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  • noravrublevska 1:59 am on April 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , detail, flower   

    Flower detail 


    It’s been a quiet month for me. Well, here we are, back to architecture. Some architectural detail of flower in Harvard Square.

    • Matt Hill 8:07 pm on April 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      This looks serene, and like it’s a photo of something printed on paper.

  • noravrublevska 8:28 pm on March 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dc, metro, , washington   

    Midweek in DC 

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    I was visiting Washington, DC this week. There’s lots of beautiful architecture, memorials, monuments, parks. But Metro is what stands out for me the most. I’m always amazed how most stations look the same with their distinctive style, ceilings and lights, so unlike Boston’s unique stations. These three photos were taken at Metro Center.

    • Sharon 4:54 pm on March 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      what a gorgeous subway system! I love the symmetry and the lighting in the last image.

  • noravrublevska 1:44 am on February 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    As crazy as it sounds, I actually went out on Friday night to check out how much snow there is. And there was a lot! Plus, the view of my immediate neighborhood was absolutely beautiful. It was quite bright with snow reflecting all the streetlights, knee deep snow, heavy stinging wind and beautiful white “wall” with only darker objects appearing as you approach them. Love the trees on the Charles River! On a regular clear day you would see Boston’s Back Bay skyline where only dots of lights show up now.


    • Marty 10:58 am on February 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      It was quite an event! I was very tempted to do the same but decided to wait until next morning to venture. Like the second and last images the most here. Those dots of light are a bit distracting though. Could boost the contrast just a tad bit to bring those trees out a bit more. Otherwise I do like those trees :)

      • noravrublevska 3:33 pm on February 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Marty, thanks for your feedback. I hear what you say about the lights and contrast but if you’d been out that night right there, you’d know that there’s no way the trees were more distinguishable than that. And therefore I don’t think boosting the contrast will do justice to the more documentary approach of these four. Would you have cloned out the lights? I maybe did clone one out that was right on the edge.

    • Matt Hill 2:11 am on February 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      3rd one is best! Yes, trees are great, especially in a couple of feet of snow :) You are brave.

    • Sharon 3:18 pm on February 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Simple, dreamy and beautiful Nora! I actually like the 2nd one the best- I like the wide angle and the shape of the tree which really makes us see the weather and adds a dreamy almost futuristic feel to the image.

  • noravrublevska 3:45 am on January 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    2nd of 52 

  • noravrublevska 3:39 am on January 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    First of 52 

    I am interested in architecture, and thought that I would photograph more of it in 2013. I decided to do 52 batches this year (one per week), so here’s the first one. I’ll tell more about my idea on Friday.

  • noravrublevska 4:17 am on January 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: decorations, holidays are over   

    How to know that the holidays are over 




    When four red birds, six nutcrackers, three polar bears, eighteen glass balls, eleven tealights, one stained glass star, one lighthouse, five socks, one paper garland, nine paper snowflakes, six strings of lights, and one borrowed Christmas tree are packed up, you know that the holidays are officially over.

    • Matt Hill 4:42 pm on January 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I just did the same thing last night! Sans photography :(

      Sigh… what a great idea. The four red birds photos is so wonderful, and capturing the process is such a wonderful way to keep the memories in an artful way. Thank you!

    • Jeff 6:22 am on January 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Those red birds look like a painting with that background. I’d do the same thing around here next weekend, but we don’t have any nice clean spaces to put anything down on like you do. :)

    • Marty 2:04 am on January 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I particularly like the first and third images as well though I think the background is a bit dark given the dark colors of the birds for the first image.

      I agree with Matt. This is a very cool idea to do to celebrate the ending of the holidays. Really like how these images are framed and grouped as a potential triptych.

    • Gabriel Biderman 6:32 am on January 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I love these square boxes of nostalgia…a good way to take your time and process the next phase. A lesson to be learnt – pay attention to these small moments.

  • noravrublevska 1:57 am on December 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: best of 2012, , gabriel biderman   






    Until I started going through Gabe’s 2012 photos, I didn’t realize he’s a “vertical photo” guy. I vividly remember 2011 Mono Lake Night Photography Festival where Gabe talked about finding your own photographic voice.  Looks like he’s had a good year exploring new equipment and trying to find fresh perspectives in well known places. A challenge all of us face! Not to mention his absolutely stunning Thanksgiving timelapse video that you can watch below.



