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Morning Light at Ellis Island

   Fossil light.  That’s what astronomers call light from stars and galaxies in the past.  The site that I visited last week wasn’t that old, but light from 109 Piscium would be arriving from when they opened the hospital on Ellis Island.  I went out to Ellis Island with Joe McNally and the Nikon School.  Joe was kind to us and got us out to the south side of the island fairly quickly so we could get the morning light.

This was one of the doctor’s quarters on the island. As you can tell, this was serviceable for it’s era.

This picture was taken in natural light, just after sunrise. Thankfully we were able to use tripods. 

The south side of the island was where the hospital was, so those folks who were immigrating who were ill and curable, spent some time there before being introduced to the rest of the population. It had to be bittersweet feeling for the patients who were being treated.  Just another mile to get to New York City.  But once they were cured they could find a job and get their new start in the United States.

The group, Save Ellis Island is working on restoring the south side of the island. Joe McNally had taken photographs for National Geographic, in 1988 and those photographs showed a gone to nature landscape, with buildings in very sad shape. Our guides from Save Ellis Island were telling us that they were aiming at a stabilized ruin.  I think they have done a marvelous job.

 


As you can tell most of the windows were broken so most of the interiors had been exposed to the elements for years.  

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Freedom Tower

Spent some time looking at Freedom Tower tonight.

I took this picture around civi twilight. It was a nice balance between the twilight and the lights of the building. So for architectural photography, you don’t need to use HDR.

 

 

 

 

Earlier I was struck by the juxtaposition between the architecture of the mall and the Freedom Tower

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Looking for the ultimate amplifier

Last weekend we had our last Rocky Mountain International Audiofest show at the Marriott in the Tech Center.  The show will live on at another venue,

I always enjoy wandering this show, not only does it have some insanely good audio audio systems to listen to, and it has a number of folks who push the state of the art.

  I jest and tell people that my Little Dot MKIV SE wants to grow up to be this amplifier, but it really doesn’t.  There’s a world of difference between a Chinese headphone amp that’s designed for a specific price point, and this pictured Bob Carver amplifier that designed to be the state of the art.  

For those of you wonder, this amplifier is 75 W stereo amplifier.  It did sound very nice.

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Doors open Denver

A few weeks ago we had Doors open Denver.  For those of you who aren’t in Denver, a number of places open up to the public so you can see things you couldn’t normally see.

Mountain States Telephone Building

You can see this without going into the building, but I think the security guards were more forgiving of someone sitting on the ground and trying to get the right angle.

In the days of cell phones, I wonder how long it will be before folks forget that phone booths ever existed.

For our tour of the building, they brought us inside and showed us the executive offices and their museum.

One of the pictures I wanted to get was a nice picture of the inside of a cathedral.

St John’s

I have to thank the fellow who was patiently explaining the history of the church.  He was forgiving of me, once again sitting on the floor trying to get just the right angle.