Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern: Blog en-us (C) Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern (Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Sat, 17 Mar 2018 20:03:00 GMT Sat, 17 Mar 2018 20:03:00 GMT Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern: Blog 120 113 The Unicycle Challenge Here's a challenge! Riding a unicycle takes coordination, concentration, and balance. handlebars, just balancing and riding on one wheel. A beginner at Riverside Park was willing to pose for me as he practiced mastering this skill. He managed to stay upright, wave his arms around, and smile as brisk air and sunshine made the plaza a perfect spot for training. _3170002_3170002OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _3170007_3170007OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _3170009_3170009OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _3170014_3170014OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _3170016_3170016OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) outdoors rider riverside park plaza helmet unicycle Sat, 17 Mar 2018 20:03:04 GMT
The Great Organ of St. John the Divine _2260055_2260055OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA On Mondays, at 1 PM, the sonorous sounds of the Great Organ in St. John the Divine Cathedral fill the cavernous space of this church. The organist also gives a brief talk on the construction of the church and the elements of the organ, explaining its difference from a piano. It is a well worth visit to see and hear great music in a great space, the Gothic design of the cathedral. _2260061_2260061OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _2260025_2260025OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Church ribsChurch ribsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) cathedral church great organ organist st. john the divine visitors Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:08:56 GMT
Witch Hazel haiku Witch hazel ribbons

Orange pompoms aflutter

A winter bloom gift


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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) haiku hamamelis orange plant ribbons shrub witch hazel Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:42:07 GMT
Central Park Conservatory Garden and Harlem Meer: Hints of Spring At Harlem Meer and adjacent Central Park Conservatory Garden, the farthest northeast corner of the Upper West Side, there are early hints of spring. The buds of the star magnolia are swelling.A pink blush radiates from the newly trimmed spirea bushes. Late afternoon shadows indicate the lengthening day as winter nears its end. A young boy on the lake bank pierces the melting ice with a branch. Spring cannot be far behind.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) afternoon buds central park conservatory february harlem meer ice lake reflections shadows star magnolia Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:29:12 GMT
Flickr Explore and Go Figure It amazes me that posting a photo on the popular web site Flickr, an image posting and sharing website,  can earn an amazing number of "looks" and "faves" and complimentary comments when least expected. One factor contributing to this largesse is being selected as one of the 500 posts in EXPLORE. 

"Explore is Flickr's way of showcasing the most interesting photos within a given point in time -- usually over a 24 hour period. Flickr receives about 6,000 uploads every minute -- That's about 8.6 million photos a day! From this huge group of images, the Flickr interestingness algorithm chooses only 500 images to showcase for each 24-hour period. That's only one image in every 17,000!" 

This photograph, selected by Flickr Explore on Feb. 7th, was taken on a jaunt in Riverside Park, NYC, as I headed towards the Hudson River at 83rd Street. Figures come and go under the arch leading to the river and I often photograph the passersby on foot and on bicycle. On this day I managed to capture some silhouettes in the distance. They add an element of mystery to the scene as well as capture the wintry quality of the day with the dried hydrangeas in the foreground. As of Sunday, February 11th, this image has earned 83,092 views, 380 faves, and 21 comments. This amazes me. Go figure. Three Silhouettes updateThree Silhouettes updateOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) arch depth of field explore flickr hudsonriver hydrangeas mystery riversidepark silhouettes winter Sun, 11 Feb 2018 18:45:26 GMT
Upstream Gallery Hastings-on-Hudson Opening Photography Show Reception A lively crowd gathered at the Upstream Gallery opening photography show reception in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, Feb. 4th. The ambience was warm, the photos (including mine) were diverse and beautiful. Visitors chatted with one another and also studied the photos on the wall, sharing their impressions. Kudos to the Upstream Gallery for this fantastic Sunday afternoon event. My photo He Floats Through Air was the exhibition poster. _2040086_2040086OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _2040075_2040075OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _2040027_2040027OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _2040029_2040029OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _2040019_2040019OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _2040026_2040026OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _2040024_2040024OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _2040077_2040077OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) crowd guests hastings-on-hudson photography reception show upstreamgallery visitors Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:31:40 GMT
Good News Proud to announce that I am one of the artists featured in the Hastings on the Hudson Upstream Gallery show this February. My photograph "He Floats Through the Air" announces the show on its poster. What good news! Floats Thru airFloats Thru airOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Poster of  %22He Floats Through Air,%22 Upstream GalleryPoster of %22He Floats Through Air,%22 Upstream Gallery

(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) gallery hastings-on-the-hudson ny photograph poster show upstreamgallery Thu, 01 Feb 2018 23:37:46 GMT
The Discreet Charm of the Patisserie In mid town Manhattan, around 60th and Lexington Ave, a patisserie offers its discreet charm. individuals and groups pop in for morning refreshments. The croissants are golden and flaky. There are many baked delights to take home as well. A _1250024_1250024OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _1250045_1250045OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _1250035_1250035OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA ll shot with Lensbaby Velvet 56.

