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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Monthly theme day - Water's edge

Each month, on the first, the City Daily Photo Blog community suggests a theme for each of us to interpret.  This month, the theme is The Water's Edge.  I struggled with this one, but it was a good struggle.  I was originally going to try something with my Go Pro camera half in and half out of the water but for the life of me I couldn't finish the thought.  I had no idea what would be even vaguely interesting enough to put in a photo to be posted for the world to see.

I thought about the ponds in Central Park and down in Vale.  I thought about the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson rivers but nothing really jumped out at me.  We had a big thunderstorm about 2 weeks ago, and while snapping photos of leaf reflections in the leftover puddles, I saw the most ordinary thing in the world.  The round manhole cover over the sewer.  As usual, the two finger holes were plugged with dirt and leaves, and without thinking, I walked through the standing water and poked my fingers in them to clear them out.  And immediately, my theme day dilemma was solved - there, not 20 feet from my house, were a pair of whirlpools as the water swirled down those holes into the sewer below.

I took a lot of pictures - 23 of them.  It was a bit of trouble to choose the one I wanted.  This one is my favourite because I can make out the shape of the manhole cover.  I tinkered with zooming in and cropping and when I zoomed in, I could see that I captured a leaf falling.  This is the one for me.

Please visit the rest of the community's offerings at Julie's place:

F Number5.6
Lens IDLUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm F3.5-5.6
Focal Length45.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 90.0 mm)
Exposure Time1/160
Exposure ProgramManual
Exposure Compensation0
FlashOff, Did not fire


  1. Would you please link your post to the Theme Day page on the City Daily Photo portal at
    Unlike the previous portal, this one does not automatically link you, but requires you to go in and enter your own details into a Linky. If you enter anything incorrectly, I will come through and fix it up for you.

  2. Nice one for theme day! It looks almost like the eye of a hurricane and for better or worse a very timely photo.

  3. A really original idea for the theme Buck, that's a lot of water gushing down there,you see what you can find when you go poking around haha!


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