Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Photography: Central Park, Part 2

Here’s part 2 of the Central Park photo trek, for all your Hump Day procrastination needs. You can check out part 1 here and the Columbus Circle portion of the trek here.

This juggler kept everyone entertained!

The park lends itself to gorgeous foilage pictures! It’ll be great in the fall!

And yes. here’s another statue of Columbus.

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here and the best of Q2 here.

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Photography: Central Park, Part 1

Remember the Columbus Circle photo trek? Well, after Columbus Circle, we crossed the street into Central Park. Even though it was a little overcast, the park offers a ton of great photo opportunities! Enjoy part 1! (Part 2 coming later in the week, I promise!)

The Central Park Carousel is one of the park’s better known attractions. It was originally powered by horse and mule. It was closed when we got there, but I got these two good shots.

I think I caught these guys by surprise!

I love this little footbridge, called Pine Bank Arch. It was featured in the movie Elf.

I like the geometric feel of this photo.

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here and the best of Q2 here.

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Photography: Columbus Circle

A few weeks ago, I went on my first outing with a meetup group called NYC Photo Treks. We went to Columbus Circle and Central Park. I wish it hadn’t been so overcast, but I got some great shots!

This steel globe on the north side of the Circle is in front of, well, Trump International Hotel and Tower. I was trying to let the globe lead your eye to the building.

This statue of Christopher Columbus is by the sculptor Gaetano Russo.

This winged boy holding a globe at the base of the statue pays homage to global exploration.

Columbus Circle has a few fountains, so I went a little nuts trying to get good pictures of the water. By cranking up my shutter speed and opening up the aperture, I was able to get some stop action shots (as seen here and in the pic below).

I hope you enjoyed these! I have more from Central Park, which I will post this week. I also did a trek to The Eldridge Street Synagogue and Museum on NYC’s Lower East Side and NYC’s Chinatown. I’ll be posting those, too!

‘This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here and the best of Q2 here.

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Photography: Everyday Eyecandy Project 52, Q2

It’s that time: here are the highlights of my Q2 pictures for the Everyday Eyecandy Project 52 on Instagram and Facebook. You can check out my Q1 highlights here.

The prompt for week 26 was Summertime. I love the rainbow visible in the water fountain at Pier A Park here in Hoboken!

The prompt for week 24 was Photographer’s Choice. Can you spot the bee?

The prompt for week 19 was Friends. And what do friends do? Get ice cream!

The prompt for week 15 was Negative Space. I just liked this picture, and it got 40+ likes on Instagram, which is a lot for me.

Well, there you have it. I’ll post again with Q3 highlights in October!

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Photography: New York City Skyline Photo Shoot, Part 1

Last week was Pride Week here in New York City. Pride Week wraps up with a fireworks display in front of One World Trade Center, aka the Freedom Tower.

Every year, my photography teacher runs a Skyline at Night photography workshop on the last day of Pride Week, so students can practice photographing the NYC skyline at dusk and the fireworks display once it gets dark. Of course, I joined in the fun!

I wanted to share my favorite shots of the Empire State Building and One WTC lit up in rainbow colors for Pride Week, and a few pics of the fireworks. If you’ve never photographed fireworks before (I hadn’t) they can be tricky to capture, but I got some good pictures. Enjoy!

The Empire State Building

One World Trade Center

My photography friend Kelly posted her fireworks pic on Instagram with this quote from one of my favorite movies, Love Actually: “If you look for it, I’ve got a feeling you’ll find that LOVE actually is all around.” Well said!

I’ll post the more evergreen skyline photos a little later this week.

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here.

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Photography: NYC Field Trip

For a little weekend fun, I put together a post of my favorite shots from my photography class field trip to NYC last Sunday. We got an early start at about 8 am, and took the PATH to the World Trade Center so we could take pictures in The Oculus and the new Westfield World Trade Center shopping mall.

The Oculus at the World Trade Center.

One World Trade Center, as seen through a window in The Oculus.

Then we walked up Broadway in Chelsea, and stopped so we could practice capturing the blur of a moving object.

Panning blur shot of the ubiquitous NYC yellow cab.

The next stop was Columbus Park. On the way, I snapped this interesting-looking building.

This building looks like Jenga.

We finally arrived at the park. It’s actually a pretty big place with ping pong tables, basketball courts, and a few soccer fields.

A spirited ping pong game was in progress…

You could cut the excitement with a knife…

There was action on the basketball court, too.

I took my camera over to the soccer field. GOOOAAALLL!

From Columbus Park we moved on to Chinatown.

Chinatown is a particularly photogenic part of Manhattan.

I wonder if their noodles are any good? I love Asian noodle dishes…

Chinatown has a lot of these little alleyways…

So there you have the highlights. At least on my camera roll. After Chinatown, I took the PATH back to Hoboken with the instructor and another student. By that time, it was after 11 am, and I wanted to upload my pictures to my computer.

I plan go back and shoot just in Chinatown. I have a feeling these shots just scratched the surface.

Tell me about the most photogenic neighborhood where you live. Let’s talk photo inspiration in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter.

