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Summer's end in NYC, Sep 2009 - 012 | by Ed Yourdon
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Summer's end in NYC, Sep 2009 - 012

For what it's worth, I'll point out that this was a 5-image handheld HDR blend. I thought it would help increase the tonal range of the grass, the sky, and the skyline. People were reasonably stationary while I was taking the shot, so there's not too much blurriness...

 

Note: this photo was published as an illustration in a silly September 2009 Squidoo blog titled "The Best Squidoo Lens NOT To Do." It was also published in an Aug 19, 2010 blog titled "Summer 2010 Ice Ice Baby," which appears to have been republished in a Sep 2, 2010 issue.

 

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jul 10, 2012 blog titled "NOAA Finds The First Six Months of 2012 Were The Warmest On Record."

 

Moving into 2013, the photo was published as a background image in a Jan 17, 2013 blog titled "お金でアーティストを加速させよう."

 

Moving into 2014, the photo was published in an undated (mid-July 2014) blog titled "Qué hacer en verano en Nueva York."

 

Note: A large percentage of my "landscape" photos (including the ones in this set) are now copyright-protected, and are not available for downloads and free use. You can view them here in Flickr, but if you would like prints, enlargements, framed copies, and other variations, please visit my SmugMug "NYC HDR" gallery by clicking here.

 

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Labor Day weekend has traditionally marked the end of the summer season throughout the United States, even though the summer solstice doesn't come to an end for another couple of weeks. Vacations are over, school is starting, and we all know that the long, hot days of summer are gone for yet another year (and as a Sep 6, 2009 New York Times editorial titled "This Seasonal Parade" points out, we're now halfway through the hurricane season)...

 

For the last few years, I've acknowledged Labor Day by walking through Central Park here in New York City, to see how everyone else is enjoying or lamenting this end-of-season weekend. After a while, you have a general idea of what you're likely to see, as long as the weather cooperates: lots of sunbathing, lots of frisbee, lots of picnics, lots of kids running around the meadows and lawns as if the warm weather might last forever. Many of these scenes I've photographed multiple times, and I had no particular interest in repeating what I've already done before (here, for example is the Flickr set of photos from my 2008 stroll). So I didn't take any photos of the runners along the Central Park reservoir, didn't bother with most of the people on bicycles, and didn't pay much attention to the bikini-clad beauties out on the grass...

 

But there are always some unique sights, and I did my best to capture them in this set of photos. What struck me most this year was the music that I saw (and heard) almost everywhere: jazz trios, solitary musicians, an absolutely wonderful folk-music trio called The Dirty Urchins (check them out on Twitter, MySpace, and the Web), a violin trio of teenaged Chinese girls, a solitary violinist playing Puccini opera pieces, and several others that I've probably forgotten. Oh, yeah, and there were also the mimes: the gold man, the spring faerie, and so many others.

 

All in all, Central Park is one of the most magical places in the world. If you haven't been here, you have no idea what you're missing. Of course you should come here to the Center of the Universe to see the Empire State Building, the Staten Island Ferry, the Statue of Liberty, and Ground Zero. But you need to set aside at least a whole day to see Central Park. I hope this set of Flickr photos will give you a brief glimpse of why it matters so much...

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Taken on September 6, 2009