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.
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.
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.
Mostly, I stuck to shooting landscapes and using the trees and their spindling, finger-like branches to contrast the snow.
A group of artists, models, photographers, basically all kinds of creative types, got together for a networking/photo shoot event called Facetime at NYC Arts Cypher on Staten Island. One of the people I met called it a jam session for artists, which is a fantastic way to describe it. Everyone came loaded with ideas and of course when there’s creative types, new ideas spawn out of other ideas and things evolve. There was a tremendous amount of creative energy, it was impossible not to make great images. Here are a few highlights.
I did a test shoot on Sunday with the intent of trying out some different lighting looks. The styling, models, poses, and makeup all did an amazing job. But I noticed I made a lot of mistakes in the lighting when I was editing, and composition for that matter…it was a really off day, so I was completely happy with the results. It would have been nice if I could have met the level of talent they were putting in, but making mistakes is how we all learn. Nonetheless I did come away with some pretty good shots, though it should probably tell me something that one of them was a just quick test shot just to check the light levels, which I forgot to delete, I think it’s one of the best images I made the whole shoot.
I’m coming to realize I do much better being a fly-on-the-wall shooter and letting everyone do their thing and just observing and capturing rather than trying to force things. It must be that journalism background. I was able to successfully (I thought so, anyway) pull off a back lighting shot, an image with some harsher lighting, and one with the usual blown out look. Here are a few that I thought turned out pretty well.