Thursday, July 16, 2015

Friday, January 4, 2013

Image of the Day

" Lovely Gapstow Bridge'
According to the 'Official Website of Central Park []

"Curving gracefully over the narrow neck of the Pond at 59th Street, Gapstow is one of the iconic bridges of Central Park. Design aficionados might notice a striking resemblance to the Ponte di San Francesco in San Remo, Italy.
Originally designed by Jacob Wrey Mould in 1874, the then-wooden bridge with cast-iron railings suffered great  wear over 20 years. It was replaced with the current stone structure in 1896, designed by Howard & Caudwell. Built of Manhattan schist, Gapstow stand 12 feet high, spans 44 feet of water, and stretches 76 feet in its full length". 
Nikon D600 + Nikon 24-85 VR II
Gear: Nikon D600 + Nikon 24-85 VR II

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Persistance of Memory

After sixty-five solar revolutions I harbor few major, heart wrenching regrets. Certainly committed more then a few minor mistakes & let pass a bevy of missed opportunities -- Shoulda bought 500 shares of Apple back in '98, never should have sold that upper west side 2 bedroom apartment in '99. Such is life. However, there is one omission that will haunt me all the way to the organ donation table -- back in the mid to late sixties I was living in NYC's East Village - for those not of a certain age & geography that means the Electric Circus, The Gaslight, Cafe Wha and my favorite -- the Fillmore East. It was at this time that I purchased my first 'real' camera -- a Nikon F Photomic T.

Unfortunately I shamefully underutilized that classic cam, being more interested in smoking the atmosphere then photographing it. There was so much cultural history to document - the clothes, the architecture, the protests and most dear to my heart & ears - the music. Like all moments, fleeting and quickly gone for good.

Today while meandering around a street fair I came across a stall selling, what were they called, oh yes, records. And I ain't talking Perry Como - there they were, shrink wrapped and for sale (at much higher prices then I recall) - my guitar gods and demon voices risen from back in the day.

Keep shooting -- life has this exasperating way of kissing the senses and then moving swiftly down the road.
Gear: D700 + 28-300 VR and ...
and some herbal associates

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Street Photography

Street photography is half photojournalism, half poetry, laced with a stiff shot of moxie.

Some street photogs pound the pavement, eyes (and mind) alert, others park themselves at a well-trafficked intersection and allow life to move into the viewfinder. Both methods can yield dramatic images.

Let's look at two examples.

"The Red Coat is Coming" is an example of staying put and allowing life to come to you. I shot this image in NYC on the corner of 34th Street & Eighth Avenue. As a sea of humanity waited for the friendly 'Walk' sign I noticed one woman deviated from the usual NYC black garb. All I had to do was wait, focus and shoot a burst as she crossed towards me.

"Bench Mates" obviously required a bit of footwork. The NYC subway system is ripe with compelling photo opportunities (I'll address technical issues in a future post). This image was totally serendipitous. I was headed home, a few hours after street level work, and noticed this rather disparate group of New Yorkers waiting for a downtown train. All that was required was to jack up the ISO (to accommodate the platform's low light) and shoot off five or six shots. End result -- a slice of NYC life effectively captured and archived.

So steel up your courage and give street photography a shot. Set yourself up at a favorite intersection or simply stroll the streets - either way you'll come away with a greater appreciation for your town and hopefully a fine picture or two or three.