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!
I bit the bullet and got Sony NEX-7 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 16mm f/2.8. It’s a great camera, its compact with lots of customizable knobs, buttons and wheels. I also love that it has APS-C sensor with 1.5 crop factor. I also have a few gripes with the Sony NEX-7, the bracketing for one was much less to be desired and the low light performance could be better. With all that said I bought the Sony NEX-7 for more casual, family, and all around walking camera, it will not be replacing my Nikon system any time soon. Here are some HDR shots from the Sony NEX-7 using manual bracketing. Let me know what you guys think!Details
Last friday (04.27.2012)people from work were hanging out on the rooftop of our building for the event of the day. We spent a few minutes waiting for Shuttle Enterprise to fly over NYC. I made this photographs while on the rooftop in the cold. Enjoy!Details
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
Hello there!! I know that It’s been a while since the last time I posted something. I have been trying to update the website and make some improvements. I just been very busy at work and I kind of been slacking on my photography. I am trying to change that and re-evaluate updating my blog weekly, I think that was too ambitious in my part. I will do my best to post every few weeks, I think that is more realistic than a weekly posting.
For this posting I went back to one of my favorite places to photograph in NYC at my favorite time of the year, fall. I was able to leave work early one afternoon and I work near the south east entrance (59th Street and 5th Ave) of Central Park so I just started walking from there. I headed up north through Central Park Zoo and then headed north west. The top picture was taken from Oak Bridge, a narrow arm of Central Park Lake at its northernmost tip connecting the path along the West Drive and the Ramble. I love this picture because I like how the buildings just kind of pop out behind the lush trees and this beautiful lake.
The bottom two pictures are of Bethesda Fountain. I have photographed this fountain many times but I just love coming back here. Under the Bethesda Terrace is the lower passage, it’s a must see in my opinion. I just love photographing this passage. The colors and the fine detail on the walls and ceiling are just amazing and as an added plus there’s always some type of musical performance.
I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed making them and I’ll see you guys on the next update. As usual please leave questions, comments and/or suggestions.Details
For this week’s post, I am trying something that’s fairly new to me. This was my first photowalk. Wikipedia described photowalk as the act of walking with a camera for the main purpose of taking pictures of things that the photographer may find interesting. I decided to go for a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge.
I picked the Brooklyn Bridge because I know there were interesting structures, structural symmetries, great views and interesting people. Even though it was kind of chilly and windy in NYC this past weekend, the bridge was full of interesting people. When I left it was nice and sunny but by the time I reached the bridge it was cloudy, windy and chilly. I was concerned about the wind cause I was planning to handhold all the shot. There were too many people walking on the bridge that a tripod set up was next to impossible.
I found the cables on the bridge bizarrely interesting. I wish I had some architectural background so I can describe it better. I was also able to take some cityscape photos. I was surprised when the sky opened up and the sun started to shine through the clouds, it was such a photographic treat.
I’m hoping to improve on my photowalk/street photography technique so please if you have some tricks and tips please do share. If you have any questions, comments and/ or suggestions just drop a line or send me an email.Details
On this week’s post I want to share with you some macro and street photography using the same lens, 90mm f/2.8. Once in a while I go for Photo walk using just one lens and I’m also testing this lens to see if I like it or not. This is also my first time diving into street and portrait photography. As you can see with my old post my photos are landscape and nature photography. I’m liking macro photography a lot, it’s like looking into another world. I’m still on the fence about street photography, I find it difficult to be creative. Usually with landscape I can visualize what I want to take a photo but with street photography it’s very static and I find that setting difficult.
All macro photos and the pup are all taken in Woodstock, NY and the other two photos are taken in NYC while I was on a street sale. I had fun taking this photos specially the bee photos. I have more bee photos and if you guys would like to see more just let me know. Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you guys again next week. Happy viewing and please leave comments, questions and suggestions. Thanks!!!Details
This was another beautiful day in NYC. I decided to venture in the east side of NYC since I hang out mostly on the west side. I have to admit that I had a hard time getting inspired to photograph. It was a nice day so I started walking south east starting from 57th street. I walked east towards 1st avenue and then headed south. I walked up to 14th street zig zagging between 1st and 3rd avenue. It was a first time that I didn’t take one photo of anything. I needed to be inspired so I though about heading north and I had an idea of taking the RI Tram from NYC to Roosevelt Island, I heard that it had a great view of the city so I decided to head back north.
I got to the tram station and it turned out that it was still under renovation. I was really bummed out, I decided to keep heading east. Running along side the tram cables was Queensboro bridge (top photo). This was taken over a metal and concrete fence and right below it was FDR drive. It was kind of scary cause I had to climb up and take the photo over the metal fence, the fence was uninteresting so I didn’t want to include it in the photo. I think the photo turned out well, since it was a wide shot I had to fix a slight “keystoning” of the building in the background.
I was kind of exhausted at this point so I started to head home and went through Central Park. The park was full of people enjoying the beautiful day playing baseball, sun bathing, picnicking and just hanging out. I walked across between Belvedere Castle and the Great Lawn. I was actually trying to photograph Belvedere Castle but it was kind blah, so I turned around took the bottom photo of the Great Lawn. I like this photo better than the photos of the castle since this had more dramatic colors, the sky, the green lawn, trees in the background and the people enjoying the day. This was late afternoon and the castle was side lit, it was not very interesting to me and the sky over the castle was just not there for me. The lesson for me this week was not to give up easily, have a plan B and C if plan A doesn’t work out and if a shot was not working remember to turn around and see what’s behind you. I hope you enjoy the photos and see you next week. Please leave comments, questions, and suggestions.Details