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Maize and Blue

I wonder if someone knows exactly how many street vendors there are in NYC!  I'm guessing no one knows for sure, since there are surely some who don't have their license.  Thousands.

But this one caught my eye because of his MICHIGAN sweatshirt.  That's my alma mater!  So of course, I then had to do selective coloring for the Maze and Blue.   Now I'm humming our fight song, which John Philip Sousa said is "the greatest college fight song ever written."  (Sorry, I can't resist):
Hail! to the victors valiant
Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes
Hail! Hail! to Michigan
the leaders and best
Hail! to the victors valiant
Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes
Hail! Hail! to Michigan,
the champions of the West!
BTW, Johnny told me to make sure I ate a NY hotdog at one of these stands, which I did, just for him and to say I did it.  You can see it here in this post (scroll down).

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]



Maize and Blue

I wonder if someone knows exactly how many street vendors there are in NYC!  I'm guessing no one knows for sure, since there are surely some who don't have their license.  Thousands.

But this one caught my eye because of his MICHIGAN sweatshirt.  That's my alma mater!  So of course, I then had to do selective coloring for the Maze and Blue.   Now I'm humming our fight song, which John Philip Sousa said is "the greatest college fight song ever written."  (Sorry, I can't resist):
Hail! to the victors valiant
Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes
Hail! Hail! to Michigan
the leaders and best
Hail! to the victors valiant
Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes
Hail! Hail! to Michigan,
the champions of the West!
BTW, Johnny told me to make sure I ate a NY hotdog at one of these stands, which I did, just for him and to say I did it.  You can see it here in this post (scroll down).

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]



comments (36)

  • Aussie
  • Queensland Austrailia
  • 9 May 2007, 00:10
Fantastic shot, that is such a strange look on his face. I'm guessing he thought he looked cool in that pose.
Ginnie Hart: I still wonder what he was looking at, Aussie...or what he was thinking that brought that sideways smile! Thanks for your commemt.
  • GML
  • 9 May 2007, 00:13
I love this

Awesome
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, GML. Would love to know who you are and where you're from. smile
Your photo could almost entice me to try one, but not quite. smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Oh ye of little faith. grin
Cool shot, Ginnie! I love how you do the selective coloring. Still have yet to learn that trick wink Your other blog is an excellent read, and I will make sure to visit it when time allows.

BTW, my Mom's side of the family used to live in Ann Arbor, MI. The house they lived in was turned into one of the university's frat houses. Needless to say, I wasn't allowed inside when we visited Ann Arbor. I was 16 years old...my uncle thought it would be better for me to visit the botanical gardens there instead. smile
Ginnie Hart: I'll tell you how to do the selective coloring in an e-mail, Kay, because it's SOOOOO easy. If I can do it, it'll be a cinch for you!

I laughed about your uncle not letting you go into the frat house that used to be in your family. Ann Arbor is a very cool city. No wonder I like you. grin
Cool shot Ginnie. Love the selective coloring on this one. The top of the umbrella seems a bit overexposed though. But all in all this is brilliant. Loved the earlier shots too. Good to see your work after a long break smile
Ginnie Hart: I was thinking about that, Thomas--the top of the umbrella--and I think it was just bleached/faded out by the sun. But of course, I could be totally wrong! I almost decided not to color it but decided to do so anyway. But you're right. It bothered me, too.

So glad to see you back! I missed you. smile
  • Petra
  • 9 May 2007, 05:51
I like the look on his face...
Yes we should discuss what you've mentioned yesterday Ginnie, but remember ....talk slow, i am dutch...lol
Petra
Ginnie Hart: HA! Knowing you, Petra, you are way ahead of the curve. grin

Don't you wonder what he was thinking or looking at!
priceless expression, Ginnie and I love your color treatment. Haven't been to NYC for ages but I remember how much I love it!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Suzanne. This was my first time in NYC and I'll never forget it.
  • Julischka
  • the centre of EU
  • 9 May 2007, 07:58
Great great shot of this guy and once again great job on the colours! I love it!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Julia. You're so sweet.
Perfecta desaturación selectiva, Ginnie. Me gusta como has captado la escena. P.D.: Esta foto la he visto en tu blog, verdad? wink

