach and a smile on their faces. We definitely have to come back to Harborview Market!.

The Elegance of Technology

I don’t pretend to know everything. I don’t even pretend to know a little. I am humble like that…. 😃

I always admit when I don’t know something.

The thing I think I am most proud in my personality is the fact that I have an inquisitive mind; a thirst for knowledge and for finding answers or scratching the surface of something new.

I think that is why I love technology so much.

I also don’t pretend that technology holds all the answers.

I does not… just because there are new things invented/created on a daily basis and what was an answer yesterday finds a different response today or tomorrow.

That is the nature of innovation.

The interplay of light and shadow at Yale University

The interplay of light and shadow at Yale University

I took this picture in 2009 with my then new, Nikon D80. It was during a photowalk around Yale University in New Haven Connecticut.

It was languishing in my hard drive together with all the other pictures that me and my son took that day (he wanted to be with his dad, so I told him he could go with me and I gave him my old Canon G9 so he could take pictures as well).

I have come a long way in my post processing and one of the things I love to do is go back into my libraries to reprocess old images and see what new treatment I will give to the images that I have not process or that were not worthy of a second look before.

One kind of finds some jewels with the help of new techniques and processing software.

I think the image was ok in color, but that interplay between the columns and the light was clamoring for a Black and white treatment.

In color it was ok, it Black and White it was awesome!!

I think is a lesson that says: “Don’t throw away your images, you never know when technology is going to catch up to your expectations and creative endeavors”