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Unto the Hills Do I Look Up

This is a mini-series on The Cloisters of NYC.  It's a composite structure that incorporates elements from five medieval French cloisters which were disassembled and reassembled in Upper Manhattan in 1934-38.   You can read more about it here.  We visited there in April.

The Cloisters sits on the Hudson River, from which can be viewed the hills of the New Jersey Palisades.

"Besides purchasing this land and donating it to the city, Rockefeller also purchased and donated to the State of New Jersey several hundred acres of the New Jersey Palisades on the other side of the Hudson River in order to preserve the view for the museum."

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


Unto the Hills Do I Look Up

This is a mini-series on The Cloisters of NYC.  It's a composite structure that incorporates elements from five medieval French cloisters which were disassembled and reassembled in Upper Manhattan in 1934-38.   You can read more about it here.  We visited there in April.

The Cloisters sits on the Hudson River, from which can be viewed the hills of the New Jersey Palisades.

"Besides purchasing this land and donating it to the city, Rockefeller also purchased and donated to the State of New Jersey several hundred acres of the New Jersey Palisades on the other side of the Hudson River in order to preserve the view for the museum."

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (40)

Wonderful! I love how the inside wall is just black and blends into the page. Perfectly exposed! Love the view!
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes these pics work well on SC's template, SL. Thanks for stopping by!
  • Les Auld
  • Southport UK
  • 29 Jun 2007, 00:39
Well presented, looks like it belongs on the page.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Les. This is where SC's template really helps. smile
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 29 Jun 2007, 00:55
Lovely spillage of light there Ginnie, and beautiful detail in the illuminated areas. Is this opening glazed or not? I'm guessing it is, and that the grey vertical is part of the window frame, but it's hard to be sure.
Ginnie Hart: As I recall, Jimbo, those openings do NOT have window panes of any kind. I recall them as being totally open to the outside. Hmmm. Thanks for stopping by, as always!
It's as if you've magically placed this lovely window into our computer screens to share the view. I really feel like I'm there. Well done, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Red Pen. This is where SC's template really helps us! smile
OoooOhHoHOhh Ginnie. Hope. A way where there seemed to be no way. A light. A focal point. That window appeals to my inward self. Very inspiring.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Busola. It does exactly the same thing for me!
Very, very beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Karen!
Lovely! I like the way the image blends with the background....very unique (same thing with this shot: http://nacha.shutterchance.com/photoblog/DONOVAN_(M.A.C__PRO.)/ the table Donovan was leaning on blends with the background) and i thot it was a good idea removing the borders....smile
NICE SHOT!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Nacha. SC's template really helps us in these situations, doesn't it. smile Thank you kindly!
  • Ted
  • 29 Jun 2007, 04:14
Lovely shot, Ginnie. I really like how the surrounding of the window is so underexposed as to be black and blend in with the background of the page.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ted. I'm repeating what I'm saying to everyone else, but this is where SC's template really comes in handy. smile
  • Kay
  • 29 Jun 2007, 05:03
Very peaceful shot, Ginnie! I could just sit and stare at this all day. smile
Ginnie Hart: Maybe we could sit there side by side, Kay. That's a nice thought. I have a feeling you and I are on the same page. smile
  • urban8
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • 29 Jun 2007, 06:10
Lovely photo - peaceful & atmospheric image.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you much, Urban8, for stopping by and commenting.
Totally agree with the previous comment. Very good use of the light.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Flo. You would have had a heyday at this place! smile
  • Judy
  • So Californina - United States
  • 29 Jun 2007, 07:16
Ginnie - Someone said it yesterday - this series just gets better and better each day. Hard to believe. I love the plants on the sill and the tree and the river and how about the entire photo!!!
Ginnie Hart: You are such a sweetheart, Judy. You know how to make my day. smile
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK.
  • 29 Jun 2007, 08:18
I've been a little remiss in my commenting lately for one reason or another, but I've just reviewed your images since my last visit. You have been busy, haven't you?

This is a wonderful series of architectural work - yours and the architects' - that shows skill in composition and use of light.

Fine work Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so kindly, Colin. You would have a heyday at this place. It is totally unique!
Well composed and well presented.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Shakara.
  • Inès
  • Belgium
  • 29 Jun 2007, 09:31
Love this quiet place !!!!!
Ginnie Hart: So do I, Ines. Thank you.
Hello Ginnie...thanks for being my "inspiration circle." B-) Appreciate your kind visits to my p-blog. This shot is just marvelous! Your composition is just perfect. Great shot!
Ginnie Hart: I like the idea of your Inspiration Circle, H, and am honored to be in it. Thank you kindly!
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 29 Jun 2007, 12:49
INTERESTING
Ginnie Hart: THERE HE GOES AGAIN!
  • Amy
  • 29 Jun 2007, 13:08
GORGEOUS shot -- I love it! It makes me want to be right there . . . thanks for sharing!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Amy. You and Judy both know how to make my day. I hope you know that! smile

The next time you and Dennis are in NYC, I would highly recommend this place because it is very doable in a morning or afternoon's visit. Much easier to tackle than all those humongous museums!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Jun 2007, 13:39
Great shot and framing. Some grainy signs of pp, but nothing serious.

