Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern: Blog https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern (Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Sat, 13 Nov 2021 15:55:00 GMT Sat, 13 Nov 2021 15:55:00 GMT https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-12/u886976438-o782371703-50.jpg Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern: Blog https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog 120 113 Milkweed: Seeds in a Pod https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/11/milkweed-seeds-in-a-pod Nestled snugly

And  bedded on silken strands

A subtle pop of pod

And coppery seeds explode 

Lifted aloft by currents

Swirling glittery filaments

 

Floating on silvery threads

To distant gardens and groves

The dormant seeds take flight

In autumn’s sky blue weather

A gardener gathers some pods

For the silent burst waiting inside


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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn Copake filaments floss milkweed NY pods seed silk https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/11/milkweed-seeds-in-a-pod Sat, 13 Nov 2021 15:47:01 GMT
Aguan, Thank You https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/6/aguan-thank-you A friend, Aguan, sent a plant, barely beginning to bloom, in a lovely pot. Its leaves arch out, framing the blooms  with their slender curves. The blooms are orange and yellow, cup-like shapes holding the delicate stamens. So far, three blooms are opening. four more to go.
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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Aguam blooms flowers gift leaves orange pot stamens yellow https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/6/aguan-thank-you Sat, 26 Jun 2021 14:42:20 GMT
Goldfinches in Copake, NY https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/6/goldfinches-in-copake-ny All that is gold may glitter. True enough for the goldfinches in Copake, NY. From high wires to bird feeders, they brighten their surroundings luminously. The male goldfinch is the lemon-colored one; but the female has lovely shades of taupe. The yellow, black and white colors of the male create a beautiful palette, and their orange beaks add a finishing touch goldfinch on wiregoldfinch on wireOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6200096_6200096OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6200097_6200097OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6200135_6200135OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6200131_6200131OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6200133_6200133OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6200134_6200134OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA .

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) blue Copake feeder female gold goldfinches male NY seeds sky wire yellow https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/6/goldfinches-in-copake-ny Mon, 21 Jun 2021 14:50:25 GMT
Copake's Birds of a Feather https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/6/copakes-birds-of-a-feather Feeders attract. Birds swarm in and swarm out, snatching and ingesting the seeds that fill the feeders. Young sparrows fly from the branches of bushes to grab their fill. Male cardinals tarry a while to show off their brilliant plumage. Red bellied woodpeckers throw back their heads to swallow their seeds. Other birds - red breasted grosbeak, finches, mourning doves. purple martin, and gray catbird - add to the array of winged delights outside my bedroom window. Miss Bright EyeMiss Bright EyeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6150097_6150097OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6170002_6170002OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6150092_6150092OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Beautiful CardinalBeautiful CardinalOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6150088_6150088OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA red headred headOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6170008_6170008OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Shadowed FinchShadowed FinchOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6120009_6120009OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA goldfinchgoldfinchOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5220061_5220061OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Rose Breasted GrossbeakRose Breasted GrossbeakOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA purple martinpurple martinOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) birds cardinal catbird Copake feeder finch mourning dove red bellied woodpecker red breasted grosbeak seeds sparrow https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/6/copakes-birds-of-a-feather Fri, 18 Jun 2021 14:22:37 GMT
Geese and Goslings https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/5/geese-and-goslings By the pond they wander, geese and goslings. Their honks sound like "ruff, ruff." With goslings in tow, the geese head across the grass and wade into the pond. There they swim ever so gracefully past the bordering phragmites. One goose stands off by itself, perhaps a monitor looking for strays and calling all to join the gathering.. _5210008_5210008OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5210013_5210013OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5210020_5210020OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5210027_5210027OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5210025_5210025OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5250081_5250081OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5250056_5250056OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5220005_5220005OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Copake geese goslings grass NY phragmites. pond ripples water https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/5/geese-and-goslings Sat, 22 May 2021 13:29:14 GMT
Wave Hill, A Place to Dream https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/5/wave-hill-a-place-to-dream Wave Hill Gardens, Riverdale in the Bronx, NY, so welcoming the first day when CDC advised that masks need not be worn among the vaccinated. That includes me! A trip to the gardens revealed beauty and harmony in the surroundings. So much greenery and so many pink and red tulips on display. The outdoor cafeteria with chairs and tables offered a welcoming spot for coffee. The clouds overhead were puffy and floating lazily. A marvelous day trip to view other adults and children enjoying the settings. A Place to DreamA Place to DreamOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Wave Hill TulipWave Hill TulipOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5140023_5140023OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5140075_5140075OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5140004_5140004OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5140011_5140011OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5140007_5140007OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Bronx children clouds ferns flowers gardens Hill NY post-covid Riverdale sky trees tulips Wave https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/5/wave-hill-a-place-to-dream Sun, 16 May 2021 14:25:48 GMT
The Year of the Surreal https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/4/the-year-of-the-surreal In my 89th year, my husband and I travelled upstate from our apartment in New York City to a home in Copake, New York, a town lying at the foothills of the Taghkanic mountains. There we spent the year of COVID 19 under the protective watchfulness of my son and his family. For entertainment, our car outings explored the countryside of silos and weathered barns, cornfields and border fencings, horse farms and wandering deer, and lakes with swimming geese. 

From the passenger window of the car, I used  an infrared converted camera, a choice related to this new existence.  No horns, sirens, or chattering voices rising from cityscapes. No lobbies, elevators, or glaring street lights. The silence was golden.The mountains in view changed color and form from dawn to dusk and seasonally. Curving roads, many steep and hilly, with scant traffic, furnished thrilling rides. Houses spaced widely apart were tucked into woods. How could I capture and process this new sense of otherworldliness?

Raw infrared images may be processed in several ways in Lightroom and Photoshop. I had unlimited time and the thirsty inclination to experiment and to create a vision of the surreal experience of my isolation in vacant surroundings, peopled only with my immediate family.

I tried a variety of techniques: color tinting some images in shades of green and magenta; in others, deepening the blue and tan shades that typify infrared photos with a corrected white balance. For others, I chose sepia tones. Had it not been for Covid, it is unlikely that I would have practiced so assiduously. in my case, the times shaped my mindset, effort, and output.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) barns Copake farms geese grasses horses infrared mountains NY phragmites pond roadways silos surreal https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/4/the-year-of-the-surreal Tue, 06 Apr 2021 21:37:49 GMT
Horses in Copake https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/horses-in-copake In both infrared (faux color and black and white) and color, horses make great subjects with their majestic bodies and artful grazing. Trying to get them to look straight at me is challenging. They prefer nibbling on grass. However, there are times when they do stare at me, staring at them. Contact is made. Horse 1Horse 1OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA horses b:whorses b:wOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _C210122_C210122OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _C210116_C210116OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Grazing horsesGrazing horsesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn blankets Copake fences gazing grazing hay horses infrared snow winter https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/horses-in-copake Sat, 02 Jan 2021 21:06:04 GMT
Country Roads in Copake, NY https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/11/country-roads-in-copake-ny Country roads in upstate Copake, NY, are mostly unpopulated with car traffic. The paved and unpaved roads are wide open as they bend and curve with the landscape topography. Often the feeling in car excursions is akin to a rollercoaster ride as the roadway dips, turns, and levels out. Trees and shrubs and an occasional house dot the scenic pathways as do post and lintel fences and corn fields.


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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) bends Copake cornfields curves guardrails NY paved roads shrubs trees unpaved https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/11/country-roads-in-copake-ny Tue, 17 Nov 2020 16:39:21 GMT
After the Peak in Copake, NY https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/after-the-peak-in-copake-ny Following the brilliantly blazing colors of autumn at peak, tawny tones predominate in the changing leaves in Copake, NY. But there are purples too and muted greens and lemon yellows without the zing. The palette of late autumn is a richly muted one of deep shades that are quiet and subdued. The colors are restful to the eye and soothing to the spirit. Deepening lemonDeepening lemonOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA grass and deep tonesgrass and deep tonesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Muted shadesMuted shadesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Piles of colorPiles of colorOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Rusty treeRusty treeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA shadowed grass and deep tonesshadowed grass and deep tonesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA tawny tree shadestawny tree shadesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA yellow and purplesyellow and purplesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) branches Copake Leaves limbs NY orange post-peak purple rust tawny https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/after-the-peak-in-copake-ny Fri, 30 Oct 2020 01:38:31 GMT
The Readers https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/the-readers Thrilled to have a write up, including an interview, on Pictorial-List magazine on my Readers series. A few images from the series follow.

https://www.thepictorial-list.com/photographers-1/MILDRED-ALPERN

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) interview Magazine on-line Pointillist-List Readers Series write-up https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/the-readers Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:45:21 GMT
Muted Colors of Autumn https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/muted-colors-of-autumn The frenzied blaze is giving way to exhaustion. Tones and hues of autumn's brilliance are softening as the season wears on. Still luscious, though, the yellows and oranges, give way to burnished gold. A still lovely time of year. Muted colors of autumnMuted colors of autumnOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA muted fallmuted fallOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA yellow leaves and treesyellow leaves and treesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _A220019_A220019OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _A220069_A220069OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn burnished colors gold hues muted tones https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/muted-colors-of-autumn Fri, 23 Oct 2020 14:45:44 GMT
Country Road https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/country-road Country RoadCountry RoadOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Red BarnRed BarnOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The country road is unpaved, strewn with pebbles and stones. Under a puffy clouded blue sky, it leads to a deep red simple structure, a barn perhaps. Green grass surrounds the structure, providing a tidy and natural setting.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) barn clouds Copake grass NY red sky structure https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/country-road Fri, 09 Oct 2020 08:30:11 GMT
Frosty Asters https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/frosty-asters "...and my lonely spirit thrills

to see the frosty asters like a smoke upon the hills"

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Asters blue frosty ice poem https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/frosty-asters Tue, 22 Sep 2020 15:16:19 GMT
Goldenrods Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/goldenrods-haiku The gold Midas touch

Abounds in meadows and fields

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Copake field flowers Goldenrod haiku meadow summer wildflowers https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/goldenrods-haiku Thu, 10 Sep 2020 21:01:13 GMT
Making Hay While the Sun Shines, in Copake, NY https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/baling-the-grass-hay-in-copake-ny End of summer season is the time to bale the grass hay. On a large property of rolling hills. specialized farm equipment traverses the land, shears, and bales the grasses. These bales dot the landscape like rotund sculptures. The grass hay bales will feed animals during the winter months, making good use of the land's summer offerings. 
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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) bales Copake farm equipment grass hay NY sculptures https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/baling-the-grass-hay-in-copake-ny Mon, 07 Sep 2020 19:57:10 GMT
Flying a Kite Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/8/flying-a-kite Kite on HighKite on HighOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The kites fly so high

In the aether of deep blue

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) blue Copake fence flying grass kite lake outdoors rocks sky https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/8/flying-a-kite Thu, 27 Aug 2020 19:04:02 GMT
Copake in August https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/8/copake-in-august Rolling greens of multi shades, jeweled lake of vibrant blue, and deepening shadows of leafy trees. Peace and calm pervades the land where the wild things grow and the mountains ripple throughout. _8110010_8110010OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA evening shadowevening shadowOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA jewelled lakejewelled lakeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA sweepg fieldssweepg fieldsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Berkshires calm Copake hills lake leaves peace shadow trees https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/8/copake-in-august Wed, 12 Aug 2020 02:12:12 GMT
Country Escape https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/country-escape Day trip to Copake, NY, all green and lush. The Berkshire mountains rise in the distance. The raised beds on the property are growing vegetables: beans, peas, squash brussel sprouts, lettuce. By the pond, geese gather for an afternoon swim. Crown vetch wildflowers bloom in an expanding meadow by a road path. A red wing blackbird rests on tall grass. The lake, Upper Rhoda, gleams. No horns or sirens or city noises. Just the halcyon calm of an open countryside. _7030016_7030016OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _7030022_7030022OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Wildflowers in Bloom copyWildflowers in Bloom copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _7030062_7030062OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _7030084_7030084OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _7030096_7030096OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Upper Rhoda 1Upper Rhoda 1OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _7030075_7030075OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Copake Crown Vetch geese lake mountains NY pond red-wing blackbird silo trees Upper Rhoda https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/country-escape Sat, 04 Jul 2020 19:36:23 GMT
A Doozy of a Sunset https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/5/a-doozy-of-a-sunset On May 20th, at 7:30pm, paint-brush streaks of red, orange, yellow, and pink streamlined the sky, high above the Hudson River. The colors were spectacular, Gotham meets Edvard Munch. Even the West Side Rag was impressed enough to print the series that I sent: www.westsiderag.com/2020/05/22/sunset-paints-the-sky-above-the-hudson. From a bedroom window, I captured the colors before they faded into darkness.
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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) 7:30pm buildings colors May20th silhouettes sky sunset windows https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/5/a-doozy-of-a-sunset Sun, 24 May 2020 19:43:16 GMT
A Regular Cheerer at 7pm https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/5/a-regular-cheerer-at-7pm She appears every night. I watch for her. She opens her window just a crack and jingles the little bells that she holds in her hand. She stands by a beautiful flowering potted plant. She does not know that I am photographing her with my zoom lens from my apartment across the avenue where she and I live. I press my face against the window and wave, but she does not see me. She is looking down, not across on our high floor level.  I am proud of her dedication. She is a regular. She never misses an evening to show her gratitude to the front line workers in the pandemic that is raging. We live in the NYC epicenter. One day, hopefully, when it is safe to go unmasked and outside, I will see her and I will introduce myself and share with her the pictures that I took of her valiant stand each night as the horns and bells and cheers filled the 7pm slot for a few minutes. 
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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) 7pm apartment bells cheerer dedication epicenter front line workers NYC outfits sounds voyeur window woman https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/5/a-regular-cheerer-at-7pm Thu, 14 May 2020 00:20:27 GMT
7pm Cheers, New York City https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/4/sheltering-in-place At 7pm each night in New York City's Upper West Side, hands clap, bells ring, a tambourine clinks and clangs as apartment dwellers cheer the front-line workers during the 2020 pandemic. Such vitality all over the city during a time of despair for the world. Little bells1Little bells1OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) apartments bells cheers clapping coronavirus hands NYC sheltering in place tambourine windows https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/4/sheltering-in-place Fri, 17 Apr 2020 12:32:33 GMT
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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) colors Copake February grasses lake midwinter seedheads sky trees https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/2/mid-winter-day Mon, 03 Feb 2020 17:39:45 GMT
A Fashion Shoot https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/1/a-fashion-shoot A fashion shoot at Annie and Otis company takes team work. Light, camera, and action -- models, garments, manager, and on spot decision making are involved. A desirable product that will sell is the goal. Buyers who scan promotional booklets want images that show design and quality. And before the product makes it into the buyer's order book and ultimately a store, an infinite number of persons at home and abroad are involved in its creation. Once the product, in this case sweaters, are ready for the photo shoot, months have gone into their production. The photo shoot ties it all together. _1210004_1210004OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _1210013_1210013OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _1210042_1210042OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _1210011_1210011OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _1210028_1210028OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _1210052_1210052OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _1210055_1210055OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _1210025_1210025OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) . Annie and Otis camera computer double exposures light models photo shoot sweaters table https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/1/a-fashion-shoot Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:10:28 GMT
Woods, Lovely, Dark and Deep https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/woods-lovely-dark-and-deep "The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   

But I have promises to keep..."  

