Posts Tagged ‘photos’

A cold day in the city

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

It’s almost Christmas. We’re still in NYC. I didn’t go to graduate school. I have a full-time job as lead iOS developer. Catie is applying to PhD programs all over the country. A lot has happened in the last nine months, to say the least!

New York, NY (Dec 10, 2011)

Photo taken in New York, NY on Dec 10, 2011.

I spent most of today thinking about how I haven’t had much time recently for my own personal “making”. So, I thought I’d carry my camera around with me while I moseyed around my Brooklyn neighborhood and then the High Line, and try to put something new out into the world, however slight.

New York, NY (Dec 10, 2011)
New York, NY (Dec 10, 2011)
New York, NY (Dec 10, 2011)
New York, NY (Dec 10, 2011)
New York, NY (Dec 10, 2011)
New York, NY (Dec 10, 2011)
New York, NY (Dec 10, 2011)

Photos taken in New York, NY on Dec 10, 2011.

Reuniting (in the park again)

Monday, March 14th, 2011

It’s been an exciting and hectic week, punctuated by Catie’s arrival to NYC as well as major interviews at both Parsons and SVA. The tennis season at Trevor is in full swing (ha ha), and whenever I’m not coaching on court or doing conditioning runs around the Reservoir with my players, Cat and I have been trying to “do” as much New York as possible to get back into the rhythm of the city.

We’ve also been trying to reconnect with all of the friends we still have here, and we were able to hit a couple more of those proverbial birds with one stone yesterday by meeting both Tristan (whom Catie had not seen in quite a while) and Mitch (whom neither of us had seen in quite a while) in Manhattan and spending the afternoon wandering around Central Park. (Two Minnesotans + two Alaskans = a day in the park, invariably.)

New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)

Photo taken in New York, NY on March 12, 2011.

My obsession with black and white photography carries on. I tried to switch my camera’s picture control settings to vivid color again, but I hated the look of my first captured image on the LCD screen, and quickly switched back. I’m addicted to the visual acuity and drama of high-contrast black and white, and color just seems to take away from that punch.

New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)

Photos taken in New York, NY on March 12, 2011.

The High Line

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Yesterday, the high for New York City was listed as 55°F, and when I looked at the reported temperature around noon, it said 59°F. (Please note this is the first week of March we’re talking about here.) It was an incredible day. Somewhat unfortunately, I spent the first half of it lounging in bed with my two new adopted cats. (They came with our sublet in Brooklyn.) Thankfully, Tristan called and inspired me to abandon my cuddly friends so that we could meet in Manhattan and go for a photo walk. I extended the invite on to Alex, and while brainstorming places to go, we discovered that none of us had ever been to the High Line, despite all having lived in NYC for a good while since they built it, and all having wanted to go!

So, off we went, from our respective corners of the city, and with our respective camera equipment. The day was indeed remarkably warm upon first setting out, although I was a bit apprehensive about the amount of wind (especially since I had been a bit cocky with my attire, wearing only a t-shirt and light jacket on top). I found Tristan in Manhattan soon after he bought some new film (yeah, he’s one of those), and we met Alex at the High Line.

New York, NY (Mar 5, 2011)

Photo taken in New York, NY on March 5, 2011.

Now, the High Line was cool – I don’t deny that. I love it in concept, and I do like it in practice… But, it didn’t quite meet all of my grand wild expectations. Maybe I just wasn’t in the greatest of moods because the wind picked up dramatically (and the temperature dropped accordingly) almost the moment we climbed up, but in my opinion, the “park” is kind of short (spanning only about 8 or 10 blocks) and laid out a bit too much like a track and not enough like a park. (I realize that is fitting, considering what they were building upon. EDIT: I just looked it up and it turns out “Section 2″ is opening up later this Spring, and it’s going to have a lot of cool features that would make me like the whole park a lot more – including a lawn!)

I don’t know. I just felt cold, and rather stressed. Then again, wind always stresses me out, and mobs of people don’t help either. (We weren’t the only ones who had the idea of walking the High Line on such a nice day, or what was one a few hours prior.) So, I didn’t feel very creative, and I certainly didn’t take very many photos, but it was great to have a chance to hang out with Tristan (who doesn’t often get away from med school in the Bronx) and Alex all the same.

New York, NY (Mar 5, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 5, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 5, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 5, 2011)

Photos taken in New York, NY on March 5, 2011.

Alaska: an ideal escape

Monday, March 7th, 2011

After working basically nonstop for two months over the holidays on my graduate school applications and portfolio, I was completely burnt out. I needed to run away for a while and relax, and luckily Catie and her family were happy to have me come up to Alaska for just that purpose. We did what we always do – eat far too much of Linda’s exquisite cooking, play board games whenever we can find a third player, and play outside with the dog (and the sister, and the sister’s dogs) whenever we can’t. I tried to keep my computer packed away as much as possible, and I am rather proud to say that I did not do more than an hour or two of work the entire three and a half weeks I was there. (I work hard, and I laze hard, I suppose.)

Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)

Photo taken in Anchorage, AK on February 4, 2011.

I’ve had a few people ask me recently what Alaska is like in the winter… I guess I still don’t really know how to answer that question. It is beautiful, above all else. There is always a good deal of fresh snow on the ground, and the mountains absolutely shine. It’s true that there isn’t much daylight, but, being a lifelong night owl, that doesn’t really bother me. Plus, it just means that a good portion of the day is filled with magic-hour light from a recent sunrise or an impending sunset!

Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)

Photos taken in Anchorage, AK on February 2-7, 2011.

A (black and) white winter

Monday, March 7th, 2011

I feel like it has been a long time since I enjoyed a true snowy winter. Last year, Catie and I were riding elephants through the (particularly un-snowy) jungles of Nepal on Christmas (an event – and an entire country! – which I promise will be photo-blogged about someday). The year before that, we were living in Manhattan, where the entire city seems to shut down over just an inch or two of fluffy precipitation (and not much more than that ever sticks to the asphalt ground beneath your feet). We were due for a quality cold season this time around.

Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)

Photo taken in Anchorage, AK on February 10, 2011.

We were not disappointed. I enjoyed record-setting amounts of snow while I was in Minnesota (admittedly mostly by watching it fall outside my window while working on graduate school applications), and Catie and I (and Abbie) played outside as much as we could while I was in Alaska. I haven’t been taking a huge number of photos over the last few months, but I did bring my camera along for a number of walks and snowshoeing adventures around Anchorage. A lot of those times, I kept my camera’s picture control settings on monochrome and slightly high contrast. It seemed to fit well with the vast white landscapes surrounding us.

Anchorage, AK (Jan 30, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Jan 30, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 14, 2011)

Photos taken in Anchorage, AK between January 30 and February 14, 2011.