Recently I finally got some closure on a project from some years ago. I made it out to the museum in Building 92 of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Part of their collection is a large scale model of the famous battleship USS Maine. A model that I helped build.
Back in 2010 a friend of mine, ship modeler extraordinaire Gary Kingzett, asked me if I’d like to assist him on a build for a museum. My odd work schedules over a 5 or 6 year period allowed me the freedom to travel to his home and workshop in northern New Jersey. Material for the ship’s hull was a large sheet of poured urethane resin, known as butter board. I’ve put some photos in the Continue Reading »
Writing, and any art, is a ritual. Show up at the same time every day, sit at your desk or stand in your studio. Keep showing up and your muse will show up as well, and all will be right with the world.
But what happens when you or your muse get bored with the same ol’?
This is the third year that Kristen and I have done the Reboot Camp in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, with Michael Andreula. We came here for the work out, and work out we do. Every morning we’re up with the sunrise and do a full hour on the beach, punching and kicking with a group of other morning warriors, working with hand and knee pads, round house kicking in the surf, yoga stretches in the sand. Breakfast and decompress immediately after it all, and then it’s 10 a.m. and I’m in a hammock on a rooftop deck with a view of the Pacific, writing.
Something about the workout clears my mind, a sort of meditation. Regular meditation has never Continue Reading »
Since I missed the flyover a few weeks back, I wasn’t about to not go down to the waterfront, only two blocks from home, and take photos of the Enterprise floating by on a barge. I wasn’t the only one to have that idea. The piers were packed, and the posted schedule was off; the Enterprise showed up about 40 minutes prior to her advertised time. As such, I got only a few photos, those from a distance. There’s also some color issues going on here, but that’s something to sort out later if I feel like it.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Intrepid Museum handles this. I have to say I’m still not happy with them building a structure on the newly refurbished flight deck to house Enterprise, but hopefully it won’t cause too much damage and they can get the pier facilities up and running in a timely manner.
Here are photos from our wedding this past May in Northern California.
I shot all of these photos (click on image at the left for full gallery) using a tripod, corded shutter release, and a 1/8th second shutter speed.
I just chucked everything up there, so please forgive the lack of editing.
The Hudson River Pageant was this past weekend, and Kristen choreographed and performed in some of the events along the Hudson River Park’s length. Here are some photos I shot while struggling with ample doses of cold medication.
Photos were shot with my Rebel XTI SLR. I’m playing around more with manual settings, trying to actually LEARN how to use a camera and get the results I want, and doing less of the “close your eyes and push the button” method that I’ve used so much in the past.
I continue to upload new and old content to my updated website. The old content is and will mostly be for my photography. I wasn’t happy with how I had things grouped and uploaded on my old site, so I just didn’t put that page back up when I upgraded earlier this year.
The first re-addition is a set of photos from the Chanel Mobile Museum exhibit in Central Park during the fall of 2008. This was a once in a lifetime event, and I’m really glad I got to work on it. It also turned out to be the last showing of this exhibit: after having built and struck the museum in several foreign countries, Chanel killed the funding for the project at the end of the New York run as they could no longer rationalize the expense as the world stock markets tumbled.
As I’ve always said, if I’m not participating in online blogs, Facebook, emails, and anything else yet invented or yet to be, it generally means I’ve been busy with other things. A summer full of travel, a novel completed (a rough first draft, that is) and a lot of consulting work have kept me away from posting here. To get the ball rolling again, a photo of the loading *cranes in Alameda at sunset, looking north west towards the hills of San Francisco.
*the rumor is that cranes such as this in Alameda and Oakland are what inspired George Lucas to create the AT-AT snow walkers in the movie “The Empire Strikes Back”.
Besides visiting the NASM while in D.C. this past weekend, I also spent more than my fair share of time out at the Manassas National Battlefield Park. It’s a beautiful woodland area now smack dab in the middle of urban sprawl. I have to admit to not knowing a lot about most of the first battle of Bull Run, and I have only studied about one aspect of the Second Battle.
My area of interest is Brawner’s Farm, where the Iron Brigade first saw combat as a unit on August 28th, 1862. The farm remained in private hands after the war and up until the late 20th century. It’s still a relatively unknown part of the park, as the National Parks Service is still restoring the site and mentions it only in passing in the park literature. It took me a while to find the place amidst terrific thunderstorms that moved through the Washington area on May 29th, but find it I did, at last, and during a 15 minute break in the weather I was able to walk the field completely alone.
The photos are random shots from the Henry Hill area of the First Bull Run area of the battlefield, and the shots of the white two-story house are the Brawner farmhouse.