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PhotoPlus Expo ’12

The annual PhotoPlus Expo landed at the Javits Center in Manhattan this past week (Oct 25-27) allowing photographers to totally geek out at the latest gear, accessories and services.  This is one of those times I wish the credit card gods would notify me that any charges this month are on them!

I spent a couple days at PhotoPlus Expo checking out some of the new cameras form Nikon, sitting in on a learning session  from Nik Software, which makes Photoshop plug-ins. I also caught up with some of the people at Nikon and Manfrotto that I know; and met Matt Kloskowski, one of the “Photoshop Guys” from the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), a great learning resource if you ever want to learn and grow your Photoshop skills.

Many of the camera companies and some of the retailers had models on hand to shoot. After getting my camera sensor checked and cleaned by the awesome guys at PhotoTech, I figured I’d test it out on some of the models and play around with Nik Software’s plug-ins after in post-processing.  Here’s the original shot I took of one model by the Lumix both on the left and, on the right, my rendering of it using PS6 and Nik HDR Efex Pro:

More Models & Body Paint

Nikon had a model runway where you can shoot with their mounted cameras or your own. And NJ-based retailer Unique Photo had some models in body paint who were quite impressive. Great make-up artistry:

 

Models at the Nikon Booth

Before PhotoPlus Expo kicked off, Scott Kelby, President of NAPP, gave a Photoshop seminar for travel photography at B&H Photo Wednesday afternoon. It was a last-minute seminar that was put together and it was booked solid FAST! I took a seminar with Scott last summer in NYC and there is always something new that you come away with.

Now, back to pouring over the brochures I came away with and hoping those credit card gods will contact me that my credit card bill’s covered!

Fleet Week NYC, Memorial Day

Fleet Week in NYC brings thousands of US Navy and Marine personnel to New York, allowing civilians like me, who are far removed from the dangers our servicemen and women, to tour their ships and thank them for their service. The USS Wasp, an amphibious assault ship was docked at Pier 90, along with the USS Roosevelt, a guided missile destroyer, where there was an extensive guided tour throughout the ship.

Aboard the USS Wasp, Craftmaster Andy Sutter explained the operation of the Navy’s LCAC Hovercraft, an amphibious assault landing craft, which can carry some 75 tons of military equipment to shore. It’s an elite crew of professionals that operate these craft and we should honor and celebrate his and all our servicemen and women’s service for our country.

Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day, I visited the amphibious assault vessel, USS Iwo Jima, docked for Fleet Week at Pier 88 on Manhattan’s West Side, in the Hudson River. Thanks to all the men & women in the Navy and Marines who posed for shots for me. They do an incredible job, more than we can possibly thank them for.

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While photographing on the Iwo Jima, I met up with one of  NYFD’s Bravest, Firefighter Robert Domingo, taking shots of some of the Fleet Week festivities. He was one of our NYC heros working on the cleanup of the pile at Ground Zero after 9-11. Today he’s part of the FDNY’s Public Information Division as part of the Photo Unit. Great to speak with you on the Iwo Jima. Hope you like the photo:

Last stop today was on Fifth Ave. & 29th St. at the Marble Collegiate Church. Thousands of ribbons line the front of the church, with the names of the fallen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Truly a moving moment.

Ribbons Commemorating the Fallen in the Iraq & Afghanistan wars, Marble Collegiate Church, Manhattan