Oh, How I Miss the Hudson River

While looking for a new Windows 8.1 lock screen image, I stumbled upon this photo–which I captured in January of 2012.  I have to admit that I’m somewhat partial–but I much prefer this black and white photo to the loud splash of color that is the default lock screen image.

While I’m on the topic of Windows 8.1, I must say that it seems like a solid operating system crippled by a horrible and assuming interface.  That’s why I set up a dual-boot system with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS–a much cleaner interface and, while it’s not a perfect operating system, it’s pretty good in terms of stability and features.  If you are looking for a free operating system (and a free office experience), then Ubuntu is pretty good.  Expect a learning curve and some interface with the command prompt.

In other words, with free comes the price of a challenge.  =)

Back to the photo:  the day was filled with low clouds and river fog.  The fog stuck to the fjord and the water like glue.  It seemed to ebb and flow with the tidal river.  The breeze would lick as the fog and create interesting effects as it contradicted the flow of the water.  This is one of many images that I captured that day.  More to come, perhaps, if I can process them.



Army Photography Contest Results: Placed!

Today, I discovered that one of my original 19 photos submitted to the 2012 Army Photo Contest was awarded third place!

I submitted last year and walked away with nothing.  Thanks to my girl–Soulmate–who reminded me about the impending deadline.  I scrambled to assemble and submit 19 to the Fort Lee, VA staff.  They then sent 11 up the “all Army” level; of my 11, a photo that I thought had the least chance actually picked up third place in the “Nature and Landscapes” category.  Here’s the photo (“Lusk Fog”) and the collage showing the progression.  I’ve shaded photos that did not make it to the Army level.  The remaining photos were judged at the “all Army” level, and the photo with the green border is also shown below full size.

It was a wonderful day and I am so pleased to have picked up something this year!

Be sure to click on the photos to view on black.