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Brooding On The Rhythmic Swing Of Your Imagination was uploaded to Flickr

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Blue Line train leaving the Addison station

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I took Brooding On The Rhythmic Swing Of Your Imagination on March 29, 2014 at 06:42PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 30, 2014 at 02:42AM

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March 31st, 2014 at 9:22 am

Waiting For Your Next Move was uploaded to Flickr

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Soon to be covered by a rather large office tower and surrounding park

(renderings here; scroll down: http://ift.tt/ICMv59… )

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I took Waiting For Your Next Move on November 30, 2013 at 03:26PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 10, 2013 at 01:54PM

Cloud Nine was uploaded to Flickr

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Under The El

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I took Cloud Nine on March 08, 2014 at 01:47PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 08, 2014 at 07:52PM

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March 11th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

While Your Traces Disappear – Explored

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While Your Traces Disappear
While Your Traces Disappear

Cool! Another photo has made it into Flickr Explore, and with even more favorites than the last photo got.  I take and process photos every day, or attempt to, and I always do the best I can to transform the images into art. But prior to these two photos making Explore, I hadn’t been selected since April 2012. I realize the Explore algorithm is mostly computerized, and that there is an element of chance in making the cut – but still. Odd. And nice. 

Funny, as I only sort of randomly selected this photo of the CTA tracks near Graceland Cemetery as a means to test new perspective tools in the Lightroom 5 Beta, and then tweaked the image a bit using the Google Silver Efex Pro plugin. The subject is a bit of cliché to tell the truth – high contrast black and white image of shadow perspectives, yadda yadda. I’ve taken many similar photos that didn’t get so much appreciation from Flickreenos. Still, I am happy with how this one turned out…

Click here for an embiggened version. 

Or here to purchase a print for your own wall.

Written by Seth Anderson

April 17th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

China Begins Longest Bullet Train Service

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It Makes Perfect Sense
It Makes Perfect Sense

Meanwhile, the US can’t even agree to construct a route connecting Florida

China began service Wednesday morning on the world’s longest high-speed rail line, covering a distance in eight hours that is about equal to that from New York to Key West, Fla., or from London across Europe to Belgrade, Serbia.

Trains traveling 300 kilometers, or 186 miles, an hour, began regular service between Beijing and Guangzhou, the main metropolis in southeastern China. Older trains still in service on a parallel rail line take 21 hours; Amtrak trains from New York to Miami, a shorter distance, still take nearly 30 hours.

Completion of the Beijing-Guangzhou route — roughly 1,200 miles — is the latest sign that China has resumed rapid construction on one of the world’s largest and most ambitious infrastructure projects, a network of four north-south routes and four east-west routes that span the country.

Lavish spending on the project has helped jump-start the Chinese economy twice: in 2009, during the global financial crisis, and again this autumn, after a brief but sharp economic slowdown over the summer.

The hiring of as many as 100,000 workers for each line has kept a lid on unemployment as private-sector construction has slowed because of limits on real estate speculation. The national network has helped to reduce air pollution in Chinese cities and helped to curb demand for imported diesel fuel by freeing capacity on older rail lines for goods to be carried by freight trains instead of heavily polluting, costlier trucks.

(click here to continue reading China Begins Longest Bullet Train Service – NYTimes.com.)

We are foolish to ignore this sort of infrastructure project. Not only would it boost US employment, reduce pollution, but it would help the economy as a whole. 

Written by Seth Anderson

December 30th, 2012 at 11:41 am

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