Robert Frost's words are apt for the deepening tones of the late autumn season in upstate New York. The vibrant colors have flamed out, and darkness pervades  mountains and woods. An open patch of grasses stands in stark opposition, light and luminous, against the lovely woods. Dark Woods3Dark Woods3OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Dark woods1Dark woods1OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Dark woods2Dark woods2OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _B300056_B300056OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn branches Copake darkness fields grasses mountains poem RobertFrost trees woods https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/woods-lovely-dark-and-deep Mon, 02 Dec 2019 18:10:07 GMT
The Fallen Leaves of Autumn https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/the-fallen-leaves-of-autumn Fallen leaves nestled on pathways in Riverside Park, NY, create Still Life images of beauty. Leaves from oak, beech, and gingko trees fallen in dizzying array in unpredictable kaleidoscopic patterns. They are easy to ignore, but looking down, one sees the variety and spectacular designs. Still Life 1Still Life 1OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Yellow Leaf PaletteYellow Leaf PaletteOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Still LIfe 3Still LIfe 3OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Still LIfe 4Still LIfe 4OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA palette5palette5OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Palette1Palette1OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn beech collage gingko ground leaves oak RiversidePark https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/the-fallen-leaves-of-autumn Thu, 24 Oct 2019 16:33:39 GMT
Eighty-six Acres https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/eighty-six-acres Eighty-six acres in Copake/Ancram, NY, with rolling hills, ponds, lake, and the Berkshire Mountains in the distance afford a view of nature in autumnal glory. Yellows and oranges predominate, while reds flash occasionally. The setting is gem-like, and I look forward to night time when the stars will twinkle in full display. a lake in viewa lake in viewOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A spot of RedA spot of RedOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Colors of FallColors of FallOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Colors and GrassesColors and GrassesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _A120065_A120065OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) acres Ancram autumn Copake grasses Hills lake leaves mountains trees https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/eighty-six-acres Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:16:18 GMT
Harlem Meer https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/harlem-meer Harlem Meer, the northern tip of Central Park, is a tranquil spot with a lake and a discovery center. Weeping willows add feathery beauty alongside boulders and pathways that wind through this part of the park. The setting is an oasis of calm in a city of hustle an bustle. Still green, the trees will soon begin to exhibit the colors of autumn.  Out and AboutOut and AboutOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _A100038_A100038OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _A100040_A100040OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _A100036_A100036OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _A100034_A100034OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _A100033_A100033OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn HarlemMeer lake leaves NYC outdoors pathway weeping wilow https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/harlem-meer Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:03:42 GMT
Getting Your Goat https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/getting-your-goat Why let 'em get your goat...stay calm, so I say. Lucky to have these images from a farm in Dutchess County, upstate NY to play around with. The goat trailed in my path, stopping to snack and pose, even as a peacock stepped lively along. Google the adage on getting your goat. It has an unusual provenance. Proprietor GoatProprietor GoatOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Goat snackingGoat snackingOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA goat's eyesgoat's eyesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Step LivelyStep LivelyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) adage barn Dutchess County farm fence goat NY outdoors peacock snacking upstate https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/getting-your-goat Sun, 01 Sep 2019 13:00:00 GMT
Riverside Park Community Garden Butterflies https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/riverside-park-peoples-garden-butterflies In Riverside Park, alongside the budding and bursting cleomes, anemones, and rudbeckias in the Garden People's Community Garden at 91st Street, the butterfly bushes (Buddleia) welcome monarch, yellow swallowtail, and red admiral butterflies for feasting pleasure. The white cabbage butterfly flits about among the group in a frenzied state. For a bonus among the lepidoptera is a dragonfly with its pair of transparent wings.” These celestial beauties draw admirers of all ages. Best to see them in mid morning sunshine. _8120066_8120066OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _8120067_8120067OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _8120090_8120090OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _8120105_8120105OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _8120107_8120107OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _8120038_8120038OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _8120045_8120045OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _8120022_8120022OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _8120032_8120032OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _8120052_8120052OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _8120106_8120106OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
 

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) butterfly cabbage dragonfly monarch outdoors people's garden red admiral riverside park summer swallowtail https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/riverside-park-peoples-garden-butterflies Sat, 17 Aug 2019 02:35:05 GMT
Davis Orton Gallery Fifth Annual Group Show Reception, 2019 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/davis-orton-gallery-reception-2019 Thrilling Fifth Annual Group Show reception at the Davis Orton Gallery, July 27th, 2019. It was a smash with full attendance and stunning photos. Of course, I loved seeing my image, "Sleepy Time Fog" among the wonderful works of excellent photographer. Particularly nice was the entourage of my relatives from as far away as Minnesota who attended the reception and made me feel special. The gallery is in Hudson, NY, a charming town with art and antiques,not very far from the family home in Copake NY and a couple of hours plus from New York City. The co-owner of the gallery is Karen Davis; the juror for the show was Paula Tognarelli, both are included in these selected images. My Sleepy Time FogMy Sleepy Time FogOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _7270139_7270139OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _7270143_7270143OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Davis Orton GalleryDavis Orton GalleryOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA BradBradOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Applause for PaulaApplause for PaulaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Paula TPaula TOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Karen DavisKaren DavisOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) crowd Davis Orton Gallery Gallery Hudson photographers photos reception show The Fifth Annual Group Show https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/davis-orton-gallery-reception-2019 Mon, 29 Jul 2019 19:53:58 GMT
Washington Square Park Summer Heat Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/washington-square-park-summer-heat-haiku July summer heat

Ninety degrees and climbing 

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) buildings children droplets fountain heat July leaping NYC spray summer Washington Square Park water women https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/washington-square-park-summer-heat-haiku Mon, 22 Jul 2019 15:48:04 GMT
Jones Beach Hazy Day Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/jones-beach-hazy-day-haiku Hazy lazy day

Foaming waves and stretching sand

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Atlantic bathers children foam haiku horizon Jones Beach people sand summer waves https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/jones-beach-hazy-day-haiku Sun, 09 Jun 2019 12:08:25 GMT
Riverside Park Goats, NYC https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/5/riverside-park-goats-nyc They have arrived. Twenty-four goats will reside in a hilly and grassy enclave from the end of May till the end of August in Riverside Park along Riverside Drive around 120th Street, NYC.  They will gobble up invasive plants, including poison ivy, end enjoy a summer respite from their normal digs, upstate in Dutchess County, NY. They were welcomed with a cheering and clapping crowd of onlookers and guided along a path by Riverside Park Conservancy employees. The weather was beautiful, and so were the goats as they strutted and galloped along the path to their enclave. The event put an "A" into Go(a)tham City! _5210032_5210032OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The CrowdThe CrowdOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5210069_5210069OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5210074_5210074OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5210067_5210067OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5210065_5210065OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5210075_5210075OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) employees enclave goats Riverside Park Riverside Park Conservancy https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/5/riverside-park-goats-nyc Tue, 21 May 2019 18:13:17 GMT
Westside Community Garden Tulip Festival, 2019 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/westside-community-garden-tulip-festival-2019 The Westside Community Garden Tulip Festival is up and running - and what a fantastic display. The garden is replete with tulips in every color, shade, and form. Clustered together with seating and benches interspersed, the festival affords a treat for neighbors and tourists alike. Dream SpotDream SpotOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                                                                        _4230077_4230077OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA flowing tulipsflowing tulipsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA In Living ColorIn Living ColorOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA pinkish red tulipspinkish red tulipsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Tiptoe thru the TulipsTiptoe thru the TulipsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA yellow tulipsyellow tulipsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4230061_4230061OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4230062_4230062OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4230064_4230064OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4230066_4230066OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4230070_4230070OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4230071_4230071OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) 2019 benches colors festival garden outdoors tulips UpperWestSide https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/westside-community-garden-tulip-festival-2019 Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:31:32 GMT
Riverside Park Crab Apple Grove https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/riverside-park-crab-apple-grove Like fluttering butterflies descending en masse, the Crab Apple Grove in Riverside Park is boasting floating clouds of pink. A multi-branched crabapple tree blots the sky with bursting blossoms and buds. The newly renovated asphalt pathway at 91st on Riverside Drive leads to the grove directly across from the Hippo Playground where walkers and children sport about. From here on in, the grove is a daily testament to the beauty of spring.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) . blossoms buds children Crab Apple Grove dog pink Riverside Park spring trees walkers https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/riverside-park-crab-apple-grove Tue, 09 Apr 2019 14:45:09 GMT
Wave Hill Bloom Offerings https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/wave-hill-bloom-offerings Wave Hill in Riverdale (the Bronx, NY) is blooming above and below.  Magnolia trees are flaunting wildly-shaped blossoms and Chionodoxa, commonly known as glory of the snow, is carpeting the ground with tiny flowers nestled closely. Pink above and blue below, a veritable nursery color arrangement with some white crocuses and yellow daffodils thrown in for amusement. 
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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) branches carpet chionodoxa crocuses daffodils flowers magnolias outdoors trees Wave Hill https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/wave-hill-bloom-offerings Thu, 04 Apr 2019 15:53:39 GMT
Winter's Blue Shadows haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/3/winters-blue-shadows-haiku Winter's blue shadows

Of tree silhouette branches

Embrace fallen snow
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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) blue branches park shadows silhouettes snow winter https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/3/winters-blue-shadows-haiku Sun, 10 Mar 2019 18:03:46 GMT
Brief February Snow Storm https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/2/brief-february-snow-storm How do Upper West Siders brave the brief but spectacular midday February snowstorm? It depends on the site. On Broadway, they go about their business undaunted. They shop and stride. get cabs, push strollers, ride bikes, and chat with friends amid swirling flakes as delivery trucks and cars whiz by. Two blocks west of Broadway on Riverside Drive, the snow blankets the Drive and Riverside Park below with a white silence. Still, a spot of color, a red umbrella and an orange jacket, items belonging to passersby, punctuate the stillness of this winter’s day.   Walk alongWalk alongOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Broadway dogs February outdoors passersby Riverside Park snow snowstorm walkers winter https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/2/brief-february-snow-storm Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:45:25 GMT
Washington Hawthorn Tree in Winter https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/2/washington-hawthorn-tree-in-winter The Washington Hawthorne tree in winter has an embarrassment of riches. Berries in profusion swing in arcs from the branches like Calder mobiles. Full clusters of red dot the skyline and wait for hungry birds to feast. Before the blossoms, come the berries.  closeup Hawthorne berriescloseup Hawthorne berriesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA abundance Hawthorne berriesabundance Hawthorne berriesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA swinging Horwthorne berriesswinging Horwthorne berriesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Washington HawthorneWashington HawthorneOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) berries Crabapple Garden NYC outdoors red Riverside Park tree Washington Hawthorne https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/2/washington-hawthorn-tree-in-winter Sat, 09 Feb 2019 16:11:56 GMT
Coldest Day Smoke Signals https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/coldest-day-smoke-signals New York City temperature is 5 degrees Fahrenheit this early morning! The water towers are sending out smoke signals that rival fireworks in their brilliant display. The smoke curls and floats in intriguing patters as the rising sun illuminates sections of the smoke with color shots of orange and yellow. By the way, it is smoke not steam, since oil is burning to heat the buildings.  smoke signals1smoke signals1OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA smoke signals4.smoke signals4.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA smoke signals2smoke signals2OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA smoke sgnals5smoke sgnals5OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA four smoke signalsfour smoke signals

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) architecture buildings cold colors morning NYC patterns. signals smoke towers water towers https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/coldest-day-smoke-signals Thu, 31 Jan 2019 13:38:01 GMT
Coney Island Bare haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/coney-island-bare Mid winter boardwalk

Splashes of red everywhere

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) bicycle birds boardwalk Coney Island gulls man playground railing sand water https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/coney-island-bare Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:02:34 GMT
Upstream Gallery Small Works Show, 2019, Hastings-on-Hudson https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/upstream-gallery-small-works-show-2019-hastings-on-hudson The Hastings-on-Hudson Upstream Gallery Small Works, 2019, show was a lively affair. Crowded to the high beams, the talented photographers and visitors viewed, nibbled, chatted, and beamed. Of course, I was proud that my three white swan pictures made the cut and were hung so beautifully and vertically. Doubly proud of course to be showing with so many very talented photographers like Russ Rowland and Paul Kessel. _1060048_1060048OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _1060028_1060028OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _1060041_1060041OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _1060059_1060059OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _1060066_1060066OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The picture in the photographer's mind copyThe picture in the photographer's mind copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA RussRussOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PaulPaulOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Upstream GalleryUpstream GalleryOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) exhibit hastings-on-hudson photography show smallworks upstreamgallery https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/upstream-gallery-small-works-show-2019-hastings-on-hudson Tue, 08 Jan 2019 20:56:07 GMT
Ingenious Christmas Trees https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/12/ingenious-christmas-trees Strung  in neat array from varicolored non-recyclable bottle caps and jar tops, two ingenious Christmas trees take shape on West End Avenue between 86th and 87th Street by the church of St. Paul and St. Andrew.Tiny lights threaded throughout the assortment add sparkle. Passersby gather to admire its construction and the jovial pig aloft dressed in Santa garb. By day, the trees are clever and whimsical. At night, they assume a magical air of glittering mystery as the caps, tops, and lights combine to rival the offerings of elegant jewelry shops.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) bottle tops Christmas trees churches jar tops non-recyclable NYC plastics UpperWestSide https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/12/ingenious-christmas-trees Mon, 24 Dec 2018 20:24:19 GMT
Harlem Meer's Floating Christmas Tree https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/12/harlem-meers-floating-christmas-tree Across from the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Central Park's Harlem Meer floats a Christmas tree in the lake. Actually, there are seventeen trees, tightly bound together to create a view of evergreen substance. Little lights adorn the tree; so too a star on top of the biggest fir. In daylight, the view is lovely. I am sure it is spectacular at night. Christmas tree Harlem MeerChristmas tree Harlem MeerOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _C170016_C170016OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _C170011_C170011OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _C170008_C170008OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Central Park Charles A. Dana Discovery Center Christmas tree Harlem Meer lake NYC trees winter https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/12/harlem-meers-floating-christmas-tree Tue, 18 Dec 2018 01:10:04 GMT
Balletic Skateboarders https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/12/balletic-skateboarders The skateboarders with the smooth glides, leaps, and jumps resemble ice skaters, even ballets dancers. They may make their moves seem easy to perform, but in fact they require balance control and daring. "Would I like to try?" one asked me. Many years ago, perhaps, but not now....I only wish..... Shadow PlayShadow PlayOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA No SkateboardingNo SkateboardingOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Leap of FaithLeap of FaithOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Skateboard Pals.Skateboard Pals.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) activity jumps leaps outdoors skateboard skateboarders sport wheels https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/12/balletic-skateboarders Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:32:56 GMT
Peace Fountain Statue by St. John the Divine https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/11/peace-fountain-statue-by-st-john-the-divine The Peace Fountain Statue depicting the struggle of good against evil, with the Archangel Michael battling Satan, was created by Greg Wyatt in 1985. It is located next to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights, NYC. In our time, the struggle continues. Nothing more to be said. St. John the Divine copy 2St. John the Divine copy 2OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _B270013_B270013OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _B270010_B270010OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) archangel cathedral Michael New Testament Peace Fountain Satan St John the Divine https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/11/peace-fountain-statue-by-st-john-the-divine Thu, 29 Nov 2018 22:11:48 GMT
The Palisades Cliffs' Brazen Colors https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/11/the-palisades-brazen-colors In mid November, as autumn ends, the colors of the NY-NJ Hudson River Palisades taken on brazen colors of saffron and gold. Under foot, however, the muted shades of brown and umber reveal the completion of a cycle as leaves and acorns gather in clusters.Meanwhile, the Hudson meanders leisurely past the cliffs like a streak of silver. _B180015_B180015OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Completing the CycleCompleting the CycleOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _B180006_B180006OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _B180023_B180023OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn branches cliffs gold Hudson NYC outdoors Palisades river saffron trees https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/11/the-palisades-brazen-colors Mon, 19 Nov 2018 16:56:55 GMT
West End Avenue, NY, International Mystery Man https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/west-end-avenue-ny-international-mystery-man This article was published in the West Side Rag, October 27, 2018,

Weekend Column: Mystery Doorman Becomes International Sensation


The entrance to the apartment building was awash with morning light. The June sun streamed through the filigreed cast iron door and splashed on an adjacent wall. The doorman on guard was silhouetted in sharp outline and then replicated in dim shadow on the wall. The scene evolved in an array of sepia tones.

“Stop for a moment,” I requested the doorman and camera ready, aimed my lens at his figure in the mix of light and muted shadow play.

