Sandy roars through Brooklyn

“Hurricane Sandy, stomach ” by Jane Kratochvil.

The last couple of days and nights have been full of anxiety and nerves as Hurricane Sandy locked in on the East Coast. Though many of us in Brooklyn were spared some of the horrible destruction and fires that Breezy Point in Queens experienced, more about it was still gut-wrenching. Waterfront neighborhoods like Coney Island, buy Sheepshead Bay, DUMBO and Red Hook were all victims of heavy flooding and electrical fires. It was scary to watch the local reports and photographs come in on Twitter, but it’s so evident that social media services like Twitter have so fundamentally changed how the media works in emergencies.

Though power is (eerily) still out for a huge number of folks in Manhattan, there’s lots of amazing coverage of the storm and its aftermath. This round-up of photos on The Atlantic is a must-see, and photographs have started to pour in on our Flickr group, some of which I’ve featured below. If you have photos you’d like to see featured here, please contribute on Flickr on contact us via email directly.

My thoughts are with all those recovering from the storm. Please be safe and let us know if there is anything we can do to help!

“Manhattan, 10/30/12,” by Jonathan Percy:
Manhattan 10/30/12

“Hurricane Sandy, the next morning in DUMBO,” by Barry Yanowitz:
Hurricane Sandy, the next morning in DUMBO

“Fort Greene Mercedes Smash,” by Matt Nedbalsky:
Fort Greene Mercedes Smash

“Morning After Sandy,” by Vitaliy Piltser:

“Go Away Sandy!,” by Joel Zimmer:
Go Away Sandy

“Statue of Liberty, Sandy,” by Marie Viljoen:
statue of liberty, sandy

“Clinton Hill Tree Down,” by Matt Nedbalsky:
Clinton Hill Tree Down

“Fallen,” by Joel Zimmer:
Fallen II

“Hurricane Sandy, the next morning in DUMBO,” by Barry Yanowitz:
Hurricane Sandy, the next morning in DUMBO

The Slow Summer Fade

sildenafil on Flickr”>nothing compares to the boardwalk
discount on Flickr”>brooklyn beach shop
adiposity so bright it shone like a star by jillysp, on Flickr”>the moon, so bright it shone like a star
oh, coney
light trails and shooting stars

I’m totally in denial. The warm weather and glorious sunshine this past weekend was such a wonderful treat, so I’m just going to pretend that summer is going to last forever. Nevermind that we’re supposed to get huge snows this winter. And when we do, I guess I’ll just have to plan a tropical getaway, now won’t I?

Back a couple of months ago at the end of August, Barry, Joel, and Richard convinced me to meet them on the boardwalk out at Coney Island in the middle of the week, just because. It doesn’t usually occur to me to go on a photo walk in the middle of the week because of my work schedule, but it was just what I needed. It was so therapeutic to stroll down the boardwalk, taking everything in and savoring every last drop of the summer. The ocean breeze was perfection.

Coney Island is so much quieter during the week, and especially so once the sun goes down. The pace of life slows the further you get from the train — the elderly couples strolling along the boardwalk, men fishing off Steeplechase Pier, the gentle lap of the waves against the shore in the dark. It was a perfect opportunity for some long exposures with my Pentax 645N. I’m still trying to get a hang of the beast — the 645 format, the digital displays, the automatic exposure settings all feel space age compared to the ancient cameras I’ve been using the last few years. I’ll get there someday.

Oh, Coney. You’re the best.

Kodak Brownie: Coney Island Love

For ages, this I’ve been admiring several photographers as they work with the old-school, ultra-simple Kodak Brownie cameras of the 1950’s and 1960’s. I’ve shared photos from Claire Voelkel and Barry Yanowitz before, and every time I see one of their Brownie shots, I get all weak in the knees. So dreamy! So vintage!

A recent video interview between Barry and Adam Lerner gave me the kick in the pants I needed — why hadn’t I ever gotten a cute little Brownie? After doing my research, I found a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye on eBay that looked promising for a whopping $20. It still had the original leather case and sounded like it was in great condition, which is important since a lot of these old cameras may have problems with focus, lens fungus, and light leaks. The Hawkeye was manufactured from 1949-1961 and features a whole two buttons — one for the shutter, and one to push at the same time if you want to try a longer exposure. Originally, it shot 620 film but you can retrofit with standard 120 film so long as you have at least one of the old (smaller) metal film holders.

One warm Saturday morning, Barry and I met up at Coney Island for a boardwalk stroll with our cameras, and I shot my first roll of film on the Brownie. Though it seems I have a bit of a light leak, I kind of love it anyway. I think the leaks plus the Kodak Ektar captures the summery tones of Coney perfectly. I can’t wait to take her out for a spin again real soon.

goodbye, my coney island baby

boardwalk strollhe wears a pink floppy hat

casting a line

precious cargoUntitled

nothing in space