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/
Posted in Brooklyn, Coney Island, Coney Island, Mermaid Parade, Parade, Street Art
Tagged Brooklyn, Coney Island, Coney Island Boardwalk, Coney Island Mermaid Parade, Mermaids, mermen, New York City, Parade, sea creatures
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.
Posted in Brooklyn, Nikon 1 V2, Photoville
Tagged Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Delphine Diallo, New York City, Nikon 1 V2, Photo exhibit, photo exhibits, Photography, Photoville, Stefan Falke, Toen Voeten
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.
Please note that these photos are (c) 2014 RZF Images, All Rights Reserved, here as well as on my other social media sites. Please contact me if you’d like to purchase any of these images. Unauthorized use or copying of imagers on my of my sites is prohibited by law.
Posted in Brooklyn, Coney Island, Coney Island, Mermaid Parade, Street Photography
Tagged Brooklyn, Coney Island, Coney Island Boardwalk, Coney Island Mermaid Parade, Parade, Photography, Street_Photography
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!
Posted in Bar Mitzvah, Brooklyn, New York City, Photography, Prospect Park
Tagged Bar Mitzvah, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bar Mitzvah Party, classic rock, Photography, Prospect Park, Rockmitzvah
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.
Posted in Brooklyn, Photo Exhibit, Photography, Photoville
Tagged Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Chris Hondros, Christmas. New York City, freight containers, manhattan skyline, Photo gallery, Photography, photojournalism, Photoville, presentation organization, Tim Hetherington, United Photo Industries
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.
Pretzel making at Reading Terminal Market
Phili cheesesteaks from the best place you can get them
Time to make the donuts
There is wisdom in this sign
Great gourmet food at Smorgasburg
Bed-Stuy Donuts at Smorgasburg
Posted in Brooklyn, DUMBO, Nikon 1 V2, Philadelphia, Photography, Street Food
Tagged Barney's New York, bridge park, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge Park, donuts, DUMBO, food vendors, Philadelphia, Phili cheesesteak, photo ops, Photography, Reading Terminal Market, Smorgasburg, Street Food
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!
The 116-year-old Navy Paymaster building, home of King’s County Distillers
The new copper stills just imported from Scotland
New fermenting barrels
Close up of a 5-gallon barrel of aging bourbon
King’s County Distillery Bourbon ages for about 14-18 months in these 5-gallon barrels
The finished and bottled product.
A little Whisky & Moonshine tasking after the facility tour.
A shot of one of the buildings in the 300 acre Brooklyn Navy Yard
Building and crane in the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Please note all images are © 2013 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Images may not be reproduced or shared without permission of the photographer.
Posted in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Navy Yard, King's County Distillers, Moonshine, Photography
Tagged Brooklyn, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Kings County Distillery, Moonshine, Prohibition, small-batch whisky, Whisky