On my computer screen his portrait evoked mystery, subtle drama,  and metamorphosis. Over the course of this past summer, I submitted the image to four juried gallery exhibitions in Vermont, South Carolina, Oregon and Rome, Italy. (The Metamorphosis exhibit at the Darkroom Gallery in Vt., the Contemporary Portrait exhibit at the SE Center for Photography in South Carolina, the Photo Shoot: 2018 at the Black Box Gallery in Oregon, and the Shadows exhibit at the Loosen Art Gallery in Rome.) The portrait was accepted in all of the gallery exhibits which were curated by prominent jurors. Loosen Art Gallery even informed me that my image was chosen from among the 778 images that had been submitted.

So who is this mystery man traveling the United States from coast to coast and now crossing the Atlantic Ocean for an exhibition in Rome? He is the doorman of 575 West End Avenue, Lulzim Prelvukas from Kosovo, known to me as Luis. Married with two children, he has been employed at 575 WEA since the year 2000 and he delights in his work assisting tenants and their families, watching children grow up, and even posing for my camera shots. He praises the management of the building, an Italian Renaissance design by Gaetano Ajello, constructed in 1915 and  dramatic with its high storied entrance captured in the multiple-exhibitions photo.

The entrance to the apartment building was awash with morning light. The June sun streamed through the filigreed cast iron door and splashed on an adjacent wall. The doorman on guard was silhouetted in sharp outline and then replicated in dim shadow on the wall. The scene evolved in an array of sepia tones.

“Stop for a moment,” I said to the doorman and camera ready, aimed my lens at his figure in the mix of light and muted shadow play.

On my computer screen his portrait image evoked mystery, subtle drama,  and metamorphosis. Over the course of this past summer, I submitted the image to four juried gallery exhibitions in Vermont, South Carolina, Oregon and Rome, Italy. (The Metamorphosis exhibit at the Darkroom Gallery in Vt., the Contemporary Portrait exhibit at the SE Center for Photography in South Carolina, the Photo Shoot: 2018 Black Box Gallery in Oregon, and the Shadows exhibit at the Loosen Art Gallery in Rome.) The portrait was accepted in all of the gallery exhibits which were curated by prominent jurors. Loosen Art Gallery even informed me that my image was chosen from among the 778 images that had been submitted.

So who is this mystery man traveling from The United States coast to coast and now crossing the Atlantic Ocean for an exhibition in Rome? He is the doorman of 575 West End Avenue, Lulzim Prelvukas from Kosovo, and known to me as Luis. Married with two children, he has been employed at 575 since the year 2000 and he delights in his work assisting tenants and their families, watching children grow up, and even posing for my camera shots. He praises the management of the building, an Italian Renaissance design by Gaetano Ajello, constructed in 1915 and dramatic with its high storied entrance captured in my multiple exhibition photo.

 

 

Changing of Guard with signatureChanging of Guard with signatureChanging of the Guard/The Vanishing Mediator"Vanishing Mediator”/ “Changing of the Guard” / "Doorman"( the image has three different titles)
1. Juried exhibition Metamorphosis in Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vt. July 25 -Sept. 2, 2018. Juror is Wendi Schneider
2. Juried exhibition Contemporary Portraitin The SE Center for Photography in South Carolina. Exhibition Nov. 2 - Dec. 1, 2018. Juror is Steve Diamant of the Arcadia Gallery.
3. Juried exhibition Photo Shoot: 2018 in the Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, September 1-20, 2018. "Vanishing Mediator" has been selected to be exhibited in the On-Line Annex gallery and published in the full exhibition catalog. The juror is Todd Johnson.
4. Juried exhibition Shadows in LoosenArt Gallery to be held in Millepiani exhibition Space, Via N. Odero 13 Rome Italy, January 4th-13th, 2019.
5. Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE, Dec 2018-January, 2019
6. Selected for the Maryland Federation of Art Working for a Living Exhibition by juror Ben Marcin, artist at the C. Grimladis Gallery in Baltimore for my image "Doorman," and to receive Honorable Mention in the exhibit. Working for a Living is an online-only exhibition that will be visible in MFA's Curve Gallery from April 15.– May 31, 2019.
7. Salmagundi Art Gallery, Open Exhibition in Photography, NYC, July, 15 - August 2, 2019

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) awards doorman entrance exhibitions galleries mystery portrait sepia shadows Upper West Side West Side Rag https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/west-end-avenue-ny-international-mystery-man Sun, 28 Oct 2018 17:39:05 GMT
Harriman State Park: Autumn's Turning https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/harriman-state-park-autumns-turning Post mid October and the leaves are turning in Harriman State Park, NY. Milkweed pods are bursting open displaying silky filament threads. The colors of autumn are gaudy, the brilliant hurrah to the changing season. More vibrancy to come in the next few weeks, but for now, the show is a teaser. _A200130_A200130OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _A200143_A200143OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _A200064_A200064OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _A200095_A200095OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _A200015_A200015OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn birches colors Harriman State Park lake milkweed pods seeds water https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/harriman-state-park-autumns-turning Sat, 20 Oct 2018 21:34:18 GMT
Fail Raindrops Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/fail-raindrops-haiku Raindrops and drizzle

Autumn's Swarovski's jewels

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn coruscation drizzle fall glitter grasses haiku leaves raindrops Swarovski https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/fail-raindrops-haiku Tue, 09 Oct 2018 22:08:58 GMT
Swans Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/swans-haiku Swans mated for life

Two cynosures of delight

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) feathers female haiku male swans water https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/swans-haiku Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:29:41 GMT
Central Park Conservancy haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/central-park-conservancy-haiku Floating lily pads

Dancing maidens, dewy rose

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) central park conservatory garden dew fountain lily pads park rose https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/central-park-conservancy-haiku Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:31:37 GMT
The Yellow Sun Suit Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/the-yellow-sun-suit-haiku She sat on the pavement adjacent to coleus plants and purple flowers. Waist length dark hair flowed ribbon like, and her expressions were quiet and meditative. Drawn up knees created an elfin posture. Her appearance sparked this haiku:

In yellow sun suit

Ribbon-like flows her dark hair

Summertime dreaming



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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) coleus flowers haiku pavement plants woman Yellow sun suit https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/the-yellow-sun-suit-haiku Sat, 25 Aug 2018 20:00:21 GMT
Hudson's Dusky Blue https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/hudsons-dusky-blue Crepuscular eve

Dusky blues with scattered clouds 

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) blue buildings clouds crepuscular eve haiku Hudson River light New Jersey river shoreline waves https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/hudsons-dusky-blue Mon, 06 Aug 2018 00:20:24 GMT
"Qui Gatta Ci Cova" https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/-qui-gatta-ci-cova My favorite Italian idiom is "Qui gatta ci cova." In translation it means that something fishy is going on. This tabby seems to be aware. Look into my EyesLook into my EyesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Curled up tabbyCurled up tabbyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Dreaming closeupDreaming closeupOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _7250012_7250012OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) cat eyes Italian idiom stare tabby https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/-qui-gatta-ci-cova Thu, 26 Jul 2018 18:12:19 GMT
Just the Bluejay https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/just-the-bluejay The bluejay deserves a gallery of its own. The bird swoops and sits, often posing for seconds while chirping its tweet. It is difficult to catch its flight, so sudden, swift, and unexpected. With patience, however, I have managed to photograph its wingspread and occasionally some blurry flight. Its blue colors are so vibrant, mixed with the lighter  blue and white checkered pattern on its tail. In one image it appears to be doing a Fred Astaire time step. What a performer! Sudden FlightSudden FlightOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA collage with wing spreadcollage with wing spreadOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Blue Jay ProfileBlue Jay ProfileOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA bluejay glancingbluejay glancingOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA bluejay wing spread copybluejay wing spread copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA two winged bluejaystwo winged bluejaysOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA bluejay on slantbluejay on slantOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P6120161P6120161OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) beak blue flight jay performer tail wing spread wings https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/just-the-bluejay Fri, 06 Jul 2018 17:01:45 GMT
Let's All Sing https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/lets-all-sing Let's all sing like the birdies sing

Let's all fly on high...

Summertime and the birds are winging it, through the air like silver streaks. Some flaunt their wing spans in gorgeous display. Feeders attract them, and squirrels as well. It's fun to watch their comings and goings, and their antics as well from my dining room window, partially hidden from their view. Winged VictoryWinged VictoryOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Red headRed headOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA two winged bluejaystwo winged bluejaysOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA squirrel7squirrel7OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA redhead flickrredhead flickrOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA yellow--eyed grackelyellow--eyed grackelOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA charming bluejaycharming bluejayOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) birds bluejays feeders flicker grackle outdoors seeds Suffern wings https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/lets-all-sing Tue, 03 Jul 2018 19:44:47 GMT
Tiger Lilies Metaphor https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/tiger-lilies-metaphor The tiger lilies are out, red and orange. Some are caged behind steel fencing, a metaphor for the political crisis of immigration with separation of children from parents. These lilies seem to cry out, "Set me free!" What will it take? tiger outside frencetiger outside frenceOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA tiger near fencetiger near fenceOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA tiger tiger redtiger tiger redOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA tiger clustertiger clusterOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) . buds cage cluster fence flowers metaphor railing tiger lilies https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/tiger-lilies-metaphor Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:00:20 GMT
Memorial Day Commemoration, 2018 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/memorial-day-commemoration-2018 An overflowing crowd of all ages assembled on the plaza of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument at Riverside Park and 89th Street for a service on this Memorial Day. Music and words were solemn and patriotic befitting the occasion. Active duty Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen participated in the services along with the US Navy Band performing musical tributes. Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in period uniforms were in attendance as well as state and city leaders. A wreath laying ceremony was a moving event. _5280035_5280035OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5280022_5280022OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5280038_5280038OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5280145_5280145OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5280044_5280044OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5280012_5280012OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5280073_5280073OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) memorial day 2018 soldiers and sailors monument" veterans crowd flag sailors "u.s. navy band" coastguardsmen marines plaza wreaths dignitaries https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/memorial-day-commemoration-2018 Tue, 29 May 2018 14:48:09 GMT
Lil Gafer, Still Inspirational https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/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 Lil's artLil's artOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5180066_5180066OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5180042_5180042OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Fashion Designer 2Fashion Designer 2OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) apartment artist drawing lil gafer memories pictures sketches https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/lil-gafer-still-inspirational Sun, 20 May 2018 17:15:18 GMT
A Day's Difference https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/a-days-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

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) chelsea piers couple engagement grandson hockey nyc son https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/a-days-difference Mon, 14 May 2018 17:51:56 GMT
Central Park Conservatory Wisteria in Bloom https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/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

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) blooms central park conservatory flowers leaves pergola purple wisteria wrought iron https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/wisteria-in-bloom Mon, 07 May 2018 22:35:38 GMT
The Tulip Festival https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/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

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) announcement fence festival flowerbeds magnolias trees tulips west side community garden https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/the-tulip-festival Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:54:04 GMT
Cherry Blossoms in Bloom in Central Park https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/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

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) april central park cherry blossoms chilly dogs grass passersby pink runners spring tourists trees walkers https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/cherry-blossoms-in-bloom-in-central-park Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:11:10 GMT
Starllng by Daylight https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/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

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) beak bird female mesh outdoors railing starling https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/starllng-by-daylight Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:10:32 GMT
April Fools’ Day on the Second https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/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

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) benches branches central park children dogs outdoors passersby snow trees winter https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/april-fools-day-on-the-second Mon, 02 Apr 2018 18:09:38 GMT
Warbling Finch Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/warbling-finch-haiku Finch sweetly warbles

All spruced up with red accents

Trilling for a mate

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) finch haiku mate-seeking trilling warbling https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/warbling-finch-haiku Sat, 31 Mar 2018 22:23:04 GMT
March Snowstorm 2018 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/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

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) 2018 bicyclists bundles coats flakes jackets march morning people sleet snow snowflakes snowstorm stroller upperwestside walkers wheelchair https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/march-snowstorm-2018 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:22:43 GMT
The Unicycle Challenge https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/the-unicycle-challenge Here's a challenge! Riding a unicycle takes coordination, concentration, and balance. Whee...no 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

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) outdoors rider riverside park plaza helmet unicycle https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/the-unicycle-challenge Sat, 17 Mar 2018 20:03:04 GMT
The Great Organ of St. John the Divine https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/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 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/the-great-organ-of-st-john-the-divine Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:08:56 GMT
Witch Hazel haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/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 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/witch-hazel-haiku Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:42:07 GMT
Central Park Conservatory Garden and Harlem Meer: Hints of Spring https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/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 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/harlem-meer-hints-of-spring Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:29:12 GMT
Flickr Explore and Go Figure https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/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

 

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) arch depth of field explore flickr hudsonriver hydrangeas mystery riversidepark silhouettes winter https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/go-figure Sun, 11 Feb 2018 18:45:26 GMT
Upstream Gallery Hastings-on-Hudson Opening Photography Show Reception https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/upstream-gallery-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 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/upstream-gallery-opening-photography-show-reception Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:31:40 GMT
Good News https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/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

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) gallery hastings-on-the-hudson ny photograph poster show upstreamgallery https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/good-news Thu, 01 Feb 2018 23:37:46 GMT
The Discreet Charm of the Patisserie https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/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.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) chairs croissant lensbabyvelvet56lens men patisserie people spoon tables women https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/the-discreet-charm-of-the-patisserie Sat, 27 Jan 2018 23:30:42 GMT
Urban Density with a Velvet Touch https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/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

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) buildings cold lensbaby velvet 56 metropolitan opera morning posters reflections tosca winter https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/urban-density-with-a-velvet-touch Fri, 26 Jan 2018 01:20:12 GMT
Lamppost Lights Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/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 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/lamppost-lights-haiku Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:21:24 GMT
Cloud Formation Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/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 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/cloud-formation-haiku Sun, 14 Jan 2018 19:58:44 GMT
Monster Nor'easter Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/monster-noreaster-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 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/monster-noreaster-haiku Thu, 04 Jan 2018 23:15:10 GMT
Water Towers: in the Stratosphere https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/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 .

