A Time and Place for Prayer

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A few blocks from the hotel I found a Catholic Church called St. Micheal the Archangel. Every real job I’ve had since the age of 17 has St. Micheal as its patron. So it was very nice to see a church dedicated to his memory pop up in front of me…and draw me in.

I went in and found myself finally able to have a moment of silence in this big city. It was wonderful. In the silence I was able to prayer for my family…and as I left I saw the patron of fathers…St. Joseph in the back holding baby Jesus.

It felt great to remember that in a few days I’ll be home with my kiddos and wife…where I belong.

It just went to remind me that art is very powerful at directing our thoughts…and like all things…the form of the art directed me to the message of my responsibilities to work and family even though they were not present or was I on duty at that time.

-ehw

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Grand Central Station

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Grand Central Station is an amazing sight to behold. Hustle, bustle, and still some elegance while it is at work. I think that is what I still like about it 20 years after my last visit to this landmark.

Wherever I go, whatever I do I think I find the best actions and places are the ones with elegance ingrained in their pursuit of a noble purpose. In this case, Grand Central is a vital transportation center. It gets people to and from this city on hundreds of train trips every day. Yet while doing this the building stands tall with beauty and grace. Its caretakers keep it gleaming and functional. I find deep enjoyment in both of those observations when I stand amidst all of it. I also sadly find that not enough of those ethics remain in many new stations, stadiums and transit stations who have planned obsolesce built into their core DNA…and their caretakers just seem to accelerate the process.

I hope my photo does justice to the grand station…and the people who keep her gleaming.

-ehw
PS Fujifilm X-E1 with the 35mm At F1.4 to catch the light.

New York, New York

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I took a five mile stroll through New York today with a friend after work. I last visited this megalopolis 18 or so years ago…and it still overwhelms me. As I walked through town, I could see layer after layer of potential images…and knew I’d missed a whole lot of them in the process of examining the ones I found.

This little silver dinner was just at the top of Little Italy, well I think, my geography is still a little off. I find it amazing that amid the towering masses of steel and concrete a little one story dinner like this can still exist. I guess that is the life parallel for today…amidst the towering giants of photography out there, my little site and its images may still find a place for someone to appreciate them!

Oh…I did make it through Adorama without spending any money today. I touched the Fujifilm X-E2, a nice update to my current camera. I still think I really need to save up a bit for the newly announced X-T1 since it may achieve some of my goals of replacing my DSLR for the occasional sports and action gig I do. I found the Olympus OMD-1 a very solid, lightening fast focusing camera. I could be happy with its output…but I am torn because the Fujifilm’s output is still better overall just because of sensor size and refinements. I also put my hands on the Pentax K-3. A nice update to the K-5…and one I could enjoy if the Pentax lenses actually had more powerful and speedy motors for sports and action. One thing Fuji, Olympus and Nikon need to do is listen to a Pentax shutter. There is nothing so sweet as the shutter noise you DO NOT HEAR!

I do miss my DSLR at times with its speedy handling. However I also know I have much better portability right now with my current kit. So as with all tools it remains a give and take affair.

-ehw
P.S.X-E1 with 18-55mm lens. Processed slightly in Google/Nik Snapseed.