Frolicking with the Ziegfeld Girls – An Immersive Theatre Experience

I witnessed a murder last Thursday — or maybe an accidental poisoning. It depends on which versions of events you believe. But I saw it (both versions) with my own eyes.

Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic is immersive theater, based on the mysterious 1920 death of Ziegfeld Follies showgirl turned silent movie star,  Olive Thomas. The show, by playwright & director Cynthia von Buhler, is very well choreographed and designed and is delightful to be part of. And you do become part of the cast, with a small role being given to you as you enter the Liberty Theater on W42nd Street. Many attendees even dress in period outfits, and you can buy specialty drinks and even enjoy a dinner before the show. Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic runs through June 6. You can get tickets here.

If you haven’t heard of the Liberty Theater, it’s because this Beaux-Arts theater hasn’t seen a full blown theater production since 1933. It was renovated in 2011 to it’s near-original charm and sits behind the Liberty Diner as if it’s a speakeasy from days gone by.

I photographed the show last week for Ms. von Buhler and came away with some great images of the show. Here are several, with more on my website:

Tech notes: Shot with my Nikon D800 with either a Nikkor 80mm f/1.4G lens and a Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8. ISO between 1600-3200 depending on lighting (all images where shot under the house lights). Shutter speed between 1/160-1/250 sec.; aperture around f/2.8-3.2, again dependent on light quality.

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.

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Orthodox Easter Midnight Mass

Orthodox Easter is typically held a week after Roman Catholic Easter. Here are a few images of Midnight Mass on April 12 outside the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Church on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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Tartan Day Parade ’15

Yesterday (4/11/15) was a perfect day for the 17th annual Tartan Day Parade up Sixth Avenue. This parade, while only 10 blocks long, is a hidden gem of parades. Great pageantry, with gorgeous colors of different tartans uplifting and inspiring pipe & drum music and very friendly people — and dogs: there’s a contingent of both Scottish and West Highland White Terriers (“Westies”) that are also part of the parade tradition.

The best part of this parade, in my mind, is at the end, when the bands turn up W55th Street. That’s where most of my images were shot, with some bands still playing, and friendly parade members and their families posing for the images I shot. Here are a photos. Many more images are available for viewing and purcasing on my website: http://goo.gl/6k9uMP.

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

All’s Swinging at the Fifth Ave. Easter Parade

Photographing the Fifth Avenue Easter Parade is a blast. There’s really no other parade where you’re in the midst of the parade because the people are the parade. Styles abound from self-made hats & headware, to people (and some canines) dressed to the nines. It’s a fun and eclectic mix of humanity.

This year I discovered a swing band and dancers kicking it up on one of the side streets off Fifth Ave. Jazz singer Molly Ryan and reedman Dan Levinson and his band held court and about 15 pairs or so of swing dancers were kicking it up for a great time.

Here are some images I made from the parade. Many more can be found on my website. Happy Easter!

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Pin-Up Style Studio Shoot

Here are a few pin-up style images I shot last month. Model: Lucy. This was a 2-light setup with Photoflex strobes and softboxes in my studio. Camera: Nikon D800.

Post processing was done in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop PSCC, and Nik Color Efex Pro 4.

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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:

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Vintage NYC Subway Train, Take 2

Sunday, December 28 was the last day the NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), was running a vintage subway train from the 1930’s on the M line, running from stops in Manhattan into Queens. A couple weeks ago a group of NY’ers held a jazz/swing dance on one of the subway platforms and many people rode the train in vintage apparel. Here’s a link to that blog post and images.

Even today I came across people in vintage dress, as well as numerous Japanese tourists both in vintage and street clothing — must be on some tourist activity info, I guess.

Here are some images I made today from my riding the rails, this time with my Nikon D800 DSLR. These images were edited in Lightroom 5, PSCC and either Nik Color Efex Pro 4 or Nik Analog Efex Pro 2.

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