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) construction harness lanyard outdoors rosenwach water tank safety line water tower workers https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/in-the-stratosphere Tue, 26 Dec 2017 23:12:04 GMT
Tavern on the Green and Evening Glows https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/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

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) broadway buildings bus cab car central lights park" tavern on the green https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/tavern-on-the-green-and-evening-glows Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:26:22 GMT
Yellow Beech Leaf Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/yellow-beech-leaf 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 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/yellow-beech-leaf Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:11:19 GMT
Varied Golden Leaves https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/honey-locust-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 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/honey-locust-leaves Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:52:27 GMT
Brooklyn Night Flirtation haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/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 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/brooklyn-night-flirtation-haiku Sat, 25 Nov 2017 19:24:55 GMT
Jazzed Up NYC - My Thanksgiving Poem https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/jazzed-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 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/jazzed-nyc---my-thanksgiving-poem Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:21:06 GMT
"I thought I saw some birds in flight"...Birds in Flight by Mildred Alpern https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/a-bird-or-a-leaf-poem 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 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/a-bird-or-a-leaf-poem Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:11:11 GMT
Harlem Meer Willows https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/harlem-meer-willows Willows Hanging onWillows Hanging onOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Cascading WillowsCascading WillowsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _B060024_B060024OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Yellow tipped willows

Autumn brushed in paler gold

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn centralpark haiku harlemmeer willows https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/harlem-meer-willows Wed, 08 Nov 2017 01:42:27 GMT
Leafy Bird Brio Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/leafy-bird-pattens-haiku Leafy bird brio

Swirling and spiraling high

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn branches colors haiku maples orange red sky spirals stems swirls trees trunks yellow https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/leafy-bird-pattens-haiku Thu, 02 Nov 2017 19:07:45 GMT
Copake Day Jaunt https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/copake-day-jaunt Memorable  visit to the 90 plus year-old  Copake home, rich in family history and tended with loving care by a nephew and niece who maintain the beauty of a lakefront summer residence. Here, family members gather at varied times to greet, catch-up, and reminisce. The colors of October leaves on this visit spilled onto Lake Lower Rhoda in impressionistic protean patterns. A porch reconstruction caught in afternoon sunlight glowed as did the Chinese Lanterns in a vase. The playhouse by the lake shone white, it too harboring former dreams and memories. Bird Feeder1 copyBird Feeder1 copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PorchPorchOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Chinese LanternsChinese LanternsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn chinese lanterns colors construction family home lake new york playhouse porch residence trees vase west copake https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/copake-day-jaunt Sun, 22 Oct 2017 17:06:54 GMT
Impressionism on the Lake https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/impressionism-on-the-lake Mid October and the leaves are changing color in Harriman State Park, NY. The vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds spill their hues onto one of the many lakes in the park. The colors run and blend into an impressionist palette that shimmers in the morning sun, doubling the viewing pleasure. _A170050_A170050OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _A170011_A170011OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _A170032_A170032OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _A170039_A170039OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn colors harriman state park impressionism lake leaves shimmer trees https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/impressionism-on-the-lake Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:10:44 GMT
Autumn Palette https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/autumn-palette The autumn palette is rich with purples, mauves, and marigolds. Autumn asters and toad lilies are in the deeper, sometimes somber hues. Then there is the marigold, blazing yellow, adding vivid contrast from the color wheel. _A040096_A040096OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _A040052_A040052OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Single marigoldSingle marigoldOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Toad Lily 1Toad Lily 1OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _A040029_A040029OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) asters autumn glow lensbaby56 marigolds mauve outdoors palette purple riverside community garden toad lilies https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/autumn-palette Fri, 06 Oct 2017 16:28:34 GMT
Wedding Daze haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/wedding-daze-haiku Happy wedding daze

Fancy shoes and garland dog

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) chimping dog garland haiku leaves shoes wedding https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/wedding-daze-haiku Tue, 03 Oct 2017 18:49:49 GMT
Chicken of the Woods Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/chicken-of-the-woods-haiku Chicken of the Woods

Fungi claim to Gaudi fame

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) architecture chicken of the woods fungi gaudi haiku laetiporous cincinnatus mushroom https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/chicken-of-the-woods-haiku Sat, 30 Sep 2017 19:49:07 GMT
Hummingbird on Russian Sage Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/hummingbird-on-russian-sage-haiku A cabriole

Lifting spirits on ether

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) bronx botanical gardens flight flowers hummingbird leaves outdoors plants russian sage https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/hummingbird-on-russian-sage-haiku Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:23:00 GMT
The Leaves of September Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/the-leaves-of-september Curling autumn leaves 

Slumbering on worn brick wall

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn decay haiku leaves sere slumber snooze wall https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/the-leaves-of-september Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:17:46 GMT
Breakfast with a Friend https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/breakfast-with-a-friend She likes to meet once a week to catch up on political news sharing and current novel reading. Most times we breakfast at a local diner, but sometimes we become more extravagant and choose a fancier spot where flowers adorn the tables and tiny lights are strung on the planters outside the restaurant. Morning September light is lovely, catching shadows. The plating is fancy, whether Belgian Waffle or Omelette with choice of three selections. Trumpian politics is driving us sad and mad.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) bottle breakfast chairs french friend fries omelette outdoors restaurant shadows strawberries sunflower tables vase waffle water https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/breakfast-with-a-friend Fri, 08 Sep 2017 17:55:39 GMT
Coney Island Aquarium https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/coney-island-aquarium Aquariums are interesting places to visit -- seals and pelicans, penguins and fish. Feeding time brings out the best for moments when a seal gobbles a fish. Gulp! Creatures in captivity, and we are captive to watch. _9020062_9020062OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _9020075_9020075OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _9020080_9020080OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA in Their Elementin Their ElementOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _9020096_9020096OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) coney island aquarium coral fish pelicans penguins people seals https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/coney-island-aquarium Mon, 04 Sep 2017 14:44:17 GMT
Hockey https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/hockey A fast game. Blades on ice. Long curving sticks with flat extensions. Lots of whirling and swirling about, after a tiny black disc. And then there is the lonely goalie, who crouches and defends. War on ice. Thankfully all well padded with sticks seeking to make contact with the slithering black disc. _8200419 copy_8200419 copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _8200216_8200216OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _8200096_8200096OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) blades chelsea piers extensions game hockey ice indoors players shafts skates sticks uniforms https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/hockey Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:38:50 GMT
Oxalis Blooming https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/oxalis-blooming A recent present of this beautiful plant, oxalis, surprised me with early blooms and buds. Sitting on a windowsill, with other plants and objects, I assumed that the "lucky clover" leaves represented the plant.  I was not expecting flowers. I spied them when watering the plant this morning and, of course, rushed to take pictures to commemorate this event. WindowsillWindowsillOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _8200027_8200027OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _8200019_8200019OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _8200039_8200039OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) blooms buds flowers oxalis plant https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/oxalis-blooming Sun, 20 Aug 2017 14:55:47 GMT
Faces https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/faces Faces seen and those not completely revealed...private thoughts deep in reading or simply gazing. How interesting the human face and its preoccupations. Composure b:wComposure b:wOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Face2Face2OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Blue EyesBlue EyesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Summer ReadingSummer ReadingOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) faces https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/faces Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:53:01 GMT
Riverside Park Community Garden, my personal Giverny https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/riverside-community-garden-my-personal-giverny No it is not Giverny, but I pretend it is. Bountiful flowering Riverside Park community garden overflows with the blooms of summer. In rich array, resplendent colors grace a stretch of the promenade on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at 91st St. Monet and Pissarro could paint here to their heart's delight, inspired by the dual gardens now bursting in splendor.

 

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) blooms flowers gardens giverny promenade railing riverside park community garden summer walkway https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/riverside-community-garden-my-personal-giverny Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:05:01 GMT
Gabriel Blows his Horn https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/gabriel-blows-his-horn Simon2Simon2OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Simon1 copySimon1 copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Simon3Simon3OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Must be Judgement Day

Blow, Gabriel, blow your horn

Announce just mercy

 

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) blowing gabriel horn music musician playing trumpet https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/gabriel-blows-his-horn Sat, 29 Jul 2017 20:12:51 GMT
Crocosmia 'Lucifer' https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/crocosmia-lucifer Lucifer can refer to the morning star or the devil. For Crocosmia 'Lucifer', this gem of a red vivid flower, devilish may seem more apt. Its genteel tailored buds give way to explosive flowers in a billowing  burst. crocosmia lucifercrocosmia luciferOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _7190030_7190030OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Crocosima lucifer budsCrocosima lucifer budsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) buds crocosmia lucifer flower flowers garden outdoors perennial plant red https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/crocosmia-lucifer Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:42:00 GMT
The Selective Focus - Lensbaby Composer Pro II Edge 50 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/the-selective-focus---lensbaby-pro-composer-ii-edge-50 A new lens toy! But one that takes some work to master. No autofocus here. All is manual and the edge produces a slice of focus that can be moved around, leaving all else in blur. These remind me of Edward Hopper's paintings of solitary people. My goal was to photograph the Guggenheim, but I was too close. I saw another opportunity  though - strangers on the street. I took the challenge. _7090062_7090062OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _7090058_7090058OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _7090064_7090064OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _7090074_7090074OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) LensbabyEdge50 building dogs drinks standing strangers street sunlight traffic light walking https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/the-selective-focus---lensbaby-pro-composer-ii-edge-50 Sun, 09 Jul 2017 16:02:06 GMT
Winter Gardens and Seedheads Exhibition Up and Running https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/winter-gardens-and-seedheads-exhibition-up-and-running I am exhibiting this month of July at the St. Agnes Library (444 Amsterdam Ave - 81St). The theme is Winter Gardens and Seedheads, one arc of the ongoing bud-flower-seed cycle. All photos are macro images, metal prints, vivid in color, and all were taken during the winter months at the Riverside Park Community Garden at Riverside and 91st St. They line the staircase between the first and second floors and remind us of inevitable seasonal change and the beauty of a plant when it is “over.” In personal respects, it is an homage to Piet Oudolf, the Danish landscape designer (HIgh Line) who recognized the ways in which winter gardens add different forms, colors, and textures to the surroundings.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) . Exhibit NYC Piet Oudolf St. Agnes Library Winter Gardens and Seedheads indoors library metal prints photographs staircase. https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/winter-gardens-and-seedheads-exhibition-up-and-running Sun, 02 Jul 2017 03:01:28 GMT
Preparing for an Exhibition https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/magcloud Preparing for an exhibition at St. Agnes Library, a branch of the New York Public Library. Stay tuned.
Winter Garden and Seedheads

Winter Garden and Seedheads

Bud, flower, seed - each has its own beauty. In winter, the Riverside Gardens of New York City reveal new forms, varied shapes and textures in muted shades of umber and burgundy. Seed structures have silky fibers and tails to float to new destinations. Other seeds simply drop in place. Flowers in…

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) exhibition gardens indoors library seedheads winter https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/magcloud Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:14:06 GMT
Tiger Lily Burning Bright https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/tiger-lily-burning-bright Tiger Lily burning bright

Stamens, pistil in my sight

Scalloped petal and orange glow

With veined magenta stripes below.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) anthers leaves macro orange petals pistil stamens tiger lily https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/tiger-lily-burning-bright Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:22:52 GMT
Ninety Plus Degrees and Jump Roping https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/ninety-plus-degrees-and-jump-roping Over ninety degrees in NYC and an intrepid young woman exercised under the hot broiling sun. She jumped rope continuously, then lay down on the ground for some leg exercises. She was an adept jump roper, quite graceful as well as purposeful. In admiration, I salute her. IntrepidIntrepidOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6130016_6130016OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6130030_6130030OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6130049_6130049OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6130047_6130047OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Riverside Park balcony exercise heat jump roper jumprope outdoors summer https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/ninety-plus-degrees-and-jump-roping Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:44:28 GMT
Dappled Light/Street Life https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/dappled-light/street-life Grocery shopping in sunlight makes for interesting light patterns on consumers and workers. Outdoor stands laden with fruits and vegetables attract the shoppers, although other passersby simply hasten past -- probably with larders already filled. _6110107_6110107OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6110106_6110106OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6110105_6110105OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) buyers groceries outdoors shoppers sunlight workers https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/dappled-light/street-life Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:57:36 GMT
Riverside Park Current Blooms https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/riverside-park-current-blooms Peonies and roses in vivid hues, magenta the peonies, orange-pink blend the roses, and a floral pink spray of tiny florets are currently blooming in Riverside Park Community Garden. Thanks to the volunteers who donate their time and efforts to make this a focal point of the promenade. _6020014_6020014OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _6020053_6020053OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) RiveersideParkCommunityGarden floral gardener peonies railing roses spray volunteer https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/riverside-park-current-blooms Sat, 03 Jun 2017 00:33:03 GMT
The Royal Purples, Riverside Park Community Garden https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/the-royal-purples-riverside-park-community-garden The royal purples are out in the Riverside Park Community Garden. A host of blooming beauties - iris, clematis, columbine, camomile, allium, lupine and spotted purple foxglove, among others. If the color of the majestic elites in the days of Queen Elizabeth I is to your liking, then head over to the park. As an aside, Queen Elizabeth I restricted the wearing of royal purple to her family members. It was a dye costly to produce, derived from the secretions of sea snails. Happily, it never faded. _5160020_5160020OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5160032_5160032OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5170090_5170090OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5160085_5160085OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5170027_5170027OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _5160038_5160038OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Community Garden Flowers Riverside Park allium butterfly columbine iris https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/the-royal-purples-riverside-park-community-garden Wed, 17 May 2017 19:17:53 GMT
Early Leafing https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/early-leafing May brings budding and leafing. The trees along the Hudson River have arching branches that are now bursting their leaves. Some people sit on benches to gaze; still others to bike and run along the paths, and those in my observing category to wander to photograph the sky and the leaves. Leisure by the HudsonLeisure by the HudsonOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Hole in the WallHole in the WallOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Grren Grass Blue SkyGrren Grass Blue SkyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Hudson May River benches bicyclist clouds fences leaves runners sky trees wall https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/early-leafing Fri, 12 May 2017 19:55:34 GMT
Tulip Macros https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/tulip-macros Dive into its heart

Stamens and anthers parade

Fairy dustings of pollen

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) anther bud flower macro petals pistil pollen stamen tulips https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/tulip-macros Mon, 01 May 2017 22:38:52 GMT
Andy Goldsworthy Wall, Storm King https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/andy-goldsworthy-wall-storm-king  

"Before I built a wall I'd ask to know

What I was walling in or walling out,

And to whom I was like to give offense." Robert Frost

 

The looping wall is by Andy Goldsworthy, revival of an ancient craft. The other straight line images (in color and in black and white) also highlight the artistry of his beautiful wall making as the wall heads in a straight line up a steep hill and across an open field on the other side of the pond. Walls may be useful for delimiting boundaries...as long as one can hop over them easily or comfortably chat as neighbors.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) . Andy Goldsworthy Storm King early spring outdoors stones stonewall walls https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/andy-goldsworthy-wall-storm-king Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:26:28 GMT
Upper Westside Community Garden Tulip Festival 2017 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/westside-community-garden-tulips-2017 The Westside Community Garden annual festival of tulips is up and running. The morning rain added drops to the petals and an overcast day failed to diminish the beauty of these flowers. In fact, they sparkled with vibrancy. The variety is spectacular.  _4210097_4210097OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4210026-2_4210026-2OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4210038_4210038OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4210017_4210017OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Tulip Festival Westside Community Garden tulips https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/westside-community-garden-tulips-2017 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:55:11 GMT
Storm King Art Museum: A Sense of Scale https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/a-sense-of-scale Including people in a scene with monumental outdoor sculptures provides a sense of scale. The oversized works at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY, touch the sky. How tiny the visitors appear next to these works by Alexander Liberman, Mark di Suvero, and Alexander Calder. _4150037_4150037OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4150086_4150086OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _4150212_4150212OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) NY. Storm King art center outdoors people sculptures https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/a-sense-of-scale Tue, 18 Apr 2017 01:28:31 GMT
Pink and White Tulips Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/pink-and-white-tulips-haiku Peppermint tulips

Striped patterns in pink and white

Candy cane lovely

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) bouquet haiku patterns pink and white stripes tulips https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/pink-and-white-tulips-haiku Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:55:19 GMT
Pink Moon https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/pink-moon "The first full moon in April is called a 'pink moon' because it's when a spring flower called moss pink or phlox typically blooms, according to the Farmer's Almanac." and here it is in glowing color over the towering towers of the El Dorado apartment building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.   Glowing Pink MoonGlowing Pink MoonOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Pink Moon UWSPink Moon UWSOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Pink MoonPink MoonOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) April El Dorado towers NYC Pink Moon https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/pink-moon Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:31:47 GMT
Pansies https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/pansies Pansies faces looking  up

Holding wonder like a cup

(A variation of lines from Sara Teasdale's "Barter")

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) outdoors pansies raindrops https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/pansies Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:41:27 GMT
Tinkle Tinkle Little Bell https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/tinkle-tinkle-little-bell Tinkle tinkle little bell

