Snow Day

The other day I posted about how the upcoming snow storm had emptied Costco. Here are some photos from the day:

Snow levels on the Element halfway through the storm
Snow levels on the Element halfway through the storm

Scarlett had been dying for winter to get here so she could play in the snow:

The front loader that came to clear the snow turned our cul-de-sac into a roundabout:

Snow Roundabout
Snow Roundabout

Top 200 Photos: #160

We stay at Cornell for this entry in the Top 200 Photos.

photo #160 is:

snowy campus 4

This has to be in the top 3 most depressing photos I took at Cornell. There’s a certain beauty in the photo, especially now that I don’t have to deal with that weather anymore, but just remembering trudging up that hill in that unforgiving weather is enough to make me happy to have graduated.

Top 200 Photos: Photo #198

In my Top 200 most viewed photos,

Photo #198 is:
March Winter Snows - 01


When people find out that I’m from Florida ask me how I’m dealing with winters in Maryland, I just smile and tell them that I went to university in Ithaca, so no Maryland winter can compare with what I’ve seen. Cornell tends to be in perpetual winter from December until March. I think the lack of sun is part of what contributes to the low spirits of so many students. I didn’t mind the snow in January and February so much – after all, that’s winter. But when it snowed in March or April, it just made me feel as though this would be the year where winter never ended.

In this photo I’m approaching Ho Plaza, the most iconic part of Cornell. The student union, student book store, bell tower, and two libraries are situated on Ho Plaza. They say during the tours that every student passes by it at least once per day. But on a day like this, people try to avoid the outdoors as much as possible.

NYC Tet Trip Day 4

Day Two Hundred Fifty-Two:  Tet Portrait

This is part of my NYC Tet Travelogue.

See part one here, part two here, and part three here.

Unlike the previous entries, this one was written a week after the events, but it covers events from 14 Feb 2010.

Brighton Beach Boardwalk Snowed Over
The Boardwalk covered in snow

For this trip, I had only three goals ahead of time.  (Actually, three is pretty ambitious considering the amount of time we had plus the tet celebrations)  I wanted to hit up the Lomography shop, go to MOMA, and take some photos at Brighton Beach.  With the first two crossed off my list, I was ready to hit up Brighton Beach that Monday morning.  I wanted to do some seagull photography and some street photography style shots of the hundreds of people that take their morning walk on the boardwalk.  Danielle’s parents often walk the boardwalk in the morning so I opted to join them.  When I got there, it turned out that the beach and boardwalk were still covered in snow and ice from the  previous week’s snow storm.  Danielle and her mother gave up and went back home.  I decided to stay and get some gull photography.  The boardwalk was too icy to walk without risking a fall, but it was no big deal to walk on the snowy beach.

So I set about walking around the beach photographing seagulls.  I also happened to see an enterprising woman taking advantage of this rare occasion to go cross country skiing across the beach.

Cross Country Skiing on Brighton Beach

I decided to go to Coney Island to take photos of the rids covered in snow.  On the way over there, I continued taking photos of seagulls.

Seagull with Lipstick

It was very odd to be walking on what I knew was a beach, surrounded by seagulls and yet have the earth beneath me covered in snow.  Beaches are synonymous with Florida for me and I refused to call the ocean-front sand in Oregon a real beach since the water was too cold to enter.  So as I walked through the beach, I wondered if this was what it felt like to live in Alaska.  After all, those who leave near the coast in Alaska are used to beaches having snow through the winter.

Chaotic Skies

My quest to photograph Coney Island turned out to be very fortuitous because it led to me seeing someone using a large format camera.  As I was nearing Coney Island, I saw a guy with a tripod and a huge box on top that had to either be a pinhole camera or a large format camera.  Either way I figured it would be pretty neat to talk to him.  I quickened my pace and caught up with him as he was setting up for a shot of the ocean.  I asked if I could take a photo of him and he agreed upon the condition that he could take a portrait of me.  I was excited to be photographed by such a camera so I quickly agreed.  Also, he would be spending quite a bit of money for that film and to develop it (compared to a 35mm camera or a digital camera) so I felt honored.  The photographer is named Jon Feinstein and he’s the co-founder and curatorial director of the Humble Arts Foundation.

Coney Island Beach in Large Format

Coney Island actually ended up being a bit of a disappointment because it was so fenced up that I couldn’t get a good shot.

Snow-Covered Ride

Our Lunar New Year celebration was best expressed by what we did at the end of the day.  We went to one of Danielle’s aunts’ house and played traditional new year games: Vietnamese poker and Bau Cua, a game similar to the roulette wheel (without the wheel).   All the kids from the next generation were also there running around and it was a general jubilant chaos.

Bua Cua Mat
Put your money on which animals yout think will come up on the dice

Thus ended my trip and also my first real attempt at a travelogue.

Lance and the Hat

February Background Calendar

Here’s the calendar for February.  Click on it to get the full size so you can make it your background.  (edit:  I noticed a bug in the way the calendar appeared and fixed it on 31 Jan 2010 so just download a new version, thanks!)

For square screens:

Feb 2010 - 1024x768 calendar (fixed)
Feb 2010 - 1024x768 calendar (fixed)

For wide screens:

Feb 2010 - 1680x1050 calendar (fixed)
Feb 2010 - 1680x1050 calendar (fixed)

January Background Calendar

I was reading Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography books when he suggested making a background calendar to get my photos out there.  A lot of people at work like to have these types of backgrounds and I follow another photographer/blogger that does the same.  Here’s my January 2010 calendar.  To make these your background, click on the photo and then right-click and click on “set as my background” if you’re using Windows.  Linux and Mac users should be technical enough to be able to figure out what they need to do for their specific situation.

For square screens:

January 2010 Calendar 1024x768
January 2010 Calendar 1024x768

For wide screens:

January 2010 Calendar 1680x1050
January 2010 Calendar 1680x1050