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Albums 5Pointz


The Queensboro Bridge


The Williamsburg Bridge


Grace In Utah


Sylvie In Utah


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Pileated woodpeckers This noisy pair showed up next door today:

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Christmas in Exeter, NH


More in Gallery.

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Bonnabel Wood yet again again

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A Nation of "Laws"

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Recent Travel Click on title for relevant gallery

Queens and Williamsburg, NYC


Bandon, Oregon


Santa Cruz, California


Trickey Pond, Maine





Old Sneed Park, Bristol


Trains crossing The Regent's Canal, London


Dinner in London with Garry Kennard and Ian Mortimer



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The view from my room in Istanbul Some views across The Golden Horn::

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Queens, NYC, Capture One edit examples Here are 3 pairs of edits + originals:

5 Pointz whitewashed:



From the Pulaski Bridge:

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The View from my Room (The Wireworks, Great Suffolk St. London, SE1) From a rented apartment in July 2015:

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1st Day of Spring in New Jersey These shots were taken within a few minutes as it snowed to celebrate spring.


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Toupee, Or Not Toupee

 Toupee, or not toupee, that is the question -

 Whether 'tis nobblier on the bonce with plugs,
 To crown the cranium with an outrageous rug, 
 Or to take ointments 'gainst the curse of slaphead
 And by anointing end it ? To dye, to streak,
 No more; and with a wig to make amend
 For thinning of a thousand natural locks
 That make a hair-do? 'Tis a flocculation
 Devoutly to be swished. To dye, to streak,
 To streak, perchance Brylcreem. Ay, there's the rub. 
This improves on Shakespeare's :
To be, or not to be, that is the question—
Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing, end them? To die, to sleep—
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks
That Flesh is heir to? 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep,
To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there's the rub.


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The View From My Room in Shoreditch

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Bonnabel Wood yet again

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The views from my rooms In the last month:

Trickey Pond - Maine


Þingeyri - West Fjords, Iceland

Paziols - Languedoc, France

Aldgate - London E1

Whitechapel - London, E1

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On the day of the Scottish referendum As a Londoner, Ukipper, father of Americans, and interested in the future of America and Britain which are now countries with significantly depraved electorates, I want Scotland, where I’ve often hiked and climbed and may one day choose to live, to become independent. The main effects will be:
1. England will become independent; 59 left-wing Scottish MPs seem to wield decisive influence over UK politics and it will be far more likely that England will leave the EU, a consummation devoutly to be wished.
2. Scotland will be forced to take responsibility for itself, instead of mooching off the rest of the country. If it persists in socialist dumkopfery for a while, a crisis will force a more entrepreneurial future on Adams Smith’s homeland.
A remoter effect may be to trigger a separatist wave all over Europe and the US. Good. Unless the strong Federalism of the Founders can be re-established to rein back the US government to its enumerated powers, it will not remain viable for the many healthy parts of the US to be governed by the diseased administration of such as Obama, Reid and Pelosi.
Today’s vote may have an historic significance undreamed of by the political pygmies infesting our lives.
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Confucius he say “If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.”

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The Hierarchy of Needs

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Bonnabel Wood again

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Scissors Beat Paper

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The view from my room in Granada

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The view from my room in London Pre-dawn






Late morning







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"Football" v soccer " is a Euro-commie-socialist sport"


Effete soccer players like moi enjoy this affectation that soccer is unAmerican and wussyworthy.  
1. Soccer's the #1 participation sport in the US;
1a. it occurs to me that the US is the #1 soccer-playing nation on earth by numbers and that your society has been overrun by us soccer zombies; 
2. Man U and Liverpool are American businesses;
3. "football" is about the most wussified, gay piece of anaerobic prancing around in body-armour that a pansy fashion designer could dream up;
4. the NFL is heavily subsidized by your commie governments, while UK pro soccer is a free market business;
5. for God's sake, there's just no comparison between the masculinity of rugby and "football”. Rugby v football = cauliflower ears v cauliflower brains.
Can you hear me under your helmet? Can you see me thru the visors and pompoms? Oh, you don't actually play "football"? Pourquoi? Anyway when I drive around Houston or New York or New Jersey, I see mostly soccer pitches, except in some schools where the football pitches are heavily subscribed by middle aged men like me playing soccer despite the weird pitch markings. 
Look, hate soccer if it helps you feel virile ogling cheerleaders on tv with your beer on your belly, but check out rugby if you prefer a flowing battle of unarmored men of various sizes to a sporadic clash of prettied-up, cookie-cutter robots who need new instructions and a cuddle every 15 seconds.
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How to do a deal and what to do with the money Carl Icahn:

