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In the Subway

As a person who lives in a place with little to no public transportation options, subways fascinate me. I have to admit that I find them a bit confusing sometimes. Take the blue line to the yellow line, then go to the green line, then back to the blue line.  When I was in New York, I bought a metro pass intending to use the subway more than I actually did. However, there was construction going on and trying to figure out what detours and where was more than I wanted to do. So, I walked just about everywhere. I would leave extra early and stop for a snack or a beer when I got tired. It did give me the opportunity to take lots of pics. Anyway, here are some pics from the little bit that I did spend in the subway. 

I feel like this person may have been on the wrong platform. Everybody was standing on my side of the platform. But there was this lone person way across the tracks. Maybe he was waiting for someone. But it adds a little mystery to this photo. It is definitely one of my favorites from the trip.

Waiting for the train at Penn Station by Sharon Popek
Waiting for the train at Penn Station

The mosaics in the subway were a favorite subject. Everybody around me was ignoring them and fighting their way out of the station. Don’t worry, I didn’t hold anybody up when taking these photos!

To Penn Station by Sharon Popek
The platform at Penn Station
Pennsylvania Station mosaic sign
The platform at Penn Station
W is for Wall Street by Sharon Popek
At Wall Street Station

And sometimes the entrance to the station is just as cool. This is the Bowling Green station entrance. The head house was constructed in 1905. Look at that clock! You know I love street clocks and interesting doorways. This station entrance has it all!

Bowling Green Head House
The exterior of Bowling Green Station

Always be patient when traveling. Sometimes plans change, but you can make that work for yourself. Leave early, take your time, and have fun!

Danville Kentucky

I grew up in Danville, Kentucky. Danville is located in central Kentucky, south of Lexington. It’s a small town loaded with history. Of course, growing up, I never paid attention to any of these things. Now, when I go back to visit family, I can’t help but seek these places out. I want to share with you some of the historic places and the places that hold meaning. 

Constitution Square

Constitution Square Historic Site was the birthplace of Kentucky’s statehood. The site originally had a meeting house, jail, and courthouse. The cabins currently on the site are replicas of the originals.

Meeting house in Constitution Square

Ephraim McDowell House

McDowell House Museum was home of the “the father of ovariotomy”. McDowell was the first to person to successfully remove an ovarian tumor. The story is fascinating. I recommend reading about it. Visit their website for more info.

Vintage apothecary bottles
A shelf full of McDowell’s potions.

Burke’s Bakery

While not technically a historic site, it’s definitely a landmark. Burke’s opened in the 1970s and is still going strong. With donuts, pastries, cakes, pies, cookies, and more, there is sure to something to make everyone happy. I’m a big fan of the gingerbread men. My mouth is watering just thinking of them.

Burke's Bakery and Deli in Danville Kentucky
The sign for Burke’s Bakery and Delicatessen

Courthouse

The courthouse was finished in 1862. The Italianate style building was erected to replace the original courthouse, which burned down. The large clock tower can be seen from just about every angle in town.

Boyle County Courthouse in downtown Danville Kentucky
The courthouse in downtown Danville, KY.

Danville Office Equipment

Another local landmark, Danville Office Equipment has been in it’s current location since 1975. They sell everything from pens to computers. They also have a service department that started out repairing old typewriters, but now offer service for copiers and printers. My father worked here for over 40 years. I worked there for several years myself. 

Danville Office Equipment in downtown Danville Kentucky
Danville Office Equipment on Main Street

I have been to many small towns in the south. See my Tuesday Trekkin’ blog for just a few of them. Danville is one of the few that still maintains that active hometown feel. Many towns are empty with closed up and shuttered shops and restaurants. It’s great to see a small town maintaining a vibrant, active downtown. 

Wrist Jewelry Photo Challenge

I run a weekly photography challenge group and this week’s challenge is wrist jewelry photography. Things have been a bit crazy for me, so I had to whip an image out fast. I like to use an example for people to see, so I had to have something. I found this old bracelet and did some experimenting with it.

Our Wisteria bush is blooming like crazy this year, so I thought I would use it as a background. I originally planned on just taking photos of the bracelet. But thought I’d do a quick pic with it on my arm.

This is the original image, before any work.
I applied a filter
The bracelet before I added the purple color
Selective color purple image.
The stones are now purple and really stand out. 

In order to change the color of the stones, I used hue/saturation in Photoshop. The color desaturation is done using a black and white layer with masks.

Feel free to share your own wrist jewelry images in the comments or share your link!

Silhouette Photography

For me, photography is about catching a moment. That moment can be a backlit street scene or twin church towers silhouetted by a setting sun. 