    • Gabriel Biderman 1:22 pm on December 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Nora – shooting vertical does make it easier to include more of that night sky! I like you choices, especially the last two totally different photographs, which were both on Bannerman looking south – from two slightly different locations. Good to see the Thanksgiving timelapse made it as well – more to come!

  • noravrublevska 4:53 am on December 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Lights on 


    I love the holidays, especially because of the lights and decorations around the neighborhood. I had this idea of documenting a little bit of what the lights look like in Cambridge. But I have to say that the experience was quite intimidating. Night photography as such can be quite challenging in the sense that you never know who’s going to walk up to you and ask questions or give you hard time. But this time I was openly photographing people’s homes, trying not to walk too close but still get the shot. That really was all I was interested in – the lights on the exterior of the building – and I’m glad I ventured out. Two conclusions – first, my neighborhood homes are very modest in decorations, and second, there are so many cars parked on the streets that getting a shot without them is a miracle in itself.

    • Matt Hill 1:46 am on December 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      One of the things I like about NPy is that sometimes you have to choose one light source over another. Choosing the XMas lights in this tells the story. Like!

    • Sharon 4:07 am on December 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Nice clean image Nora! And I love your two observations :) I guess it could be kind of strange if someone saw you perched out on a sidewalk with a tripod and camera pointed directly at their house. But hey, if no one stops you…:)

  • noravrublevska 10:45 pm on November 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Cambridge at Night II 

    My photographic series called Cambridge at Night II is finally complete! It’s been an adventure exploring my own neighborhood after sun sets, and here are the results. Check out the individual photos on my portfolio site here. I’m thinking of new projects so hopefully more productive weeks of art ahead!

    • Marty 10:55 pm on November 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations!! These are fabulous. The first, fourth and 5th from the last are my favorites.

    • Gabriel Biderman 5:08 am on November 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Something to be proud of indeed! Congrats again Nora – how is the final project going to be presented? A book – accordion style? I know we discussed some possibilities at the Salon.

      • noravrublevska 6:47 pm on November 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Haven’t decided yet but hope to explore options by visiting a few stores in the new few weeks. I actually have been invited to show my work at New England School of Photography tonight, where I will show both – my initial series done 100% in darkroom, 6×6 prints matted in 14×18 white mats, as well as the new Cambridge at Night series that are currently printed 6×6 size on 8×10 inkjet paper.

    • Jeff 8:44 am on November 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Still love these trees, especially that far right, second down. The river, the angled horizon, all keep revealing interesting details when you keep exploring the photo. This is such a great series, you’ve got some real magic here.

      I was able to stop in at Voltage this week and seeing the prints is such a different experience, especially to have a little breath of space between sets of images. So that’s worth thinking about thinking about for presentation.

    • Sharon 5:09 am on November 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats Nora! What a beautiful series! I absolutely love the one with the three boats and the city skyline and its beautiful reflection the water. I also really love the one of the highway sign and the car/headlight trails. i love how subtle they are and how they are actually not the main focus of the photo. great work!!

  • noravrublevska 2:01 am on November 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    View from my Window 



    Lately I’ve been exploring timelapse videos. Nothing fancy, just capturing the weather and time as viewed from my window.

    • noravrublevska 2:15 am on November 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Note: I highly suggest watching these in 1080pHD, the subtle changes in color are much more noticeable.

    • Jeff 3:51 am on November 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      This reminds me a lot of Philip Bloom’s Room With A View series, where he’d shoot timelapse out his hotel room when he went somewhere.

      His Seattle one I always love because I heard him talk about how he was there for two nights and it was miserable and raining and what was he going to do with that? But it turned into this beautiful rain-Space Needle beauty series.

      But I really like these, the second more than the first. I’m a sucker for beautiful subtle sky changes though. I’m turning into a big fan of timelapse myself, if only it didn’t require using my camera for seven hours when I wanted to shoot…

      • Dan Squires 2:46 pm on November 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Just think of it as 7 hours of being free to shoot film 😉

        • Jeff 4:11 pm on November 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          I think of it as having to bring along a second tripod…

    • Dan Squires 2:45 pm on November 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I share Jeff’s sentiments – I like the second one more because of the changes in the sky, and also the action in the parking lot. However, I am a sucker for the subtly dancing trees in the first one.

      I still think it would be awesome to see a time lapse video and a welding filter shot of the same scene.

      Have you done any timelapses of Atis yet?

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