Perfect selective desaturación, Ginnie. I like since you have caught the scene. P.D.: This photo I have seen it in your blog, right? wink
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Jose, this pic was at the end of a whole set of street vendors on my blog. There are so many different kinds of vendors than just the hot dog guys! smile
Great selective colouring , great shot Ginnie and I hope you enjoyed the hotdog..
Ginnie Hart: It wasn't the best hotdog/sausage in the world, Shakara, (pretty bland) but because it was from a NYC vendor, I ate it as though it came from the Queen herself. smile
Is the smile for the photographer?
Ginnie Hart: Good question, Mary. smile I was across the street, zooming in, so I don't know if he saw me and was doing that particular pose for me (did he know I had graduated from Michigan!). What was strange to me is that he had his back to the stand and was looking in the opposite direction. If a customer had come up, he wouldn't have seen them right away!
good processing with B&W and color
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
Like the selective colouring Ginnie - very effective.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bernie. Sometimes I get carried away, but that's because it's so fun and certain pics just seem ready for it. smile
You and your alma mater, at least the guys in the right city even if he's whereing a sweatshirt from outta town. I like the colors noe the less but somebody aught to tell him not to smoke around food, my guess would be that he's not licensed. But I'm real glad you had a dog even if it was a sausage !
Ginnie Hart: HA! I can't help it, Johnny. People from MICHIGAN (the school) just go crazy. It's in our blood. grin So yes, this pic is a good combo of me and you!

You are so right about the smoking. I hadn't thought of it till you mentioned it. I'm guessing that's why his back is to the stand.

See, I did do it, just for you. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 9 May 2007, 13:25
Now this is my kind of NY photo! I think he's humming the fight song and can't quite remember the words. I'm always interested to see Michigan (UM) clothing everywhere I go. Isn't it the best selling university memorabilia in the world or something? I'll never forget walking down rue Montaigne (most fashionable street) in Paris with Nancy and there was a mannequin in the 2-story window wearing a Michigan sweatshirt!

Please tell/show me sometime how to do the selective coloring too.

Fantastic photo.
Ginnie Hart: I think I've heard the same thing, Ruth, about MICHIGAN (and also Notre Dame) being the most recognizable name in university memorabilia. It certainly is for me. grin

I don't know if this is THE way to do selective coloring but what I do is all the contrast, highlights and shadows first and THEN I desaturate it 100% (from PS's hue/saturation tool). Then you take the Eraser Tool and erase where you want the color to come back! It's so fun!! BTW, if I use the Channel Mixer to make the conversion to B&W, the Eraser tool doesn't work, unless I don't know how to do it. This is all by trial and error!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 9 May 2007, 13:27
Oh, and that "S" sticking up from his stand is really cool! I wonder if he made it. Something else you have in common: calligraphy. smile
Ginnie Hart: Well, that would have been a nice connection, Ruth, but that 'S' is actually from "Shakira" written in the window belind the cart. And that rod on the 'S' goes to that stand that's inside the window. I did a tight crop on this pic and went back to the original see eactly what it was.
  • Carl
  • Navarre,Florida
  • 9 May 2007, 13:29
Nice slice of New York there Ginnie.
Seems as if that city has a constant
carnival atmosphere about it.
Does every day there feel like a celebration?
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Carl, YES! And that's certainly why it's called "the city that never sleeps!" Of course, we're talking about Manhattan, where all the hubbub is. Once you get into Brooklyn, Queens and the other burroughs, things calm down considerably. smile
I wonder what he is looking for gazing up at the underside of his umbrella. This is a very entertaining street shot (although I presonally would have preferred it all in b/w).
Ginnie Hart: That's because you're not a Michigan alumus, Martin. grin

I wonder what he's looking at as well. Guess we'll never know for sure.
It's an interesting look in his eyes, love the selective colouring, consider putting a tutorial up on it? would love the how especially on smaller detail - like the MICHIGAN smile!
Ginnie Hart: I'll tell you what I told Ruth, Ade:

"I don't know if this is THE way to do selective coloring but what I do is all the contrast, highlights and shadows first and THEN I desaturate it 100% (from PS's hue/saturation tool). Then you take the Eraser Tool and erase where you want the color to come back! It's so fun!! BTW, if I use the Channel Mixer to make the conversion to B&W, the Eraser tool doesn't work, unless I don't know how to do it. This is all by trial and error!"

