This week, I got to check something off my bucket list. I had the opportunity photograph a building that’s just about impossible to get access to when there are no other people around. Recently, I was invited by my friends at Adobe to take an #EmptyMET tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The MET is by far my favorite museum in the city. I’m obsessed with its architecture as well as the works of art on display. I could get lost there for hours, and in the summer, the views from its rooftop are just spectacular.
I absolutely love to shoot photos of fireworks! I love the beautiful colors, I love how no two fireworks shots are alike, and I really enjoy scouting out the perfect location. For the last couple of years, I have been dying to shoot some really good fireworks photos in Central Park. As you know, Central Park is my favorite place in the city to shoot. So getting a good fireworks photo was pretty important to me.
The first time I tried to shoot Central Park fireworks photos was on New Year’s Eve last year. Each year, the New York Road Runners host a race in the park at exactly midnight. So last year, instead of going to some big party, I dragged my wife through the woods, in the freezing cold, to set up near the Central Park Boat House. What I didn’t know at the time was that the fireworks were going to be exploding directly above our heads. It was an amazing experience to be pretty much alone in the woods with what felt like our own personal fireworks show happening right above us. Unfortunately, my lens wasn’t wide enough and my photos didn’t turn out the way I had planned.
On July 4th, my wife and I took a ferry across the Hudson River to celebrate Independence Day with some friends that live in Weehawken, New Jersey. For the last 5 years, New York City has held their fireworks display over the Hudson River, but this year, they decided to shoot off the fireworks close to the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River. While that was certainly bad timing for me as a photographer, I decided to make the most of it and bring along my camera and tripod, just in case.
Around 7:45 PM, I made my way to the riverfront and set up my camera to shoot a few shots of the New York skyline. My hope was that when the sun went down, I would be able to see the fireworks from my vantage point and shoot a few photos of the fireworks going off above and behind the buildings.
While I waited, I continued to shoot several shots of the Manhattan skyline. We had some heavy rain in New York that day, so the sky was filled with some beautiful, dramatic clouds, and I did not want to miss them. Since the sun was setting behind me, it was reflecting some really harsh flares off many of the glass buildings, so I had to wait a while before the light was just right. By the time the sun had finished setting, I had taken plenty of beautiful shots of the city.
Since I was set up on the west side of the Hudson, and really far uptown, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to see any fireworks. Around 9:20 PM, I looked downtown and saw a few fireworks exploding above lower Manhattan. I picked up my tripod, and ran as far down the riverfront as I could, zoomed in as far as my 24-70mm would let me and did my best to capture some fireworks photos, as well.
Here are a handful of my favorite shots from July 4th, 2014.
Each week, I try to post my favorite photos from the week before for all of you to see. Well, the last couple of weeks have been pretty busy for me, so I didn’t have much time to update the blog. Just because I was busy, however, didn’t mean I wasn’t out shooting. I spent quite a bit of time wandering around the city, taking photos of whatever I thought was interesting.
For the last couple of weeks, however, I wanted to shoot a bit differently. New York is filled with famous landmarks and buildings, and I have photographed many of them. For this series, however, I decided not to focus on the landmarks themselves, but instead, focus on what was around them. The result, was a series of New York landmark photos, that tell a different story. The photos in this post focus mainly on Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. I hope you like them.
One of the reasons that I started this blog was to give me a place to explore my photography. Having a blog, and sharing your work with others, is a great way to help push yourself to get better at what you do. That is why each week, I post all my favorite photos from the week before for you to enjoy.
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been experimenting a bit with long exposure photography. I picked up a Big Stopper kit for my camera a while back and have been having a blast seeing what I can create with it.
Central Park is pretty much my go to place to explore my photography. I love taking walks through the park with my camera, and I have found that there is an unlimited number of potential shots that I can take. With that said, last week I wanted to get away from my comfort zone, a bit, and shoot something different.
One of my favorite reasons for maintaining a blog is that it gives me so many opportunities to meet new people. One of my wife’s favorite blogs is a site called NYC Pretty. NYC Pretty is a popular fashion and fitness blog run by Christine Bibbo Herr.
My wife and I had the opportunity to meet Christine at an Athleta event earlier this year, and had so much fun getting to know her. Christine styled my wife, and I got to talk shop with Christine’s photographer-husband. It was a great evening.
