13 October 2016

Photographers Street View index

updated 13 October 2016

a Google "9 eyes" camera
by Kowloonese at en.wikipedia
Welcome! The images you see in this collection are derived from Google Street View using Google's "Picasa" photo editing. The site has been developed to feature locations of interest to the author/photographer and you.

Google explains their Street View project, including ways you can become involved on their page, "Understand Street View." This page shows illustrations of the various ways their cameras are mounted on all sorts of contraptions (not just cars). You may be "wowed" by their publishing process here, too. Hats off to Google for starting a revolution in how we see our world and share it with each other!

Google's 9 eyes Street View self-portrait, Sept 2015
What did the photographer miss?

Acknowledgement to Street View and the Street View URL will be provided for each photo, which will allow you to visit the location, too--and create your own interpretations.

An angle, an older Street View tour of the area or a change in tone might suggest a unique view for you to snip. Move that mouse! Venture down that lonely alley or country byway. Look around. Street View isn't just a directional aid. It's an explorer's tool. Have a wonderful trip!

Shadows on Summer Street
page 50, The Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection
Google Street View, Sept 2014

(most likely location of the Double Thread Sewing Company offices, Boston MA)
This blog originated unexpectedly as a by-product of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection. The author found himself enjoying Google Street View entirely too much, snipping here and there contemporary photos of locations of largely northeastern American businesses in the 19th century. When the indexing of the Arnold collection is complete (don't hold your breath) the author intends to return here to develop this blog further.

As of 2016 an increasing number of photographers are modifying, organizing and incorporating Google Street View images in their works of art. Although experience in photography is helpful, anybody with patience can clip the 9 eyes' images. Time Magazine's 2012 article "Street View and Beyond: Google's Influence on Photography" gives a good overview of the state of the art at that time.

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12 October 2016

Happy Anniversary, St. Paul's NYC!

"The Little Church That Stood"
250 Years
209 Broadway, NYC

30 October 2016 marks the 250th anniversary of a little (by NYC standards) church on Broadway, the last remaining colonial religious structure in the city. Constructed in 1766 as a convenience for "uptown" parishioners, it survived  fires that burned the neighborhood in the late 18th century and the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center towers across the street in 2001. President George Washington worshiped there often, no doubt when it was owned by the Church of England, as the "Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America" was not incorporated in New York State until 1821.

The Chapel has been renovated more than once, the most recent before the current renovation was completed in the 1960s. The interior shots featured below reflect the 60s renovation's color choices of blue ceilings and pink walls. They will be replaced with white dove and natural cream, colors used in the mid-nineteenth century, which were the earliest colors the color conservationist could find for the interior before the anniversary date.

Now dwarfed by surrounding skyscrapers, this is how the Chapel looked for decades after its construction, when its spire was taller than many surrounding structures:

(print modified from original found on Wikimedia Commons)

The picture below shows the sanctuary of the Chapel as it was decorated after a 1960's renovation and a post-911 cleanup. The large windows on the right overlook Broadway.

Original photo by Jean-Christophe BENOIST, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons
Over several years, Google Street View (GSV) shows the Chapel exterior and grounds from many angles.

Broadway entrance, July 2015  [GSV]
(color variations emphasized in Picasa processing)
Another view of the Broadway facade in July 2015 [GSV]
In October, 2014 [GSV] the sun is at just the right angle to show off details of the Broadway facade's colonnade.
Google captures the softly lit Church St. entrance to the Chapel in August 2013 [GSV]
In Apr 2009  [GSV] Google cameras passed by the side of the Chapel that faced the World Trade Center. The 911 attack filled the entire area with dust and debris. As indicated by the slight focal distortion at the top of the steeple, Google lenses were not as good in 2009 as they are now.
2009 was a good year for the Chapel. After 8 years of silence, and just one month after Google cameras passed by, the last of the toxic 911 dust was vacuumed from its pipes and the Chapel organ sounded again [YouTube ~2 min. 30 secs.]:

One of the best photo spreads outside of the views available on Street View is "Saint Paul's Churchyard," which was assembled on Flickr by jhouston1956.

If you have the time, here are 2 YouTube tours of the Chapel which I found of interest:

The first gives you the sounds of New York and a glimpse of the significance of the site to the events of 911:
YouTube ~ 3 min. (some narration)

The second, without narration, also gives you the ambience of the setting:

YouTube ~ 2 min.

There are other YouTube videos available which you may wish to sample for yourself. After 30 October, there may be some showing the refurbished interior and 911 memorial. Meanwhile, the New York Architecture site is among several that can be found with a Google search that have excellent snapshots of the Chapel.

11 September 2016

Google Water View


updated 12 October 2016

Google Water View

The many colors of the Hudson River

Sometime in June 2015, Google sent forth its multiple cameras on a fireboat and voyaged up the Hudson River. A little over a year later, while investigating a trade card for The Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection 1885, I discovered what Google had done. (Occasionally I'm a little slow catching up on the latest Google adventure.)

Familiar landmarks look quite different when viewed from nearby waterways. So it is for the Hudson Valley in NY State. From just north of Albany, down the Hudson with a few gaps, Google cameras captured many moods. I'd like to share some of them with you. Just this once, you can leave the life vest and seasick pills behind!

Captions will be added when time permits. In the meantime, please feel free to share your observations in the comments field. 

