Saturday, May 31, 2014

SOOC - Small town student sounds

SOOC - Straight out of the Camera - returns as I turn the spotlight toward the Ansonia High School band marching in our small city (19.000) Memorial Day parade. A bit of hometown pride exists as there may be way bigger schools and bands that exist. However, they remain a favorite draw of the locals. A band that is talented, sincere and showcases our hamlet very nicely...

Shadow Shot Sunday - Stately, sunny and shadowy

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back, and I revert to a favorite of mine, the  grandeur that is the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford. Taken a week ago, the photo captures were easy to get in an empty car park/lot as the legislative session was complete for the year. Opened for the legislative session in 1879, the marble exterior and gothic revival architectural details, such as the arches and ornaments leave room for many a shadow. I had viewed the Capitol in Winter, but not yet in Spring. With the sun so strong (and with thunderstorms a mere three hours later), shadow hunting this day was very easy...

Monday, May 26, 2014

Whimsical Windows - State Capitol redux

Toby's architectural photo meme, Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, is back - and I am returning to a favorite pictorial theme, that of the Connecticut state capitol in Hartford. These views were taken last Wednesday after a meeting. Since the legislative session was finished, I had an entire and nearly empty parking lot/car park to take a few pictures from wheelchair height. 

The Gothic architecture and details from this 1878 masterpiece are always stunning in view when under the sun. The government in this state is dysfunctional (alas,), but the seat of government is a work of art...

Sunday, May 25, 2014

SOOC - Memorial Day memorials

SOOC - Straight Out of the Camera - takes me back a mere three hours today. Just after parking my minivan and prior to Ansonia's Memorial Day Parade, Patti and I went to the park located next to City Hall and viewed the memorials that reside there. These were constructed to honor Ansonia residents killed in service from WWI to the present. As this is not merely a three-day weekend to relax, it is centered around Memorial Day - and remembering those who have been lost...

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday - A big land barge with even bigger shadows

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 returns as Spring heads toward Summer, the days much nicer than in the preceding snowy and cold Winter. Thus, the warmth and sun leaves us stronger shadows under the more direct sun. So, stout shadows are the goal, and I found a fine subject (if one likes chrome laden 1950s Detroit land barges, as much as I :)

This is a 1956 Mercury Montclair convertible, a large and overstyled land yacht in its black and white hue with a matching interior, it leaves huge shadows underneath its visage and flanks. And it has shiny chrome bumpers leaving reflections of the photographer. It works well as a stylish iron SSS2 subject and who wouldn't want to fold the top down and take it for a spin?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Ruby Tuesday Too - Steel-y Smile

Ruby Tuesday Too encourages the use of red in any shade, a lot or a little. On Saturday, we attended the first Ecofest in neighboing Derby highlighted a green theme and included a 'Trashformation' contest where items were recycled/repurposed into new items, including a robot created by our artist friend Rich Dicarlo. I find this fellow to be rather disarming, not really tough but as winsome as a steel robot can look - a personality that is happy-go-lucky, with 'hands' made out of Romex electrical cable. Reuse, recycle, repurpose - a ruby robot...

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Whimsical Windows - More Main Street Madness

The older is reflected by the newer Wells Fargo Bank in Ansonia. Captured by Patti
Toby's architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors returns and I have one other view of downtown in our small city of Ansonia, this also taken at a bank clad in its nondescript 1970s building - which has a lot of glass to reflect the early 1900s buildings across the street where steel and glass do not dominate but brick and wood add a classier styling touch...

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday - Defying Gravity

For Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Patti captured a few views of the BMX stunt riders at the recent Pierre Lallement bicycle festival on Main Street in Ansonia. These riders move fast up to and over the ramps on the street and even a steep uphill set against the trailer - a very cool breeze wafted over the spectators, but just enough sun added to the shadowy captures. The riders seem to float through the air with the greatest of ease...

Monday, May 12, 2014

Ruby Tuesday Too - Red Ride

Ruby Tuesday Too takes me back a week or so in my pursuit of a ruby red subject - and I found it! on Ansonia's Main Street at the Pierre Lallement Bicycle Festival, talented New Jersey stunt bicyclist Chris Clark was showing some moves on his ruby bicycle in front of the red trailer while wearing a red helmet. Thus, the right color for this fun meme was found!

Whimsical Windows - Unfurled Flags

For Toby's architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, I go back a week to the Pierre Lallement bike festival in our small domicile of Ansonia Connecticut. A bike ride with serious cyclists starting in New Haven that has its finish line on Main Street, BMX stunt cyclists and more. And even a window reflection taken from the more modern (late 1960s) Wells Fargo Bank showcasing the early 1900s buildings across the street. Like in the meme's post, flags take up the focal points in the shot...Happy Independence Day to Israel!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday - Shadowy Ceremony

Patti got to the church on time...
Last time I wore a tux...

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 returns on a celebratory date in our home - today is the 28th anniversary of the day we wed, 10 May 1986. 

The day was beautiful, 72°F / 22°C, low in humidity and blue skies for the marriage day of the lovely Patti and myself. A day we happily remember, and with shadows that fall within and throughout the scanned prints.

Our first dance was to Lionel Richie...Happy anniversary mon ami!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Diplomacy

Nineteen-month old Cameron meets the normally standoffish Tiger for the first time. I'd say the meeting went well! 
See WW and WW

Monday, May 5, 2014

Ruby Tuesday Too - Wheelchair Putt

I hope the ball cleared the obstacle on its way to a hole-in-one...
Ruby Tuesday Too is back, and I have found an old ruby scene, perhaps peripheral to the entire scene - but red nonetheless. The time is in the last decade, maybe 2004, the place Main Street Mini-Golf emporium in Hyannis on Cape Cod, the subject myself. I like this place as the old-fashioned putt-putt course was accessible to my then Invacare power wheelchair. Kind of like the an expensive rental of a private golf cart at a nice country club. Thus I could putt away with confidence if not the low score... 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Whimsical Windows - Saybrook Breakwater Light

It is again time for Toby's fun architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, and perhaps our subjects may be of much grandeur. Or a little - which this is. It is Connecticut's Saybrook breakwater light, sitting at the confluence of the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound and was opened in 1866 and is privately held today. I think we often look at lighthouses as being bigger and mightier, such as the famous Chatham Lighthouse on Cape Cod. However, any beacon of light that keeps ships in the channel and off the rocks is mighty indeed...

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday - Hallway artist at work

For Shadow Shot Sunday 2, we may look for shadows as art. However here, the shadows are peripheral to the art...Patti captured this while researching a newspaper story - an artist was commissioned to create a mural in a hallway at Ansonia Middle School. The shadows seem to be under the ladder and lockers down the hall. Art offers us a different perspective depending on the venue it seems - and this is artistic indeed!