Time for dinner

Ain't that swell

Food that's spicy, sweet, and hot

Served from the kitchen's big crock pot.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) bell clapper loop plate ringer sterling silver https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/tinkle-tinkle-little-bell Sun, 02 Apr 2017 14:56:10 GMT
Where Will You Be, 1/1/3000? https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/where-will-you-be-1/1/3000 No one living today will be around on January 1, 3000 to see the opening of the Time Capsule standing at the Weston Pavilion entry to the Natural Museum of History, NYC. The capsule of gleaming stainless steel includes an assortment of random items -- a soccer jersey, NYT archived magazines, penicillin from France, hair samples of Dolly, the cloned sheep, and post-it-notes. In a misting rain, the sculpture gleams brightly. The artist, Santiago Calatrava, describes it as a flower. I see welcoming wings. TC facing view copyTC facing view copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA TC at West Wing copyTC at West Wing copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA plaqueplaqueOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Museum of Natural History Santiago Calatrava Time Capsule pavilion sculpture stainless steel https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/where-will-you-be-1/1/3000 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:08:52 GMT
Spring Won't Be a Little Late This Year https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/seeing-wont-be-a-little-late-this-year Or so it seems, if one uses as a barometer the flowering cherry blossom tree in the Crab Apple Grove in Riverside Park, NYC. Passersby gazed in astonishment at the floating pink cloud of a singular tree among many with bare branches. A balmy 70 degree break in the weather pattern the last week in February must have prompted the flowering...an evident sign of global warming, I suspect. Cherry BlossomsCherry BlossomsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _2270084 copy_2270084 copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _2270101_2270101OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _2280019_2280019OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA must have prompted the flowering...an evident sign of global warming, I suspect.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Riverside Park blooms branches cherry blossoms outdoors trees https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/seeing-wont-be-a-little-late-this-year Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:20:54 GMT
Steppin' Out with My Baby https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/steppin-out-with-my-baby In this case the "baby" is Lensbaby Velvet 56, an amazing lens that creates dreamy images with the lens wide open and then sharper ones as you close it down. New learning curve here, but there is no fun without the challenges. Just beginning with this technique.... snowdrop1snowdrop1OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA snowdropsnowdropOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA golden grassesgolden grassesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA February walkerFebruary walkerOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Lensbaby Velvet 56 grasses lens outdoors snowdrops walker https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/steppin-out-with-my-baby Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:35:27 GMT
Shadowed Tangerines https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/shadowed-tangerines Yes, a flash can make a difference in the image photographed. Tangerines resting in a bowl take on a new appearance when shot with a flash. More menacing perhaps with the shadows of the bowl and the stems heightening the light and dark, but interesting enough for the first image to make Flickr Explore on February 7th. TangerinesTangerinesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Tangerines1Tangerines1OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Explore Flickr bowl flash shadows tangerines https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/shadowed-tangerines Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:28:33 GMT
Lemons and Lighting https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/lemons-and-lighting P1260144P1260144OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA With lighting and macros, lemons take on an allure. Using a slave flash on closeups of lemons with sterling silver miniature figures, I created some fanciful scenes. More to come. Lighting casts shadows and  mystery. P1260036P1260036OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P1260033P1260033OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) , "slave flash", figures, miniatures, bird lemon seeds lemons lighting macro rhinoceros sterling silver https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/lemons-and-lighting Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:17:30 GMT
Day Jaunt https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/day-jaunt Just a Day Jaunt to visit Storm King, closed to the end of the month, unfortunately. Yet, there were pretty sights on the way, hikers, rushing streams, even a big barn on a hill. There is always something to be photographed in its time and place. P1150058P1150058OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Melting Snow copyMelting Snow copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P1150076P1150076OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P1150108P1150108OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) barn day trip dog hills ice log man rapids rushing water sculpture snow streams trees trip https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/day-jaunt Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:35:45 GMT
Snowflakes https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/snowflakes With the first snow, capturing flakes is an aim, A fast shutter speed helps. So pretty are the snowflakes against passersby hurrying to get home. P1070018P1070018OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P1070014P1070014OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P1070020P1070020OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) candids passersby snow snowflakes street winter https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/snowflakes Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:51:16 GMT
Snow! https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/snow First serious snowfall. Sledders out; sky blue; clouds puffy. Cold air and bright sunshine made the morning bright and sparkling. P1080080P1080080OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Central Park Snow branches clouds ice outdoors sky sledders trees winter https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/snow Sun, 08 Jan 2017 21:43:12 GMT
Love All Creatures Great and Small https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/love-all-creatures-great-and-small A tiny Buddha, symbol of love and peace, observes a decorated elephant and a wood-carved hippopotamus. In a circle, Nature encompasses all creatures great and small in harmony. This is a nice way to start a new year, in friendship and in style. Facing forward or facing away, buddha is in comfort with the surroundings. Buddha 1 jpgBuddha 1 jpgOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Buddha 2Buddha 2OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Buddha 3Buddha 3OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Buddha 4Buddha 4OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) buddha elephant figures hippo macro https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/love-all-creatures-great-and-small Mon, 02 Jan 2017 16:10:26 GMT
Milkweed Pod https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/milkweed-pod Seeds and filaments

Silky strands of shiny threads

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) achene filaments milkweed pod seeds https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/milkweed-pod Sat, 31 Dec 2016 16:38:26 GMT
Their Last Hurrah https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/their-last-hurrah Summer garden blooms

Now in late senescent throe

Sigh their last hurrah

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) December Park Riverside blooms garden senescence winter https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/their-last-hurrah Sat, 17 Dec 2016 15:06:05 GMT
West End Avenue Lobby Christmas Trees https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/west-end-avenue-lobby-christmas-trees Many buildings on West End Avenue have old world panache, having been built around the turn of the 20th century. At Christmas time, the lobbies are decorated with ornamented trees to celebrate the holidays. Festive and grand, they are welcoming sights. My own building has a fourteen foot tree, truly splendiferous, and  I decided to do a little comparison viewing of others in the neighborhood. On a drizzly, cloudy morning, my visits introduced me to the sparkling lights and and radiant gleams of lobby interiors spiffy with holiday visual delights. What a joy! 575575OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 535535OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 490490OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 522522OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Christmas tree West End Avenue architecture buildings decorations interior lobby ornaments https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/west-end-avenue-lobby-christmas-trees Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:18:08 GMT
Shooting From A Car https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/shooting-from-a-car Daring adventurers on NYC streets is the subject of my Mirrorless Photo Tips post...not for the faint hearted!

The link to the site is: 

 MIrrorless Photo Tips

https://goo.gl/Xc8oxR

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Cars NYC bicycles danger reckless streets traffic trucks https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/shooting-from-a-car Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:26:49 GMT
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and More https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/rockefeller-christmas-tree-and-more PC040008PC040008OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA To view the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree unimpeded by crowds, get up early on a Sunday morning and hike over to Fifth Avenue and 49th Street. The early bird catches the worm. On Sixth Avenue opposite Radio City Music Hall, giant red ornaments are eye-catching, settled on a square of overflowing water. More is likely to come. Rockefeller Tree1Rockefeller Tree1OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PC040013PC040013OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PC040002 copyPC040002 copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Christmas Tree Rockefeller Center angels firs ornaments splashing pool, NYC, holidays, decorations, buildings , flags, horns, lights, https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/rockefeller-christmas-tree-and-more Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:44:39 GMT
And Death Shall Have No Dominion https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/and-death-shall-have-no-dominion Cemeteries in the Rain

"And death shall have no dominion" ~ Dylan Thoms

On rainy days, cemeteries are sober places with raindrops adding a sense of tears being shed. There is a beauty to a setting where stretches of tablets and plaques commemorate the dead. Cemeteries are quiet places separated from the daily bustle and activity of life. We the living often feel immortal. Cemeteries remind us of our mortality and our present gift of life.


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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Mt.Hebron NY Queen autumn bushes cemetery leaves path plaques rain raindrops tablets umbrella https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/and-death-shall-have-no-dominion Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:44:04 GMT
Mirrorless Photo Tips Blog and Boots Made for Walkin' https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-and-boots-made-for-walkin This week's Mirrorless Photo Tips Blog zeroes in on a fashionably dressed NYC dog walker wearing sheepskin boots in unseasonably warm November weather.  See Link Below

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) MirrorlessPhotoTips blog boots dog dog-walker fashion fence outdoors outfit sheepskin walkway https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-and-boots-made-for-walkin Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:06:21 GMT
Flickr Explore Recognition https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/flickr-explore-recognition Proud to show my images that have been selected for interestingness on Flickr Explore, currently at 500 per day or about 0.005% of the daily upload volume. All are included in the various galleries in Zenfolio. Flickr Explore RecognitionFlickr Explore Recognition .

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Explore Flickr images interestingness photos https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/flickr-explore-recognition Wed, 23 Nov 2016 23:24:49 GMT
Reckless or Daring https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/reckless-or-daring Here are some candid street shots of bicyclists weaving through New York City traffic. Hold your breath as you view these daredevils on the go. They have skill and confidence. Let's hope they have luck. Reckless copyReckless copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PB220015PB220015OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PB220021PB220021OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Bicyclists NYC buildings cars outdoors traffic trucks https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/reckless-or-daring Wed, 23 Nov 2016 01:15:50 GMT
Annie Leibovitz, Art Gallery Opening https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/annie-liebovitz-art-gallery-opening An art gallery opening of photographs (Women:New Portraits) by Annie Leibovitz drew a crowd, including Gloria Steinem. Wine and campagne flowed and images astounded all.  Women, famous and not so famous, adorned the makeshift walls of a former women's correctional  facility in the Chelsea section of NYC. PB160236-EditPB160236-EditOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   PB160211PB160211OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Champagne in colorChampagne in colorOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) AnnieLeibovitz GloriaSteinem art champagne crowd gallery photographs show waiter https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/annie-liebovitz-art-gallery-opening Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:11:41 GMT
Carl Schurz Park https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/carl-schurz-park Carl Schurz Park on the east side of Manhattan, the site of the mayor's mansion, is a pretty site along the East River. A quick stop the other day was enough to capture a few scenes of an archway, climbing stairs, and an abundance of mums. A brief scouting convinces me to return soon to the bilevel park before all the leaves have fallen. PB140102PB140102OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PB140092PB140092OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PB140096PB140096OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PB140112PB140112OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) . Carl Schurz Park East Side archway mums stairs https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/carl-schurz-park Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:30:18 GMT
Bethesda Terrace https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/bethesda-terrace The Angel of the Waters is a prominent water fountain sculpture, designed by Emma Stebbins in 1868. The Fountain in Bethesda Terrace approached down a grand staircase and through a long hallway has all the characteristics of a long ago time. In sepia, the images suggest postcards from the past. Entrance to Bethesda FountainEntrance to Bethesda FountainOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA FountainFountainOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sepia BethesdaSepia BethesdaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Angel of the Waters Bethesda Central Park Emma Stebbins, NYC Terrace fountain outdoors https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/bethesda-terrace Mon, 07 Nov 2016 21:31:19 GMT
Toad Lily https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/toad-lily Quite a name for this miniscule autumn lower. Purple and white with tiny glistening "crystals," it entices the macro lens. "Come closer, even closer, to capture my intricate form." OK. PB010020PB010020OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PB010022PB010022OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PB010024PB010024OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) bokeh flower outdoors plant toad lily https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/toad-lily Wed, 02 Nov 2016 16:57:19 GMT
Autumn in Black and White https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/autumn-in-black-and-white Forget the vibrant autumn colors and strip the images bare for autumn in black and white. Maybe gloomy, maybe mysterious, maybe a welcome relief from the gaudy show of explosive reds and scarlets and saffrons. Fallen Leaves on Bench bw copyFallen Leaves on Bench bw copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PA090034PA090034OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PA250009PA250009OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA path in Riverside copypath in Riverside copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) NYC RiversidePark autumn benches black&white leaves monochrome outdoors park raindrops https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/autumn-in-black-and-white Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:43:13 GMT
So Rosy https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/so-rosy Interesting to find roses blooming outdoors in late October. Petal-pink bordered, they float like perfect dream shapes among leaf clusters.  They add a rosy touch of floral sanity, bypassing the political turmoils stressing out so many citizens. And in black and white, they are soothing shapes to calm the nerves. Autumn roseAutumn roseOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Autumnal RoseAutumnal RoseOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA rose in bwrose in bwOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA roses in bwroses in bwOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) black&white color leafs outdoors roses https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/so-rosy Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:26:00 GMT
Gold Above and Gold Below https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/gold-above-and-gold-below First, the doubloons hang on the tree. Then, they drop to the ground, creating a carpet of gold fit for a magic ride...or casual walk. Autumn GoldAutumn GoldOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Fresh CarpetingFresh CarpetingOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Gold Hudson autumn bench buildings leaves river sky walkway https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/gold-above-and-gold-below Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:11:07 GMT
How Much is That Doggie...? https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/how-much-is-that-doggie The cutest doggie...a dachshund, with large brown soulful eyes was irresistible. His long snout and moist nose added to his beauty. He sat so poised and willing as I snapped away. Then he and his mistress trotted away. Look to Your RightLook to Your RightOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Head OnHead OnOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Looking UpLooking UpOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Long SnoutLong SnoutOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) dachshund dog eyes leash nose park snout https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/how-much-is-that-doggie Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:00:31 GMT
Bow Bridge: A Halcyon Spot https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/bow-bridge-a-halcyon-spot With a world disordered, roiling events, vituperation and vitriol unsettling social harmony, there lies a spot in all seasons where marriage proposals and Woody Allen movies are made. A perfect arc of a bridge, like Cupid's arrow, settles the soul. Oct. '15 75mmOct. '15 75mmOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA December 14, '15 40mmDecember 14, '15 40mmOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Winter Feb. 40mmWinter Feb. 40mm

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Bow Bridge CentralPark Lake NYC autumn boaters buildings leaves snow summer visitors winter https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/bow-bridge-a-halcyon-spot Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:25:28 GMT
The Mandala Man - Mirrorless Photo Tips Blog https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/the-mandala-man---mirrorless-photo-tips-blog Today's post on Mirrorless Photo Tips blog deals with the wondrous way that photography may enrich the philosophical knowledge of symbolic forms. The forms in this case are mandalas. A loose translation is "circle." The link below explains more fully.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Sanskrit chalk circle man mandalas outdoors pavement symbolism transient art https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/the-mandala-man---mirrorless-photo-tips-blog Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:02:14 GMT
The Bubble Chaser https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/the-bubble-chaser Fun to watch a  child chasing bubbles. One swings the soap wand and the other scrambles to grab the bubble before it bursts. The scene is a metaphor for the pursuit of the impossible and the illusory, chasing soap bubbles. On the other hand, why not! PA040103-EditPA040103-EditOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PA040102PA040102OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PA040107PA040107OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) boys bubbles chasing fun outdoors soap https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/the-bubble-chaser Wed, 05 Oct 2016 19:13:24 GMT
The Met in Infrared, a post on Mirrorless Photo Tips https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/the-met-in-infrared In infrared, the Met museum appears surreal, a characteristic of "beyond the visible light" images. People moving about add a strange ghostly element with their appearance. Architecture in infrared is a worthy subject for experimentation. The first image made Flickr Explore on September 17th.  And other images of the public plaza in infrared were included in my post on Mirrorless Photo Tips bloc, October 3rd. See link below

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Infrared MetMuseum architecture colonnades people stairs https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/the-met-in-infrared Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:39:53 GMT
Carousel Magic https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/carousel-magic The appeal of a carousel is universal. Lights, music, and vivid color are magical attributes. The mammoth horses with their up-and-down movement whirling past in circles around and around make the carousel truly a merry-go-round.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) carousel colors horses lights merry-go-round https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/carousel-magic Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:30:34 GMT
Hudson's Rocky Waves Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/hudsons-rocky-waves-haiku Hudson River swells

Waves rise and fall together

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Hudson NJ NYC River boats bridges buildings haiku waves https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/hudsons-rocky-waves-haiku Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:13:00 GMT
Mirrorless Photo Tips Blog and Finding the Weird https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/mirrorles My August 29th post on Mirrorless Photo Tips blog, edited by Joe Farace, dealt with finding the weird.

Recording the weird

Unusual sights perceived

Trips the fantastic

The link for the site is below

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) MirrorlessPhotoTips NYC SagHarbor bay flowerpot griffin hands spray telescope https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/mirrorles Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:13:35 GMT
Belle Epoque Portrait https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/belle-epoque-portrait Belle Epoque portrait

Illuminated profile

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) calligraphy curls flowers girl profile https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/belle-epoque-portrait Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:30:41 GMT
Mirrorless Photo Tips Blog and Stained Glass Butterfly https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-and-stained-glass-butterfly August 22nd  post on Mirrorless Photo Tips highlighted black and white and color butterflies suggesting similarity to vintage milk glass.

