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Day 3: Government shutdown

Since I had the day off from work and the folks in Washington were no closer to an agreement that would re-open the government, I decided to set out early with my camera. Being that the government doesn’t close down all that often, I wanted to see what I could make images of. Living in New York City, there’s limited exposure to federal jobs that were affected, but the Statue of Liberty seemed like an obvious choice and provided the best opportunity for photos.

Tourists take photos of the Statue of Liberty during the government shutdown

Tourists and passers-by take photos of the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park as the government shutdown restricted access to Liberty Island.

After wandering about Battery Park, I walked by the National Museum of the American Indian and over past Federal Hall. Neither of which presented much action, since the only sign of the shutdown were signs posted at the buildings. But those types of situations are what present the challenges that make you a better photographer. Taking the mundane and making a bit more interesting.

Government shutdown closes museum

A sign on the stairs of the National Museum of the American Indian announces it is closed due to the federal government shutdown.

Goofing around in the park

Just a couple shots messing around in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Totally impromptu, just had inspiration strike, but the results came out pretty great. At least I thought so.

Model at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Susana

model under Brooklyn Bridge

Susana under the bridge

Pogopalooza 10

Several weeks ago, I heard about this thing called Pogopalooza. It was described as: crazy pogo stick tricks, I’m game. So I decided to head down to Tompkins Square Park to check it out. In my mind, I’m picturing the 1950s style pogo stick that you would see on an old episode of the Andy Griffith Show. Nope. These are some serious pogo sticks, like something the Terminator would have used. Not to mention the dudes on them were jumping 10-, 15-, 20-feet in the air. Now it should have been obvious but it wasn’t just jumping, they had to add backflips, 360s, jumping off rails and boxes, basically all the tricks to cool kids are doing. Of course, there was no way I wasn’t going without a camera in tow.

Pogopalooza

Pogopalooza

Pogopalooza

Pogopalooza

Pogopalooza

Pogopalooza

Pogopalooza

Pogopalooza

No show

Sunday morning I went out to Orchard Beach in the Bronx for a beach shoot. But the models didn’t show because the weather didn’t look like it would comply. So I had to find some new subjects to shoot.

Seagulls at Orchard Beach

Seagulls at Orchard Beach

Still backlogging

Several times over the past year, I’ve been attending a networking/photo shoot/creative endeavor on Staten Island. Basically it’s a bunch of creative folks getting together to do what they love…making things. I love it, because it gives my creativity a jump start. Concepts spawn from nowhere as people just build idea upon idea. The original theme (I use that term loosely) was comics, but as you can see it went in other directions, too.

Yuliya getting makeup applied

Yuliya getting makeup applied

Vanity

Vanity

Jade

Jade

Gina

Gina

Nikki and Bryan

Nikki and Bryan as a vampire

TJ as Green Lantern

TJ as Green Lantern

Soni

Soni

More from the winter

I didn’t realize I had so many images from last February’s blizzard, but you don’t often get fairly pristine snow in New York City, so I went a little crazy, to the tune of making about 240 frames. I was lucky to catch the sun low in the sky since it was early trying to push through the clouds, which created a great glowing orb effect giving a slightly different feel to some of the images.

Bethesda Fountain and sun

Bethesda Fountain with the sun obscured by clouds.

Thankfully most of the birds are so used to people it’s easy to get some nice close-ups. Even the not-so-colorful brown and black birds jumped out of the image with the bright background the snow, and the light it reflected onto everything, provided.

a bird

A bird sits on a branch in Central Park.

Mostly, I stuck to shooting landscapes and using the trees and their spindling, finger-like branches to contrast the snow.

trees after a snowstorm

Central Park in snow
Central Park after blizzard

Central Park bridge

Bethesda Fountain after a snowstorm

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July, perfect for winter

Still cleaning out my backlog of photos, and I came across some pics from the blizzard this past February. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to grab my camera and head to Central Park.  Everything looked all clean and pristine early in the morning.

A statue at the Columbus Circle entrance of Central Park

A statue at the Columbus Circle entrance of Central Park

Central Park in the snow

Central Park in the snow

A snow-covered statue on Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.

A snow-covered statue on Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.

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It’s been a while

I’ve been completely slacking on posting to this blog for the past few months. Over the next few days I’m going to try to catch up with what I’ve been up to. Here’s the start: Several months ago I was asked to shoot an acrobatic/aerial show titled “If Man is Five” performed by the talented Nicholas O’Kane, Anthony Ruiz, Eric Michaels, Daniel Stern and Thomas Edward Hooks III. The show was near Philadelphia in what looked to be an old barn, though it could have been a church since I think I recall seeing a stained-glass window somewhere in there. They had some incredible lighting for the performance, though I guess that’s to be expected, which led to some cool images.

If Man is Five - Thomas Edward Hooks III

Thomas Edward Hooks III performing in “If Man is Five”

If Man is Five - Thomas Edward Hooks III

Thomas Edward Hooks III performing in “If Man is Five”

If Man is Five - Daniel Stern

Daniel Stern performing in “If Man is Five”

If Man is Five - Anthony Ruiz

Anthony Ruiz performing in “If Man is Five”

If Man is Five - cast

The cast of “If Man is Five”

Playing with a light box

I picked up a small lightbox for shooting products, so I had another new toy to play with. The only thing I could find to take some test shots were some gummy bears I had lying around, which turned out to be some really good models. They did whatever I asked and didn’t complain. The lightbox worked really well, pretty even lighting despite the fact I only set up a single light. I thought I would at least need a reflector to keep the lighting that even but it worked out without one.

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Playing with a new toy

I picked up a small softbox that attaches directly to my flash. When I say small, I mean small, only 6″x9″. To test it out and find out if it does a better job of dispersing light that bouncing my flash off  the ceiling I did a couple self-portraits. You can’t take it to a shoot until you test it out right?

The results were fine, but I don’t think it made too much difference. Although part of that could be because I had it set up off camera as a slave with the little pop-up flash as the master. For some reason when I do this, the slave won’t sync at anything above 1/16 power. But I had it set up close enough to the subject to offset the low power. It still came in pretty strong. Judge for yourself.

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