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Photography: Everyday Eyecandy Project 52

Remember how I said I was doing the Everyday Eyecandy Project 52 over on Instagram and Facebook? And that I’d post about my progress about once every quarter? Well, Q1 is in the books, my friends! So here are a few of my favorites.

The beginning is a great place to start. The prompt for week 1 was Me at the Beginning.

The prompt for week 6 was black and white. I love these old posts in front of the turn-of-the-century brownstones in Hoboken!

The beautiful rich colors in this photo…

…make it a good black and white photo.

The prompt for week 11 was portrait. I call this “tortitude.” I took this picture in the LHS cattery for my photography class final project.

“Bokeh” was the prompt for week 12. Bokeh is an Instagram word for limited depth of field. See how the tulip in the foreground is in focus, but the flowers in the background are fuzzy?

What can I tell you? Flowers make for great bokeh pictures…

Hope you enjoyed my favorites (so far). And can you believe it? Today was my final photography class! I’ll share some more picture stories I did for class over the next few weeks, including my final project about our local animal shelter.

Tell me. What do you like to photograph? Family? Animals? Landscapes? Let’s talk subject matter in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

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Fabulous Links of the Week

Good Day Sunshine! (One of our photography prompts from class last week.)

Urban Decay had a big week: the edgy beauty brand announced a cool new collection and the launch of four lip kits. Meanwhile, the Pioneer Woman has a new home collection at Wal-Mart, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

Urban Decay is dropping a new collection inspired by the graffiti art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Mark April 20 on your calendars! I am loving the pink-y lipstick and the cool cosmetics bags. (Allure) (The Cut)

UD is also launching lip kits! If you’ve been wanting to try a lip kit (usually a lip liner/liquid lipstick set), here’s a great option. The Urban Decay Ultimate Pair includes a UD Vice lipstick in a cream, sheer, or matte finish, and a coordinating lip liner. The Bad Blood and Ex-Girlfriend/Naked2 lip kits look pretty. (FYI, I have the Ex-Girlfriend lipstick and love it. A soft, pretty nude. I like to put it in the center of my lips, like a highlighter.)

The kits are a $37 value for $22! I hope they come up with more. Maybe in a pink or coral for summer. They are available at Ulta. (Allure)

Does anyone watch the Pioneer Woman? I admit, I don’t. But I saw a post about her new home collection for Wal-Mart and wanted to share. I am a fan of the color combinations and am thinking about doing more lifestyle stuff on here. Is that something you’d like to see? Let me know what you think! (POPSUGAR Living)

This week on the blog, I shared the pictures from my Essence of My Neighborhood photo essay. Our next four prompts are all Bruce Springsteen-themed.

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

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Morning at the Hoboken Terminal (This was another option for Good Morning Sunshine.)

 

 

Photography: Storytelling

In photography class, we are starting to talk about storytelling: using photographs to tell, wait for it, a story! (Think: the photo essays in Life magazine back in the day.) Last week, the teacher gave us several prompts, and we had to take pictures inspired by these prompts. Kind of like the Everyday Eyecandy challenges I’ve mentioned. So, for weekend fun, I wanted to share my photos with you.

I Can See for Miles and Miles

What I love about this picture is you can see the shadow of the railing on the girl’s jeans. I would love to try this prompt on the beach on the Jersey Shore.

This was shot on Pier C in Hoboken with my Sony a6000 f/16; SS 1/80; ISO 100

 

Betcha Can’t Eat Just One!

This prompt was my favorite. It gave me an excuse to buy vanilla cupcake M&Ms at Target. You need these in your life, my friends.

Vanilla cupcake M&Ms f/5; SS 1/160; ISO 500

 

Ch-ch-ch-changes

The exterior of Liberty Humane Society, our local animal shelter. I lost my sweet girl, Pashmina, to a brain tumor in August. Nightmare. I am thinking of adopting again this spring, to honor her life. I also want her companion, Mesa, to have a new buddy. Change is a good thing!

LHS Exterior f/9; SS 1/200; ISO 200

f/9; SS 1/200; ISO 125

f/9; SS 1/80; ISO 200

R.I.P. Pashmina. Wasn’t she beautiful?

For next week, we have to create a 7-photo essay called The Essence of My Neighborhood. I already have a few ideas! This should be interesting… (Don’t worry. I’ll post my pics!)

Tell me. What photos would you take inspired by the above prompts? Don’t be shy. Share in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

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Photography: Dusk Photo Shoot

The weather this past weekend was unseasonably warm for New Jersey. Since I had to take a picture at dusk for my photography class, I decided to take advantage of the balmy evening to shoot along the Hoboken waterfront. It was great! Everyone was out walking around and I saw others taking pictures, too.

I shot with my Sony a6000 mirrorless camera in manual mode, f5.6 and ISO 800. The assignment was to find the right shutter speed (SS).

The Empire State Building. SS 1/50

One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower). SS 1/250

Another of the Empire State Building, before it was lit up for the evening. SS !/500

The Hoboken Train Terminal. SS 1/500

It took me a while to get down to the Hoboken waterfront at dusk. (Next thing I want to try is taking photos there at dawn. Wish me luck. Ha, ha!)

Tell me. When is your favorite time of the day to take pictures?

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

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