Monday, November 29, 2010

fort greene



orange red


steps


balustrade


orange


shadows


mmh


recycle


tiles


blue


home



some pictures from our walk to fort greene today.
the sun was shining and I took my new 35mm lens for its first walk.
I'm very happy with it, it makes my digital camera's view
very similar to my film camera with its 50 mm lens. what more do you need?

somehow I never seem to get tired of tree shadows on houses
and balustrade shadows on stoops and walls
and soft red and blue and yellow tones.

I hope you had a great weekend wherever you are!

Monday, November 22, 2010

egg creams at brooklyn farmacy & soda fountain



brooklyn farmacy and soda fountain


brooklyn farmacy and soda fountain


brooklyn farmacy and soda fountain


brooklyn farmacy and soda fountain


brooklyn farmacy and soda fountain


brooklyn farmacy and soda fountain


brooklyn farmacy and soda fountain


I had passed the brooklyn farmacy and soda fountain on my bike a few times
and had always wanted to check it out,
but this article in edible brooklyn finally made us go a few weekends ago.

we ordered egg creams, a drink I had never heard of before reading the article,
but was intrigued by after learning that used to be a very typical brooklyn drink which is now experiencing a comeback
(our friend N who grew up here remembers his dad taking him to get egg creams at the corner diner).

I also love the fact that the drink, despite its name, does not include eggs nor cream
(one theory being that someone americanized the french words chocolat et crème).
The list of ingredients is short: cold milk, chocolate syrup and seltzer
(which makes for a very interesting sparkly sensation).

I really liked the old-school and family feel of the place,
and I'll back, maybe next time for one of their amazing looking sundaes.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

a day in early september



the cloisters


the cloisters


the cloisters


george washington bridge


george washington bridge


manhattan



shadows


new jersey


the ear inn


the ear inn


last week I finally picked up two films
and one of them still had a few summer pictures on it.

on a weekend in early september we took our bikes on the train up to the cloisters,
and then rode down manhattan's west side
all the way to our favorite bar for summer, the ear inn,
to have shandies on the sidewalk,
and later a burger, inside.
I remember wearing shorts that day, it feels so far away now!

Monday, November 8, 2010

milan



duomo


duomo


duomo


duomo


view from duomo


duomo


we only had an afternoon to spend in Milan
which was really not enough time at all.
for some reason I only took pictures of the duomo,
which I loved from the outside (probably because it looks like a cake with very elaborate icing),
but I was slightly disappointed by the dimly lit interior.

we took the elevator to the roof and had a great view over the roofs of Milan
(plus got a closer look at all that icing).

Milan, I'll be back!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

como in blues and grays



como


como


como


como


como


pipes


I'm always torn between showing complete stories or situations
(including images that are not beautiful themselves, but maybe show a beautiful setting)
and showing only the images that I truly like (if by themselves or grouped with other images).

I feel there is a difference between images that remind you of a beautiful setting
(because when you look at them you remember how you felt when you were there)
and images that are truly beautiful themselves (for me these are often the ones that
perfectly portray the atmosphere of the original setting, or even an ideal and slightly abstract version of it).

In this case I chose to not show you lake Como as the sun went down.
the setting was very beautiful in person, but in comparison looks so disappointing in my pictures.

so this is Como without the lake (but in matching tones):
1 the duomo
2, 3, 4 giuseppe terragni's casa del fascio*
4 the hotel facing the lake
5 very impressive pipe details

I really liked Como with its narrow streets and squares, the surrounding hills and the lake.
we only spent about two hours there, but I would love to some day come back for a little longer.


* it was impossible to get a good shot of the main elevation. here are some great ones though.