Ok, I’m copping out on what I wanted to write because I caught a cold and an exponentially growing to-do list.

Without further ado, I’m pleased to announce that the site that E and I have been neglecting for the past few years has a new look.

penny-and-eli header

Please feel free to go browse around penny and eli and look at our photos. In the coming weeks and months we’ll add in more content and functionality. There are only a few photos up there now. What will be in store in the future? Our imaginations are the limit, but for the photos, I know that an RSS feed and the ability for me to easily lazily post photos are in the pipe line.

Also, in time, I’ll finally clean up some of the dead image links floating around here.

What does this mean for my flickr account? I won’t post as much there in the future. Does that mean I’m being anti-social? No. I just don’t want to keep paying for something I don’t really need.

on the camera

Actually there’s nothing *on* the camera, that’s the problem. Since E and I bought our “go anywhere, see everything, travel light” cameras, we’ve not taken many photos. I know in my case it’s because my exhaustion level skyrocketed due to Work and School, but it’s frustrating. I like observing and recording the subtlety and surprises around me.

This photo is a detail view of the back side of the fluted ribs wrap and I love the brown contrasted with the bright colours of the needles.

KP Harmony detail

local inspiration

Devorah is my photographic inspiration for today. Her photos of the city we both call home remind me to stop and look up, really up. And over. And down. Just look.

I’m embarrassed often to take out my camera, least I be mistaken a tourist or something. (Well, that and my desire to take photos of trains and other bits of infrastructure which these days can be difficult to do. But I don’t want to go there tonight.)

For example, one morning last week some water was gurgling out of the side walk near the Croton Distributing Reservoir, er sorry, Bryant Park. ;) Did I step out of the river of people to take a photo? No. I walked to the office as if the buildings and life around me were invisible.

I lost my chance. The next day found that stretch of concrete replaced by a steel plate.

Devorah, thank you for the inspiration. Please don’t stop.




Now: (with natural grey icky light)

DMC Cotton Perle 8

You may not notice a difference, but I do.

Both (I can vouch for the “now” one, but I am making an assumption on the “then” as well as I know myself …. sorta) are SOOC (straight out of the camera).

Who inspires me? For the knitters who read this site (which seems to be the only ones any more) it may come as no surprise for me to say Jared inspires me to take better photos. He may be the largest reason for my macro desires. Hopefully by just looking at all his photos time and time again maybe I’ll learn something. Time will tell.

(Note just because you ain’t first doesn’t mean you don’t inspire me or that I love you less. MANY of you do. Trust me. Someone had to be first and I chose Jared.)

looking anew

I’m not sure if this will become a “regular” post or not. I’d like it to be. We’ll see how my energy holds.

With my new camera which lets me take macro shots (YAY!!!) I’m seeing the world anew and trying to capture what I see, both in close detail and at large.

I’m also trying to get used to having a camera with me at all times.. I can count many things over the past weeks which I’ve wanted to take a picture of but didn’t because I didn’t have the camera out and ready or I was embarrassed to take a photograph.

– A new (still shrink wrapped) R-something train undergoing testing on the N/Q track at Union Square last Friday. It pulled into the station and I was standing right near the door and could have taken BEAUTIFUL shots. I was soaking wet and carrying eggs. That’s my excuse. It still pains me greatly.
– A bird taking a bath in a puddle on my walk home yesterday. By the time I fumbled for my camera it had flown away.
– An accident on our way out of JFK after dropping off E’s parents this evening .. I found the light pole that was hit at an interesting angle and found the ring of personnel around it fascinating. It appeared that everyone involved was physically ok.
– A woman playing harp in Bryant Park one morning about two weeks ago. I took two photos, but they are terrible, she’s really far away and you can’t see the harp profile at all. I was too embarrassed to walk back and try again.
– Not really taking any at Maryland. I don’t know why I’m embarrassed to take these types of photos, E does all the time (but hasn’t updated his site in eons as he’s really busy with b-school).

swell yarns, detail

So what might end up here? I expect my thoughts as I better learn lighting and style and “framing” of each shot. Maybe my favourite photo of the week. Discussion of other photographers (besides my husband) who inspire me. I’m really not sure.

Time will tell.