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One of many cacti at Longwood Gardens.  Processed in Silver EFEX Pro




I found this while looking through the images from the last roll of Ilford HP5 film I shot. The lens was a 50mm f1.4 with that dreamy bokeh.   I really like the patterns.




Trinity Church

I forgot we walked down Wall Street, where I was able to capture a closer shot of Trinity Church in all it’s splendor.

Trinity Church

glowing rods

Not really, maybe it got your attention.  This is a heatsink.  I’ve photographed them before, here and here. Most modern electronics devices use them; heat is the enemy of electronics.

In modern electronics, heatsinks are made of aluminum, primarily because of cost. Copper is a much more efficient heat exchanger, but it is more expensive and much more difficult to machine to exact tolerances.

I saw a piece of ‘old’ electronic equipment in the scrap bin that had copper heatsinks, so I removed them because I though they looked cool.  I hope you agree.

The photographic setup was very simple (just my speed).  I covered a spare tripod head with a black cloth and set the heatsink on the cloth.  The tripod was placed next to a window, with bright sun shining in.  I played with the tripod to get the angle of the heatsink just so.  In the shot below, I used a cheap LED flashlight to light up the part of the heatsink that faced the camera.  The sunlight was coming from the left.

Here’s one angle.



To give you a better perspective, here’s one from a little farther away. I like how the one rod is twinkling.



A few more from NYC

My wife and I took a trip to the One World Observatory during our visit to NYC.  The observatory was pretty cool, offering some spectacular views of the city.

Empire State Building


East River, Brooklyn Bridge at the bottom, Manhattan Bridge in the center, Williamsburg bridge on the left


Back on the ground, Zuccotti park, a cool oasis in the city.