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A Stressfull Week in NYC

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by RobR, May 17, 2014.

  1. RobR

    RobR Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 19, 2013
    Connecticut, USA
    Robert Reinhardt
    Hi everyone, I had meant to post this many, many weeks ago, but there's been so much going on in the past few weeks that I just haven't been able to get it up. Anyway, here it goes! Our stressful week in New York City.
    In late March, after discovering that he had a torn Tricuspid Valve, my father was scheduled for heart surgery. Having already had full Open Heart surgery in 2002, he was looking for someone who could perform the procedure with minimally invasive surgery or robotic assisted surgery as opposed to having his chest cracked once again. Yale Medical refused to perform it as minimally invasively and another hospital in Cleveland, OH which specialized in DaVinci heart repairs also declined the case. It was then that we looked into NYU Langone. Dr. Didier Loulmet, one of the most skilled and experienced surgeons in the east coast accepted his case and he was admitted on Monday, April 7th.
    The first day was preparation so I stayed in school, but I elected to be by his side before he went into the operating room and provide support for my mother so on Tuesday, April 8th, I took the train into Manhattan and the adventure began. I knew it was going to be a stressful couple of days, so I decided to set myself a photographic challenge. I equipped myself with my OM-D E-M5 and an adapted Legacy OM 28mm f2.8 manual focus lens. My challenge was to limit myself to 52 photos over the course of 3 or 4 days, about 2 rolls of film and do some street photography to keep my mind off of things.

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    This pretty much sums it up. I took this in a Dunkin Donuts while Dad was in surgery. Mom was trying to keep everyone updated on his condition and I consider it to be the most powerful of the set.

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    Thanks to very generous friends, this was our view of the city from where we stayed the night.

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    No New York City set would be complete without a shot of the Empire State Building.

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    This was my first trip to the Flatiron building. Pictures really do NOT do this building justice. I was awestruck. This could very well be my favorite building ever.

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    This cat was in the window of a pet shop. Very photogenic.


    We saw Dad fresh out of surgery at 9:30pm on Tuesday, 7 hours after he went in. He was white, cold and pale, but breathing. After a fitful night of sleep, we saw him the next morning for breakfast and then the nurses shooed us out after 45 minutes. I decided to use the time to make the pilgrimage to B&H as any photographer in New York should. I took these on the way.

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    It's amazing how something so hideous as a construction walkway can become a thing of beauty.

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    Randomly, there were a pair of slippers. A bit eerie, if you ask me.

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    Of course, my attention started to shift from actual street photography to interesting cars I found on the street.

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    The first day, I found a BMW R100/5 parked on the street.

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    The next day, I found a Triumph Thruxton 900...

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    ...and right next to it, a Moto Guzzi.

    The next day dawned and it was time to go home. Dad was doing well, Mom was recovering and I had missed enough school as it was. I narrowly missed the train so I had lunch in Grand Central and used my extra time to "people watch". As much as I love my machinery, it isn't for everyone. I suppose then, I'll leave you with the penultimate photo I took on my "second roll".

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    This was taken in Grand Central Terminal. Its ceiling continues to amaze me, and it's a magical place. There are few places in the world today that can make everyone, young and old, visitors and even businessmen just stop, stare and take in the moment.
     
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  2. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    Really nice set.
     
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  3. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    Robert -Hope your dad's recovery is swift. Some wonderful shots.

    Chrome
     
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  4. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    I know what you mean about the Flatiron building, it's one of my favorite NYC spots.
    Hope all is well with your dad.
     
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