Stripped of bright color

Luminous in monochrome 

Milk glass butterfly

 

Link is below

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Mirrorless Photo Tips black&white butterflies stained glass https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-and-stained-glass-butterfly Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:04:42 GMT
In a Mountain Greenery https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/in-a-mountain-greenery At the foothills of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, the greenery is abundant. Beyond a gazebo and a charming pond, the mountains stretch wide and clear under a cloud-filled sky. Heavenly spot to contemplate nature. P8210054P8210054OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The Hills are AliveThe Hills are AliveOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P8210085P8210085OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Berkshires flowers foothills gazebo grasses greenery mountains plants pond https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/in-a-mountain-greenery Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:11:40 GMT
Busy Day, with Congratulations Due https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/busy-day-with-congratulations-due First notice:

"Our juror for The Environmental Portrait, Shana Nys Dambrot has made her selections. Your image:

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was selected to be a part of our exhibition at the Darkroom Gallery, opening Sep 15th, 2016" Fashionista1Fashionista1OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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With a wingspread balancing

A Fred Astaire move

 

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) DarkRoomGallery NYT Metropolitan Diary, August 17, 2016 awards bluejay fashionista haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/busy-day-with-congratulations-due Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:12:20 GMT
Mirrorless Photo Tips and Rain Dodgers! https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/mirrorless-photo-tips-and-rain-dodgers My post this week on Mirrorless Photo Tips deals with rain dodgers!

Here is the link: goo.gl/XCuiJl

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Mirrorless Photo Tips cyclist passersby rain street umbrellas https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/mirrorless-photo-tips-and-rain-dodgers Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:56:52 GMT
Double Exposures https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/double-exposures One on one, practicing a camera's capability of capturing double exposures is intriguing...with results surprising. Ordinary objects doubled up on others create  unique and unpredictable images, at least so far.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) double exposures https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/double-exposures Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:08:30 GMT
Mirrorless Photo Tips Blog and the Jackar Snapshooter https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-and-the-jackar-snapshooter My Mirrorless Photo Tips Blog today focuses on an inexpensive now discontinued lens and its attributes.

See Link below:

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Jackar Mirrorless Photo Tips, candid, Snapshooter" fruit stand guitarist street https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-and-the-jackar-snapshooter Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:38:29 GMT
Stained Glass Butterfly Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/stained-glass-butterfly-haiku Stripped of bright color

Starkly clear in monochrome

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) black&white butterfly leaves monochrome outdoors swallowtail https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/stained-glass-butterfly-haiku Wed, 03 Aug 2016 12:55:02 GMT
Mirrorless Photo Tips Blog and High-Sky Street Photography https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-and-high-sky-street-photography A good example of an oxymoron, "sky-high street photography," the subject of my current weekly post on Mirrorless Photo Tips blog -- the link below:

 

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Local Law 11 NYC buildings outdoors repairs restoration scaffold sky-high street photography suspension scaffold workmen https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-and-high-sky-street-photography Mon, 01 Aug 2016 13:23:32 GMT
PhotoPlace Juried Exhibit Selection https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/photoplace-juried-exhibit-selection Pleased and proud to announce that my photo "Corner Room" has been selected for the Middlebury Vermont PhotoPlace juried online gallery annex exhibit, A Sense of Place, Sept. 7 to Sept. 30, 2016. The juror is Jane Fulton Alt. Corner RoomCorner RoomOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) PhotoPlace corner room exhibit motel night https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/photoplace-juried-exhibit-selection Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:31:37 GMT
Candid Shots on Walkabouts https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/candid-shots-on-walkabouts Always something to see in the immediate neighborhood -- greeting dog, sunbather, walkers and talkers. Life in all its facets abounds in the daily activities of people on the go. The camera sees and records through my eyes and tools. Summer happenings in parks and streets. P7200012P7200012OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P7200014P7200014OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA City Action copyCity Action copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P7200027P7200027OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P7210079P7210079OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) benches child diners dog neighborhood. park people street summer sunbather walkers https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/candid-shots-on-walkabouts Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:24:12 GMT
Mirrorless Photo Tips Blog Post on Stairways and Railings https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-post-on-stairways-and-railings Published in today's Mirrorless Photo Tips is my take on Stairways and Railings.

Link below:

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) CentralPark Mirrorless Photo Tips NYC Riverside outdoors parks railings stairways theme https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-post-on-stairways-and-railings Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:38:35 GMT
Tough Job, Local Law 11 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/tough-job-local-law-11 Local Law 11 in NYC requires buildings of over six stories to be periodically inspected for exterior stability. Workers on scaffold have strenuous jobs repairing buildings often over one hundred years old. The architectural trims are beautiful and need expert maintenance.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Local Law 11 NYC. buildings drilling maintenance repair https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/tough-job-local-law-11 Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:02:39 GMT
1650 Gallery "I'll Fly Away: The Nature of Birds" exhibition https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/1650-gallery-ill-fly-away-the-nature-of-birds-exhibition Pleased that both of these birds have been selected for the 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, California, Juried Photography Exhibition
"I'll Fly Away: The Nature of Birds"
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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) 1650 Gallery, cardinal, grackel birds exhibition https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/1650-gallery-ill-fly-away-the-nature-of-birds-exhibition Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:21:55 GMT
Dog Ownership in NYC https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/dog-ownership-in-nyc Owning a dog in NYC has responsibilities. Dogs must be walked several times a day, They must be on leash except in designated park areas. Poop must be picked up and discarded. Sometimes they lag and sometimes they pull. For their loving owners, all this is worth it. Dog WalkingDog Walking Dog SniffingDog Sniffing

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) NYC building dog leash shade shadow sun walker https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/dog-ownership-in-nyc Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:02:08 GMT
Mirrorless Photo Tips Blog and Another Post on Outdoor Flowers https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-and-another-post-on-outdoor-flowers Pleased and proud to have this post on Mirrorless Photo Tips today combining outdoor flower photos from Riverside Park, NYC, and Copake, NY.

The Link is below:

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) English garden Mirrorless Photo Tips Riverside Park You Got Mail daisies gardens movie https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-and-another-post-on-outdoor-flowers Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:13:33 GMT
Jones Beach, by the Sea https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/by-the-sea Actually by the ocean at Jones Beach, two young girls waded in and tempted the high incoming waves. One withstood, the other tumbled, but they laughed their heads off, as the saying goes. Fun to watch the joy in youthful beach play. P7010054-EditP7010054-EditOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P7010045-Edit-EditP7010045-Edit-EditOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P7010053-EditP7010053-EditOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Beach JonesBeach fun girls play surf waves https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/by-the-sea Sat, 09 Jul 2016 21:53:14 GMT
Mirrorless Photo Tips Blog and Another Post on Iconic Images https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-and-another-post-on-iconic-images Proud to be featured on today's Mirrorless Photo Tips with this post on iconic images...and patriotism.

Follow the link below:

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) AmericanFlag Freedom Tower HudsonRiver Mirrorless Photo Tips NYC buildings icons riverbank https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-and-another-post-on-iconic-images Tue, 05 Jul 2016 15:07:53 GMT
Experimentation with Long Exposures https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/experimentation-with-long-exposures Tripod and twinkles

Lights on a long streaming wire

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) candelabra cups haiku ivory lights merry-go-round night silver statues toy twinkles https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/experimentation-with-long-exposures Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:12:10 GMT
New Post on Mirrorless Photo Tips, Tweeting Birdies https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/new-post-on-mirrorless-photo-tips-tweeting-birdies
Tweeting with pleasure with this birdie post on Mirrorless Photo Tips blog on Monday, June 27th. All birds images from Suffern, NY. Link below:
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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Mirrorless Photo Tips NY Suffern birds bluejay cardinal https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/new-post-on-mirrorless-photo-tips-tweeting-birdies Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:57:26 GMT
Infrared Central Park in Black and White https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/infrared-central-park-in-black-and-white A brief sortie in Central Park with a converted infrared camera captured landscapes best processed in black and white. Benches, stone bridges, and railings stood out dark and shapely. Leaves and grass shimmered white as did a bed of tall flowers. Sharp and contrasty, the park exhibits a surreal look in invisible light. P6230012-EditP6230012-EditOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P6230010-EditP6230010-EditOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P6230007-EditP6230007-EditOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Central Park NYC benches black&white bridge flowers infrared leaves monochrome railings stone trees https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/infrared-central-park-in-black-and-white Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:29:48 GMT
Mirrorless Photo Tips Blog on Fun Panning https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-on-fun-panning Pleased to be featured on Mirrorless Photo Tips today, June 20th, with a post on panning cyclists

The Link is below

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) cyclists hat helmet outdoors outfits panning park street https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-on-fun-panning Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:38:46 GMT
The "You Got Mail" Garden in Riverside Park, Upper West Side, NYC https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/the-you-got-mail-garden-in-riverside-park ​In the final scene of the Nora Ephron movie, "You Got Mail" with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, both stars meet at the Upper West Side 91st St. Riverside Park Community Garden to reveal their email identities and declare their love. "Over the Rainbow" plays as the musical backdrop. It is a lovely and romantic scene. The garden is now blooming with larkspurs, primroses, tiger lilies, and other gorgeous flowers. How fortunate to be able to visit the garden daily and take stock of the latest blooming. DSCF3221DSCF3221 DSCF3215DSCF3215 DSCF3218DSCF3218 DSCF3223DSCF3223

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Community Garden NYC Riverside Park Upper West Side blooms fence flowers larkspur outdoors roses tiger lilies https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/the-you-got-mail-garden-in-riverside-park Fri, 17 Jun 2016 20:41:04 GMT
Sorrow Haiku for Orlando https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/sorrow-haiku-for-orlando Orlando's sorrows

A sea of bright marigolds

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Orlando flowers haiku marigolds outdoors pain sorrow tribute https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/sorrow-haiku-for-orlando Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:18:32 GMT
Mirrorless Photo Tips Blog and Sharing Happiness https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-and-sharing-happiness Nice to make people happy, and this post in Mirrorless Photo Tips does just that with these two candid portraits. The link is below:

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Mirrorless Photo Tips Portraits candids green light outdoors panache smiles https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-and-sharing-happiness Mon, 13 Jun 2016 15:36:10 GMT
Riverside Park Panning https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/riverside-park-panning Bicyclists and runners were out on a cool June morning, perfect time to practice panning. So many missed shots, few good ones, such a challenge to press  the shutter at the right moment and to follow through with a smooth swing. But I like the challenge and the assorted outfits of the subjects.. DSCF3175DSCF3175 DSCF3189DSCF3189 DSCF3157DSCF3157 DSCF3179DSCF3179

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Riverside Park background blur bicyclists panning runner https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/riverside-park-panning Thu, 09 Jun 2016 11:08:15 GMT
Mirrorless Photo Tips Blog and Lake Nymphs https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/mirrorless  

Another post on the fabulous Mirrorless Photo Tips daily blog and pleasurable pride in sharing images from Lake Sebago, NY, and explanatory text.

Link below:

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) LakeSebago MirrorlessPhotoTips NYC dock greenery silhouettes https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/mirrorless Mon, 06 Jun 2016 13:04:01 GMT
Mirrorless Photo Tips Blog and the Real/Surreal https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-and-the-real/surreal  

Pleased and proud to have my post on the Real and the Surreal, Infrared Photography featured on Mirrorless Photo Tips today a daily blog whose goal is to provide useful tips for using mirrorless cameras and for having fun while doing it.

Follow the link below

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Carl Schurz Park, NYC, leaves, trees, vegetation, rowing Central Park Mirrorless Photo Tips, infrared, surreal, real, parks, https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/mirrorless-photo-tips-blog-and-the-real/surreal Thu, 02 Jun 2016 12:50:41 GMT
Setting Sun and Silhouettes https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/setting-sun-and-silhouettes ​As the sun was beginning to set at Lake Sebago in Harriman State Park, NY, a young bather was silhouetted against the light behind her. She created a mystical scene of a Circe, with a slender corona of red hair, standing and sitting on a dock. Her lithe form completed the scene of sorcerer enchantress. P5290081P5290081OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P5290123P5290123OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P5290115P5290115OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Lake Sebago backlit bather dock evening form water https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/setting-sun-and-silhouettes Tue, 31 May 2016 13:46:44 GMT
Dueling Instruments at Darkroom Gallery, VT. https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/dueling-instruments-at-darkroom-gallery-vt Honored and Excited to have this image, Dueling Instruments, selected to be part of the juried exhibition Manus et Pedibus at the Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vt., opening June 23rd, 2016. Tim Booth is the juror. The hands of Marcus Milius, a talented musician, are the subject of this photo. Dueling InstrumentsDueling InstrumentsHonored and Excited to have this image, Dueling Instruments, selected to be part of the juried exhibition Manus et Pedibus at the Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vt., opening June 23rd, 2016. Tim Booth is the juror. The hands of Marcus Milius, a talented musician, are the subject of this photo.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Darkroom Gallery Manus et Pedibus black&white exhibition guitar hands harmonica monochrome musician https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/dueling-instruments-at-darkroom-gallery-vt Fri, 27 May 2016 13:36:21 GMT
New Post on Mirrorless Photo Tips, Harlem Meer Egret https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/new-post-on-mirrorless-photo-tips-harlem-meer-egret ​Please to have my post on an egret viewed in Harlem Meer and processed in black and white on Mirrorless Photo Tips today. 

The link to the post is below:
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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Central Park Harlem Meer black&white egret monochrome https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/new-post-on-mirrorless-photo-tips-harlem-meer-egret Thu, 26 May 2016 12:01:19 GMT
Skyscraper Haiku https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/skyscraper-haiku All glitter and glass

They crowd high the clouds and sky

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) NYC clouds glass glitter reflections sky skyscrapers https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/skyscraper-haiku Tue, 24 May 2016 20:26:46 GMT
Mirrorless Photo Tips Blog and Another Post https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/mirrorless-photo-tips-and-another-post Another post in Mirrorless Photo Tips blog, I am happy to announce. This one on tulips, these three selected from the West Side Community annual tulip display. The post on May 19th includes my poem inspired by the flamboyant display in the community garden.

The link to my post in the Mirrorless Photo Tips blog is below:

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Mirrorless Photo Tips blog West Side Community Garden festival tulips https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/mirrorless-photo-tips-and-another-post Sat, 21 May 2016 19:32:47 GMT
GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS, Juried Group Photography Exhibition https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/girls-girls-girls-juried-group-photography-exhibition Pleased and excited to find out that my photo "Giggles" has been selected for the Juried Group Photo Exhibition GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS, 1650 Gallery, Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA . Opening reception May 28th. GigglesGigglesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) 1650 Gallery, LA black&white exhibition girls monochrome outdoors selection https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/girls-girls-girls-juried-group-photography-exhibition Fri, 20 May 2016 12:14:08 GMT
Wide-angle and Dreamy https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/wide-angle-and-dreamy A 12mm lens was spot on to capture a slice of Carl Schurz's park on 86th St. and East End Ave. in NYC. Using a Carl Schurz Park.jpgCarl Schurz Park.jpgOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA converted infrared camera, I found the image arresting with minimal processing. It made Flickr Explore on May 16th.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Carl Schurz NYC infrared landscape park scenery https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/wide-angle-and-dreamy Tue, 17 May 2016 22:11:29 GMT
Springtime Haiku in NYT Metropolitan Diary, May 15th https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/springtime-haiku-in-nyt-metropolitan-diary-may-15th A photo I took along Riverside path walkway inspired a haiku published in the NYT Metropolitan Diary, May15th.

Dear Diary:

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) . NYT Metropolitan Diary asphalt bench bricks green grass haiku springtime https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/springtime-haiku-in-nyt-metropolitan-diary-may-15th Sun, 15 May 2016 23:22:04 GMT
Freedom Tunnel https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/freedom-tunnel Under Riverside Park runs the Amtrak tunnel. A section of it is visible under the walking path plaza at 79th Street. Peering through a grated door with a small rectangular opening, one sees colorful and creative graffiti on the back wall past the railroad tracks. Light streams down from a wide grate set in the middle of the grassy median on the Riverside Park path. GraffitiGraffitiOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P5120086P5120086OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P5120076P5120076OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P5100048P5100048OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P5120065P5120065OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P5120063P5120063OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA GrateGrateOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Freedom Tunnel Riverside Park artwork door graffiti grate https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/freedom-tunnel Sat, 14 May 2016 23:13:04 GMT
Exciting Feature in Mirrorless Photo Tips https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/exciting-feature-in-mirrorless-photo-tips Excited to be featured in Mirrorless Photo Tips, May 10th. Using my candid photo taken at Riverside Park, the daily photo blog includes my description of the event and my reason for selecting it as a favorite. Nice bio of me too! Thanks Joe Farace and MPT. The link is here.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Mirrorless Photo Tips Riverside Park bio blog feature monochrome photo https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/exciting-feature-in-mirrorless-photo-tips Tue, 10 May 2016 13:14:57 GMT
Full Blooming Orange Azaleas https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/full-blooming-orange-azaleas The orange azaleas are blooming in Riverside Park at 79th Street. Orange sherbet tones contrast with  deep green leaves. The color combination is stunning and enchanting, a fairytale splendor. Late afternoon, close to the golden hour, dappled light intensifies their radiance. So short lived, yet so appreciated for their brief flowering. DSCF2751DSCF2751

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) NYC Riverside Park flowers green leaves orange orange azaleas outdoors https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/full-blooming-orange-azaleas Sun, 08 May 2016 19:41:15 GMT
White Egret in Central Park's Harlem Meer https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/white-egrets-in-central-parks-harlem-meer At the northernmost part of Central Park sits Harlem Meer with its lake, trees, and wildlife. A solitary egret made my Saturday afternoon with its nestling in reeds, elegant posing, and sudden flights. Visitors gathered to walk along paths, recline on the grass in the sun, and sit on benches to dream their dreams. Such a lovely spot to enjoy in the midst of a bustling New York City. 

