The Champlain Bridge, USA

On our little trek down into New England, we made our way down to Ticonderoga, NY.

Ticonderoga, NY is just on the other side of Lake Champlain from Vermont and one of the ways to get there, is to cross over the Champlain Bridge.

As our own Champlain Bridge is coming to the end of it’s life, the original Champlain Bridge in the USA was deemed unsafe in 2009 and was replaced with a new one in 2011.

On the Vermont side, the bridge begins in Chimney Point.  In New York, it starts in Crown Point.

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These photos were taken from the New York side of the bridge.  On this side of the bridge, there is a visitors center, a camp ground and the Crown Point State Historic Site.

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From the historic site, you have some amazing views of Lake Champlain and Vermont.

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The photo below was taken from the window of the restroom in the visitors center.  It gives you another perspective of the type of views there is to be had.

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This is going over the bridge.

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It was so nice to stop here.  It was very peaceful, quiet, not many people and the views were worth every minute we spent there.

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10 FPS With The Fuji X10

Whoever said you can’t shoot sports/action with a Fuji X camera, was wrong.

I joined up with a family friend in a nearby park to watch their two boys play a soccer match.

It was a pretty hot day today and the last thing that i needed, was a camera bag slung around my body.  I also did not feel like having my XP1 hanging around my neck.  So, my little X10 went into the cargo pockets of my shorts.

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Here is a sequence of 8 photos shot with the X10 at 10fps.

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When you shoot the X10 on Super High continuous shooting, the photo size is reduced to Medium.  This means you end up with 6mp photos.  Obviously, they are still very useable.

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As you can see with this sequence of photos, from the moment the player in the blue shirt “heads” the ball, to when the ball lands on the ground, the X10 was able to capture it all with it’s high frame rate.

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If i wanted better IQ, i could have gone to High continuous shooting, which would have given me 7fps with photos at 12mp.

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Hanger Deck Level Of The USS Intrepid

The hanger deck of the USS Intrepid is cavernous.  You walk in and it seems like there is endless space.  This is where the X-Pro1 excelled.

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It excels in low light because it has a bigger sensor (APS-C vs 2/3″) then the X-10; therefore, there is going to be less noise at higher ISO numbers.  The photo above of the propeller was taken at ISO 6400.

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All the photos in this series were taken at high ISO numbers, simply because i wanted good shutter speeds to minimize any “blur”.

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Going up to the flight deck, you snake your way through the narrow corridors of the USS Intrepid’s bowls.  Below, you will see parts of the USS Intrepid’s “brain”.  This is what made USS Intrepid a fighting naval ship.

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, NYC

When you think of going to an aviation museum, you think of walking into an immense building cramped full of aircraft.  Not in NYC.  In NYC, you walk aboard an aircraft carrier!  How awesome is that!?

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If you have never been on or near an aircraft carrier, seeing one for the first time is very impressive.  The USS Intrepid is no USS Enterprise, but is very large nonetheless.

The USS Intrepid deserved not to be scrapped.  The ship is history.  From the Pacific in WWII, to Vietnam, to recovering space capsules in the ocean, the USS Intrepid did it all.

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INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

There are many different types of aircraft at the museum and all are surprisingly very well preserved being that they are out in the elements 24/7.

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If you are claustrophobic, i advise that you don’t go from the hanger deck, to the flight deck.  You go through some very tight & enclosed places on the way up.

You also have to watch you step, as well as your head, when going through the numerous doors

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I did not make it into the island of the aircraft carrier.  By the time i had finished walking around the financial district in Lower Manhattan and then all over the main part of the ship, my feet were done.

FYI: There is a photo out there of me sitting down on the flight deck, with no shoes on.  It will not be posted here though.

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Since there is a lot of walking to be done, you will most likely get hungry or thirsty or both.  Don’t worry, there is a cafeteria on the ship and at various points, there are vending machines for cold drinks.

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If you are wondering, no, i did not make it into the the Space Shuttle exhibit.  Why?  Well, because, someone told me that they would be sticking around the island of the ship while i was at the bow of the ship taking photos.  When i came back, they were nowhere to be found.  So instead of causing more confusion, i stayed at the island (this is where i took my shoes off) and waited for them to come back.

Despite this, i was not bothered because i really was not in the mood to walk anymore anyhow.  I was more then happy to take a load of my feet and have a cold drink.

FYI: If you are below 5 feet tall, the vending machines don’t seem to accept your money, lol (inside joke).

