The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

What had drawn me to the Dutch Kills tributary of Newtown Creek on this particular night in early January was the presence and promise of snow, and the hope that my favorite little tree might have some adorning its branches. No such luck, unfortunately, but that didn’t stop me from getting a shot of it anyway.

I’ve been shooting that little tree in every season for a couple of years now.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

On my way back to HQ, curlicues of snow blowing off of a factory building’s roof nearby the Sunnyside Yards caught my attentions. I did wish that I was carrying a zoom lens with me, but my “night kit” is typically two fairly bright lenses – an 85mm f2 and a 35mm f1.8.

I like to travel light whenever it’s possible these days. Generally, unless I know it’s going to be a day when I need “reach” or that conditions will be changing at every corner, I leave the big and heavy zoom lenses at home. Besides, if I’m using the zooms at night, I pretty much have to rig up with the tripod if I don’t want to be in sky high ISO ranges. It’s also the difference between carrying around a 1.5 pound camera bag versus carrying an 8-9 pound one, ultimately.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Just as I crossed over into Astoria, one encountered another neato ride. This particular “Bobcat” was outfitted with a snow plow, and there were several plow vehicles parked nearby – parts of a private outfit who had been clearing the large parking lots connected to an electronics store and a movie theater.

This would be my ride, if it was street legal. Instead of a plow, I’d have cameras mounted to its front end.

Back next week with more, at this, your Newtown Pentacle.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

February 18, 2022 at 11:00 am

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  1. Brave tree!


    February 22, 2022 at 8:45 pm

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