Friday, December 23, 2011

Weekly Email - 12-23-11 Holiday Celebration

As we enter the home stretch of holiday shopping I would like to wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah!

This week I wandered by Rock Center to get the proverbial holiday shot using my fish-eye lens.  The crowds were intense, so after waiting for sunset and timing it right with the twilight here is the view from midtown.

Have a fun weekend with family and friends.

ISO 640 - F/3.2 @ 1/30th

Friday, December 16, 2011

Weekly Email - 12-16-11 - Wedding Celebration

This week I had the unique opportunity to go to a hasidic wedding ceremony in Williamsburg (Brooklyn).  The level of emotion and the overall sense of tradition was palpable.  The togetherness of the family and friends is great to experience.  As you can see in the photo there are many many men dressed in black and with various hats.   The fancy fur ones are the closest relatives - first cousin or closer.  The groom's father has 35 uncles for instance.

One of my favorites shows some of the subtle details of the jackets which clearly shows the diversity in the fabric of the clothing seen here.

5DII with15mm ISO 640 - 1/30th @ F/4.5

Can I have my black jacket please?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Using the White Balance Settings

I think one of the least used, easy to get to features is the white balance in today's digital cameras.  Most of us probably leave the setting at AWB and that works.  Sometimes even in daylight we need to change modes to improve the overall image.  In the images below I choose the tungsten setting while shooting outdoors - granted in a tungsten lighting scenario.  The real issue is how the AWB handled the scene which was not adequate in my opinion - thus the change to a lower kelvin temperature - which you can see in the data charts below.  Tungsten also works well when shooting some night scenes in the city.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Weekly Email - 12-9-11 Look Skyward for Drama

This week as I took a stroll around the city with my camera I wanted to look for something a bit different than my usual shots around the park. 
I'm not sure I quite got to the point I wanted to but I did find a neat scene when I looked up through the bare trees.  Most of the colors of fall are gone and the skeleton of the tree made for a dramatic silhouette.

Canon 1DS III ISO 320 F10 @ 1/400

Monday, December 05, 2011

Random Images of the Week

There is so much you can do with an image with a little bit of digital sweetening.  Add tweaks as you like to create new and refreshing images from bland ones.
The first image was an obvious one as I walked into the church I couldn't help myself in the grandeur I felt with the fish eye.  The next image is a December rose.  And lastly is a quick shot with the X100 of the Met Museum.

What Did the Rat Say to the Baby?

There are some moments you just want to share.
What will this girl think in 20 yrs about mom's placement of her on the statue?  Nothing like a large rat chewing on a turkey leg to get the kid to smile!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Weekly Email - 12-2-11 Central Park Pano

This week as I walked around Central Park to capture the last of the fall colors I happened to get some great light while facing north along The Lake towards the Bow Bridge.

Not much to say for the set up here since the image just takes you into the scene I feel.

This was done with the sweep panorama function in the camera.  You can stand in one place and start on one end of the scene and sweep the camera across and it automatically stitches the scene and creates a seamless image.

Click to enlarge it...

Fujifilm X100 ISO 200 - 1/250 @ F/6.4

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fujifilm X10 Autumn Park Images

This week while shooting with the Fujifilm X10 I captured a few fall scenes.  The colors are holding here as we enjoy some 60+ degree temps in late November.  The camera is a joy to use and I love the compact size, great file and fast AF and release.

One of the other things folks are talking about which I am testing and enjoying is the Canon Off Camera Shoe Cord with the X100 and the EF-20.  The TTL functions are working fine and the off camera flash function is truly a welcome gift.  I look forward to seeing all the nifty brackets people design for the X100 and X10.
The Park is always buzzing with photographers and while I was taking some snaps I saw a woman who was breastfeeding her baby while a wedding couple was doing their portraits.  As we all know we have to work with the light and the scene to make the most of it.  Only in NY!


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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy post Thanksgiving feast!
This week I had a good time shooting at a christening for a friend of mine.  I knew before I went that I wanted to try an overview of the scene but I didn't know I'd get lucky with the composition and have an amazing view to capture.
I put my camera with a fish-eye lens on the monopod and used the self-timer to lift it up and hope for a good view from above.  The 180 degree angle captured it all and hopefully you enjoy the shot for its merits and look.

15mm Fish-eye ISO 800 1/60 @ F/3.2

Nice to get lucky and shoot when another strobe fires

Friday, November 18, 2011

Weekly Email - 11-18-11 After and Before

This week has been a combative and tumultuous one for the folks involved in Occupy Wall St.
The lower part of the City has been involved in several protest marches and constant police clashes and surveillance from the ground and air.
It was pretty dramatic the other day when the police swept in at 1am and cleared the park.  Lucky for me I happened to go to the park the night before to update some of my overview shots.  So here I present the changing of the seasons and look of Zucotti Park. 

There is dramatic change in both the tents and leaves.  Note the early scene on September 21 when the ground was visible. 
So no politics here - you just had to be there to fully grasp the amazing encampment erected by the OWS people - which is gone now and the park was swept clean in a few hours. 

Exposure - ISO 1000 at 1/25 @ F/2.8

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Last View

Sunday evening I went down to check out the OWS encampment.  It is really a lot to take in with the maze of tents and functional sections with a wide diversity of activites.
This morning I woke up to the sound of helicopters and the news reports that at 1am the police dismantled the OWS site to clean the park.   I don't know the exact details of course - but I am sure it was a mess and a lot of stuff was thrown out and dozens of people arrested.  I'm sure it wasn't done gingerly since there is a ton of stuff as you'll see below.  Now what's next?

A Quick Look at the 1972 Hasselblad 500C/M

Just a few snaps of the awesome and durable 500C/M.