Wednesday, January 02, 2008

day +134

A little after sunset today I experimented for the first time with long exposure photography. For the past several days, I have been reading a lot on how best to get those long streaks that are so characteristic of moving traffic lights under low-light. For help, I reviewed Understanding Exposure as well as a number of useful websites, including of course, the Flickr groups. As I mentioned in a previous post, Flickr has a group for almost every photographic subject imaginable. Flickr is a wonderful resource for the both the novice and expert. With regards to long exposure photography, here are the Flickr groups that I have turned to so far:

Traffic Trails

Long Exposure

Light STREAM___

I took this unedited photograph of the Harlem River Drive from Fifth Avenue between W. 143rd Street and W. 142nd Street. You can see the 145th Street Bridge in the distance. With the temperature in the high 20s and windy, I managed to take only six shots before it became too unbearable for me to stay there any longer. My hands in particular were freezing despite wearing gloves. The location that I selected this evening didn't offer the best view of the traffic and the Harlem River by any means, but the important thing is that I was able to experiment though briefly with long exposure. Though I managed to practice for only a few minutes, I enjoyed it. Now I hope to be just a bit better next time.

Tomorrow it's supposed to be clear and sunny, but the high temperature will reach only 24 degrees so I'm going to stay in and perhaps try again on Friday when it's supposed to be a bit warmer.

This morning I saw Dr. Roberts for a much needed session. During the past several days, I have been a bit down and last night I got very little sleep as my thoughts were everywhere. Nevertheless, en route to Manhattan for my appointment this morning my cab drove by the 145th Street Bridge and lo and behold, the 145th Street Bridge was swung open. Holy shit! I gasped when I saw the bridge turned at a 45 degree angle. This is a very rare thing. I had never seen the 145th Street Bridge nor any of its brethren along the Harlem River ever open. I knew, of course, that this was done for maintenance evaluation and/or repair or, of course, for the rare passing of maritime traffic, but I didn't expect to see it so surprisingly this morning. As you may remember, I had asked my NYCDOT contact a few weeks ago if he could inform me perhaps 1-2 hours in advance of any such bridge opening, but the person with whom he needed to consult was in the hospital and as this is the first day back to work following New Year's, it's very possible that he himself wasn't aware of the 145th Street Bridge opening. But as I was in the car heading downtown to see Dr. Roberts, I felt obliged to follow through with our appointment and so, I missed the opportunity to photograph the opened swing bridge because when I returned back to the bridge a little over an hour later it was back to its usual self: parallel to the road with traffic crossing it.

By the way, I forgot to mention that on Monday I had my monthly IVIG treatment, which finished a bit earlier than expected. When I returned home from Sloan, one of the nurses called me informing me that the skin biopsy that had been taken from one of the rashes on body came back positive for pityriasis rosea. She said that the rashes should begin to subside in perhaps 4-6 weeks. The rashes are still on my shoulders, arms, and back but they look less irritated and aren't itching as much they did earlier. I'll, of course, speak to Dr. Castro-Malaspina about this and other matters on Monday.


Comment Blogger BaldyLocks said...

Hi I wish I could come by your blog more often but it almost refuses to load on my computer. I have no idea why because I'm new on the internet.

I see you do photography. I usually paint but I haven't been able to since my transplant. I've been playing with photography a bit. I plan to show some work in May.

So sorry you missed the bridge! I hate it when that happens but I do find my best shots are ones which I never could have preplanned.

Happy New Year!

1:52 AM  
Comment Blogger Michelle J said...

Dude! I only have 1 word for the pic you took!!! Incredible!
Love Ya

10:04 AM  

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