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Signifying nothing


A comment on big law, big regulation, and big government

Americans in general don't realize the fear and loathing felt by international business towards America's legal and regulatory monsters. US residents and US jurisdiction are routinely shunned.

Obamacare will be cited for centuries as the locus classicus of big government at work with virtually unlimited time and money. But don't forget the even funnier case of the schizophrenic signer gesticulating in faux Zulu beside Obama and the other bigwigs at Mandela's funeral. The Obaman retinue floats down into South Africa aboard the Imperial Intergalactic Airfleet with redundant everything and bodyguards for the bodyguards; the NSA blankets the entire electromagnetic spectrum; humungous resources are applied to modest risks ...and yet...Monty Python never constructed a more hilarious scenario....the Grand Poobah of Cool doing his teleprompter thing to sanctify a dead terrorist, while the superbly distracting and distracted signer with violent hallucinations does his pc thing to show the world how inclusive of deaf Zulus are the Poobahs....signifying nothing, but signifying everything.


See also Steyn.

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Evening Walk in Bonnabel Wood, Old Tappan, NJ

Hackensack River


Kira and Charlie

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NYC LES Street Art Tour Wen One .... Tuff City


Bristol comes to New York


Tour by Rich Garr


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5Pointz whitewashed! Whitewashed! Aargh! I'll have to re-edit my shots for a photo-book, starting with...

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Grace In Utah

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Jumping for Utah

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Image of the day I'm going to Moab in a couple of days, so here's a couple of Goblin Valley re-edits.

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Image of the day

The Stornaway ferry leaving Ullapool

Heading out to the Minch through the Summer Isles





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In memoriam, Edna K Edna Krabappel.png

So. Farewell then, Mrs Krubopple.
God knows why I've been watching 
That ungrateful bitch on Breaking Bad
Instead of watching you. 
What the hell kind of name is Skyler anyway?
Is it a made-up name like Trayvon,
A sound to wrap a lazy tongue around?
Edna is a proper name. 
It means something, it means Edna.
Now you are immortal. Ha!
Not as immortal as Homer, but quite immortal.
So. Cheers to chalk and God bless sailors! 
Want a light? 

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Image of the day

Crucifix, St Clement's, Isle of Harris

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Image of the day 5 bridges starting with London Bridge + a bus, a train and a boat

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Image of the day Raven on Blaven
Summit at sunset
Rùm Cuillin beyond
Like a shark in a pond.
Raven on Blaven

Summit at sunset

Rhum Cuillin beyond

Crumbs when I've gone.


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Image of the day Isle of Harris, Roineabhal summit, view south to the Uist islands and Barra

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Image of the day

Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia

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Image of the day

Broken-hearted owl at 5Pointz

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Image of the day

Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris

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Masks in Venice I often see an old image in my Lightroom catalogue and think 'I can edit that much better now.'

I'm quite pleased with these. They look striking on metallic paper.

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A new critter in our garden Eastern garter snake

Eastern garter snake

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Williamsburg Bridge

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Queensboro Bridge


Queensboro Bridge and 5Pointz gallery.

]]> (The Light Cavalry) NYC New York Queensboro Bridge jogger train Tue, 05 Mar 2013 00:41:52 GMT
Fiorello LaGuardia Statue near Washington Square, New York

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Upper East Side

Harlem River Drive


The High Bridge across the Harlem River


Across the Harlem River to the Bronx


GW Bridge down 178th Street


Starting on the Upper West Side at GW Bridge bus terminal

GW Bridge across the Hudson to New Jersey from the bus terminal

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2013 Iceland Calendar 2013 Calendar - NW Iceland:

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Trixie in the wood after Hurricane Sandy Gallery of Charlie and Trixie in Rockleigh Wood after Hurricane Sandy.

