I witnessed a murder last Thursday — or maybe an accidental poisoning. It depends on which versions of events you believe. But I saw it (both versions) with my own eyes.
Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic is immersive theater, based on the mysterious 1920 death of Ziegfeld Follies showgirl turned silent movie star, Olive Thomas. The show, by playwright & director Cynthia von Buhler, is very well choreographed and designed and is delightful to be part of. And you do become part of the cast, with a small role being given to you as you enter the Liberty Theater on W42nd Street. Many attendees even dress in period outfits, and you can buy specialty drinks and even enjoy a dinner before the show. Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic runs through June 6. You can get tickets here.
If you haven’t heard of the Liberty Theater, it’s because this Beaux-Arts theater hasn’t seen a full blown theater production since 1933. It was renovated in 2011 to it’s near-original charm and sits behind the Liberty Diner as if it’s a speakeasy from days gone by.
I photographed the show last week for Ms. von Buhler and came away with some great images of the show. Here are several, with more on my website:
Tech notes: Shot with my Nikon D800 with either a Nikkor 80mm f/1.4G lens and a Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8. ISO between 1600-3200 depending on lighting (all images where shot under the house lights). Shutter speed between 1/160-1/250 sec.; aperture around f/2.8-3.2, again dependent on light quality.
All photos © 2015 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site or my website may be used without written permission.
Posted in Photography, Times Square, Ziegfeld Follies
Tagged Burlesque, Cynthia von Buhler, jack Pickford, Liberty Theater, Olive Thomas, Photography, Times Square, Ziegfeld Follies, Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic
SantaCon has been an annual event in NYC for the past 15 years and took place yesterday (Dec. 10). Essentially a pub crawl cum flash mob (with its own “interpretation” of Christmas carols), it attracts hundreds of people of all (legal-drinking) ages to dress up in full Santa or Mrs. Claus regalia, elves, or other Holiday-related costumes. You’ll even find a few Hannukah Harrys & human Menorahs. The head Santa guides the herd via Twitter to various locations around town.
I caught up with SantaCon in Times Square, where our Santas took over the red stairs in Duffy Square–much to the chagrin of the NYPD patrolling the area, who dispersed the crowd of Kringles after a while. Lumps of coal in these guys’ stockings this year!
Here are a few shots from SantaCon. More can be seen on my Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rzfimages/.
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.