Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern: Blog en-us (C) Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern (Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Mon, 21 May 2018 15:10:00 GMT Mon, 21 May 2018 15:10:00 GMT Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern: Blog 120 113 Lil Gafer, Still Inspirational Lil Gafer is an amazing woman. At ninety-six, she is vibrant, energetic, and companionable. In her fourth floor walkup on the East Side of Manhattan, she continues to draw and design for friends and for her personal pleasure. Her apartment is filled with photographs that illustrate the richness of her life as self- taught artist coupled with innumerable friendships and warm memories of her past. She defines herself as Independent, gay rights activist, feminist, gambler, lover, and artist. There is an earlier blog post on Lil, March 06, 2014, if you wish to view it. _5180085_5180085OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Former Fashion Designer 1 copyFormer Fashion Designer 1 copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5180066_5180066OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5180042_5180042OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5180053_5180053OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5180083_5180083OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) apartment artist drawing lil gafer memories pictures sketches Sun, 20 May 2018 17:15:18 GMT
A Day's Difference What a difference a day makes in photo shooting. On this weekend eve, I meandered around an engagement party hosted in NYC for relatives and friends. The engaged couple flashed sparks of love to each another amidst the gathering group. The next day, late afternoon, I photographed a hockey game where the players whirled around the ice in swirling patterns. My son and grandson on the same Hurricane team were subjects I focused on, but the goalie was a subject I could not neglect. What a joyful Mother's Day weekend! _5110092_5110092OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5110095_5110095OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5110097_5110097OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) chelsea piers couple engagement grandson hockey nyc son Mon, 14 May 2018 17:51:56 GMT
Central Park Conservatory Wisteria in Bloom Like low hanging fruit, the purple blossoms of the wisteria adorn the wrought iron pergola in the Central Park Conservatory. The contrast between the black wrought iron frame of the pergola and the supple multi blooms of the wisteria is striking. In color and in monochrome, the images evoke floral fantasy. Wisteria PergolaWisteria PergolaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Single WisteriaSingle WisteriaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Multiple Wisteria BloomsMultiple Wisteria BloomsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Wisteria Pergola in bwWisteria Pergola in bwOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) blooms central park conservatory flowers leaves pergola purple wisteria wrought iron Mon, 07 May 2018 22:35:38 GMT
The Tulip Festival The tulip festival is now up and running at the Westside Community Garden on 89th St and Columbus. A quick preview week last revealed the beginning of the blossoming beauties. The garden also has lovely magnolia trees that were busting their blooms. Now is the time to head back for the full display. _4180128_4180128OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4180116_4180116OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4180110_4180110OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4180095_4180095OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4180094_4180094OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4180106_4180106OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4180100_4180100OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) announcement fence festival flowerbeds magnolias trees tulips west side community garden Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:54:04 GMT
Cherry Blossoms in Bloom in Central Park The Cherry Blossoms are popping in Central Park, exuberant and pink. A group of trees lines up in front of the reservoir on the west side of the park, entrance on Central Park West and 91st Street. School runners and dog walkers pass by. Neighborhood residents and tourists stroll too. It's a pretty site for visiting  even though the weather remains chilly. _4090034_4090034OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Burst into SongBurst into SongOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Nubby by the treeNubby by the treeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4090011_4090011OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4090005_4090005OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4090002_4090002OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) april central park cherry blossoms chilly dogs grass passersby pink runners spring tourists trees walkers Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:11:10 GMT
Starllng by Daylight Last week a house finch, this week a starling landed on my outdoor covered railing, 13 stories high. I heard the bird tweeting through my open bedroom window and quickly grabbed my camera with a 40-150 lens. I was able to grab a few shots of this bird most often referred to as a pest in bird literature. I like its long yellow beak, suggesting that this bird was female. I wonder who will land on the mesh-covered railing next...nice to see a cardinal, but I doubt it. Starling by Daylight blueStarling by Daylight blueOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4080009_4080009OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4080005_4080005OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4080016_4080016OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) beak bird female mesh outdoors railing starling Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:10:32 GMT
April Fools’ Day on the Second April Fools’ Day came one day late...on the second. A surprise snow storm blanketed Central Park with a few inches of heavy snow. Clumps hung on branches as passersby wended their way along the paths, owners walked their dogs, and children played in the snow. Can spring be far behind? _4020098_4020098OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4020062_4020062OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4020086_4020086OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4020001_4020001OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4020102_4020102OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) benches branches central park children dogs outdoors passersby snow trees winter Mon, 02 Apr 2018 18:09:38 GMT
Warbling Finch Haiku Finch sweetly warbles

All spruced up with red accents

Trilling for a mate



(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) finch haiku mate-seeking trilling warbling Sat, 31 Mar 2018 22:23:04 GMT
March Snowstorm 2018 In early spring, late March threw a curveball. A wintry blast, a foot high of snow, coated New York City with pristine whiteness. In the early morning, a combination of sleet and snow faced undaunted New Yorkers who travelled on Broadway in the Upper West Side. Colors on many were vibrant as they passed me by. A toddler in a stroller reached out in unparalleled joy to touch the flakes. Now spring can make its inevitable march. _3210117_3210117OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A Flakey WorldA Flakey WorldOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _3210029_3210029OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _3210026_3210026OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Legs and WheelsLegs and WheelsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _3210020_3210020OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _3210106_3210106OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) 2018 bicyclists bundles coats flakes jackets march morning people sleet snow snowflakes snowstorm stroller upperwestside walkers wheelchair Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:22:43 GMT
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