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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.

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


Joe McNally Adorama Pro Imaging Clinic

Renowned photographer, Joe McNally, a master of small flash photography and more, held a lighting clinic at an Adorama Pro Imaging  session Thursday (6/6/13). With a couple of models, he demonstrated various lighting effects using small flash and different light modifiers. Then afterwards, the 20 photographers were offered the chance to use some of the modifiers to photograph the models.

Using a Firefly 20″ octa, I lit models Shea and Greg in these photos below. My SB-910 flash, mounted camera-left on a lightstand gave me some pretty nice results. With Greg’s photo, I used Nik Color Efex Pro 4 for some post-processing to give his image a more edgy look.

Harlem River (NY) Boathouse

I was taking pictures at my daughter’s crew club end of season BBQ and shot this image of their boathouse on New York’s Harlem River. Edited this in Photoshop, merging 7 images of various exposures and then finished off the processing in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 for some more drama.


Model Shoot 2

Here’s some of the results of a couple of model shoots done over the past several weeks. Added into my Photoshop repertoire: Nik Software plug-ins, which offer some time-saving creativity into my workflow.

A Manhattan Halloween

Yes, we decorate for Halloween in Manhattan believe it or not, even though most of us don’t have front lawns to put up the latest giant inflatable pumpkins and ghosts. In some neighborhoods there are block parties where residents decorate their townhouse foyers and have people come in for Trick-or-Treat.

And then there are many townhouses that go really wild with decorations (even an  inflatable pumpkin on a balcony!). The New York Times described it as a “hedge-fund Halloween” in a recent feature. But so what? Kids and adults alike gape at the array of ghosts, ghouls, goblins, demons, witches and vampires in childlike wonder and excitement. Plus they make for great photos!

I shot all these images on the Upper East Side between 67th & 78th streets between Fifth & Lexington Avenues using Photoshop and Photo Efex HDR Pro 2 to give them even more of a surreal look. With Hurricane Sandy hitting the East Coast just days after I shot these I hope they are still around to enjoy. Happy Halloween!

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!