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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.


Nikon’s Professional Point-&-Shoot

I’m going on a short vacation in a month and decided to travel light photo equipment-wise. Usually I’m lugging my Nikon DSLR, a few lenses, flashes tripod and some other accessories on vacation, much to my family’s chagrin sometimes.

So I bought Nikon’s P7000 camera, a high-end digital rangefinder, if you would. Not quite a true rangefinder camera, like the Leica M9, with interchangeable lenses (and a $7,000 price tab). But it’s a high-performance camera nonetheless.

What’s so great about this camera? High quality optics like Nikon puts into their professional SLR lenses; the ability to have full manual control of shutter speed and aperture settings; an exposure compensation dial found only in SLRs; and the ability to shoot RAW image files–an uncompressed digital mode that captures a lot more information than jpeg–so there’s a lot more photographic data to work with when editing. This means better cropped images  and better color management when editing in Photoshop.

Here are a few pictures I took this weekend in Central Park and Times Square:

The Osborn Gate, cast in bronze, sit in the entrance of the Ancient Playground on 5th Ave. by The Metropolitan Museum. They’ve been in storage for 30 years and  were recently restored. The gates depict various scenes from Aesop’s Fables.

“Counting Sheep”, part of an outdoor art installation in Times Square from March 1-7. Some 24 sheep are made out of paper mache and stand on a platform in the heart of Times Square.










This 10-foot tall statue is made of ceramic tiles, glass pebbles & mirrored glass. More information can be found in the Times Square Art Alliance site.

The Nikon P7000 is a great compact camera to carry around everyday and offers some amazing creative control and produces high quality shots. Let me know what you think.

New Years Eve 2011-Central Park Midnight Run

The annual NY Road Runners Club Midnight Run is a festive time. Costumes and dancing in Central Park before midnight and then the runners hit the pavement for a 4 mile run at midnight with fireworks exploding in the sky as a send off. There’s a lot of energy there without being with 1 million people they corral into Times Square. Several thousand people attend this event each year. Here are some photo highlights from the New Years Eve celebration. Let me know what you think.


Dancing and costume party before the start of the New Year's Eve Midnight Run in NYC's Central Park

Costumes galore at the Midnight Run

The New Year's Dog

Fireworks launching at Midnight signal the start of the Midnight Run

Running the 4-mile race in Central Park’s Upper Loop

2011 Vintage Grapes

The New Year’s Bunny. Happy 2011

Holiday Blizzard NYC 12-27-10

Twenty inches of snow hit New York City through today and the winds were howling as well at about 40 mph. Of course this kind of weather makes for some interesting photos, so I trekked to Central Park in the morning. The walk to the park also made for some interesting shots, from blowing snow vehicles to the abandoned taxis and City buses on the streets. Click on the photos below to see more details of each image.


View of Midtown from Central Park

Dogs Rule Central Park

The 8th annual My Dog Loves Central Park Country Fair took place yesterday (10/16/10) with breeds of every shape and size (including my Shi-Tzu, Sassy) joining in on the festivities. Activities ranged from a canine maze, an agility course to a dog show and more (Sassy refuses to be a paraded show-dog and gloat in front of other dogs, but she did take part in the agility course).

Strawberry Fields, Central Park 10-9-10

Thousands of people converged on Central Park’s Strawberry Fields around the Imagine mosaic, in memory of what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday. This peaceful gathering was a sight to see.

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Central Park II

Fantastic weather this Memorial Day weekend in NYC and a great opportunity to test out my new Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 lens. This lens has tremendous sharpness and the large aperture throughout allows you to shoot with high quality in low light situations. Here are a few shots I took around the Bethesda Fountain Terrace, as well as in the Arcade beneath the Terrace. The Arcade was renovated a few years ago, restoring the beautiful original tilework.

Bubble-making street performer on the Bethesda Fountain

Bethesda Fountain Arcade looking out towards the fountain

Bethesda Fountain Arcade

Bethesda Terrace Arcade Tilework and Arch Detail