Tag Archives: NYC

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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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.

PeterJSharpBoathouse

Holiday Season in NYC

The Holiday Season is a great time of year in New York City. Decorations abound. Tree lightings around the city offer a great time to celebrate the Holiday season no matter what religion you observe. It happens to be a fun time in the City, so just enjoy it in your own way.

I went around on Black Friday checking out some of the sights around Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle and Fifth Avenue around Central Park South, trying to work on perfecting my HDR photography, which I’m really starting to get into and enjoy the creative process around it. Here are a few images that I think came out pretty well:

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!

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk

On Saturday, October 13, 2012 nearly 32,000 photographers gathered in over 1,300 cities worldwide for the 5th annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk. Photographers of all levels went out on photowalks in various cities looking for interesting images to capture with their cameras, iPhones or other smartphones. Here in NYC, I joined about 50 photographers on a Roosevelt Island photowalk. Here are a few of the images I captured.

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NYC Easter Parade 2012

The Easter Parade on NYC’s Fifth Avenue offers great photographic opportunities. From stylish bonnets to homemade chapeaus, to some over-the-top get-ups there’s a lot of great images to capture. Actually, it’s not so much of a parade; it’s more of a free-for-all promenade between 49th and 57th Streets on Fifth Ave. Here are several that I captured at today’s parade.

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NYC Marathon 2011

With over 47,000 runners of all abilities, the New York City Marathon is a site to behold. Each year it’s a thrilling event for participants and spectators. I tend to stay on the spectator side of the equation. It’s also a great event to capture the athletic spirit that’s in all of us.

Here are a handful of pictures I took both of some of the elite runners and everyday people who enter to race, each with their own goals and motivation.