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.




Idle.  Bored.  Kept inside because of the weather.

Stepped outside to watch some clouds pass by and found an excuse to pull out the camera.

Three macro images.   I’m just keeping the shutter moving.

Invasion of the Cicadas!

Cicadas are out in Southern New York!  Anyone who’s stepped outside in the past two days has heard the penetrating hum of this year’s Cicada brood.  Two days ago, children were buzzing with excitement about the bugs crawling out of the ground.  We watched them find trees, begin their climb, and shed their exoskeletons.  Then we had one night of quiet.  Were they gone?  NO.  The next day, we saw the black creatures with red eyes clinging to the treetops.  Here are some images I shot locally.


Near Miss (and MS Ice failure)

Strong and compact storms moved through New York and New Jersey this afternoon.  No direct hit on West Point, but I did catch this neat development just East of the Hudson Valley.

Two frames–a left and a right–are how I must present this image.  30 images, six HDR frames divided into two photos (15 images each).  Microsoft ICE finally failed for me.  ICE did not know how to combine the images on the right with the corresponding images on the left.  I tried several combinations and these two are the best I could do.  So I present a left and a right view of this interesting system.  On the left is a nice thunderstorm within which it seems to be raining internally.  On the right are what I believe are mammatus clouds (again).

Both images fascinate me equally; I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.