Monthly Archives: September 2013

Happy Fall!

By Vladimir Brezina

DSC_0097 cropped smallThe Fall Equinox occurs this afternoon. So, although we very much regret, especially this year, Summer’s passing—Happy Fall, everyone! (Well, everyone in the northern hemisphere… for the others, Happy Spring!)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns, Take Two

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is From Lines to Patterns.

In response to this challenge, I’ve already posted some of the urban lines and patterns of NYC. Here are three photos of more natural lines and patterns. I’ve selected these three because they show, it seems to me, not merely lines and patterns, but how the lines become a pattern…

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Travel Theme: Through

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Through.

In our kayaks, we may find ourselves traveling through

— airy mangrove tunnels

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— labyrinthine salt marshes

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— dark urban tunnels

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— rocky passages…

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… guarded by wild animals :-)

Dry Salvages

Late Summer in the Park

By Vladimir Brezina

DSC_0341 cropped smallAfter the stasis of deep Summer, when NYC’s Central Park remains, it would seem forever, darkly lush and green, there are now unmistakable signs of the end.  It’s still sunny and warm, and busy insects are still feeding from the late-summer flowers. But new colors are appearing here and there, as the days now with increasing rapidity take us into Fall…

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These and a few more photos are here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is From Lines to Patterns.

Here are some of the lines and patterns of New York City—

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And here are some more natural lines and patterns.

How Many Bridges Circumnavigating Manhattan?

By Vladimir Brezina

Some of the Manhattan bridgesIt’s interesting to look occasionally through the search terms that people have entered to reach your blog. And recently, quite a few people have been arriving at Wind Against Current with the query “how many bridges circumnavigating Manhattan”. They’ll have been disappointed in not finding an answer—until now!

Another popular query is “how many islands in New York City”. Unfortunately, that question does not have a definite answer—it depends on what you consider an island, and on the state of the tide.

But “how many bridges circumnavigating Manhattan” does have a very definite answer. And the answer is…

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Photography 101: Shape, Line, Texture, and Pattern

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This is the tenth installment of Photography 101.

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Now that we’ve covered a number of fundamentals in photography, from composition and light to focus and POV, let’s now think about elements out in the world that we can use to create more visually interesting images: shapes, lines, textures, and patterns. Today, we’re excited for photographer Evan Zelermyer, the blogger at Urban Mosaic, to share his ideas and illustrate shape, line, texture, and pattern through his urban, architectural, and abstract photography.

Urban Mosaic is the result of many years spent exploring New York City’s five boroughs, searching for interesting sights and finding lesser-known nooks and crannies. New York is a large and varied place, and serves as an endless source of visual inspiration. The goal on my blog is to provide a fresh perspective on familiar urban sights (streets, subways, architecture, etc.), and also to reveal hidden beauty in the marginal, little-noticed details of everyday city life.


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