Category: NYC Photo Blog

This photo blog began before the word “blog” was coined.  At least that’s how I remember it.  The year was 1999. I called it an online journal.  There were definitely others keeping online photo journals.  I guess you’d have to go into the wayback machine to find the early journal writing.

This Time Tomorrow

“This Time Tomorrow” – The Kinks on the 6 train This time tomorrow where will we be On a spaceship somewhere, sailing across an empty sea This time tomorrow what will we know Will we still be here, watching an in-flight movie show I’ll leave the sun behind me and I’ll watch the clouds as […]

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Face in the Tunnel

No. This face isn’t photoshopped in. And no, I didn’t see it as I was speeding by in the train. A lot of the fun of shooting the tunnels in the dark is you really don’t know what you’ll find. Sort of urban archeology. Anyway – from what I can tell – it looks like […]

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City Hall Ghost Station

City Hall Ghost Subway Station

The project continues… Hopefully tomorrow I’ll pick up a battery pack for the Sunpak 383 so that I can get faster recycle times. The train generally goes through the City Hall station at full speed. To do this right, you’ve got to be able to fire off a burst from the flash – or else […]

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Worth Ghost Station

Ghost Subway Stations

Spent some more time working on techniques for photographing “ghost” subway stations with Weber.  It’s tricky stuff to do; but it can be done.  It’s amazing to me what is underground, mostly in the dark.  Here’s a sample from yesterday – from the Worth Street ? station on the 6 line. Preparing equipment to do […]

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From the Blog

Ghost Tags in the Subway

Some new testing today — using Sunpak flash – through subway windows on the #6 train – in what was just about complete darkness.  It’s pretty complex, because the flash, if it’s not flush against the window, leaks and spots on the window show up. Besides that, flash setup I’m using is not auto – […]

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Ghost Subway Stations Part 3

It’s dark in those subway tunnels.  Very dark.  And what started as a whim, trying to catch glimpses of the abandoned stations, has broadened out into an interesting experiment (at least interesting to me). Most abandoned stations can’t easily visited.  Which is to say there are about three or four (maybe) that you can make […]

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street shot

86th & Third

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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The Girl with the Cup

Girl with 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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