December Photo Journal 1999

[This was originally published in December, 1999.  The funny thing is to see what was popular back then.  Altavista (remember? the big hot search engine portal); a large web image was 500 px across.  Society was different.  You could actually cart a view camera and tripod onto a train.  You weren’t supposed to.  But nobody […]

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Camera Addict

The cameras

Hi. My name is Dave B. I am a cameraholic. I know where it began — it was over 50 years ago. It was really my older cousin who introduced me to it. He was in the Peace Corps. and he made a stop in Japan where they were making some very fine cameras – […]

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86th & Third

street shot

I don’t know why one corner is better than another, but I think every neighborhood has the perfect street photo corner.  And by neighborhood, at least in Manhattan, say every 10 blocks.  Maybe less.  The places you’d think would be the best, Times Square, Grand Central etc. have never been the best for me.  Too […]

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Color in the Dark Tunnels

There is color all over the place in New York’s darkened subway tunnels.  Besides the “ghost stations” like City Hall, and to a lesser extent Worth Street.  I’ll be futzing a bit with flash, tho I don’t have a lot of hope for it since you’re shooting through subway glass. a) If anyone does notice, […]

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Dave’s Bucket List

I find great comfort falling asleep thinking about items to add or remove from my bucket list.   Skydiving (for example) is very calming, in your warm (hopefully) bed, instead of trying to count sheep. I get very confused counting sheep.  I’d do better with racehorses, as they are numbered.  Sheep, too many contitations with sheep.  […]

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I Forgot (The Resistance is Losing)

Between the time that I thought of this idea for a post, and the time I finally got around to writing it I have completely forgotten what is was to be about.  But I’m hoping that if I go and look at the last photo I futzed with it will jostle the grey cells back […]

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The Obsessive Eye

Most photographers, are by definition – voyeurs except maybe nature photographers.  But you do spend a lot of your time just looking at things; and evaluating whether they’re worth clicking on.  Sometimes in less than a heartbeat. You are turned on by how shapes and colors or tints of black and white are arranged in […]

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Girl with Cup

The Girl with the Cup

How jam packed squished it was around Fifth the Friday before Christmas.  The idea of going there was to shoot the crowds, but when we got there it felt like nothing but weird.  Who were all these people dying to get into the big dept. stores on this bitter and busy night. I’m of the […]

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The View From Here is Fine

  Sort of like living in an old factory in the 1800s.  You might wonder what half the stuff is there for anyway.  Yeah, it’s impressive.  Two MacPros – but only one works (the one behind my knees).  The 2nd one has no motherboard, or at least no working motherboard.  Still, I keep it around […]

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Missed Subway Shot

I’ve got the battery for the Canon Ti5 charging for the first time in months. 30mm Sigma lens on. Open to f1.4. ASA set to 6400. Continuous shooting mode. I’m ready to get on the six train and do this ghost station thing again. Only, it’s so damned cold outside, and so warm in the […]

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By Artie Stuff

I had insomnia last night.  I first tried some TM from the old days (Transcendental Meditation) but was confused about what my mantra was!!!  I thought it was WUN which has no meaning to me, and which cost me $5 to get from an old friend in the 70s… But was it WUN or was […]

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City Hall Ghost Station

There are a bunch of subway stations in New York that haven’t been in use for years, but are still “somewhat” maintained.  I first learned about them from the photographer Matt Weber.  I knew in a vague way these now unused stations were around, but not that they were still visible. The City Hall Ghost […]

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