Garrison and Gardiner

This is where Garrison Road crosses under the Gardiner Expressway. There aren't many places in Toronto where bridges are layered over each other, but there was once a rail line that passed under here. This is the same spur that ran under the Bathurst street bridge, which was a common photo subject for me up until five years ago. Residential towers have replaced the old industrial sites, and I rarely visit any more.

The wooden bracing in the second photo is there because the concrete of the expressway is crumbling.
It was just one more reason to spend all of my time looking up.




Probably my best photo from NYC-IV, but I still wish I had waited just a moment longer.


FDR and East 49th Street

I've quirked my way into a couple of erratic traditions with this photo blog over the years. Using photos of strip clubs to commemorate New Year's is one, and photos like this is another.

After 2836 days – 405 weeks, 7.77 years – this is my 999th post.

Figuratively speaking.



This is one of the iconic buildings of New York – people who have probably never heard of Alfred Stieglitz were bringing out their cell phones to take photos of it. But it's also a very cluttered urban environment, and getting a clean view of it is exceedingly difficult.

Putting this much emphasis on the corner of the frame isn't usually a sensible thing to do with Nikon's AF-S 50/1.4, even at f/5.6. In this case I've processed the photo through DxO Optics, a badly named program that does a very good job with correcting lens deficiencies. It makes a noticeable difference on the architectural details in this photo.


28 St Station

Photographing the subway station signs in New York should be exactly my kind of thing, but for some reason I hardly ever do it.


What should I have said?

Yes, I spent the day in New York City, and used it to take a photo of a paper bag.

I have broken the links to hundreds and hundreds of photos, which will take a long time to repair. The workaround is to replace "photo.matthewpiers" in the link URL with "matthewpiers.smugmug". Awkward, but only temporary.

This is happening because I have revamped matthewpiers dot com. More of what I write and photograph will be going there, so check it out as well.

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