A Bit of New York City History…

HDR, Local History

Just east of the World Trade Center Memorial in lower Manhattan lies the Chapel of St. Paul’s. It’s been in existence since 1766 and, in fact, George Washington visited this parish, to pray just after his inauguration in 1789. It made history again in 2001 after the terrorist attacks for hosting rescue workers for weeks of clean up activities.

Grave stones are evidence of the early inhabitants of this part of the city with dates as far back as the early 1700’s.

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Thanks, as always, for visiting!

The Lure of Iconic Places…

Street Photography, Travel

Last weekend I went on another trek of downtown Manhattan and although I’ve taken a few shots of the Brooklyn Bridge I’ve never been on it.

My photog partner, Dave Gardiner, endured the walk with me to have my chance at seeing this  iconic lower Manhattan landmark. I was a bit hesitant because I’ve seen thousands of shots from there and was wondering “does the world need another shot of the BB”? Well, we went anyway and I’m glad we did…..

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So, I’m wondering how you all feel about landmarks such as this….. do you go anyway? Do you shot it and do you really try to get “the shot” completely different than seen before? Let us know!

Spring Has Sprung…..

Digital Art, Themed 365 Project, Weather

…sort of.

Warm on Thursday, freezing on Sunday.

We want it to be here and it’s here,  sort of…

It’s showing all over.

Abstract or not we know what it is.

Just a few weeks and we’ll be in shorts on a regular basis.

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Vintage Jersey Shore…

Architecture, Beach Scenes, Local History

Believe it or not there’s quite a bit of history regarding the “Jersey Shore” besides the infamous reality show of the same name.

Below is a picture(on right) of Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ. It was built in 1929 by the same architects of Grand Central Station, as an exhibition center and still provides the same services today.

The Hall has hosted events such as the first NY Friars Club meeting in 1930 to concerts featuring Led Zeppelin to the Rolling Stones, in the 70’s.

In this shot I’ve tried to present a “vintage” look commemorating the halls iconic history here at the “Jersey Shore”.

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You’re always invited to check out my website, Attanasio Imagery, for other pieces of history…

Possiblities Are Endless….

Composite

I finally decided to upgrade to Photoshop CC after 8 or so years of using Photoshop Elements. I don’t know why I waited so long to do so.

Elements is a great program and usable in every way. But there’s something about the vast array of features in the full version that I feel like the skies the limit. No workarounds, a plethora of how to youtube videos and bam you’ve quickly spent 4 hours on the computer.

This is a shot that I could have accomplished in Elements but for some reason it felt easier in PSCC. Filters, plugins and actions were used to work this simple composite….

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As is in many cases the second I feel like I’m finished with a composite there’s ideas that pop in to my head. This is only beginning of endless possibilities with this composite.  So stay tuned.

Come On, Get Up and Out!

Beach Scenes, Black and White, Coastal Scenes

Yeah, that’s right… you’re getting an extra hour of darkness in the mornings and with that you can capture some serious sunrises.

A favorite spot of mine, Ocean Grove pier, is a wonderful spot to catch the early morning splendor of the sun breaking the horizon.

On this given morning I was the only soul around. It was calm, quiet and the sound of the ocean breaking near the shore was music to my ears.

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Here’s another shot from this morning in black and white…

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Well, it would be great to see you out there in the wee hours of the morn but if you decide to stay under the covers…. I’m okay with that too.

More From My Personal Project….

Personal Project

… Cars, Music and Photography.

A hard hitting song from a relatively unknown(to me anyway) musician from Scotland, Paolo Nutini belts out the moving lyrics in the song Iron Sky. I can’t help but relate this song to the political scene here in the US.

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The video, from Abbey Road, can be seen here…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELKbtFljucQ