New Haven Photowalk 2010

Saturday was the third annual Worldwide Photowalk. Here in Connecticut it was a beautiful day–hot and sweaty for sure, but from a photo standpoint the sky was a deep blue and free from haze. I set out for the Peabody Museum in New Haven our walk’s starting point.

This was my third walk. The first was great. The second not so much. Saturday fell in between. I enjoyed the day though there were fewer good shots than I hoped for.

I met two women from Trumbull and walked with them through the Yale campus and New Haven. My time with them made the day worthwhile. Good company.

As striking as Yale is once again I had trouble finding the proper way to capture it. That’s more me than it. I did come to the conclusion there are too many architectural styles on display on-campus. Often there are jarring juxtapositions of old versus new in close proximity.

It’s possible the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is the ugliest building in Connecticut (though its inside is full of scholarly goodness and priceless treasures). The Yale Art and Architecture Building is a close second. It’s home to the School of Architecture. I wonder if they know?

There was one odd moment on the Yale campus. A group of Korean students (probably high school) were visiting the school on their one week trip to the United States. That’s a lot to squeeze in a week! I spoke briefly to a few of them and then as I was walking away they asked if they could have their picture taken with me! I posed with three or four groups of giggling young girls.

Why me? No clue. I’m sure there are Caucasians seen in Korea. Maybe these kids don’t have access? Maybe Asian women fantasize about Jewish men? Nah.

In the end my best shots were taken in New Haven’s historic Grove Street Cemetery–itself a tourist attraction. I set out to take advantage of the very shallow depth-of-field with my 70-200mm f/2.8 lens.

2 Responses to “New Haven Photowalk 2010”

  1. Ken Wilder says:

    Loved the photo walk shots but especially “Milf Shake.” It’s just one of those silly ones that just makes a person chuckle. k

  2. meredith says:

    Have you ever been inside the Beinecke on a sunny day? If not, do so. That will change your opinion of the building, guaranteed. The way the alabaster squares filter the sunlight to illuminate the treasures inside is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen anywhere.

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