Category Archives: New York City

NYC Marathon 2015

It was a picture-perfect day for the annual NYC Marathon. The weather was cool and the overcast sky kept the temps both comfortable and great for photographing this incredible race. Some 50,000 participants went the distance this year and what was striking to me, was something that while not unusual, and in fact quite typical, was the focused demeanor of the serious runners compared with those just wanting to participate, not worrying about their time, but just finishing and enjoying being in the moment.

Here are a few images from the Marathon. More can be found on my website.

All photos © 2015 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site or my website may be used without written permission.

A Life Story Foundation Benefit

Last week a call was put out by renowned NYC headshot photographer, Peter Hurley, to his Headshot Crew to photograph an event dear to his heart, the NYC Best Chef’s Ultimate Family Dinner Benefit and auction for the A Life’s Story Foundation. This foundation was formed by one of his close friends, Kevin Swan, who contracted ALS in 2012, and is dedicated to funding research to effectively treat and ultimately find a cure for ALS. The images below are from Monday’s benefit dinner.

Five celebrity chefs each prepared a course for this benefit, they being:

Marco Canora from Hearth (where the benefit took place)
Seamus Mullen from Tertulia
Howard Kalachnikoff from Gramercy Tavern
Jordan Frosolone from Sessanta
Claudia Fleming from North Fork Table and Inn

It was a great turnout for this event and some incredible food as well. It was a worthy event to photograph as well as one to support with donations.

All photos © 2015 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site or my website may be used without written permission.

Winter Wonderland (If You’re Looking For It)

If you’re living in the northeast, especially in Boston, you are probably hoping Spring arrives as soon as possible. The two snowstorms we had in NYC over the past seven days dropped, combined, a bit over a foot of snow.

Along with the traffic and commuting headaches comes a bit of nature’s beauty.That’s what I focused on last weekend heading over and into Central Park, where there were surprisingly, few people enjoying the snow.

Here are a few images I made with my Nikon 1 AW1 underwater/weatherproof camera:

All photos © 2015 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site may be used without written permission.

HO, HO, HO! ‘Tis SantaCon Season!

SantaCon'14-1

More images on my website:
http://www.rzfimages.com/2014-Photos/SantaCon-NYC-14/.

SantaCon kicked off this morning in Times Square under a cloud of controversy, but revelers there were in a happy — and what seemed — a sober but caffeinated mood. 

While people have been calling out the bad behavior that is probably relatively minor among tens of thousands of Kris Kringle revelers overtaking parts of mid-town Manhattan (Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood nipped SantaCon from having the sleigh touch down there), most people seem to view this as a fun social gathering with friends. 

Also, the event raises tens of thousands of dollars for charity. 

From a photographer’s standpoint, it’s a great event to shoot thousands of people dressed in similar themed costumes, all having a great time. Here are some images from this morning, with more hundreds more that can be seen on my website. 

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

A Chilly and Windy NYC Marathon 2014

It’s one of the coldest NYC Marathon’s in about 10 years, but 50,000 runners are hitting the pavement today (11/2/14). Here are some initial images from the beginning of the marathon. More images can be found on my website: http://www.rzfimages.com/2014-Photos/NYC-Marathon-2014/ 

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

Eldridge Street Synagogue Museum

Eldridge Street Synagogue, Manhattan

Eldridge Street Synagogue, Manhattan

Last weekend Open House New York held its annual weekend where many of NYC’s architectural wonders and infrastructure (some not normally open to the public) can be viewed for free.

The image above is taken in the Eldridge Street Synagogue Museum, which was erected in 1887 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It has Moorish and Romanesque detailing and a vaulted ceiling rising 50 feet. The main sanctuary was closed down in the 1940s due to dwindling membership as many of the congregation moved uptown, with the basement sanctuary continued to be used.

For some 40 years, the main sanctuary began to decay from lack of maintenance until the 80’s, when a restoration process was started. The restoration was completed in 2007 and is listed as a National Historic Landmark.

Tech notes: This image was taken with my Nikon 1 V2, mounted on a tripod. ISO 200 at f/13 12mm focal length. Five-image HDR processed in PSCC HDR Pro.

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

Walking in Central Park with Vincent Versace

Vincent Versace

Vincent Versace

Renowned fine art and commercial photographer Vincent Versace was in NYC this week conducting workshops with B&H Photo. On Tuesday he led a photo walk in Central Park with a model. So I had to go check it out to see what wisdom he’d impart.

We shot with natural light as well as Wescott’s Ice Lights, which are daylight balanced wand-like lights. They provide beautiful lighting and with a set of barn doors to channel the light are incredibly useful.

Here are some images I made on the shoot of our model, Francesca. The images were edited in Photoshop CC and then converted to B&W in Topaz Labs’ BW Efex 2 plugin. Camera is a Nikon D800. All the vertical images were photographed with a Nikon Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8, which is a fantastic portrait lens; the horizontal image was shot using a Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 lens.

As you’d expect from a founding Nikon Ambassador, and someone with about 4 decades behind the lens, Versace is very knowledgable — and also very funny! It was a pleasure spending time with him on this outing on a number of levels.

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