The Newtown Pentacle

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Down with the night, yo.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

As opined yesterday, the wrought iron fence posts of First Calvary Cemetery are just the right size to stick a camera lens through. In that prior post wherein my keen observational prowess was offered, focus was given to the estimable Kosciuszcko Bridge project, while today’s set of images are a few night shots of the cemetery itself. Unless you are an absolute fanatical maniac on the subject of eating carrots or half Kryptonian, these shots are just a smidge broader than the perceptual range of human vision. The light sources are environmental, incidentally.

All I saw, with the naked eye as it were, was a silhouette of the cemetery against the skyline of the Shining City to the west.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

There were a few examples of the long exposures one returned to HQ with, wherein the camera’s sensitivity to light was enhanced in different ways, which rendered out as sort of cartoonish, and overexposed the lit up Manhattan skyline into a white blob. Saying that, I was able to reclaim an excruciating amount of detail from the shadowed areas but the images were in “the uncanny valley,” meaning that they looked utterly fake and overtly “digital.”

You can’t put a landscape picture of Calvary Cemetery up on the web without some recognizable part of the skyline in it, as a note.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

On Laurel Hill Blvd., here at the angle between Industrial Maspeth and Blissville, however – if you “go wide” the section of Manhattan between the Battery and 57th street can all be captured in one shot.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

March 7, 2018 at 11:00 am

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  1. Yo, you with the KOP (keen observational prowess):

    That last photo: how wide is the focal length? And is that the widest focal length in your arsenal? If not, what is, pray tell.

    You do those time exposures viewing the cemetery and you’re going to eventually capture some unexplained visual phenomena maybe in the future. Maybe ghosts. Get ready for that.

    georgetheatheist . . . what was that?

    March 7, 2018 at 11:50 am

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