The concept of someone making so much money and then donating it back for the benefit of the people he made it from, always boggles my mind. Like that other guy in the computer world. Why doesn't he just make the product cheaper?
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, on the vestiges of PPing, Louis. That spot through the windows was pure white before I PPed it. I'm still not very good about manipulation, as you certainly know by now. Hmmmm. You just make me want to get better at it! Thanks as always for your support!

HA! on your last comment. Hmmm. I think this relates to your Capitalism post today?
When I read 'cloisters of NYC',I think at the SODA comic's wich i read a few years ago. The whole serie (strip-comic)is made by an Belgium Printcompany. But the story plays in NY.

One album has the name: Every Cloiser wears his own cross. SODA comics are a little bit violent, but they read very well.

Here is a link to the dupuis printing company: http://www.dupuis.com/servlet/jpecat?pgm=DETAIL_COUV&lang=NL&NART=2116500

One photo can bring some old memorys back wink . Nice picture by the way...
Ginnie Hart: Oh, wow, Tim. I had no idea! Thanks for the link...and your kind comment!
  • Roger
  • Denton Texas
  • 29 Jun 2007, 13:58
Excellent shot! great lighting.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, sir!
  • don
  • Spokane
  • 29 Jun 2007, 15:13
I like the angle you chose in presenting these windows. Wonderful sense of light filtering through the thick walls and across the plants. Nicely done.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Don.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 29 Jun 2007, 15:30
I agree with Red Pen, and this is just great. SO lovely, the first word that comes to mind. Really love it, and with your black template, just great.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ruth. As I've been telling everyone, this is where SC's template really helps us! smile
The textured graininess of the photo is what makes it work. It works as good contrast to the smoothness of the columns and the way the sunlight rests on the cloisters. Beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, Seraphine. Like I said at your site, it feels serendipitous!
I like how the glowing window floats on the page!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Martin. Thanks to SC's template, that it. smile
Ooo a window of light thro my computer screen ! wonderful. mike
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. From me to you! Thanks, Mike.
Awesome Ginnie, really like this.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Bridge. Thank you.
  • sinem
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 29 Jun 2007, 18:44
Interesting? What's he on about? Ignore him, Ginnie darling - I'd rather say - Inspirational!
Ginnie Hart: If you don't know, Sinem, who does! HA! I'm learning his number. grin

Thanks a million for stopping by.
Architecture, still life, a little bit of landscape - all in one image. Who says you can't have your cake and eat it! Lovely image Ginnie. David.
Ginnie Hart: Oh, I love how you said that, David. Thanks a million.
In especially like the outer line - the line against the black shadow - beautiful shape smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Aksel. Thanks.
Nice title once again and beautiful picture with a clever management of lights and dark : Bravo Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sir!
  • Ellie
  • 29 Jun 2007, 23:44
You've clearly put a lot of loving care into this picture Ginnie, the way it's composed and the work you put in afterwards (I'll take your word for that, I've no idea what you may have done). I adore the colours, the stonework looks so gently pink and brown, the view is beautiful and those splashes of green from the plants just tip the balance somehow. I think this is almost my favourite of this series, I have seen them all now even though I haven't commented on them all ... tempus fugit I'm afraid. wink
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ellie, tempus fugit and "tyranny of the urgent" and all that. I'm honored that you have stopped by at all. Thank you kindly!
  • _Monika_
  • rainy London
  • 30 Jun 2007, 18:21
Ginnie, I have got 'technical' question - how can you set a border around certain photos only? I wanted to get this great effect of black blending with website background (as you got with this photo)but I do not know how! Please help me when you got a moment! smile
WOW, Ginnie! 35 comments in one day? Never been to the Cloisters, but I'm going, thanks to you.
I'm looking at your settings and trying to learn from them. You're fantastic. probably not much like this in Georgia.

Thanks..
Erik up the Hudson.
Ginnie Hart: You will NOT be disappointed if you can go, Erik. It seemed so much more doable to tackle than all the huge museums in NYC.

And I think you'll like your camera as well! I've had mine a bit over a year now and am still learning how to use it! smile
I like tis a lot. The exposure is perfect. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for backtracking, Dave. smile
Very nice shot Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, PB!
  • Dreamwalker
  • 2 Jul 2007, 01:35
An absolutely fantastic shot. I love this.
Ginnie Hart: You're a real sweetheart, DW. Thank you!
The potted plants sit really well against the texture of the sandstone pillars, keep em coming smile
Ginnie Hart: You're so kind, Will. Thank you.
I like that you've chosen to post it without a border. Beautiful!
Ginnie Hart: SC makes it so easy to do this kind of shot, doesn't it, Julia! Thanks.
Esta foto me gusta muy especialmente... para mi será un likey!
This photo I very specially like... for my will be a likey!
Ginnie Hart: You are such a sweetheart, Jose! Thank you.

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