Summer officially starts mid to late June here in NY. Last Friday was my first “summer friday off” from work. It was a perfect day, low humidity, a little cool and cloudy. It’s an ideal day to do some waterfall photography, I’ve been to Croton Gorge Park before however this is the first time i’ve photographed the falls. The park was about one hour north of NYC in Cortlandt, NY. It was a nice drive through single lane bridges and some great neighborhoods with interesting houses. I highly recommend going to this park it has picnic tables, a few BBQ grills and some great hiking trails. Here are some photos of the falls, enjoy!
Last weekend I ventured out to the Bronx and visited New York Botanical Garden. It was my first time at this place and it was so nice that I’m planning to go back in the spring when the flowers are in bloom. There was a Holiday Train Show at the conservatory and was planning on photographing trains but as you can see I ended up photographing miniature NYC landmarks and buildings. The fascinating part of this show was all of the miniature buildings and bridges were made out of plants and plant products. I would suggest for you guys to go check it out but last weekend was the last weekend of the Holiday show. But you should check it out next year. Enjoy the photos!
I went out to photograph a NYC sunset a few weeks ago. I just love Long Island City and this park because right behind it is the New York City skyline. Long Island City was cute little neighborhood with many great restaurants, local bars and most of all it was only a few subway stops from Manhattan. Here are some of the photos I took that night. Enjoy!!!Details
I received a gift for group photowalk around West Village with the company named Sidewalks of New York. Ben Russell was the ring leader (tour guide/pro photographer). Ben was very knowledgeable in photography and history of west village, he knew the best places to photograph, quaint streets and cute houses/buildings in the West Village. Here are some of my photos from the photowalk…Details
Here is another shot of New York City skyline but in black and white. This is a different series of shot from my last blog post. It is also my first time posting a black and white photo and on top of that it’s HDR. This one is also a series of 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, and +2). I went through my HDR process and I found the color of the water very unattractive, it was like brownish green but I really like the detail on the five post and you can still identify the buildings in the background. This is my first Black and White picture so please let me know what you think and if you have any tips/tricks please leave me a message.Details
I just love New York City and this was one of many reasons why. It’s nice and cloudy today in NYC and much cooler than the past two days. As you all know, cloudy days are the best time to photograph, it’s like having a gigantic soft box.
Today, Sunday, I ventured downtown, I started in China town had some dumplings and then headed south. I’m not familiar at all with downtown Manhattan, specially around city hall and financial district I have no idea what’s there. But low and behold right in front of city hall was City Hall Park. It’s such a beautiful park. It was surrounded with sculptures and the fountain was just awesome.
The fountain was lit by gas lanterns on each corner just like in the olden days. I felt like I was walking through a time warp, I can imagine this park back when there was no electricity and the city was lit by gas lanterns.
You can see the details of the fountain, the most obvious was the gas lanterns and the not so obvious were the tile work around the middle structure. It was just beautiful. I love the contrast of the gas lit lantern surrounded by tall buildings lit by electricity.
I hope you guys have a chance to see City Hall Park in person. If you have any questions, comments and suggestions please email me. Thanks and see you next week.Details
This was a hot and steamy day but we got free tickets for Meatopia at Governor’s Island. We got off the ferry around 2pm and it was bright, sunny and hot. It was my first time at Governor’s Island and I was hoping to get some good photographs. Meatopia was fun and delicious, there were some interesting meat choices and good bear selections.
As the afternoon went it started to get cloudy and dark at the Island. I was hoping to walk around the island and discover some good scenes and maybe a good view of Statue of Liberty. But as we leave Meatopia and started to walk around the island it started to sprinkle and then a steady rain developed. We decided to catch the ferry back to Manhattan and come back another day. As we were waiting for the ferry the sky just got even darker and it just poured, I was soaking wet.
By the time we got off the ferry near Battery Park it stopped raining and the sky started to open up. We decided to go to a local bar right on the park. As we were drinking and celebrating with the group of Spaniards for winning the World Cup, I turned around and saw this view. I hurried and setup my equipment and took this photo.
I consider myself lucky with this photograph cause I was at the right time and at the right place to take this photo. But this scene didn’t last very long, it may have lasted for 10 minutes. I’m a big proponent of knowing my equipment, including all the setting and features of the camera that pertains to my kind of photogaphy, so that when opportunities like this one present itself I can concentrate on the composition, my position and just photograph. I try not to fiddle with my camera and experiment with the settings while I’m shooting because I’ll end up spending most of the time figuring out my equipment and miss this great opportunity.
Thanks and please as always leave questions or comments and photo critique. I’m always interested in learning.Details