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Epitaph on the election

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince."

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Which is the parody?

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How to lower your phone bill

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Literary Criticism Taki's favourite novelists:

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Rockleigh Wood

Charlie and Trixie cooling off in the dregs of Roaring Brook.

A couple of months later Roaring Brook had dried up completely.

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Omg! First shot with my Canon 5d mark 3, 12,800 iso in the gloom of my cellar/office - it's like having night vision:

+10 seconds up-tarting in Lightroom:

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Dialog with a moderate (not liberal) law professor


This column by David Brooks pretty much sums me up as a voter, though I'm not persuaded to follow his recommendation to vote Romney-Ryan.


Yes, I don't understand the mindset. The issues are in fact ideological - that's a good thing. It's not "You think this, I think that, let's compromise and move forward." It's "You believe in big government, big tax and killing babies; I believe the opposite." I don't want to settle with not quite so big government, fiddling with tax rates or not quite so many abortions. 

I guess you guys are Brooks's constituency. Conservatives are not.


I wasn't saying I was David Brooks. I was saying I'm the moderate. He's more conservative than I am. And framing the issues the way you do, I can't imagine why I'm not persuaded to your way of thinking. The problem with you is not that you're too conservative, it's that you're only conservative. It's boring.


'Big government, big tax, killing babies' is an accurate, unframed description of Dem policy, sorry if you prefer euphemisms. I'm against that, boring or not. A position in the middle isn't less boring because less coherent.
'Moderate' is framing. You self-identify with Brooks's description of the voter. Correct.
My own positions may be more boring or offensive to you, but are radically 'conservative', eg:
Every voter pays the same tax, say $n/year. No tax, no vote, loss of social standing. No representation without taxation.
Generally no federal involvement in social issues other than as a backstop to protect children because children are the point of society.
Instance: marriage is a contract or statement between adults, significant according to its terms and its symbolism, but not imposing duties of recognition, say, on others.
Preference in government based on individual merit, otherwise left to the individual. You, as a business owner, can fire me because you don't like my face.
The purpose of government is to enable life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, not social engineering or re-distribution.
Those are tenets, not detailed policies; boring maybe, but coherent.
Romney/Ryan are way to the left of most of that.
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Image of the day Hitchcock in Family Plot (1976)

Hitchcock in Family Plot (1976)

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SE1 after an absence I came back to London last week and found the Shard completed, bunting in Hay's Galleria and Shad Thames, and the City Hall black balls had been polished:

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Shad Thames dawn

Note the sun-worshipping cormorant, bowing towards Wapping.

I used the lamp to eclipse the sun.

Looking the other way, the Thames surface is smooth but for the ripples from the first boat of the morning. I leaned right out on the river side of the railings and took this shot one-handed.

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The Post Office Tower from Tower Bridge My pick would be Antique Plate, light vignette.





Color Efex


Silver Efex Neutral


Low Key


Fine Art High Key


Dark Sepia


Film Noir


Antique Plate, light vignette


Antique Plate, dark vignette

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More Color and Silver Efex before and afters Off Cottonwood Canyon Road, Utah. Boring, huh?




At Lower Calf Creek Falls, Utah. Post Lightroom, a bit 'muddy' in the shade.


Post Color Efex, no longer 'muddy' but maybe I haven't optimized the contrast.


Post Silver Efex, another Antique Plate filter with structure boosted and Agfa APX 400 film simulation.


My nephew, Curt, in Little Wild Horse Canyon, Utah.















I've messed with this image a few times. It's my wedding ring. I took my Lightroom attempt into Color Efex, applied detail selector and pro contrast filters, then took the image into Silver Efex. Notice the black and white fingernail surfaces are brought back a little and the shinier and darker parts of the clamp. There's less chiaroscuro, yet the physicality is punchier.