I think one of the most-important things that you can do as a blogger is to be supportive of other bloggers. That is why you might see me liking, favoriting, and retweeting just about everything that I see online. So when New York Fashion Week approached, I let Christine know that I would be happy to shoot some photos of her if husband wasn’t available.
During Fashion Week, I was busy running all over New York shooting various shows and attending events with my wife, but luckily, I did have a few moments to shoot a few photos of Christine, on two separate occasions. Here are a few of my favorite shots.
I have always been an inquisitive person. I have lots of interests and tend to explore them every chance I get. When I was in college, back in the late nineties, I was tasked with putting together an email newsletter for a student organization that I was involved with. After I figured out the best way to send our messages, I spent quite a bit of time learning how to make the emails look better with graphics. Once I began to learn a bit more about graphic design, I never looked back, and that is how I got my start in the industry.
Over the years, however, my interests have taken many turns. I started out learning graphic design, then turned my attention towards blogging and social media, picking up an interest in photography along the way. While some people might tell you that it is important to choose one field and master it, that formula has never worked for me. I’m just not designed that way. I want to learn as much about as many things as possible.
When I decided to learn photography, I knew that I wanted to learn as much as I could. When I purchased my first DSLR, I recall asking the salesman what gear I would need to start out. He responded by asking me what type of photography that I was interested in. I replied with a grocery list. I wanted to learn portrait, product, landscape, sports, and just about every other type of photography that you can think of. After a long sigh, the salesman told me that I was going to need quite a bit.
When it snows in New York City, I tend to immediately gravitate towards my camera, and Central Park. This winter seemed particularly long and brutal, but it also meant that I had plenty of opportunities to shoot photos of the snow.
One of the reasons that I love shooting photos in the snow is that it tends to cover up all the clutter that you might see in the city during the spring and summer months. The snow also turns the ground into one big reflector, reflecting light back up at your subject. This makes it much easier to shoot photos, with much less light.
After one of the numerous snow storms in the city this year, I had a bit of time to shoot photos with my friend Kathy Osborne. Kathy owns an online vintage dress store called Le Vintage Dress. We had met at a Bob Mackie event last year and have kept in touch on Twitter and Instagram.
When you work from home, it is important to get out of the house, or in my case, apartment, from time-to time. Getting some fresh air, and being around people is essential for anyone that telecommutes. That is why I love photography, it gives me a chance to get out, stretch my legs, get a little exercise, and forget about my work for a bit.
Living in New York, one of my favorite places to go shoot photos is Central Park, and this winter, the park did not disappoint. With at least half a dozen snow storms I had the opportunity to shoot photos in snow-covered Central Park several times.
Bundled up in several layers of clothing, and with my camera gear and tripod strapped to my back, I was obsessed with shooting the perfect winter photo of Central Park for my library. Now that winter is officially over, I thought that I would share a few of my favorite photos from Central Park shot between December 2013 and March 2014. Enjoy!
This season, Hallie and I had the opportunity to attend several Fashion Week events throughout the city. My wife and I love fashion week. It’s such an exciting time to be in New York. There is so much creative energy in the air, as a photographer, I just can’t help but to be inspired, and I know, my wife feels the same way.
Fall/Winter 2014 was my third season shooting photos during NYFW, and I had the opportunity to shoot 6 shows over the course of the week. As a relative newcomer to NYFW, I’m still learning the ropes, but with each season, I learn something new.
The first time I shot a show at NYFW, I was completely unprepared. All I had was my camera and a kit lens. I didn’t realize what I would need to shoot the show properly. As I shot more shows, however, I tried to pay attention to what the other photographers were doing. While most of them didn’t carry a crazy amount of gear with them, I noticed that most of them shot with a long lens, were stabilized with at least a monopod, and many brought step stools with them, just in case they needed to shoot over someone’s head.
By this season, I felt I had the process pretty well in-hand. I shot the shows with my Nikon D800, had upgraded my kit lens to a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, and was using a monopod to stabilize. In addition, I also shot my photos using continuous auto focus (in 3D mode) so that I wouldn’t miss the focus as the models walked towards me. This all helped me to get better photos.