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The "Street Observations" Photo Blog featuring street photography and observations from photographer John Fraissinet. 

Thursday
Apr242014

Condensation

Some street observations are just irresistible to photograph.  

Condensation

Wednesday
Apr232014

Goons Approaching

An innocent enough scene.  But, businessmen can be ominous when traveling in packs.  

Goons Approaching

Tuesday
Apr222014

Foggy Morn

I've fall behind many of my posts and got away from the website during the winter.  So, I have a bit of a backlog of shots that I will slowly get up on to StreetObservations.com.  

Monday
Apr212014

Window Frame

Red really stands out in the starkness of winter.

Window Frame

Tuesday
Apr152014

Crack of Light

My initial title for this was "Sliver of Light"  but that name had been previously used in another post.  So, crack is good for this one.  

Crack of Light

Tuesday
Apr082014

Self-Contained

A smoke break...

Tuesday
Apr012014

Light

From the Corner of Broadway look east on Maiden Lane

Light

Thursday
Mar272014

Panting

He was waiting for quite a wild before he got something to pant on.  

Panting

Friday
Mar212014

Cutting Out

The gleaming light made me want to compose the shot of this park sculpture.  

Cutting Out

Tuesday
Mar182014

History

An old historical column from back some years.  

History

Tuesday
Mar112014

Slush

It's been a miserable winter.

Slush

Monday
Feb242014

West Street Cross

Some people leisurely wait when they cross a wide street.  

West Street Cross

Friday
Feb212014

The Little Jumper

I watched as this little boy took glory is pouncing repeatedly into a puddle of water.  His parents, or perhaps grandfather, paid no attention.  He jumped into the big pool at least four times as I watched.  

The Little Jumper

 

Friday
Feb142014

Overkill

OK, so we followed your instructions...

Overkill

Tuesday
Feb112014

Cut-Out

Emulating the crossing sign.  

Cut-Out

 

Friday
Jan312014

Boots in the Hood

Touch element in the neighborhood.

Boots in the Hood

Monday
Jan202014

Top Ten Photographs of 2013

StreetObservations.com - Now, for the ninth year in a row (since 2005 if you do the math, which I just did)... I present those pictures that I consider the Top 10 that I took during the course of the year 2013.  

The selection this year was not as difficult as in prior years.  My finalists immediately numbered 11 and I asked for the opinion of my wife.  She pointed out that one of the pictures, taken on a cross country trip from a car window, wasn't of my usual style.  Very correct, so that one was eliminated.  (I will post those cross country pictures soon so you can judge for yourself).  

All but one of the pictures were taken on the streets in downtown NYC, my regular zone.  Three are people shots, the others more composition-oriented.  

So, anyway, here are the Top 10 presented chronologically as taken over the course of the year. (Click each picture to see it larger). 

1.  Rink with a View - I had no idea there was an ice skating rink down at the tip of the island overlooking the Statue of Liberty.  When I stumbled upon it, I was lucky enough to find this group of women so well organized.  

Rink with a View

2.  Enter Here - I had a long walk back from an evening social event on a rainy evening.  Looking to the right as I walked down Fifth Avenue I spotted the neon "Park" sign.  I parked myself and shot this.

Enter Here

3.  Rockette Dreams - This one was a gift. I thought it was a nice composition with the man sitting alone on the benches. Then, suddenly he his kick dance.   

Rockette Dreams

4.  Headlock Three - I was walking north on Broadway when I came across this couple in an interesting headlock position.  (more...)

Headlock Three

5.  Escape Clause - These gentlemen were talking for some time up on the fire escape of this building.  Seems like they were working out some deal as they were reviewing paperwork.  

Escape Clause

6.  The Story - These women were at about the same location as #4 (Headlock Three)

The Story

7.  Do Not Cross - I was focused on the composition of the barriers against the brick wall.  Having someone walk by and parallel the A-Frame pieces was just darn luck.   

Do Not Cross

8.  His Bridge to Brooklyn - This one reminds me a little bit of the publicity shot for the Woody Allen movie "Manhattan".  

His Bridge to Brooklyn

9.  Vanity - I spotted this proud pigeon by the Millenium Hotel.    (more...)

Vanity

10.  Awe - Just across the street from One World Trade Center, the largest building in the US.  

Awe

Those are the Top 10 photos for this year.  For reference, my previous selections can be found here: 201220112010200920082007,2006, and 2005.   

As far as my regular activity, I continue to post to multiple online sites, and did increase the frequency of my posts here to StreetObservations.com.  Individual shots continue now to go up on Google+Flickr, and Facebook almost daily during the week, with more background and photo sequences here in this blog (StreetObservations.com).   I must confess, it's harder to get a good assortment of shots in the winter, there are less people out to photograph (and I get cold, you see, so I'm not out as much).  So, during the winter, I do sometimes go to the archive with shots I did not post previously.  

I'm also continuing to be working on a book of street photographs that will present the best photos I've taken over the years including some from this year's batch.  I realize I mentioned that last January in last year's post, so I may be full of it.  But, I think I am close to a final draft.  Sure. 

I think it's going to be yet another great year.  

Happy New Year (plus 20 days)!

Friday
Dec132013

Unconscious

Hair upon hair.  

Thursday
Dec122013

Beneath the Bridge

A view of the Brooklyn Bridge, not popularly presented.  

Beneath the Bridge

Wednesday
Dec112013

Symbolism

The statue in the harbor.

Symbolism