January 1, 2020

     During the holidays, it's quiet in the morning. No one walks the streets. The long morning shadows are uninterrupted - deep sharp shadows in the midst of bright sunlight above the skyline. Red is violet and orange is brownish.  The landscape is familiar.  The colors are different. The streets take you to the same places, but give you different scenes.  Here are a few more photos fro...

November 1, 2019

     Afternoon light bounces around downtown and leaves a glow on the buildings.  Twilight shadows  bring out the evening lights and give way to the night dwellers.  There are places where these lights yield a photo.  You just have to find them and  put your feet there to make the photo.  Here are some photos from high places and low places around downtown from the fa...

March 15, 2019

     Recently, in a blog post about reflections, the post featured a picture of skaters on the indoor downtown ice rink.  Alas, the ice rink is no more. Mechanical jaws ate the steel structure.  The pace of change in Charlottesville feels unprecedented.  New houses are gobbling up the woods and fields.  Old structures are falling for new.  The fences keep you at a distance, but if y...

March 1, 2019

     Early morning light feels different than afternoon light. It's wake up light. It seems brighter, almost too bright. If you're not a morning person, you'll likely miss this kind of light. On this morning there was a cloudless blue sky, and the streets were empty. Bricks were orange and red was blood red. Long after the blue hour, it might be too bright for some photographers, but there is stil...

February 15, 2019

     The eye and the brain want something to look at, and sometimes a puzzle is just the thing. That's what reflections do - they give the brain a problem to solve. What's going on in the reflection? Where am I standing? What am I supposed to be seeing? Am I looking inside or outside? Am I missing something? Does any of it matter, or is it enough to have some pleasing color and light? Here are som...

January 15, 2019

     Take a camera, even at night. If you see some color, there is a photo to be had. Find a place to set the camera down, and you can have a sharp, low ISO exposure. You only need a few seconds, even with the lens stopped down. No flash was used in any of the photos below. They all were taken with a Nikon Coolpix A, a crop sensor point and shoot. For cityscapes, that's really all you need. Even i...

September 1, 2018

     The Corner is a quarter mile of swag shops, greasy spoons, restaurants, and convenience stores along University Ave., roughly from about Chancellor street to the 14th street railroad bridge. In days past, bookstores and a cafeteria served university students across the street from the medical school.  Today, the names of long gone stores are still painted on the sides of buildi...

August 1, 2018

     The edges of downtown fray rather quickly. A few blocks off the downtown mall puts you in the working areas. There you'll find the side streets, back streets, back doors, back walls, small businesses, apartments, parking lots, restaurants, unfinished buildings, and the daily life of the city. From the tops of the parking garages you can scan the surroundings and see the rooftop lawns and a bi...

January 1, 2018

     The downtown pedestrian mall runs from 2nd street to 7th street. The Omni hotel anchors the west end, and the open air pavilion anchors the east end. There are 120 shops and 30 restaurants on the mall, as well as an indoor ice skating ring and several theaters. Main street was converted to a pedestrian street in 1976, and the mall thus began life as a closed venue. Today, several cross street...

December 1, 2017

     Railroads run North-South and East-West through the city. Bridges and crossings dot the roads.  You can walk across them, drive across them, over and under them. You can be close to the trains . They run by the hospital, businesses, apartments, and city garages. Train traffic is slow in the city. Sometimes they're parked by the hospital. Passenger traffic runs North-South. The Amtrak station...

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