(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) chairs croissant lensbabyvelvet56lens men patisserie people spoon tables women Sat, 27 Jan 2018 23:30:42 GMT
Urban Density with a Velvet Touch Broadway towards Lincoln Center on a cold early morning sparkles with tall buildings' mirrored facades. Photographed in the early morning light with a unique Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens, the buildings exhibit a softness belying their hard exteriors.  Shadows and reflections abound, and the Met Opera Tosca hanging poster depicts the soprano Sonya Yoncheva seeming to utter "Wow." My thoughts too, Glass Caves velvGlass Caves velvOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA City Dense Velv.City Dense Velv.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Lincoln Center Ads VelvLincoln Center Ads VelvOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) buildings cold lensbaby velvet 56 metropolitan opera morning posters reflections tosca winter Fri, 26 Jan 2018 01:20:12 GMT
Lamppost Lights Haiku Lamppost lights turn on

Golden silver spills on Meer

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) benches branches central park haiku harlem meer lake lampposts nyc reflections rocks trees winter Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:21:24 GMT
Cloud Formation Haiku Mid-air suspension

Rippled curtain strung across

Conceals sky's bottom

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) buildings clouds formation haiku morning sky uws Sun, 14 Jan 2018 19:58:44 GMT
Monster Nor'easter Haiku Monster nor'easter

Wintry blasts and swirling snow

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) clothing haiku nor'easter snow snowflakes storm winter Thu, 04 Jan 2018 23:15:10 GMT
Water Towers: in the Stratosphere High up in the stratosphere, these workers construct a new water tower for a building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. As birds swoop down and around, they concentrate on the task at hand.  They work in teams wearing harnesses with safety lines on a task that buildings in the city over six stories high require to obtain the water for everyday use as well as for fire prevention Lanyard with R for RosenswachLanyard with R for RosenswachOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _C210175_C210175OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Working among the birdsWorking among the birdsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _C210025_C210025OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA .

(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) construction harness lanyard outdoors rosenwach water tank safety line water tower workers Tue, 26 Dec 2017 23:12:04 GMT
Tavern on the Green and Evening Glows Dusk time in New York City affords the view of contrasting lights and color explosions. Tavern on the Green in Central Park is alit with vibrant colors as people mill about in conversation. Yellows, reds, and blues predominate. Along Broadway near Lincoln Center are Christmas lights entwined on trees and branches with soaring buildings etched in the oncoming late afternoon darkness. The scenes exhibit holiday time activity of comings and goings. Tavern on the Green1Tavern on the Green1OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _C170035_C170035OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) broadway buildings bus cab car central lights park" tavern on the green Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:26:22 GMT
Yellow Beech Leaf Haiku Few beech leaves remain

Golden yellow hangers on

Twisting in the wind

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn beech haiku leaves yellow Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:11:19 GMT
Varied Golden Leaves Varied burnished leaves

Filling the park and the drive

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn benches gold rush haiku honey locust leaves park riverside drive riverside park trees Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:52:27 GMT
Brooklyn Night Flirtation haiku Brooklyn night ablaze

Twinkling Manhattan scrapers

Flirting back and forth

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) apartment billboard brooklyn brownstones empirestatebuilding haiku lights manhattan night rooftops skyscrapers Sat, 25 Nov 2017 19:24:55 GMT
Jazzed Up NYC - My Thanksgiving Poem The skyline of the city frames smooth toe-tapping jazz

With blue notes high and low in syncopated beat

The Freedom Tower’s solo is a complex rhythmic call

For all surrounding scrapers to respond in varied styles.

But a cruise ship passes by like a strident brassy blast

And eclipses big band’s swing and its riffing bebop sounds

Till disappearing past, the river’s ceaseless current flow

Muffles the final coda as jazz notes melt away.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) buildings cruise ship hudson river jazz nyc poem rooftops Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:21:06 GMT
"I thought I saw some birds in flight"...Birds in Flight by Mildred Alpern Birds in Flight

I thought I saw some birds in flight

Flapping wings, heart-beating fast

A tumultuous crowd darting and diving

In crazy quilt patterns of rapid ascent.


Looping on high in a spied-on escape

They soared with gay brio in the cloud streaked blue

While the brilliantly colored hangers on

Insouciantly lingered in dwindling numbers

Fast remains of the day, reluctant to leave

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn birds leaves poem Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:11:11 GMT
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Autumn brushed in paler gold

Tree leaves last to fall


(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn centralpark haiku harlemmeer willows Wed, 08 Nov 2017 01:42:27 GMT