Friday, October 11, 2013

All Set and Ready To Go

New iMac is set up and I've been processing some photos to see about the performance with the new fusion drive. The whole week has been devoted to computer stuff, so I haven't been out to shoot at all. Hoping to get out on Saturday. For now I've been going back through my photos for the past year and processing images that I always thought I wanted to get to, and never did. It's a good thing to do periodically, and I really need to delve back into my film negative archive to review work I shot twenty years ago - more on that in the next blog entry.

I shot this on Ninth Avenue on my way back to Penn Station - part of my Men With Cigars series. Doing my usual processing took about one quarter of the time as on my older machine. the RAM (8g) and fusion drive really speed things along. I'm getting used to the wireless keyboard and mouse that came with the iMac. The keyboard feels a little small, and if I were writing another book it would definitely be restricting. The top of the mouse is actually a track pad, and that's really nice so that when I'm scrolling through material I don't have to move my hand back and forth.

The Manhattan Diaspora project is taking on a life of its own and expanding. Lots of work to do, and it's exciting. M(ore) T(o) C(ome).

Monday, October 7, 2013

Big News .... For Me, Anyway

Woo Hoo .... I'm spending the day tomorrow setting up my new iMac - 27" screen, fusion drive - it's going to seem blazing fast compared to my current six year old machine.

I've been hard at work on the Manhattan Diaspora 2013 project, and there's been quite a bit of interest in the community. It's nice to be able to invest myself in an effort that I know will be well received. That doesn't happen very often. More to come as things progress, but I think it should take about a year.

Even though it's very time consuming, I still try to get out for casual walks and some shooting fun. Last week after a meeting about the project I walked up Clinton Street to Houston Street to stop into Russ and Daughter for some potato latkes. Alas, I was way too late. They're usually sold out by noontime. So, on to Yona Schimmel's - same story, they were sold out also. I had to settle for a potato knish - poor me, eh?

Even though my thoughts were spinning with all the input from the meeting and my stomach was grumbling in anticipation of the latkes, I was still looking for an interesting street shot. How about this: