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.



On the Water

Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the opportunity to see–and photograph–some interesting (and very cool) things on the Hudson River.  The geography is unique; the weather is unusual and awesome, and the watercraft truly sublime.  I posted these here last night, but wanted them on the front page for today’s post.

Here are a few of the better shots from the past year:

WAGENBORD bearing South on the Hudson.
BIG LIFT Southbound. I love the yellow hull!
BIG LIFT heading North.
The TIGRIS. One of my better shots / HDR composites.  I was leaving work on a slightly rainy day.  Before I made it out of the parking lot, I saw it.  I pulled over, got out of the vehicle, and took as many photos as I could of this magnificent cargo ship.
PUMA/Volvo Ocean Race. This craft was moving swiftly Northward after class one day. I had my camera out–which allowed me to capture this. It was moving so quickly I had but this one opportunity to capture it. At first glance, I thought it was a submarine!