Category Archives: Brooklyn

Coney Island Mermaid Parade ’16

One of the best parades in NYC is the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. It’s a home-grown effort that anyone can participate in and it’s free of corporate floats. It’s also one of the best parades in New York City to photograph for both it’s colorful costumes and flamboyance.

I photographed the parade both at the staging area as well as on the parade route this year, getting some new perspectives of the parade participants. If you’ve never been to this parade you’re missing out on a great way to usher in the summer season. Here are a few images from the parade. More are on my website: http://www.rzfimages.com/2016-Photos/Mermaid-Parade-16/

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A Photo Walk Among The Shipping Containers – Photoville 2014

Repurposing shipping containers into rooms of photo exhibits, Photoville, in its 3rd year in Brooklyn Bridge Park offers a wide range of high quality, thought-provoking and beautiful images from professional and emerging photographers from across the globe.

This two-week photo showcase, with various exhibits, some interactive as well as talks by various photographers ends today (9/28) and is well-worth visiting.

Three exhibits that stood out to and are worth checking out either at the event or online:

  • La Frontera – By Stefan Falke, who portrays artists living along the U.S/Mexican border near the border fence and the vibrant artists in that area.
  • Tunnel People – Toen Voeten, an award-winning war photographer, lived among a homeless community under Riverside Park in an Amtrak train tunnel, documenting their lives.
  • Portraits by Delphine Diallo, whose exhibit of black and white portraits is highly engaging. PDN has named, this French-Senegalese photographer as one of the 30 new and emerging photographers to watch.

Here are a few images from Photoville. If you’re in the NYC area today, get out there and enjoy the last day of this great photo village!

Images shot with my Nikon 1 V2.

All photos © 2014 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site may be used without written permission.

Coney Island Mermaid Parade Kicks Off The Summer of 2014 In Style!

Saturday was a perfect day for the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Great weather and the official first day of Summer, which this parade has celebrated for 32 years. This is a fun parade to shoot because it’s a home-made artsy parade without huge sponsor floats.

Here are some images from yesterday’s parade. More can be found on my website and on Flickr.

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A Rockin’ Brooklyn Bar Mitzvah Party

The Bar Mitzvah party I photographed last Sunday rocked! — literally. Music for this Brooklyn Bar Mitzvah party was headlined by Rockmitzvah, which in addition to having a live band at your event, gets your kids (and even adults) involved in playing. And the Bar Mitzvah boy, Josh, his father and several of their friends are all great musicians. Both have their own bands as well. There was some serious classic rock being played and everyone was into it.

This gave the party a very unique feel, in addition to some of the traditional elements of such an event. Wonderful family to work with and we were even able to get some family portraits done in Prospect Park before the festivities.

Here are a handful of images from the event. Rock on!

Art Gallery in a Shipping Container (Welcome to Photoville!)

For the past 10 days, an unused portion of the Brooklyn, NY waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park became a pop-up photo gallery in a bunch of shipping freight containers.

Photoville, which started last year by United Photo Industries, an art presentation organization, showcases a variety of photographers’ images, from photojournalists, students and more. Of note was an exhibition of photojournalism in war zones in the Middle East and Africa, some shot by the late Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, who were killed in a mortar attack last year while photographing the rebel uprising in Libya. There’s also a nice “beer garden” with food and drinks to sit back and enjoy the Lower Manhattan skyline

This is an exhibition truly worth checking next year for both its unique venue and great photography.

Food Market Weekend From Phili to NYC

I was in Philadelphia last Saturday checking out some of the city’s sites and ended up at the Reading Terminal Market in Center City, with food ranging from pastries, cheesesteaks (of course!) seafood and more.

Then Sunday, back in NYC, hoofed it over the East River to Brooklyn Bridge Park for Smorgasburg, an amazing food fair in DUMBO. Some amazing food vendors there with all sorts of dishes–and donuts too! Both venues offered great photo ops and I’ll have to get back to Smorgasburg again for some more photos — and lunch! 

All photos were shot with my Nikon 1V2. I continue to be impressed with this camera. Powerful camera in a small package.

Moonshine Over Brooklyn: Drink Up!

Micro-distilling is alive and well again in NYC! New York used to be the home to hundreds of distilleries, as well as wineries and brewers pre-Prohibition. During Prohibition the industry was wiped out in the City and while we’ve seen brewers and wineries starting to appear, there was a high hurdle for distillers.

That is until 2002, when New York State amended the successful 1976 farm winery law to cover small-scale distillers, provided they purchase half their ingredients from NY State farmers. There are now about 10 distillers in NYC, mainly in Brooklyn as well as The Bronx.

King’s County Distillery was founded in 2010 and resides at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, now a small industrial complex in the Vinegar Hill section of Brooklyn. Housed in site’s former Paymaster building, it is the first distillery to open in NYC since the end of Prohibition. The distillery has tours every Saturday afternoon.

It’s fascinating to see a small-batch distiller here in the heart of NYC. Standing in the middle of the distillery are two large copper stills, manufactured in Scotland,  that were just delivered early February and are waiting to be installed. Once in production they will increase the yield to 30 gallons of moonshine and whisky from the current 5 gallons their stills now produce.

Here are some images I shot at the distillery. Most of these are HDR images. For you photo tech geeks, these are 5-image HDR shots, processed with Photoshop PS6 HDR Pro and Nik HDR Efex Pro. Enjoy and drink up!

Please note all images are © 2013 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Images may not be reproduced or shared without permission of the photographer.