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Manhattan Bridge Centennial Parade 3

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Manhattan Bridge Tracks – photo by Mitch Waxman

Under normal conditions, the time it would take to even steady and focus my trusty Canon G10 would have seen your humble narrator reduced to juices by Brooklyn bound traffic.

Directly after the Manhattan Bridge Centennial Parade, I had a good half hour or so to just wander around the roadway (in the company of city officials and with NYPD everywhere) and just take pictures, which was kind of surreal. In the age of the Terror Wars, whose only victor will be the side that scares the other more, such access is rare.

A similar experience was had at Queensboro Bridge, several months ago, and upon the many Working Harbor Committee voyages I attended over the summer and fall.

Brooklyn Bound Manhattan Bridge- photo by Mitch Waxman

A curious defect has emerged after a year of carrying my trusty Canon G10. The lens shutters seem to be less than a tenth of a millimeter too close to the lens, and over time, symmetrical scratches have scribed into the glass. You can see one of them catching the sun in the top of the shot above. These scratches are at the wide angle, and a tiny zoom-in eliminates their effect, but regardless- the thing goes back to Canon this week for repairs- hopefully on warranty. Despite this defect, this is one great camera, whose only real weakness is in low light. Recommended.

Empire State from Manhattan Bridge – photo by Mitch Waxman

Empty Manhattan Bridge roadway perspective, facing infinite Brooklyn – photo by Mitch Waxman

Manhattan Bridge cable perspective, facing infinite Brooklyn – photo by Mitch Waxman

Manhattan Bridge disturbing rust – photo by Mitch Waxman

Manhattan Bridge Centennial Parade Fireworks Show – photo by Mitch Waxman

Later that night, incontrovertibly next to the Williamsburg Bridge in a Lower East Side Manhattan Park, a scheduled fireworks show was performed to celebrate the Bridge Centennial. Additionally, musicians plied their arts as did political speakers.

Manhattan Bridge Centennial Parade Fireworks Show – photo by Mitch Waxman

I won’t bore you with a lot of fireworks, if you could use some shells bursting on high, click over to our flickr page and check them out.

and just as a note: this is Wright Brothers Day is the USA.

Written by Mitch Waxman

December 17, 2009 at 5:41 am

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