The Newtown Pentacle

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A few leftovers from Maspeth.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

One of the things which I realized, whilst compiling shots for the new “In the Shadows at Newtown Creek” book (ahem, available at the link at the bottom of this post) was that I need to remind myself to turn the camera on its side periodically and capture “portrait” format shots. My habit, and compositional preference, is for landscape oriented shots – the sort you see displayed here all the time. Problem with that scenario is that when I need to fill a vertical space like a book cover or magazine page, the shot ends up being cropped so severely that it’s no longer the same image I worked on capturing.

C’est le vie, huh?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

These shots were gathered on the night I mentioned last week when a raccoon in industrial Maspeth was trying to eat me, and were shot at the Maspeth Plank Road site. I’ll be out and about shooting tonight and in fact just about every night this week, but at the moment that this post was being written I’m still sort of hard pressed as to where I’ll be. It’s entirely possible that I may find myself over in the City, looking wistfully across the river at Queens and Brooklyn, but I really can’t say yet. A bit of wanderlust is upon a humble narrator, and beyond having a singular obligation tomorrow night, my time is my own to fill.

Any suggestions? 

– photo by Mitch Waxman

My default state is to head on over to the Newtown Creek, and in particular, industrial Maspeth. Saying that, I’ve been hitting this area a LOT in recent months and want to take pictures of something different for a bit. The atmosphere really isn’t on my side this particular Monday, what with the milky white sky. Cloudy conditions are meant to continue through the evening, I’m told, but you work with what you’ve been given.

Let’s see where my feet take me, it could be anywhere really.


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Written by Mitch Waxman

March 25, 2019 at 2:30 pm

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  1. That top photo has a washed-out high lit background. A prime candidate for High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography? Why not try your hand at some HDR shots?

    georgetheatheist . . . ever see an Ansel Adams vertical landscape?

    March 25, 2019 at 4:19 pm

  2. Hey, Mitch, this is an interesting problem you’ve identified, the need to do some portrait-mode shooting for practical use. My guess is that, as you usually do, you’ll reprocess it into a challenge and start looking around you, at least a little, in vertical frames and maybe shake up your mind’s eye enough to see some interesting new perspectives, maybe get you looking at even familiar sights a little differently. Could be fun!
    Cheers, Ken

    Kenneth Furie

    March 25, 2019 at 10:59 pm


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