Return to Governors Island

I made a return trip to Governors Island a couple of weeks ago. The Island closed to the public for the year on Oct. 31st and does not re-open until May 1st, 2018, so it was important for me to visit the Island when I made a trip into New York City two weeks ago.

GI Soissons Landing

Governors Island is a former military base in New York harbor that has been a converted to a park and was opened to the general public starting in 2003. Conversion of large sections of the Island started in 2007 and is still a work in progress, but the Island is about 75% redeveloped. It is a great place to spend an afternoon in NYC when the weather is good and you can enjoy the spectacular views. You can easily spend 4 or 5 hours exploring the Island. I was on a tight schedule that day because I had other things I had to do in the city that day, so I was only able to spend about 2 hrs there that day, but it was still well worth the trip.

 

 

One of the best parts of Governors Island is a section of the Island called The Hills, which consists of four man-made Hills located in the Northwest portion of the Island.

I shot a couple of short videos with my iPhone SE on two of the Hills that occupy the Northeast portion of the Island.

The first video is my climb to the top of Outlook Hill, which is the tallest of the Hills, at 70 ft. That may not sound like much, but the 360 degree views of the New York harbor from the top hill are amazing on a clear day.

 

 

My second video was shot on Discovery Hill, right next to Outlook Hill. Discovery Hill is home to, The Cabin, a creation of British artist Rachael Whiteread and one of the permanent pieces of art that scattered around the Island. Like Outlook Hill, Discovery Hill provides outstanding views of lower Manhattan, the harbor and the Statue of Liberty and overlooks Picnic Point at the NW end of the Island.

Pictures below are from were taken in and around The Hills. I shot the pictures with my Canon GX9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My New Camera, the Canon G9X Mk II

I am very happy to report that I purchased a new camera a couple of weeks ago. I replaced  by venerable Canon S90 with a brand new Canon G9X Mk II. I bought the S90 back in 2009 and it served me very well ever since then, but it was a bit beat up after a lot of heavy use and I needed a new camera. My S90 was still taking great pictures, but a small spot developed in the lower right corner of the image sensor. As a result I my iPhone SE and my iPAD PRO 9.7 for most of photography during the last year. Both devices have the same camera as the iPhone 6 and they take great pictures, but they can’t match a camera the caliber of G9X. So, I will definitely continue to use my iPhone and iPad for photography, but I’m very happy to have a high quality point and shoot camera again. The compact size of the G9X makes it very easy to take it everywhere.

 

G9X MK II

Full model name: Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Resolution: 20.20 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1 inch
(13.2mm x 8.8mm)
Lens: 3.00x zoom
(28-84mm eq.)
Viewfinder: No / LCD
Native ISO: 125 – 12,800
Extended ISO: 125 – 12,800
Shutter: 1/2000 – 30 seconds
Max Aperture: 2.0
Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.2 in.
(98 x 58 x 31 mm)
Weight: 7.3 oz (206 g)
includes batteries
Availability: 02/2017
Manufacturer: Canon
Full specs: Canon G9X Mark II specifications

 

The Liz Christy Garden – New York City

I made a trip in to New York this past Sunday, with stops a various spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Good trip, the weather was beautiful and the pace of the city seemed leisurely slow that day. Late in the afternoon I decided to take a load off my feet in the shaded Liz Christy Garden on the the corner of Houston and the Bowery. It is a small park, but it is a remarkably secluded island of calm surrounded by vast urban ocean.

I took the pictures below with my iPhone SE and modified them to the Tonality app.

 

 

 

Hiking along the Delaware River

Here are some pictures I shot last weekend during a hike I made last weekend on the Delaware Canal State Park Towpath, which runs parallel to the Delaware River. Conveniently for me, the northern end of the Towpath starts in my home city of Easton, PA, at the Forks of the Delaware, where the Lehigh River meets the Delaware River.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip to Boston

I made a trip up to Boston last weekend. It was my first trip to Boston in over 5 years. I don’t remember the exact time I was up there last, but I know it was at least 5 or 6 years ago. I went up there by train from NY early Saturday morning and came back Sunday on the Acela, which was my first time on the fastest train in the U.S.  As a train buff I really enjoyed my ride on the Acela. I would definitely like to see more trains like the Acela put in to service in different parts of the USA, where it makes sense.

I really enjoyed seeing seeing some my favorite spots in and around the city. I stayed at a small hotel in Back Bay and I was able get around pretty easily on the T (Boston’s Light Rail & Subway). One of the highlights of the trip was go to see the Boston Bruins play the NJ Devils at TD Garden with a few relatives. That was my first visit to the “new” Boston Garden and I was very impressed by the building.It is a great venue. I would love to see a Celtics game up there one of these days, especially since the C’s are good again. I’m sure the atmosphere at a Celtics game would be electric.

It was very cold (sub 20 degree temp’s)  and windy last weekend in Boston (real winter weather, finally!) so I did not spend as much time walking around the city as I might have in a little bit warmer temp’s. But I did have an opportunity to walk around Back Bay and Boston Common. I also took the T out to Brighton, where I lived for a few years. I always find trips back to places where I have previously lived interesting just to see what has changed. I did notice a few new buildings in downtown Boston, but no radical change, unlike, say, New York City, where the skyline seems to be changing about every 6 months.

Here are a few pictures I took during my 24 hrs in Boston…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Photos of 2016

After lengthy deliberation I have selected the photos that I took in 2016 that are my favorites. I originally published this post with 10 photos, but soon after decided I needed to   add a few because 10 just wasn’t a large enough group to represent my favorites.

Most of the pictures I selected were right here in Easton, PA, along with a few in Montclair, NJ, where I once lived, and New York City, another former home city of mine.

All photos with my iPhone SE or my iPad Pro 9.7.

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Nisky Cemetary, Bethlehem, PA
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Spring Garden St., Easton, PA
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Painters on the Lehigh River, Easton, PA
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Centre Square, Easton, PA
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Old Passenger Train Station, Easton, PA
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Fall in Easton, PA, Route 611
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Toll Bridge, Route 22, Easton, PA

Group II

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Lower Manhattan from Governors Island
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One WTC from the South
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Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center
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St Francis Xavier Church, 16th St., Manhattan

Group III

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Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, Montclair, NJ
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Presby Gardens at Mountainside Park, Montclair, NJ
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Gardens at Van Vleck Estate, Montclair, NJ
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Ticket Windows at Hoboken Terminal