Last time I was in Manhattan I finally did something I’ve always wanted to do…I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Of course I think I picked the hottest day of the summer to do but it was well worth it.
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This post is going to be little bit different from my usual posts so please bear with me. You may have noticed that I’m not keeping up with my usual posting schedule. I have a lot of balls in the air…being a mother, working full-time, satisfying my thirst for photography, blogging, managing all my social media outlets, volunteering at shelters and now working at building a pet photography business. Hmmm and those are just a few things I have on my plate.
I have a question for all of you. yes you….my blogging friends and followers. How do you do it? How do stave off burn out?
“Blogging is like work, but without coworkers thwarting you at every turn.” Scott Adams
I love this Dilbert cartoon. Believe me there are times I’ve felt like paying my son to write a blog post or two for me. Don’t worry I haven’t. There are no ghost writers or photographers at Edith Levy Photography. So this is a good segue to my next disjointed thought. This is a photography blog. It’s not like I’m spending hours writing 500 to 1000 word posts, but the process of going out, shooting and processing images does take hours albeit enjoyable ones. This has been a rough winter for us Canadians. I love shooting winter scenes but with most days from December to the beginning of March dealing with -15C or less temperatures its been tough to be outside for extended periods. I know…you’re saying to yourself “suck it up buttercup” other photographers do it. Yup they do! And I commend them for it. I suppose I’m saying this because I feel like I’m in a bit of a creative rut. I’ve been spending so much time doing other things that I haven’t focused on what I really love to do and that’s to go out and shoot. So therein lies the problem. This self-imposed schedule has been taking its toll on me. I love the friendships that I’ve built while writing this blog. I’ve said it before and I will continue to shout it from the rooftops…this is a great community to be a part. So the short end of it…I may not be posting as regularly as I have. But you never know maybe I just need a couple of weeks to regroup and then I’ll be back with a vengeance.
Of course this being a photography blog I need close with an image. I posted this a couple of weeks ago to my Facebook page but never posted it here. Here’s another view of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge taken from Dumbo.
Happy Monday. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. We had a busy weekend filled with lots of family, friends, fun and of course way to much eating.
We head back to New York and the South Street Sea Port for today’s image. I found my fine feathered friend here enjoying the relative quiet of the morning and taking in the great view. I think he had the best seat in the house.
For processing I used Topaz Black & White Effects and then used the selective adjustment tool to bring back a bit of color. (You can save 15% on any Topaz Labs products when you use the discount code ELPHOTO.)
The South Street Seaport, which is located on Lower Manhattan’s waterfront, has been designated a historical district. This was the original site of the port of New York, one of the busiest in America in the 19th Century. (Think Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York) This area contains some of the oldest architecture in New York which has now been restored and houses restaurants, clubs and stores. As we were walking around Pier 17 I headed to the upper level where the views of the Brooklyn Bridge were unobstructed. I strolled about and pretty much had the whole place to myself. I can image how packed this area would be in the summer. While I had my pick of empty chairs it was still a little chilly to be reclining outdoors.
Project 52 Entry #39
We were in New York last week for a family function in Long Island and was able to spend a couple of days in Manhattan. While we had a wonderful time, my visit was greeted with a dull grey sky the whole time we were there…not great for photography, but didn’t stop me from walking the streets of this great city. I’ve been to New York so many times (here’s a little tidbit you may not know…I’m a Musical Theatre nut and actually have a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a major in Drama…ahhh the truth comes out.) but I’ve never photographed the Brooklyn Bridge. I contacted Mark Garbowski before I left to get some tips on where the best place to photograph the bridge from. Mark is a NYC photographer whose blog, Too Much Glass is filled with amazing images of New York. If you haven’t done so already you should check out his site. He suggested that I head down to the South Street Seaport which is where this image was taken.
With the sky being overcast and grey on not too much definition in the clouds I felt that this image worked better in a sepia tone.
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