Taking a brief shore leave, Google visits the remains of "Redoubt #7" on Constitution Island. A "redoubt" is a small fortification, usually constructed of  earth or stone that provides protection for soldiers outside of an adjacent fort. This one guarded the eastern anchor of "the Great Chain" that American forces deployed across the Hudson to West Point on the other side of the river in order to deny British ships access to the mid and upper Hudson River during the American revolution.

Google cameras pass by West Point, across the Hudson from Constitution Island.
The eastern anchorage of the Bear Mountain Bridge at Bear Mountain NY.
The "little red lighthouse" nestles beneath the eastern anchorage of the George Washington Bridge.
The official name of this lighthouse is "Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse"
"Freedom Tower" via Google Water View in the Hudson River.
My favorite Street View image of this NYC landmark is featured on "Into Temptation: A Hudson Street View Promenade."
This is probably a test, but it could be a salute. Fireboats are frequently used to mark special occasions in this way, as seen below:

"FDNY Fireboat Fire Fighter performing an unusual night water salute on Sept 11, 2011, at memorial service, at he the Postcards Memorial on Staten Island NY."  From YouTube. Video by John Skelson.


24 June 2016

Steel Windows

Steel Windows

The Bethlehem Exhibition
(updated 7 September 2016)

Once "protected by pistol-packing mamas," Bethlehem Steel was central to the success of the United States in peace and war. As you review the photos below, you will not hear what workers and neighbors described as the "constant booming" of the plant. Companion to many generations, today the pulse of the plant can only be imagined by the scope of its gargantuan local footprint, nine and a half miles long.

map adapted from brokenbushandroundtop,
"This map was used by truck delivery people to identify the various truck dock locations."
C. Gallo, 18 January 1979
The easiest way to comprehend the impact of Bethlehem Steel is to watch the PBS documentary on its history (YouTube, ~1 hr. 20 min.) :

"Bethlehem Steel: the
People Who Built America" 

Local efforts in preservation and restoration were incomplete as of 2011 when many of these Google Street View photos were taken. Much progress transforming the former headquarters facilities of Bethlehem Steel has been made. New tenants and uses are everywhere. Transformation, however, is a tricky deal that never ends. Working with change, rather than resisting change, is always a challenge.

Here's a flyover of the Bethlehem Steel complex in 2015: YouTube (3:30 min.)

If you're not an Ozzy Osbourne fan, mute the sound.
Select HD 1080 for clearest viewing.
"Flying Above Bethlehem Steel" by Jerry D.
Outsourced from "Flying Above Bethlehem Steel" above,
trees sprout from the furnaces. It appears they
germinated shortly after the plant closed.
Nature calls this process "succession."
Photo below is of the upper floor of the former
"Central Tool Machine Shop," # 178 on the map.
Click [GSV] to view in Google Street View
Charles F. Mohr (retired 1981, died March, 2002) was a supervisor in the central machine tool shop.

Michael A. Racosky (retired 1960, died 1986) was a machinist and setter in the central machine tool shop. Monster lists a machinist/setter's duties and required skills in 2016 as:
CNC Operator Machinist Job Duties:
  • Plans machining by studying work orders, blueprints, engineering plans, materials, specifications, orthographic drawings, reference planes, locations of surfaces, and machining parameters; interpreting geometric dimensions and tolerances (GD&T).
  • Plans stock inventory by checking stock to determine amount available; anticipating needed stock; placing and expediting orders for stock; verifying receipt of stock.
  • Programs mills and lathes by entering instructions, including zero and reference points; setting tool registers, offsets, compensation, and conditional switches; calculating requirements, including basic math, geometry, and trigonometry; proving part programs.
  • Sets-up mills and lathes by installing and adjusting three- and four-jaw chucks, tools, attachments, collets, bushings, cams, gears, stops, and stock pushers; indicating vices; tramming heads.
  • Loads feed mechanism by lifting stock into position.
  • Verifies settings by measuring positions, first-run part, and sample workpieces; adhering to international standards.
  • Maintains specifications by observing drilling, grooving, and cutting, including turning, facing, knurling and thread chasing operations; taking measurements; detecting malfunctions; troubleshooting processes; adjusting and reprogramming controls; sharpening and replacing worn tools; adhering to quality assurance procedures and processes.
  • Maintains safe operations by adhering to safety procedures and regulations.
  • Maintains equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs.
  • Maintains continuity among work shifts by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities, and continuing needs.
  • Documents actions by completing production and quality logs.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading technical publications.
  • Accomplishes organization goals by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
CNC Operator Machinist Skills and Qualifications:Conceptual Skills, Process Improvement, Verbal Communication, Functional and Technical Skills, Controls and Instrumentation, Supply Management, Tooling, Coordination, Inventory Control, Attention to Detail, Judgment

Richard H. Kleintrop worked as First Floor Foreman in the central machine tool shop for 45 years. Watching his grandson play baseball gave him great joy.

Richard H. Kleintop Obituary
Richard H. Kleintrop
(31 March 1916 - 19 March 2012)

Raymond Howard Hinkle (died 12 July 1971) worked at the central machine tool shop for a number of years.

Shown below is the "No.4 Shop" (# 173)
The "No. 4 shop" housed many Bethelehem Steel activities. The image shows a part of the building housing "Construction/Air Condit"[ioning?]. Also located within these walls were the Safety Shop and the Bearing Center:


Listed as "abandoned" on the map above, the function of this building is unknown.

[GSV]  Hooked
Everything at a steel plant is on a grand scale.
This gantry crane could lift tons and tons of steel products.




[GSV]  ArtsQuest Center,
reflects one of the best redevelopment projects I've seen anywhere!

to be continued....