On the MICHIGAN part of the sweatshirt, I really magnified the pic a lot and was able to gently run over the letters to bring out the yellow.
Wow! I love this pictre! Nice colours grin.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Tim, for stopping by and commenting! That means a lot. smile
great colours processing Ginnie and his expression is really nice!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Nicola. Does make you wonder what he's seeing or thinking! smile
Nice, nice. Ilove this mid B&W, mid desaturation. It gives a lot of dynamism to your picture. Bravo Ginnie !!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Florence. Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 May 2007, 16:57
Absolutely great. Detail and selective colours. You are on a roll - not like the Sabrett.

I see this is in front of the Hard Rock Cafe, so it must be behind the Carnegie.
Ginnie Hart: Good eye, Louis. It is indeed in front of the Hard Rock Cafe (where Donica had to go add to her collectibles from around the world). And I did see and take pics of Carnegie Hall but didn't rmember it was nearby! You are way ahead of me. smile
I like your selevtiv colouring - I'm thinking, would it have a greater impact just colouring one of the umbrellas...?
Ginnie Hart: That's a good idea, Aksel. Since the opened one is so faded, I should have colored just the folded-up one! Great idea.
one of my faves from you...good sel. colouring and great expression captured...
Ginnie Hart: Coming from you that means a lot, Sam. Thanks.
Wow, really lovely Ginnie. You've had a nice complicity with that guy !
Ginnie Hart: HA! Yes, we planned it all out, quite elaborately. grin
Very well done Ginnie, not normally a fan of selective but I like this one smile
Ginnie Hart: Glad I didn't turn you off, Chris. smile
Nice effect. I'm normally a B&W fan but this is something special.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sart, for stopping by and commenting.
What a pose and what an expression - keeps my eye away from Michigan grin Lovely street scene shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! That was NOT my intention, PP. grin

Glad you like it. smile
  • Suby
  • UK, Milton Keynes
  • 9 May 2007, 22:01
I love the look on his face, cracks me up, interesting use of selectie colour.

Suby
Ginnie Hart: Yep. I think that look is imprinted on my brain for ever! Thanks, Suby.

And thanks again for your great tutorials!!
  • Ellie
  • 9 May 2007, 22:54
Very good use of selective colour, but I think I'll run with Aksel on this wink

Maybe he's smiling because of something he's smoking? wink
Ginnie Hart: As they say, hindsight is better than foresight!

Thanks, Ellie. He's definitely happy about something. smile
  • Regis
  • Paris
  • 10 May 2007, 15:53
Love the expression of the guy. Cool shot smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Regis, for stopping by and commenting.
  • wailor
  • Atlanta, GA, USA
  • 12 May 2007, 13:56
The first time i went to NYC I was surprised at how dirty and crowded it is. Cannot live there for sure. Nice pic
Ginnie Hart: When were you last there, Wailor? I was actually surprised at how clean it was for a big city. Even the subways surprised me! I wonder if things have been cleaned up since 9/11?
Very nice processing and funny expression smile smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Now you know why I couldn't resist posting it. smile
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 14 May 2007, 12:15
This is just woonderful, Ginnie. A great capture, and superb processing.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Jimbo. And thanks for getting David on board. smile
I've seen this in a few other bloggers sites, I must figure out how it's done. Will have to have Jimbo over to give me a tutorial. I went to graduate business school in Philadelphia for two years in the early 90's. It certainly was one thing that struck me about American Universities (I got my undergraduate degrees here in Ireland) how intensely proud and loyal you are to your alma mater(s). Things like Fraternities and Sororities, college rings, and seven shades of college sweatshirts, songs and chants and animal mascots simply don't seem to have made it to this side of the Atlantic.
Ginnie Hart: Most of it has to do with sports, David. MICHIGAN happens to be one of the biggest football entities ever, so that makes the school spirit soar through the roof. And it helps that I really like football. smile

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