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Project 365 and Shenandoah

Happy New Year!

Last year I engaged in one of those Project 365 thingies and managed to take at least one (and often many, many more than one) photo every single day...

...right up until Christmas Day when I forgot. And I hadn't even drunk that much either. Anyway, needless to say but I went to bed a little annoyed that I'd missed out on the goal by about a week but Boxing Day brought a bit of a revelation to my head in the form of realising that the purposes of the project had been to try to find myself in my photography and improve my photo-taking ability somewhat and, as such, it had been a success: 2011 was the year I embraced street photography quite roughly and hugged it and squeezed it and called it George. There was also a great sense of relief in knowing I didn't have to take a photo every day any longer and subsequently the last week has been far more relaxing; I've still lugged my SlingShot bag around everywhere and I've still taken photos most days but the pressure to get something - anything - has gone and it's been good.

And this leads us in no way whatsoever to some photos of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia because I still haven't finished going through all the pictures taken on our US trip in November yet and I like to add pretty things to posts. It was cold and windy when we visited through this tourist spot but we made sure to get out at each viewpoint, read the signs, take in the vista, and fire off some shots; this was in marked contrast to the majority of other tourists we encountered who drove up to the viewpoints, strained their necks to look around without leaving their vehicles or switching them off, and then drove off again. Drive-thru vacationing.
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New York City, November 2011

I've finally completed going through the New York photos; thought the day would never come.

This album contains a selection of the pictures taken during our short stay there in November. There's a mix of colour and black and white, processed and straight-out-of-camera, day and night; eclectic like the city itself. I've not included in this album photos that I've uploaded individually prior to today.

For a street photographer New York is a wonderful place to visit and I'd love to go back for a longer stay at some point. My wife was less impressed with the place having expected to be bowled over by the shopping experiences and sights and failing to have those expectations met. Still, I loved it and am very jealous of photographers like +Leanne Staples and +John Frenzel who get to enjoy it and capture it on a regular basis.

Anyway... with these out of the way I can now get on with enjoying Christmas Day the way I planned to: in the company of alcohol. Merry Christmas to anyone on Google+ today.
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New York, November 2011 (175 photos)
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The Lady In Red

A woman waiting to cross the road opposite on our last evening in New York.

I thought with this shot that I had finally reached the end of going through and weeding the New York photos but taking a quick peek at the next day's lot of pictures has reminded me that we didn't leave until late morning of the following day and I may have snapped one or two (or a number greater than two) shots then as well.
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Street Shoot Shot

One of the things I love doing is photographing other photographers in the act of photographing so I was quite pleased to stumble upon this street fashion shoot taking place along Broadway in New York on our visit. I would love to see the shot he took of her but it seems pretty unlikely that will ever happen.
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New York City Perfumes

I think I probably have one more evening's sifting through photos of New York to go and then I can catch up with the rest of the vacation plus all the photos I've taken since then. Still a while to go then.

Here's a quick processing of one of tonight's keepers; a perfume store - tagged by locals - near a subway somewhere along Broadway (or possibly Park Avenue since we did wander off the route at one point).
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Woman On The Staten Island Ferry

We were given some good advice before we visited New York: one piece was that the Statue of Liberty was undergoing repairs so not to bother visiting it, and another was that a good way to see the statue itself was on the free-to-travel Staten Island Ferry. A lovely experience, as it happens, and - because I'm that way inclined - a good way to take photos of other people (typically other tourists) while they're distracted by the New York landmark. However, the particular woman in this shot was clearly a local, not at all concerned with the tall lady that others were interested in and apparently pondering what awaited her when the boat docked. The older generation make for fantastic photographic subjects.
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Maxx

While waiting to cross one of New York's streets - and not wanting to risk crossing until the sign told us it was safe as it was ever going to get - this man wandered up with his wheeled box and then proceeded to simply stand right there on the pedestrian crossing staring off into the distance. I have no idea what he was waiting for but a stationary target is a great target for a photographer. Or even a man with a camera pretending to be a photographer.
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Obligatory New York City Taxi Photograph

When you visit New York City you have to take a photo of a taxi cab. You have to. It's actually a local law. And you don't want to break it. They throw people off the Brooklyn Bridge for less. I'm not kidding.

So, yes, there may have been one or two pictures of New York City taxis taken during our short visit there and what you have here is one of the first ones.
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Chase The Jogger

I've finally started looking at the shots in New York during daylight hours and one of the first I came across had one of those little "ah!" moments in it. I took the photo at the time simply because there was a jogger tentatively trying to cross the road and she formed a point of interest. It's only now that I look at the picture in a bit more detail that I see the Chase building behind her and realise it's possible to work that happy little coincidence into the title in a way that makes it look planned.
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New York - Macy's Window Display

While I like dark and moody shots it's always nice to see a bit of colour every now and again so I decided to take one of the pictures I'd captured of Macy's store in New York City on our first night there last month and give it a bit of a kick. Okay... I may have gone a smidge overboard with the processing now that I look at it again. Ah, whatever!
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