Local Neighborhood Scene

Nikon D700, 1/80 sec at F/16, 102 mm, ISO 200, Circular Polarizer
Nikon D700, 2 sec at F/5.6, 65mm, ISO 800, Circular Polarizer

I went for a walk this past Thursday to take photograph of some local scenes. I live in Harlem, NY and I ended up walking south on the Hudson River Park/Greenway Park. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to photograph so I just decided to walk south and as I was walking I turned around and I saw this view of George Washington Bridge. I wasn’t sure if the photo was going to work out since it was the middle of the day, very sunny and very bright. To get the color of the sky I used circular polarizer and I underexposed by 1 to 2 stops. I got some dramatic sky and you can see some traffic on the bridge.

It was getting too hot walking by the river since there was no shade, so I decided to walk across and head to Central Park. I entered the park on 93rd street and headed north. I was not familiar with north west area of the park so I just went to different paths and see if there was anything interesting to photograph. I fallowed group of kids and I found this little water falls. It was not the greatest light and the water was a little murky. I usually have my tripod with me but on this instance I didn’t have it. So both photos were handheld. For the water falls it was a little difficult because I had a longer exposure, even though I had VR lens I still had to hold the camera very still to avoid any shake.

I took several shots and I was still getting some shake and blur. With the water falls photo I decided to use the live view feature to lessen the shake from the mirror movement. From the group of pictures I took this was the best one I think. I decided to convert it to black and white since the color wasn’t really interesting and to also cover some of the blur and shake still on the photo. Thanks for visiting. Please leave comments and questions.


Hi World!

Nikon D80, 50mm, 1/80 sec at f/1.8, ISO 200

Hi everyone! For my very first photo for my very first photography blog posting, I chose this photo I called “Olive Boat.” I picked this photo for my first blog posting because I wanted to start from the beginning. “Olive Boat” reminds me of the time, place, and the feeling of being in a new neighborhood, new friends and a new chapter in my life. This photo was taken in June 2009. It was the first dinner at our friends and neighbor Alex and Amy. They have a wonderful home and a great patio where this photo was taken. I took this photo during dinner while we were gathered around the table munching on some olives. I love this photo because it reminds me of our friends Amy and Alex (who lives in Michigan now) and the feeling/sense of friendship and community. To give you a little bit of a background we just moved in to a new building in Harlem and this was one of the first gathering we had in the new neighborhood. I love the way the photo came out. I like that only 1 or 2 olives are in focus and the rest of the picture are sort of blurred or out of focus. I love the way the color of the olive boat compliments the green olives. I am amazed at the detail I was able to get out of the wooden table. The light of the picture I thought was great, this was taken late afternoon close to sunset. I had some dirt on my sensor and had to do some spot removal on the photo but besides that I did not develop/edit the photo in any major way. I hope you like/enjoy the photo as much I do. Stay tune for the the next photo coming soon!!!