A Little Night Magic at Astoria Park

A Little Night Magic at Astoria Park

Sunset In Astoria

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Last night I went out with a great group of photographers from a Meetup Group called the “Night Becomes Magic”.   It is a group that I go out with often and one that I enjoy immensely.  It is really wonderful to be able to go to places to shoot at night with a lot of expensive camera gear and not worry.  We met at Astoria Park to catch the sunset on the Triborough Bridge, then moved onto taking some shots at the Astoria pool.  We ended the evening  grabbing a beer at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden just a few blocks away from the park.  The Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden opened in 1910 and  is the last original beer garden in New York City.  It was a lot of fun but home at 2:30 in the morning was not!

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I tried out my new Pentax Fisheye lens last night and had a lot of fun playing with perspective.  I really love the way this lens swirls the clouds around.

Astoria Park at Night - Triborough Bridge Through a Fisheye Lens

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Another shot of the Triborough Bridge through a fish eye lens.  I worked with this picture in color and finally realized it needed to be in black and white.  I love the way  the fisheye lens makes your eye move in a circular motion within the picture. Your eye travels down the railing which has an oversize look and bends around to the people standing by the rail, then up to the tower of the bridge across to span of the bridge to the second tower and back to the railing.

Triborough Bridge in Black & White

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Another shot of the Triborough Bridge through a fish eye lens.  I worked with this picture in color and finally realized it needed to be in black and white.  I love the way  the fisheye lens makes your eye move in a circular motion within the picture. Your eye travels down the railing which has an oversize look and bends around to the people standing by the rail, then up to the tower of the bridge across to span of the bridge to the second tower and back to the railing.

Kodachrome They Give Us Those Nice Bright Colors

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This shot of taken from the upper deck of the Astoria Pool at around 10:30 pm (EST).  The Astoria Pool was built in 1936 under New York City Parks Commissioner Robert Moses who wanted this pool to be largest and grandest of the 10 pools built at that time in New York City.  The Astoria Pool was built to Olympic standards and hosted the 1936 and 1964 Olympic Trials for the U.S. Swim and Diving Teams.

Night Swimming

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I took this picture because several elements caught my eye.  The first was this great wall murial of the Triborough Bridge with the actual bridge in the background.  The second element was the reflection of what I believe is one of the fountains (the oval spaceship object) in the water along with the reflection of the trees.  The last element is the female security guard sitting in a chair to the left of the mural.  Did you actually think I would miss an opportunity to add a small person in my pictures?  You know how I love hub bub in my pictures.

Life and Life Imitated

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Next week I will be publishing on Sunday instead of Saturday.

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