Taking a break at the Capitol Building in Richmond, VA.
2 people take a break at the Capitol Building in Richmond, VA. 
Central Park Trefoil Arch with people walking through.
People walk under the Trefoil Arch in Central Park. The shape of the arch is unique, the backlit people walking through gives it a little extra.
Saint Anne's Church towers on the Danube in Budapest.
The bell towers of Saint Anne’s Church are silhouetted against a setting sun.
A man in a hat silhouetted against window in Cuba.
A man takes a break beside a window in a museum in Cuba.
The Grattan Bridge silhouetted against a sunset in Dublin, Ireland.
The seahorses on the Grattan Bridge in Dublin, Ireland.

City Reflections

Most photographers love reflections. I am no exception. A great deal of my photos are street photography from cities and small towns. My favorite thing is take photos of window reflections. The images are a mix of what’s inside and what’s outside, giving it a sense of place and time. 

Macy's shop window reflecting tables and chairs in Herald Park.
Macy’s shop window reflecting tables and chairs in Herald Park.
A silver dress with red and orange leaves on the inside. City life on the outside
A silver dress with red and orange leaves on the inside. City life on the outside
A colorful tableau in Budapest, featuring a yellow and green phone booth and a well dressed mannequin.
The window of Cafe Gerbeaud in Budapest, Hungary
The window of Cafe Gerbeaud in Budapest, Hungary

Book Lovers Art

I love books. I admit that I do most of my reading on a tablet these days. It’s better for my neck and back to not be carrying around heavy books. But I still love physical books. I have recently been using them for still life photography. A book in particular that I have been using is called Early Steps in Science by Hanor A. and Didcoct John J. Webb (according to the internet). However, my book says Webb & Didcoct. I found the book at a thrift store and thought a book about early science might be a cool thing to have. Turns out, it is perfect for making art for book lovers.

Trains

It’s no secret that I love all things train. This cool book has a section on travel. The very first section is on trains. I decided the best way to treat this section was with a pocket watch. In early the early days of the railroad, conductors used pocket watches to ensure accurate timing of the train, to prevent accidents with other trains.  They used a very specific railroad approved watch to ensure accuracy. I thought this combination worked well. This image is finished with a sepia tone and vintage style texture. It reminds me of early still life photography.

Time to Read is a sepia image, featuring a pocket watch and book by Sharon Popek
Time to Read

Clothing

I take a lot of photos of shop windows. The images tend have cool reflections and odd lighting. This image felt boring on its own. But when added to a chapter about clothing, it’s something entirely different and unique.  

Photography and Motion Pictures

A composite of the front of the book, a pocket watch, and a chapter on Photography and Motion Pictures. Also finished with a vintage look to represent early photography. 

Be sure to visit my previous Book Art post for other book imagery.

Sailboats at Dock

Another popular image in my gallery, is Sailboats Reflected. This image was taken several years ago at a local marina. It was late autumn and the boats were put away for winter.  We got up extra early to try for a sunrise image. But the fog was thick and covered everything. I admit that I prefer the fog. It gives this image that early morning on the water feel. No one is around, the water is quiet and still. The slow moving current creates a perfect reflection of the sailboats at dock.

Sailboats sit at the dock, reflected in the quiet water below.
Sailboats reflected on the water.

Prints are available in different sizes and finishes. I recommend an acrylic print for this image. 

Tote bags, mugs, and other products are also available. These would make great gifts for anyone who loves sailing.

Colorful Tulips in the Sun

This is one of my all time favorite images. It’s also very popular. Not as popular as Boot Fan. But definitely, a preferred image. 

Spring Excursion

It was a early spring and the flowers were starting to bloom. We had heard about a local thing called Open Gardens. This is where a local person allows a bunch of strangers to wonder about in their yard and enjoy the fruits of their gardening labors. We found this house on the list and decided to check it out. We were there in the morning, when not too many other people were out. The sun was filling all those beautiful tulips with light, creating a blanket of color and light. 

Colorful Tulips in the Sun by Sharon Popek
Cups of sunlight

 

 

Fair Nostalgia

Everybody remembers going to the local fair. It’s warm outside and the day is long. You arrive, buy your handful of tickets for rides and games. I know, it’s wristbands now, but in my day, it was tickets. The music is blaring from the rides and the carnies are yelling out to passersby, “Win a prize!” The smell of corn dogs and polish sausage fill the air. Funnel cakes are obtained and eaten. And at the end of the day, the sun sets and the lights come on.

Ferris Wheel at dusk.