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Central Park Harlem Meer boulders egrets flight lake landscape trees https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/white-egrets-in-central-parks-harlem-meer Sun, 01 May 2016 22:11:12 GMT
Celebration https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/celebration

Honored and Excited to have my two photos, "The Playhouse" and "Geometry," selected to be part of the juried exhibition Construct: Art in Architecture at the Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vt., opening May 26th, 2016. Carlos Minguez Carrasco is the juror.

 

The playhouse sits by a lake in upstate NY. It is a hideaway for both children and adults at an ancestral family gathering summer home.

The "crowned hats" resembling bishops' mitres above the multi-paned windows in the second photo is the striking design on the top floor of the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital on Manhattan's upper East Side. The PlayhouseThe PlayhouseDarkroom Gallery -- Construct: Art in Architecture

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) +NY Cornell Darkroom Gallery Hospital Presbyterian Weill" architecture. exhibition playhouse https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/celebration Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:07:42 GMT
Infrareds Make Flickr Explore https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/elevated-westside-highway-infrareds-make-flickr-explore The elevated Westside Highway around 72nd street is all arches, steel, and rivets with sky above and deepening enclosures below. In infrared the highway has tonality that is striking, Two recent images made Flickr Explore on successive days, April 26 and 27. The first was the elevated highway; the second, was the rivalry between nature and man-made: blossoms fronting a looming apartment building by the Hudson River. West Side HighwayWest Side HighwayOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Nature and Man MadeNature and Man MadeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Westside Highway apartment building arches blossoms branches infrared rivets steel https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/elevated-westside-highway-infrareds-make-flickr-explore Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:31:09 GMT
Wave Hill, Riverdale, New York, in Springtime https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/wave-hill-riverdale-new-york-in-springtime "Wave Hill is a 28 acres estate in the Hudson Hill section of RiverdaleBronx, in New York City. Wave Hill currently consists of public horticultural gardens and a cultural center, all situated on the slopes overlooking the Hudson River, with expansive views across the river to the New Jersey Palisades." 

Lovely day to visit...springtime, warm, full of sunshine, with trees bursting and dogwoods blooming and clear views of the Palisades and the George Washington bridge. So close to New York City, yet a world apart, an idyllic nature setting. P4240034P4240034OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA GW Bridge from Wave HillGW Bridge from Wave HillOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PalisadesPalisadesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P4240001P4240001OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Hudson River NYC Palisades Riverdale Wave Hill blooms dogwoods gardens leafing springtime https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/wave-hill-riverdale-new-york-in-springtime Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:33:09 GMT
Riverside Park Infrareds https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/riverside-park-infrareds Monochromatic in tone, these infrared scenes of Riverside Park's sloping hill illustrate the expanse of a section of the park looking down toward a children's playground at 91st street. Conservatory workers are seeding the grass and families are enjoying play and picnics. The figures are indeed tiny in the hill slope setting. Sloping HillSloping HillOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P4220010-Edit-2P4220010-Edit-2OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Another Sloping HillAnother Sloping HillOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Riverside Park bark figures hill infrared leafing processing trees https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/riverside-park-infrareds Sun, 24 Apr 2016 14:11:29 GMT
Blossom Dearie (Flickr Explore, April 19th) https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/blossom-dearie-flickr-explore-april-19th Blossom Dearie

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Flickr Explore blooms blossoms. bokeh depth field green leaves of pink https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/blossom-dearie-flickr-explore-april-19th Tue, 19 Apr 2016 14:55:46 GMT
Saturday Spring for All Ages https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/saturday-spring-for-all-ages A spring like day, by Riverside Park Civil War Memorial Plaza adjacent to the Hudson River, all ages gather -- to read, chat, even practice scooter balance. A gathering slightly reminiscent of Seurat's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, only different. This is a Saturday afternoon, in the 21st century, with helmeted bicyclists checking cell phones, a Rangers fan in matching shirt and cap, a straw hat shading the sun at a checkerboard table, and cars parked by a curb. Yet the mood is similar, all pleasantry with life fulfilling moments.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Hudson River Rangers fan adults benches bicycles bicyclists blooms cell phones checkerboard child grass iron fence plaza reader scooter springtime https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/saturday-spring-for-all-ages Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:25:38 GMT
Infrared Woodland https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/infrared-woodland A slice of Riverside Park provides an opportunity for varied infrared processing. Each treatment creates a different mood. A single straggler scrambling over some rocks adds an element of mystery to the scene. Although the image was taken in late morning, it appears that these are nighttime shots. Early leaf budding adds another level of eeriness, an aspect of ghostliness in the monochromatic image.. 

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Riverside Park bark figure ghostliness infrared leafing processing trees https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/infrared-woodland Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:06:45 GMT
A Fellow Traveller https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/a-fellow-traveller ​Great to find a photographer as interested as I am in shooting everything! Her joy in capturing images is evident and contagious. Like a deity with a head-flowering wreath, she spots the unexpected beauty in eroding paint and in the  emerging face of a gnarled wood tree base. Sandy and I shared a Riverside Park photography walkabout, stemming from my NYT Metropolitan Diary article that she used to track me down. Such ingenuity. Nice basis for a friendship. P4110042P4110042OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P4110046P4110046OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P4110072P4110072OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P4110048P4110048OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA .

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) deity flower wreath friendship gnarled wood outdoors peeling paint photographer https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/a-fellow-traveller Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:32:13 GMT
Pop-up Green https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/pop-up-green By asphalt and bricks, under slat benches, green pops up. Apple-green blades of grass wink at the light. Undeterred by man-made surroundings, nature pushes through. "Here we are, " trumpets the shivery wisps of grass, "down here, look and see." Yes, I see -- springtime and new beginnings. P4050090P4050090OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P4050091P4050091OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P4050092P4050092OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) NYC asphalt bench bricks dirt grass green springtime wall https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/pop-up-green Sat, 09 Apr 2016 14:38:03 GMT
Cherry Blossoms https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/cherry-blossoms The cherry blossoms are popping out in Riverside Park. They float effortlessly in drifting patterns, sometimes brushed by the wind. Near the balustrade of the Civil War Memorial and overlooking the Hudson River, their pink blooms radiate under the spring blue sky.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Riverside Park balustrade blooms branches cherry blossoms outdoors tree trunk trees https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/cherry-blossoms Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:06:12 GMT
NYT Metropolitan Diary, April 3rd https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/nyt-metropolitan-diary-3rd Happy and pleased to make the NYT Metropolitan Diary on April 3 with this contribution and image:

Photo
 
CreditMildred Alpern 

Dear Diary:

As an octogenarian with strong, supple knees, I am fortunate to live on the Upper West Side with walking proximity to both Riverside and Central Parks. “Never leave home without a camera” is my mantra, and has been since I discovered digital photo making on retirement from teaching a decade ago.

Thanks to Christo and Jeanne-Claude for “The Gates” project in 2005, I was able to practice the triad of Aperture, ISO and Exposure settings in my first tiny point-and-shoot camera. The project’s saffron nylon curtains in Central Park billowed into blue sky, sun and February winter air, sparking my love for rich color and mystical shapes.

Alas, the project was short-lived, destined for obliteration after a brief two weeks. Since then, I have searched for a scene reminiscent, when wind shapes color, lifting fabric into a dance of artful form and dreamlike beauty.

Behold! It happened on a rain-soaked windy day in June by Riverside Park. A bicyclist came whizzing by and a strong summer breeze insinuated under his lemon-colored slicker and lifted it skyward so that he appeared ready to fly off if he so wished.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Big Bird Whizzing Metropolitan Diary NYT image https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/nyt-metropolitan-diary-3rd Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:13:54 GMT
Cleopatra's Needle https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/cleopatras-needle Such a beautiful obelisk, also know as Cleopatra's needle, stands under a cloud-filled blue sky in Central Park The Obelisk copyThe Obelisk copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P3310024-Edit copyP3310024-Edit copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA . Cherry blossoms add a natural touch of splendor adding vivid color to the surrounding scenery. This obelisk is New York's  version of the Washington Monument in the nation's capitol.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Central Park NYC branches cherry blossoms obelisk path sky trees https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/cleopatras-needle Sat, 02 Apr 2016 21:38:12 GMT
Bad Hair Day Makes Flickr Explore https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/bad-hair-day-makes-flickr-explore Bad Hair DayBad Hair DayOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This charming looker with the unruly coif, disheveled by the rain, made Flickr Explore, March 28. Sitting in the crook of a tree, she exchanged meaningful glances with me. My hair did not look so great either.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) bark depth of field fur squirrel tree https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/bad-hair-day-makes-flickr-explore Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:33:34 GMT
More Panning https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/more-panning Out again today, trying panning. This is a challenge -- to get some subject focus and pleasing background blur. Lots of tries, lots of discards, few keepers. All images were hand held with no flash used. Ah well, lucky to have bicyclists and runners on whom to practice. P3250067-EditP3250067-EditOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P3250051P3250051OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P3250076P3250076OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P3250115P3250115OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P3250065P3250065OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P3250064-EditP3250064-EditOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Riverside Park background blur bicyclists panning runner https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/more-panning Sat, 26 Mar 2016 00:10:17 GMT
Speed and Panning https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/speed-and-panning Tricky to get moving figures just right with panning. It takes practice, practice, practice. But even when not just right, the images intrigue me for their flash of dash...legs sharp, a whisk of red, a hurried blur. The speed of movement caught in a shutter click. P3230034P3230034OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P3230122P3230122OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P3230114P3230114OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P3230035P3230035OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) blur figures macro panning speed https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/speed-and-panning Thu, 24 Mar 2016 19:06:14 GMT
Early Leafing (one in Explore, March 20) https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/early-leafing-one-in-explore-march-20 Early leafing and shriveling berries, a metaphor for eternal rhythms. The berries dangle on slender stems suggesting Calder mobiles.  The verdant green leaves pop into existence, fresh new borns. in a slight wind the berries sway, but the nascent leaves hold firm, the fulcrum of stalwart control. The first in the series made Flickr Explore on March 20th. P3160093P3160093OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P3160082P3160082OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P3160081P3160081OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Calder berries crimson green leaves mobiles springtime stems https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/early-leafing-one-in-explore-march-20 Tue, 22 Mar 2016 13:13:17 GMT
Noel and Artistry https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/noel-and-artistry With balletic moves, Noel transforms skateboarding into a stunning art form. He swirls, dips, and leaps over street cones flying fancy free. Yes, there are stumbles, occasional tumbles, but on the whole graceful postures in his swerving glides.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) ballet moves leaps skateboarding steps swerves twirls young man youth https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/noel-and-artistry Mon, 14 Mar 2016 22:35:25 GMT
Purple Irises Are Out...one in Flickr Explore https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/purple-irises-are-out-one-in-flickr-explore The purple irises are out...such pretty little things with their extruding petals, vivid purple blue with a central slash of yellow. In some images, the thrust petal resembles an outstretched tongue. You can hear the "doctor" commanding gently "Say Ahh," and the patient dutifully responding. The first image made Flickr Explore on March 11th. Say AhhSay AhhOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Purple IrisPurple IrisOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) depth of field green leaves outdoors petals purple iris spring yellow https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/purple-irises-are-out-one-in-flickr-explore Sat, 12 Mar 2016 19:25:27 GMT
Happy Crocus https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/happy-crocus Spring PromiseSpring PromiseOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Announcing SpringAnnouncing SpringOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Pushing up. A slender bud. The swards of green. The vibrant purple. The saffron orange stamens. The crocus arrives. Its little size whispers spring. Its vibrant colors bellow a season change.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Crocus bud leaves light orange purple shadow spring stamens https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/happy-crocus Sat, 05 Mar 2016 17:36:46 GMT
Blowing in the Wind Selected for DarkRoom Gallery https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/blowing-in-the-wind-selected-for-darkroom-gallery Honored and Excited to have this image, Blowing in the Wind, selected to be part of the juried exhibition Chroma at the Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vt., opening March 31st, 2016. Susan Spiritus is the juror. Mid-November blustery winds were streaming their music as the golden maple leaves danced in the autumn finale. Blowing in the Wind copyBlowing in the Wind copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Darkroom Gallery" autumn blowing depth of field, golden maple leaves wind https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/blowing-in-the-wind-selected-for-darkroom-gallery Thu, 03 Mar 2016 16:37:06 GMT
Two in a Row on Flickr Explore https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/two-in-a-row-on-flickr-explore On sequential days, February 29 and March 1, posted images made Flickr Explore, the coveted invitation-only gallery of the 500 most interesting photos of the day. The two  photos could not have been more different. A landscape seen of Lake Skinnatati in Harriman State Park sparkled diamonds on the crisp cold Saturday when the sun was sky high. Framed by tree trunks, rocks, and a stanchion of far distant trees, the blue of the lake is deep. In contrast the other Explore selection is a still life, It pays to have a camera with you at all times. A solitary room in a warren of rooms that I saw on a visit to a doctor's appointment offered a view of a vase, a scalloped dish, and a curving shell on a stand. The room was dim, but the chrysanthemum green-yellow of the vase shone. Unhesitant, I entered the vacant room and snapped a series of images before meeting with my doctor, whose regular offices had been flooded in the cold snap the previous week. The vase still life setup was arranged by someone else, but I thank whomever it was for the artful arrangement. Rocky ShoreRocky ShoreOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Infinite CurvesInfinite CurvesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Explore Flickr Harriman State Park Lake Skinnatati dish rocks shell vase water https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/two-in-a-row-on-flickr-explore Wed, 02 Mar 2016 11:55:48 GMT
People in Monochrome, One in Flickr Explore https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/people-in-monochrome-one-in-flickr-explore Love to catch people scenes, quickly and spontaneously - the random moments of daily life. In monochrome, figures stand out, solemn and private, interior thoughts obscure. The viewer can only surmise. The first in this recent series made Flickr Explore. Quiet StudyQuiet StudyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Girl at the Window copyGirl at the Window copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Bundled ShoppersBundled ShoppersOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Explore Flickr blackandwhite indoors monochrome people https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/people-in-monochrome-one-in-flickr-explore Tue, 23 Feb 2016 03:50:27 GMT
Plush Red Made Flickr Explore February 13. https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/plush-red-makes-flickr-explore-february-13 Nestled in its corner, plush armchair encased in red velour catches the morning sun and is warmed by its rays. It is a delightful chair to read in, dream in, and snooze in. Surely it is oversized, but set apart from the other seating arrangements it does not dominate. Yet it reigns as a brilliant and welcoming invitation. Caught with its sunlit shadows, it made Flickr's Explore, February 13th. Plush LifePlush LifeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 575b575bOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) NYC apartment chair furniture living room red velour https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/plush-red-makes-flickr-explore-february-13 Mon, 15 Feb 2016 01:18:38 GMT
Strange As It Seems https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/strange-as-it-seems Hands reaching out of the dirt, gloved, encased in a flower pot on brownstone steps. Eerie and strange, with fingers so white, the hands embrace the air next to the sere flowers and dried leaves of autumn past. So many times I have passed the hands, yet today they struck me as a metaphor for the phoenix rising again with the hint of spring in the air and the lengthening days. P2040022P2040022OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P2040024P2040024OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P2040026P2040026OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P2040021P2040021OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) NYC colors flowerpot gloves hands leaves monochrome stems https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/strange-as-it-seems Thu, 04 Feb 2016 20:09:08 GMT
Two in Flickr Explore, Successive Days! https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/two-in-flicker-explore-each-day-in-succession Both made Flickr Explore, phalaenopsis "Front and Center" on January 29th and "A Cleared Path" through Central Park on January 30th. The first was taken indoors as my old reliable orchid plant burst forth. The second image was a final shot after traipsing through Central Park to get some snow scenes. Leaving the park at 86th and Central Park West, I admired the blue sky and the towers of El Dorado, which I can view from my bedroom window. A dog walker enhanced the scene.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Central Park El Dorado NYC buildings indoors orchid phalaenopsis purple snow towers trees winter https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/two-in-flicker-explore-each-day-in-succession Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:27:24 GMT
Photo Noir, Juried Exhibition https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/photo-noir-juried-exhibition Honored to have the photograph Snowscape included in the PhotoPlace Gallery's juried "Photo Noir" exhibition, as one of the 40 photographs for display in the Online Gallery on the PhotoPlace Gallery website, and to be included in the published exhibition catalogue available for purchase. The juror for this exhibition is Aline Smithson. SnowscapeSnowscapePhotoPlace Gallery, Photo Noir

