Monday, February 11, 2008

day +174

Though there is not a cloud in the beautiful sky today, it is ridiculously bitter cold and very windy. Looking out the window, one would have no idea that it was so cold today were it not for the howling of the strong winds.

I had hoped to go out this evening to take pictures, but it's just way too cold. Currently, it feels like 7 degrees according to the Weather Channel and this is sure to drop by the time I would be out there. This is a bit disappointing since I have my MOFTB still photography permit for today. I managed to take long exposure shots of the Harlem River Drive and Willis Avenue Bridge for the very first time yesterday evening, but midway through my shoot the sleet reappeared as well as the strong 17-20 mph wind and then, the temperature dropped significantly.

So, though my shoot yesterday evening provided me with the opportunity to practice more with long exposure photography at a spot where I had never tried it before, the weather conditions weren't ideal. This morning I sent a request to the NYCDOT seeking to obtain another permit for a Thursday shoot as the forecast looks favorable that day.

Yet the most exciting but perhaps bizarre of coincidences happened yesterday evening as I stood on the pedestrian walkway overlooking the Harlem River Drive. As I was there with my tripod and camera focused on the moving cars below, a horn honked from one of passing cars (heading towards the Willis Avenue Bridge) behind me to which I turned around. There amidst the traffic in the stopped minivan was a woman and her daughter. At first glance, she looked strangely familiar but I soon realized that I was mistaken. The driver, then, asked if my name was Duane to which I course said yes. She went on to say that I didn't know her, but that her husband was in the adjoining transplant room to mine at Sloan-Kettering. Having found and read my blog, she said that knowing that I have been photographing the city's bridges, she figured that the gentleman there photographing the traffic below was me and boy, was she right. I managed to get her e-mail address before the car behind hers started to honk and she was forced to press on towards the bridge.

How bizarre is this? Wow. When I told my parents about this remarkable coincidence last night, they too were amazed. Small world, heh? And of all the possible places: a pedestrian walkway in the midst of traffic?


Comment Blogger Veronica said...

That is just such a cool story, Duane - like being a superstar!! You're being recognised on bridges and Wullie's being chased by gay men in Alabama - good grief, SCTs aren't really as bad as they're made out to be are they??!! :0) ................xx

5:23 PM  
Comment Anonymous EFG said...

that is soooooo amazing. can't believe the serendipity of that story on the to be noticed on the bridge.
it is very cold today so stay warm .


5:30 PM  
Comment Blogger Michelle J said...

Duane that story is amazing! But you know its a small world we live in and things like that, while wildly bizarre do happen every great once in a while! Thats what makes this world we live in so special! Keep up the good work!

7:49 PM  
Comment Blogger laulausmamma said...

Glad you are enjoying your photo project so much Duane. I enjoy looking at your pictures of the bridges. I don't think I've ever been over any of the ones you are photographing - I'm much more familiar with the Verranzano and the other 3 bridges off of Staten Island, the Brooklyn bridge (I marched across it with my HS band) and the other couple of bridges that can be seen from downtown NY, plus the George Washington Bridge.

Keep warm in the chilly NY temps.


12:11 AM  

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