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You will notice that many of these photos are a bit tight.  That is because i did my best to leave people out of them.

All the photos were taken with my X10.  In all honesty, i did not need to take my X-Pro1 with me.  I used the X-pro1 sparingly and the X10 was just so convenient and light to have around my neck.  Lesson learnt.

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I debated for quite some time on whether i should bring the X-Pro1 along.  My reasoning behind bringing it:  better performance in low light.

However, judging from the photos taken by the X10 inside Madame Tussauds and in Times Square during the evening, i was worrying about nothing.

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Of course, the X-Pro1 will perform much better then the X-10 in regards to image quality.  On the other hand, as you can see by these photos, the X10 can really hold it’s own.

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Here we see a new addition to the Intrepid collection being restored.

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Below are some photos of the USS Growler, which is docked on the other side of the pier to the USS Intrepid.

You are able to go inside the sub and have a tour.

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Visiting the USS Intrepid is a must if you are in NYC.  Even if you are not into airplanes, it’s just kind of cool to step aboard an aircraft carrier.

If that does not impress you, then you can always go into the bowls of the USS Growler.  Don’t go if you are claustrophobic though.

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If you want to come away with some memories other then photos, there is a souvenir shop on the pier.  Though, it is quite expensive and you may just want to opt for the less expensive “digital” souvenirs.

Thanks for looking.

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Personal Photographer

Last week, we had a family friend stay with us for a while.  Aside from going to NYC with her, we also took her around Ottawa, Mont Tremblant and our own city, Montreal.

Despite her already visiting Montreal and Ottawa once before, it was still nice to go out and visit some areas she had not been to yet.

Since i am the only one with a decent camera, i became somewhat of a “personal photographer” for her.

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I really did not mind since it gave me practice on how to compose some good portraits in front of popular backgrounds.

It also gave me practice in how to compensate when a person was heavily back-lit.

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In addition, i was able to get some experience on placing people in the right spot to get the right composition and in getting the perfect background.

Unfortunately, i won’t be putting up any of her photos here.  Though, if i do say so myself, the came out very nice and i did receive compliments from her.

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Even though i wasn’t really her “personal photographer“, i was still the guy she relied on in order to go home with some good photos of her trip.  Receiving some compliments was enough for me to not ask for payment, lol.

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All the photos were taken with my Fuji X-10.  Some minor tweaks were performed in NX2.

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Thanks for looking.

Cruising The East River & The Hudson River

One of the things that you have to do when you go to NYC, is take a cruise.  This is probably one of the best ways to see the skyline of NYC and learn a little about the history of the specific historical points in the waterways.

The photos below are in no particular order.  All were taken with the X-Pro1 and the 35mm.  Minor adjustments were done in NX2.

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Our cruise left from Pier 16 which is situated in downtown Manhattan.

I would not usually do this, but i have to give a plug for the guys & gals who ran this cruise.  Here is the link to their website: http://www.circlelinedowntown.com/tours/zephyr

The crew made it an enjoyable and relaxing tour.

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Seems like everyone has a boat.  Here is an NYPD boat.  I also saw an FDNY boat and a US Coast Guard boat.

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Below is the Brooklyn Bridge.  We all see this bridge in all the movies and TV shows that take place in NYC.

Just to the left of the bridge, you will find the neighborhood of DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.  The Manhattan bridge can just be seen at the far left of the photo).

An interesting fact:  DUMBO has the highest concentration (25%, making for 10, 000 jobs) of tech firms in NYC.

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This is going under the Brooklyn Bridge.

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A nice view of the new World Trade Center.

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Another view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Here is a helicopter that just took off from the heliport.  Not sure if these helicopters were strictly for sightseeing or if they were flying big-wigs across the river.  Either way, they kept on buzzing back & forth across the river.

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Here is the ferry terminal for Governors Island.

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Below is the Staten Island ferry terminal, which is right next to the Governors Island ferry terminal pictured in the above photo.

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The US Coast Guard.

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The new World Trade Center just dominates the skyline in this photo.

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I guess this is where you park your yacht before going to your job on Wall Street.

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These last two photos are of the New Jersey side of the Hudson River.

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It was a great day. Thanks for looking.

The Statue Of Liberty, NYC

It’s an icon, it’s a piece of history, it’s a beacon of freedom, it is New York.  Aside from perhaps the American flag itself, there is really no other symbol that represents freedom & liberty better, then the Statue of Liberty.

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All photos taken with the X-Pro1 and the 35mm.

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Thanks for looking.

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