The Machinations of a Photographers Mind

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Manhattan Bridge

The Manhattan Bridge was opened to traffic on December 31, 1909.  It was the last of the 3 suspension bridges built to cross the east river. It connects lower Manhattan at Canal Street with Brooklyn.

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WW2 Memorial at Night

D.C. at Night

Sorry for the long time in between posts. I have been super busy but I hope to get to regularly updating my blog again.

Night photography is completely different then daytime photography. It requires time and a lot of patience. In fact i would say that more then skill it requires a patient photographer. You could spend 30 or 40mins in one location just trying to get one usable print. This is exacerbated by the long exposure times.

But night photography has its advantages. Things that often appear ordinary and boring at night can take on a whole new aura. An aura of surreality, romance, and mysteriousness. Here are a couple of new pictures that I had taken when in D.C.

Enjoy

Headstands on the Beach

You never know what you are going to see when you are out and about. I wanted to share a few snaps I took of this man doing headstands on the beach.

Art Bar Exhibition

Sorry I have not posted in some time. I have been busy shooting and editing for my exhibition that opened today at the Art Bar  in NYC. The address is 52 8th Avenue, New York. Between Horatio & Jane on the East Side of Eighth Avenue (two blocks south of 14th Street). The title of the exhibition is Faces.  Most of these pictures have not even been added to my website yet. The works are a collection of black and white portrait images. 

It is a great feeling to be able have my work on display.  So stop by grab a drink and enjoy the show. I look forward to sharing with you my many new photo shoots. Until next time.

The Many Faces of Tash

Had a great time this past weekend shooting Tash. As the time grew closer to our shoot date she became increasingly nervous.  She felt that she would just stand there with a goofy smile on her face staring into the camera. After some early jitters she settled into a groove with some subtle coaching and suggestions. She was truly a pleasure to work with. We ended up having a great time and she was excited at the end of the shoot.

Juju the Messy One

I had a photo shoot this weekend with a 2 year old. Let me tell you there is a big difference from working with actors, models, and other adults to working with children. They can sure wear you out and their attention span is much smaller than ours. Its definitely important to keep the shoot fun, use props, and take frequent breaks so the child is rested and remains engaged. But no matter what children will do what they want to do once set loose and this will lead to some great and rewarding images. After chasing her around for a couple hours I was WIPED OUT but satisfied. Here are some of my favorites from the day.

Juju Matching with Mom

Here's Looking at You Kid

Its My Chocolate Bunny

Hmmmm this Chocolate Is Good

FingerPainting

Peek-a-Boo

With this Ring…

The wedding rings are the symbol of marriage for all to see.It is this reason that the rings should share some of the spotlight. Often we see pictures of the wedding rings on the brides and grooms hand. While this is a classic way of posing the rings, why not if time and circumstance allow take the rings aside for a mini photoshoot. You are only bound by limits of your imagination. Remember these will be the most patient subjects you’ll have all day.

Read All About It: Pay Phones Still Exist in NYC!!

Walking along the streets of NYC it seems impossible that you run across a payphone much less one that works. Your chances decrease even further as you venture into Central Park. The advent of the cellphone has lead to the decline in the popularity of the payphone. Despite this there are still some 14,560 payphones in NYC.

As I was walking in Central Park one day I came across this phone. I did some post processing in order to come up with the final images you see here. I look forward to hearing what you think.

Look Into My Eyes

Eyes are commonly considered the gateway to the soul. Eye contact is one of the most powerful tools in human interaction. In order to become a better portrait photographer it is essential that we read our subjects eyes. What are the eyes of the subject conveying? Is it happiness, fear, sadness, love, anger, or another emotion. As the photographer it is your responsibility read these emotions and capture them.

What do you see when you look into her eyes?