Kirsten in Torridon, Scotland.


St Saviour's Dock.

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Olympic London

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Color Efex test After LR


After Color Efex




After LR


After Color Efex




After Color Efex


After LR


After Color Efex


After LR


After Color Efex

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Silver Efex test

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Dog heaven  

Charlie and Trixie cooling off in Rockleigh Woods, NJ.

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Some decent girl music to kill the Adele worm between your ears... Céu:




The xx:


PJ Harvey, Bjork, Tori Amos:




Sigur Ros, Bjork:


PJ Harvey:

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Photo book test

Drag pages from corners.

Big view is much better.

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Dried out and spiffy



Red-bellied woodpecker



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After a few wet days in our garden



Male red-bellied woodpecker


Female cardinal

Female cardinal

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Red Hook and Greenpoint in Brooklyn John Marc and I drove from suburban NJ to Brooklyn (via Hell's Kitchen Market) last Saturday morning to mosey around a couple of quiet and laid-back districts. Ronald Gehrmann suggested the locations, but absented himself muttering about dried up blu-tack and a Japanese restaurant. Honestly, these locations weren't as photogenic as others we've covered like 5 Pointz and Long Island City, but the sun shone, the traffic was light and the coffee was good. Little gallery here.

Rusty tram at Red Hook.

It's ok, he's a photographer.

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Eiger, Mittelegi Ridge Mark approaching top of the Eiger

Garry Kennard recently found this shot of me reaching the top of the Eiger by the Mittelegi Ridge.

WHOOPS (correction): This isn't me. Garry had written "Remember this? It could be the photo I took at the time and lost down a crevasse a few days later. Exactly the same." So it might have been me.

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Souvenirs of 5 Pointz, Queens, NYC

New York's secret skyline


Ron and John at 5 Pointz

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Southern Manhattan stroll with Seacoast Photo Group The Light Cavalry Photo Box

Distant train approaching station in Westwood, NJ

Distant train approaching station in Westwood, NJ  (school bus driven by Otto Mann)


Midtown thru train window

Thru a glass darkly


View from Brooklyn Bridge walkway

Death-defying view from Brooklyn Bridge 


New World Trade Center

The new World Trade Center


8 Spruce Street, formerly

8 Spruce Street, formerly 'Beekman Tower', now  'New York by Gehry'


New WTC and

New WTC upstaged by 'New York by Gehry' 


Perfect poser

The face that launched a thousand trucks


New Hampshire cowboys in the big city

New Hampshire cowboys and womenfolk trying out white stripes in the road


Looking across the west river from Hoboken station

View back across the west river from Hoboken station, Gehry building on the left

]]> (The Light Cavalry) Gehry Manhattan NYC WTC Sun, 29 Apr 2012 04:12:36 GMT
Kjul Strand in Jutland, Denmark A = Kjul Strand

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Silver Cloud The Silver Cloud coming up the Thames to moor by Tower Bridge, then being towed out backwards:


]]> (The Light Cavalry) Silver Cloud Thames Tower Bridge Wed, 04 Apr 2012 01:44:53 GMT
Over the sea to Skye


Across the Inner Sound to the Cuillins from the Applecross Peninsula.

]]> (The Light Cavalry) Scotland Skye Sun, 01 Apr 2012 07:08:17 GMT
The road to Suilven

Evening view from near Drumbeg. I was full of pies from the Lochinver Larder.

]]> (The Light Cavalry) Scotland Suilven road Sun, 01 Apr 2012 06:46:55 GMT
Rocket Man test alt text

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I, for one, welcome our new rodent overlords

In our garden in New Jersey


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Fishing on Coney Island Pier This shot was taken on a warm midwinter morning on a photo-walk in Coney Island then Long Island City with John Hauschildt and Ronald Gehrmann:


Another treatment:


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The First Post at Zenfolio Older sites are:

The Light Cavalry

The Shag Thames Residents' Association

Undulating Up


I may reproduce some old photo-posts on this blog.


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