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It looks like Locks of Love have come to #brooklyn, the bridge anyway. #ig #nyc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It looks like Locks of Love have come to #brooklyn, the bridge anyway. #ig #nyc | May 25, 2014 at 10:30AM
While walking across the Brooklyn Bridge I noticed that people have begun attaching love locks to the bridge like they do to the Pont des Artes in Paris.


Visiting the WTC memorial

A couple weeks ago, a friend was visiting from out of town and wanted to see the World Trade Center memorial site. I have to admit the site finds a nice balance between quiet respect and remembrance but still having signs of activity and energy.

Since we were meeting other friends later, I didn’t want to haul around my camera equipment, so this is all shot with my phone. I’m sorry for the low-quality, the lack of creative control on a phone can be quite limiting.

WTC memorial

Wind showering the memorial in droplets blowing from the site’s waterfalls.

flower at WTC memorial

A single flower remains in the name of one of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks at the memorial site.

WTC memorial and 1 WTC

The World Financial Center (left) and One World Trade (right) stand in the background behind the names of victims at the World Trade Center memorial site.

 

reflections

One World Trade reflects in the windows of the still under-construction museum as people pass by.


Forgotten files

I was going through and organizing some of the photos I’ve taken from the past year and realized I forgot to post a few I made at SummerStreets. The city closed quite a few blocks of Park Avenue to vehicle traffic, including the Park Avenue Tunnel that goes around/through Grand Central Station, opening it up to pedestrians only. It was a great chance to use natural light and finding views you rarely get to see unless you’re cruising through in a vehicle.

Park Avenue Tunnel art installation

42nd Street

Traffic travels along 42nd Street, passing underneath the Park Avenue overpass.

Mercury and clock at Grand Central

Mercury and a clock on top of Grand Central.

Eagle staute at Grand Central Station

An eagle statue at Grand Central Station is towered over by the surrounding buildings.

Park Avenue Tunnel

Park Avenue Tunnel exit

Joggers head north on Park Avenue exiting the tunnel that runs around Grand Central Station.

Of course this also lead to some trippy, kind of creepy, images when I accidentally bumped the camera during a long exposure:

Park Avenue Tunnel


It’s that time of year

Now that it’s officially after Thanksgiving, I feel like I can post these. Even though I shot them in the past two weeks as I was walking home from work. Both were taken on my phone.

Grand Central holiday lights

Holiday lights from inside Grand Central.

Grand Central holiday lights

Holiday lights at Grand Central from the outside.


2013 NYC Marathon: A view from Brooklyn

Despite having to work later in the day, I decided to get up early and head over to Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn to shoot some photos as the runners in the annual NYC Marathon traveled past. It’s always somewhat overwhelming to see the sheer number of participants filling a six-lane road and realize you’re watching tens of thousands of people running together. It’s a lot of fun to photograph, people get into it and some of the participants even dress up in costumes to run in. I saw everything from a banana to a few superheroes.

I find the marathon is also a good exercise to challenge myself to make interesting images from a fairly routine event. How many ways can you photograph a person or group of people running in a straight line, right? But there’s so much positive energy from the crowd, I often find it’s the people cheering on the runners that can make for good images.

St. Michael's Church

Two runners pass in front of St. Michael’s Church on Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn.

Stublic passing mile 5

Lisa Stublic of Croatia, who would go on to finish 12th, crosses the five-mile mark on Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn.

A volunteer hands out cups of water as a wave of runners passes by in the 2013 New York City Marathon.

A volunteer hands out cups of water as a wave of runners passes by in the 2013 New York City Marathon.

Sign in the crowd

A member of the crowd cheers on runners as she hold a “Run B*itches” sign at Mile 5 to encourage the participants.

Spectator with flag

A spectator holds an Irish flag as competitors in the New York City Marathon pass by.

Marathon Man

A runner dressed in a “Marathon Man” costume runs along the marathon route in Brooklyn.

water cups

A volunteer holds cups of water as runners go by.

One downfall of the size of the event is with so much going on it becomes more difficult to pick out those singular moments that can make good images.

Runner gets water

A runner takes a cup from a volunteer while making his way down 4th Avenue in Brooklyn near the Mile 5 marker of the 2013 New York City Marathon.

Runner with Chilean flag

A runner carries a Chilean flag over his head as he runs in the New York City Marathon.

runner taking video

A runner records video as she runs along the marathon route in Brooklyn.

And just for fun, I decided to play around with some longer exposures. The colors the runners were wearing seemed like it could lead to really interesting results. I wasn’t disappointed.

Blurred runners

Runners are a blur as they pass a volunteer handing out Vaseline.

discarded cups

Runners pass by piles of discarded cups along 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, as they cross the Mile 5 marker of the 2013 New York City Marathon.

taking photos

A runner pauses along 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, to take photos as participants in the 2013 New York City Marathon pass by her.


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.


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.


A storm’s comin’

I was down at Brooklyn Bridge Park yesterday afternoon shooting some headshots when the storm clouds started rolling in. Of course I couldn’t help myself and had to shoot. It continually amazes the things that nature has to offer.


Extended exposures

I’m not sure why I never noticed this even though I walk by there practically every single day. The building across from Bryant Park offers a great reflection of the Empire State Building, add in some lights from passing cars and it makes for an interesting scene. Maybe at some point I’ve become another jaded New Yorker who doesn’t bother looking up or notice the buildings and lights all around. I guess it’s time to make a concerted effort to pay more attention to my surroundings. I may miss something incredible.

 

Empire State Building reflecting