Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Near and Far.

Every year I accompany in my kayak the swimmers that circle Manhattan in the annual Manhattan Island Marathon Swim. During this 7- or 8-hour-long race, I have plenty of opportunity to pair in my photos the swimmer in the foreground, just a few feet from my kayak, with various New York City landmarks in the distance.

And there is a particular spot in the Hudson River, with just a few miles left to go, where the landmark is the Empire State Building. I never fail to take a photo there! Here are the photos from three different years.

More photos are here, here, and here.

A second response to the challenge is here.

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88 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

  1. Great photos. I often stand on my balcony, amazed at the stamina of some of these swimmers. Every weekend, and days during half terms, I see swimmers going up and down the bay here for hours. I don’t know if they are training to swim the channel or some other reason, but they just keep going in all weathers.

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    • Yes, it’s quite amazing how they can keep going mile after mile, hour after hour. I think I can understand it a bit from our kayaking—there too, it turns out that if you can keep going for a few hours, you can keep going indefinitely. But I admire the swimmers all the more as I’ve recently discovered that my own swimming skills have sadly lapsed…

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  2. I’d have to photo-shop the swimmers in to get that kind of photo! Nice photos that I’m sure the swimmers appreciate!

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  3. Many thanks for the pingback, I appreciate it.

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  4. Great photos for the theme. ;)

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  8. Johna Till Johnson

    Why do you think it was so sunny this year, but not in previous years? Could it be the effect of global warming? :-)

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  10. I love the first photo…the swimmer’s bathing cap is so vibrant compared with the background…great choice for the theme…

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  11. I also love the first photo, for the same reasons as sued51, great contrast against the grey water

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  12. love the swimmer photo.

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  13. Really cool entry! I’ve done a marathon but it was only a little less than four hours nothing like 7-8 hours of swimming open water! Wow! Great of you to help out too.

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  15. Great shots! Do you make them available to the swimmers?

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  16. Awesome! That’s a neat way to do it, seeing three different views of the theme! :)

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  17. Great shots – interesting how the Empire State Building and Frank Gehry’s iconic glass building in Chelsea are part of all 3 pictures!

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  20. “Every year I accompany in my kayak the swimmers that circle Manhattan…” great job, congrats!

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  22. You provide a huge service to those athletes. I’m sure it’s amazing to see it all from that vantage point too. Nice shots!

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  23. Ooooh.. Your reply to Johna put chills through my body. For sure you would note the subtle changes not only in your photos but also in our world’s oceans. The Ice melt data is scary.

    As always, great post, and thanks for the pingback! z

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  24. Wow! Incredibly wonderful photos!

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  25. Incredible photos, love your interpretation of the near and far theme,!Thank you for stopping by and checking out mine! Have a fantastic Saturday! G.

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  27. Some very unique photographs of swimmers!

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  29. The clarity of that middle one is very nice. Helps to have the sun out. I’m sure the swimmers like that the sun came out that year, too. 8 hours? In the water? (shudder) I prefer a kayak, thank you very much! :)

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    • I actually don’t know whether the swimmers prefer it sunny or overcast. (I certainly prefer it overcast, and yes, I much prefer being in a kayak!) They care a lot, however, about the water temperature. That’s one reason why the race is held when it is, usually in June, when the water is neither too cold nor already too warm…

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  32. Excellent shots! :-)

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  33. Just perfect for Near and Far!

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  37. Love the idea of the photo across the years – god, what a grueling swim – even the kayaking has got to be a challenge. I wonder if I ever saw you as I rode the SI Ferry? (Ohhh, I love the Gehry building!) Thanks for including me on your list!

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    • The main challenge in kayaking with the swimmers is being able to sit in the boat that long. There’s no serious paddling involved—even though the swimmers are amazing, and many of them are world-class open-water swimmers, they still swim considerably slower than a kayaker would normally paddle.

      If you take the Staten Island Ferry, you might well see us. We’ve certainly tangled with it often enough!

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      • You are TINY compared to that boat! I’ve moved to the Seattle area, so no more ferries, but what a fantastic way to commute, overall. Good for you for learning to listen to yourself & separate the real from the imaginary.

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  38. Thanks for stopping by l♥v your photos.

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  39. great captures! as a side note, it is interesting to see how the weather differs from year to year. thanks for sharing.

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    • Yes, the weather is the wild card in the race. In most years, the weather on the day turns out to be typical NYC summer weather—hot (although not as hot as it will be later in July and August), humid, with afternoon thunderstorms. The thunderstorms have turned out to be a serious problem several times—the race had to be stopped and restarted, and one year actually canceled half-way through.

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  40. Love your shots, and thanks for the ping!

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  41. Great photos! And thanks so much for including a link to my Near and Far photo on your blog. Very nice. :)

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  42. Lovely pictures! Thank you for the pingback!

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  43. Perfect response, Vlad – but tell me, what is that cage, to the left? Is it for lifting boats out of the water?

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  44. Great shots. I love that you take them every year , it must make a cool slide show.

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  45. That’s simply awesome! Can never get enough of the city … whew!!

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