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) PhotoPlace Gallery award exhibition photo noir https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/photo-noir-juried-exhibition Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:49:07 GMT
The Blizzard of 2016 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/the-blizzard-of-2016 From my 12th floor aerie, I watched the snows swirl and the heard the winds whistle and howl. Cozy and warm, I did my best to take some images of the snow pounding blizzard of 2016 in NYC. Not an easy thing to do so high up. Yet the images I captured display the blanket whiteness of the storm. Next day and day thereafter, blue sky and digging out. P1230010-EditP1230010-EditOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P1230016P1230016OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P1230017-EditP1230017-EditOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P1230006P1230006OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) NYC blizzard cars passersby snow snowflakes water towers wind https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/the-blizzard-of-2016 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 21:51:12 GMT
The Visual Haiku (Flickr Explore, January 21,2016) https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/the-visual-haiku So delicate are the little yellow flowers that bloom in cold-weather January. Like tiny stars, poised on slender branches, they twinkle against the mauve and blue backgrounds of a clear winter day. To capture the blossoms makes the frigid journey to their park site worthwhile. The first image in this series made Flickr Explore, January 21, 2016. P1210036P1210036OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I'm so  P1210021P1210021OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P1210023P1210023OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) January blooms branches buds depth of field haiku outdoors twigs winter yellow https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/the-visual-haiku Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:21:40 GMT
After the Rainstorm, then Flickr Explore https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/after-the-rainstorm First the wind picked up and the clouds scattered and drifted. The blue of the sky deepened. The rains came and so did the rainbow, streaming above the water tower. All within a half hour. After that? Well, the image of the rainbow made Flickr Explore January 12th. Shifting CloudsShifting CloudsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Rainbow over water towerRainbow over water tower

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) arc blue clouds outdoors rainbow sky watertower https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/after-the-rainstorm Mon, 11 Jan 2016 01:05:17 GMT
Big Bubble in Flickr Explore, January 3, 2016 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/another-in-flickrs-explore-january-3-2015 A big soap bubble made it in Flickr Explore, January 3, 2016. Caught in a bush, it nestled among some leaves until I took my shot, and then it burst. I have to thank my granddaughter for her skillful creation in blowing bubbles in the air. Blowing Bubbles2Blowing Bubbles2OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P1010003-EditP1010003-EditOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P1010005P1010005OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) black and white bubble bubble wand granddaughter leaves monochrome outdoors prism sepia soap bubble https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/another-in-flickrs-explore-january-3-2015 Wed, 06 Jan 2016 21:40:45 GMT
Views on an Afternoon https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/view-in-an-afternoon From Gantry State Park in Long Island City, NY, wth its fabulous view of the NYC skyline over the East River, then on to the city over the Ed Koch Triboro Bridge. Amazed to ride alongside the Roosevelt Island City trolley and capture its passengers before viewing the stacked up buildings of NYC closeup. Now, I need to ride that trolley. View from Gantry State ParkView from Gantry State ParkOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Over the RiverOver the RiverOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Stacked DeckStacked DeckOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) EastRiver Gantry State Park Island Long Island City NYC Roosevelt Trolley" panorama skyscrapers https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/view-in-an-afternoon Mon, 04 Jan 2016 22:05:28 GMT
Bridges https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/bridges I love bridges. They lead to somewhere. They connect. They have form and grace, even the clunkier ones. Those spanning a river are massive, an engineering miracle. It is not easy to get great images of them. They make a challenging theme. View from the BridgeView from the BridgeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) bridges east river ed koch queensboro bridge hellsgate bridge nyc rfk triboro bridge roosevelt island bridge https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/bridges Fri, 01 Jan 2016 16:03:07 GMT
Lens Culture Publication https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/lens-culture-publication Nice news from the editorial team and Jim Casper at LensCulture

"Hi Mildred —

Thanks for uploading your project called Raindrop Dodgers. We've just published it on LensCulture, so now thousands of photography lovers can discover you and your great work. We hope you like the presentation as much as we do.

You can find a link to your project here:

Explore Categories: Urban & Street Photography"

here are two images from the series:

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) LensCulture rain series urban and street photography https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/lens-culture-publication Sun, 27 Dec 2015 02:43:56 GMT
And the Stockings Were Hung... https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/and-the-stockings-were-hung The night before Christmas with gifts wrapped, stockings stuffed, and food prepared for the arriving morning relatives and guests. It may not be a white Christmas, but it is shaping up to be a happy one within my small bubble of family and acquaintances. For this I am grateful. PC240003PC240003OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PC240006PC240006OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PC110027PC110027OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA DSCF2136DSCF2136 PB260001PB260001OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Christmas ornaments stockings tree https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/and-the-stockings-were-hung Fri, 25 Dec 2015 01:08:41 GMT
Rockefeller Center Christmas Promenade https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/rockefeller-center-christmas-promenade Angels trumpet the Christmas display along the Promenade at Rockefeller Center as skaters waltz on the ice rink. Mornings, even cloudy ones, draw tourists as the winds blow yet the temperature  remains in the fifties, unusual weather for NYC December days. So much glitz and glamour. PC210010PC210010OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PC210005PC210005OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PC210026PC210026OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PC210021PC210021OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Christmas Rockefeller Center angels buildings flags horns ice rink promenade skaters tourists tree https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/rockefeller-center-christmas-promenade Mon, 21 Dec 2015 18:04:52 GMT
Misty Morning Made Flickr Explore 12/18/15 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/misty-morning-made-flickr-explore-12/18/15 softer Mistsofter MistOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Fog shrouded tall buldings even as ground level was clear. It was an interesting morning to walk through Central Park. Starting at 57th St., Columbus Circle, I headed north. But I turned around and marveled at the view of mist enveloping the heights of buildings. Time to capture this image, and it made Flickr Explore.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) CentralPark buildings fog mist monochrome morning nyc trees https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/misty-morning-made-flickr-explore-12/18/15 Sat, 19 Dec 2015 10:55:53 GMT
Mellow Yellow https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/mellow-yellow Awash in yellow with ginkgos and weeping willows in vibrant shades, Central Park glowed on a cloudy misty morning. The yellow tones popped, and everywhere, above and below, on branches and on the ground, the blazing color wrapped the park in golden hues. The beauty was overwhelming. PC140013PC140013OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PC140024PC140024OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PC140043PC140043OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PC140051PC140051OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PC140056PC140056OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PC140151PC140151OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Central Park NYC autumn branches ginkgo leaves trees weeping willows yellow https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/mellow-yellow Tue, 15 Dec 2015 14:56:21 GMT
Light and Shadow Rhythms Made Explore, Dec. 9, 2015 https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/light-and-shadow-rhythms-made-explore-dec-9-2015 Light and Shadow RhythmsLight and Shadow RhythmsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA image from a recent walkabout in Central Park made Flickr Explore. I was entranced by the play of light and shadows as I crossed a walkway heading from the East Side to the West Side in the seventies. Leaves on the ground added yellow color, but I prefer the scene in black and white.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Central Park NYC autumn branches figures leaves light monochrome railing shadows trees https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/light-and-shadow-rhythms-made-explore-dec-9-2015 Sat, 12 Dec 2015 01:01:02 GMT
Christmas Tree in New York City Home https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/christmas-tree-in-new-york-city-home The tree has arrived. It sits in the foyer by the entrance to both living and dining rooms. It is decked out with ornaments gathered over the years. It is a welcoming greeting, lovely to behold. PC110024PC110024OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Deck the TreeDeck the TreeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PC110038PC110038OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PC110035PC110035OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PC110027PC110027OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Christmas NYC apartment bird branches fairies foyer ornaments pine tree https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/christmas-tree-in-new-york-city-home Fri, 11 Dec 2015 15:18:52 GMT
On a Roll, Dark Room Gallery Juried Exhibition https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/on-role-dark-room-gallery-juried-exhibition Honored and e​xcited to have this image, Immersion, selected to be part of the juried exhibition "Seities and Selves" at the Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vt., opening Jan. 7, 2016. Aline Smithson is the juror. This is a self portrait, shot in a pool in Nantucket a few summers ago with a camera in underwater housing. I love swimming and the sensation of "oceanic oneness," a term Freud uses in Civilization and its Discontents. Water SpriteWater SpriteOne of 68 selected images out of almost 700 for the theme of Self Contained, to be exhibited online by Photo/arts magazine and published 2013.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) DarkRoom Gallery bubbles exhibition self-portrait swimmer water https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/on-role-dark-room-gallery-juried-exhibition Sun, 06 Dec 2015 19:23:45 GMT
Skyward 2015, 1650 Gallery Exhibition https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/skyward-2015-1650-gallery-exhibition Honored to have these two works, "Air Dry" and "Santa's in Town," included in "Skyward: The World Above Us," the juried SKYWARD 2015 Photography  exhibition at 1650 GALLERY in Echo Park, Los Angeles. Opening night reception is Saturday, December 12. "Air Dry" was photographed in Hangzhou, China, and "Santa's in Town," in New York City - 88th St. and Broadway. Air DryAir Dry1650 Gallery, SKYWARD 2015.
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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) 1650Gallery LA Skyward 2015 exhibition https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/skyward-2015-1650-gallery-exhibition Thu, 03 Dec 2015 19:42:27 GMT
Bank Rock Bay in Central Park: Recent Walkabout Made Flickr Explore https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/recent-walkabout-made-flickr-explore Woodland MagicWoodland MagicOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA My usual pathway in Central Park leads me to the Oak Bridge that overlooks the Lake beyond which the buildings of Central Park South and midtown Manhattan rise. But facing the other way, backwards, lies a dense woodland surrounding Bank Rock Bay, a narrow inlet of water at the northern tip of the Lake. The view is magical. My most recent image of the autumn scene made Flickr Explore, December 1st.

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Bank Rock Bay Central Park NYC autumn leaves reflections trees water https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/recent-walkabout-made-flickr-explore Wed, 02 Dec 2015 10:29:11 GMT
Thanksgiving Gratitude https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/thanksgiving-gratitude A lovely spring-like day with a morning greeting of a cloud-filled skyline in pastel shades. The centerpiece of the dining room table matched the sky palette with pink alstroemeria and babies breath in a globe vase. Thirteen guests -- relative and friends, diverse ages - made lively the warm surroundings with the abundant food. A time of heartfelt gratitude for these special gifts. SkylineSkylineOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Table CenterpieceTable CenterpieceOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The CenterpieceThe CenterpieceOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) NYC Thanksgiving alstroemeria babies breath flowers morning skyline https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/thanksgiving-gratitude Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:48:13 GMT
Autumn Hangers-on https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/autumn-hangers-on PB220025PB220025OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Catch Me If You CanCatch Me If You CanOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA They hang on even when so many have left and the tinkling piano notes have ceased. Still in finery, somewhat mussed and worn, they cut a pretty figure. I watch their fluttery motions. I hear a melody and lyrics. "...take off your makeup, the dream must end, the party's over, my friend."

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn branches leaves remainders https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/autumn-hangers-on Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:00:35 GMT
"Concentration" Made Explore https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/-concentration-made-explore ConcentrationConcentrationOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A surprise to me, unexpected. A candid I titled "Concentration" made Flickr Explore on November 19th. There I was early morning on Madison and 60th, eveready camera in hand, waiting for the light change, glancing around, when I viewed an intent rider on the bicycle sharing CityBike coming my way. I aimed and pressed the shutter. On my computer screen, his image appeared a good candidate for monochrome. And here it is!

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Bicycle CitiBike NYC car depth field man monochrome of rider road truck https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/-concentration-made-explore Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:52:42 GMT
Fountain at the Met https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/fountain-at-the-met One of the best times to view the fountains at the Met is early morning, before the crowds and when the sun and shade intermingle in surprising patterns. The fountain sprays leap artfully in curving parabolas with beaded drops hanging on. Trying to time the leaps is a challenge, taking practice. Color is nice, but I favor black and white. PB180016PB180016OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PB180038PB180038OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PB180035PB180035OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PB180017PB180017OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) NYC architecture building color fountains monochrome reflections sprays the Met https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/fountain-at-the-met Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:39:41 GMT
Paris Attack https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/paris-attack Horrific. How to recover from such human devastation, so sudden and brutal. We live in parlous times where evil comes in many forms and leaders tangle with imperfect means to contain the widening sorrows. Paris made the news, but so many other global spots are similarly newsworthy. Recovery and triumph are the persistent hopes. But in whose lifetime? Loss and RecoveryLoss and Recovery DSCF1923DSCF1923

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) cyclamen flowers plants rose white https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/paris-attack Sat, 14 Nov 2015 18:15:30 GMT
Autumn's Passing https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/autumns-passing The yellows may still be bold and vivid, but the reds are shading into mauves as autumn proceeds into mid-November. The soft tones mute the former bugle cries of vivid color, not yet mournful for the passing season but the cello notes are distant, low in the scale, a coda. DSCF1942DSCF1942 Autumn MauveAutumn Mauve DSCF1934DSCF1934 DSCF1994DSCF1994

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) autumn leaves mauve passing season trees yellow https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/autumns-passing Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:41:40 GMT
Photographer Teacher And Friend https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/photographer-teacher-and-friend Lucky to have a photographer teacher and friend willing to pose and share in the light that captures his face. His mobile expressions, uninhibited and forthright, make him a treasured model. He can be pretty boy, serious man, menacing villain, wry humorist. Such a protean visage. PA260054PA260054OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PA260088PA260088OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PA260044PA260044OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PA260047PA260047OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) friend light model photographer teacher https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/photographer-teacher-and-friend Wed, 04 Nov 2015 21:32:34 GMT
Afternoon Glow in Flickr Explore, October 31st. https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/afternoon-glow-in-flickr-explore The light was glowing and two walkers were partially illuminated in outline as they strode down Fifth Avenue by the Central Park wall. It was late afternoon. The park leaves shone yellow and lime green behind a bold tree trunk in a wishbone pattern. Nice candid shot to capture. Afternoon GlowAfternoon GlowOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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(Silver Screen Productions/Mildred Alpern) Central Park NYC afternoon autumn branches leaves trees walkers https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/afternoon-glow-in-flickr-explore Sun, 01 Nov 2015 13:11:51 GMT
Autumn Vibrancy https://silverscreenproductions.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/autumn-vibrancy The golf course near Suffern in Rockland County, NY, exploded with vibrant color this weekend. Fortunately it was a hazy day. Otherwise sun glasses would be required for the blinding shades of red and orange, so intense were they. Golfers were scarce, providing me with the opportunity to walk on the course around and under the maples and other trees lined up as soldiers. PA240003PA240003OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA