B&W Brings the Spooky

Since all of my recent photo work has been for clients, here are some more black and white shots. Mostly night and high contrast images. They may be slightly spooky.

Picture them spinning slowly, like in Raiders of the Lost Ark

Picture them spinning slowly, like in Raiders of the Lost Ark

Weird shaped trees are always fun for images.

Weird shaped trees are always fun for images.

Night time on the street. The lamp is a ghost!

Night time on the street. The lamp is a ghost!

Sun sets create fun silhouettes with the trees and lens flare.

Sun sets create fun silhouettes with the trees and lens flare.

I was aimed for the bench, but then they held hands and the image just worked.

I was aimed for the bench, but then they got close and the image just worked.

Butterflies in closeup.

Butterflies in closeup.

Shadow play from the tree.

Shadow play from the tree.

Sharp shadows as the sun sets.

Sharp shadows as the sun sets.

You get a massive shadow across the terrace as the sun goes below the trees.

You get a massive shadow across the terrace as the sun goes below the trees.

Night time is atmospheric and spooky in monochrome.

Night time is atmospheric and spooky in monochrome.

Next week: Since I doubt the cherry blossoms here will be in full bloom in time for me to go take images and develop them, we shall continue with more b&w archive shots.

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Some B&W Shots from all Over

This week, we look at a variety of images that finish up the Cathedral and move down south to New Orleans.

Since you can't really see the colors of the stained glass window, b&w works really well to bring out the metal details.

Since you can’t really see the colors of the stained glass window, b&w works really well to bring out the metal details.

Detail on a monochromatic door fleshes out the light.

Detail on a monochromatic door fleshes out the light.

When the subject is one color, playing around with the contrast can make a fun image.

When the subject is one color, playing around with the contrast can make a fun image.

A cloudy day can look like a massive storm.

A cloudy day can look like a massive storm.

More clouds over silhouetted trees.

More clouds over silhouetted trees.

This shot sums up a ren faire for me as a friend waits for a show to start.

This shot sums up a ren faire for me as a friend waits for a show to start.

St. Louis Cathedral. The sky seems to tell you how hot it is.

St. Louis Cathedral. The sky seems to tell you how hot it is.

Playing with light through a skylight.

Playing with light through a skylight.

Graveyards are a great subject for b&w as it sets the mood.

Graveyards are a great subject for b&w as it sets the mood.

Since it was a cloudy day, this one is spooky no matter what.

Since it was a cloudy day, this one is spooky no matter what.

Next week: We will continue with the b&w retrospective as I wait for cherry blossoms to arrive (probably in 2-3 weeks)

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Central Park Nature Preserve Renovation

Down in the southeast corner of Central Park, between the Gapstow Bridge and the Ice Rink, lies a fenced off section of the park. This would be the Hallett Nature Sanctuary. Typically this area is locked off and you can only get in with a guided tour or class. Last month, they had an open house, so I went over to explore one of the few remaining places of the park I have never set foot in. I learned from the guides that this area is under renovation so that down the line it can be opened up to the public (probably 10 years or so down the line) and that it had gone through some heavy damage from Super Storm Sandy last year. Currently, it is not the most picturesque of spots, but it definitely has potential.

This waterfall marks the southwest end of the preserve.

This waterfall marks the southwest end of the preserve.

As soon as we walk in we are met by damage.

As soon as we walk in we are met by damage.

Lots of firewood waiting to be cut up.

Lots of firewood waiting to be cut up.

The paths were marked with thin logs.

The paths were marked with thin logs.

Fighting erosion and building turf.

Fighting erosion and building turf.

The top ridge.

The top ridge.

The view from the top ridge down to the pond.

The view from the top ridge down to the pond.

Funky looking wood.

Funky looking wood.

They were working while we were in there.

They were working while we were in there.

An indication that the waterfall isn't real. Oops.

An indication that the waterfall is man made. Oops.

It's very calm in here.

It’s very calm in here.

The gardner's tools all set for spring.

The gardner’s tools all set for spring.

Next week: Back to the b&w shot-a-thon.

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The Next Batch of B&W images

Here we are, continuing on with some more black and white shots. And, due to the chronological order of them, we have a wide variety in just a few shots.

This is a memorial in my parents' basement for my grandfather. The fact that it is on top of a homemade bar is extremely fitting.

This is a memorial in my parents’ basement for my grandfather. The fact that it is on top of a homemade bar is extremely fitting.

The arches in the Cloisters: no matter what type of light you have, you can typically end up with this image.

The arches in the Cloisters: no matter what type of light you have, you can typically end up with this image.

Park Dreams in silhouette. I love this shot on so many levels, be it in color or b&w.

Park Dreams in silhouette. I love this shot on so many levels, be it in color or b&w.

A lamp lit in the park. Evening shots can come out so nice with the use of black.

A lamp lit in the park. Evening shots can come out so nice with the use of black.

Down the river in the northern area of the park. Lots of foliage makes a b&w shot very busy. Sometimes that's a good thing, sometimes it's just confusing.

Down the river in the northern area of the park. Lots of foliage makes a b&w shot very busy. Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes it’s just confusing.

The weeping willow over a pond. The textures work nice in this and the shadows help create a deeper later for the tree.

The weeping willow over a pond. The textures work nice in this and the shadows help create a deeper later for the tree.

Shadow play is always fun with architecture in b&w. I could up the contrast even further if I want a daguerrotype style of image.

Shadow play is always fun with architecture in b&w. I could up the contrast even further if I want a daguerrotype style of image.

Angles and lack of color makes this a very dramatic shot of one of the lions in front of the NYPL.

Angles and lack of color makes this a very dramatic shot of one of the lions in front of the NYPL.

Shooting through the gate of the Cloisters, letting the black disguise a good chunk of the tunnel.

Shooting through the gate of the Cloisters, letting the black disguise a good chunk of the tunnel.

The Peace Fountain. Creepy even without color.

The Peace Fountain. Creepy even without color.

Next week: I was able to get into the Central Park Nature Preserve as they prepare to develop it for public access.

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A Few Black and White Images

Due to my schedule and the weather lately, I’m going to opt to take a look at some of my black and white photos for a little while. They are in chronological order of my files. Not sure how many we’ll do, and it will likely be interrupted by spring shots around the city, but here we go.

I learned photography in school, where we shot with b&w film. I always enjoyed the end results, so it’s no surprise I turn a bunch of my digital shots into b&w ones as well. Here are a few to enjoy today.

Statues work out great with b&w because they are already monochrome.

Statues work out great with b&w because they are already monochrome.

Finding the right use of light and shadow enhance an image when the color is taken out of it.

Finding the right use of light and shadow enhance an image when the color is taken out of it.

This focuses more on the architecture now that the colors are gone (note: each building is a different color).

This focuses more on the architecture now that the colors are gone (note: each building is a different color).

It gives a stately grace to memorials and landmarks.

It gives a stately grace to memorials and landmarks.

The white building stands out more with the blackened foreground and grays of the sky.

The white building stands out more with the blackened foreground and grays of the sky.

Night shots look extra spooky.

Night shots look extra spooky.

A piece of americana gets a journalistic feel.

A piece of americana gets a journalistic feel.

Tunnels work well to play with the contrast and details.

Tunnels work well to play with the contrast and details.

Letting the sky go white creates an interesting feel to the rest of the image.

Letting the sky go white creates an interesting feel to the rest of the image.

It creates an olde timey photo feel without going into sepia.

It creates an olde timey photo feel without going into sepia.

Next week: We’ll look at a few more of these to continue the theme.

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An Ice Cold Day by the Reservoir

A few weeks ago it was terribly freezing outside, but I had time to kill between things, so I, rather foolishly, trundled off into the park with my camera. I aimed for the Jacqueline Kennedy OnassisĀ reservoir and the little trod on area east of it. The perk was that the park was pretty empty so I got a lot of unobstructed images. The con was that I froze my butt off which made for an uncomfortable remainder of the day/week. Anyway, here are some of the images I got:

This guy greeted me as I entered the park.

This guy greeted me as I entered the park.

Passing the bridge with no name on the maps of the park.

Passing the bridge with no name on the maps of the park.

Apparently some crazy people had been out jogging on what was, ostensibly, a sheet of ice around the reservoir.

Apparently some crazy people had been out jogging on what was, ostensibly, a sheet of ice around the reservoir.

Frozen reservoir.

Frozen reservoir.

That is some interesting ice patterns.

That is some interesting ice patterns.

Here come the birds!

Here come the birds!

Cherry trees look creepy without any leaves.

Cherry trees look creepy without any leaves.

So strange to see the jogging trail so empty.

So strange to see the jogging trail so empty.

The east side entrance to the reservoir jogging track. Taxis can drop you off right in front of it.

The east side entrance to the reservoir jogging track. Taxis can drop you off right in front of it.

A church on the east side I should look into at some point.

A church on the east side I should look into at some point – it is called the Church of the Heavenly Rest.

The taxi loop by the gate.

The taxi loop by the gate.

The boathouse at the southern tip of the reservoir.

The boathouse at the southern tip of the reservoir.

Yes I turned it so it was right side up.

Yes I turned it so it was right side up.

If you look at the top quarter of the obelisk you will see the beginnings of what will be a conservancy process.

If you look at the top quarter of the obelisk you will see the beginnings of what will be a conservancy process.

I love this spooky image.

I love this spooky image.

Winter in Narnia.

Winter in Narnia.

Never saw Bethesda so empty.

Never saw Bethesda so empty.

The Bow Bridge is empty as well.

The Bow Bridge is empty as well.

Along the lake, some of this path was rock solid ice and a bit treacherous.

Along the lake, some of this path was rock solid ice and a bit treacherous.

The lake ice claims this tree.

The lake ice claims this tree.

A favorite spot for couples.

A favorite spot for couples.

Got a gap in the clouds.

Got a gap in the clouds.

I have never noticed this statue before. It's the 7th Regiment Memorial.

I have never noticed this statue before. It’s the 7th Regiment Memorial.

Along the bench lined path into Columbus Circle and a cup of hot chocolate.

Along the bench lined path into Columbus Circle and a cup of hot chocolate.

Next week: due to projects and time, we’ll start taking a look at some b&w images I’ve shot and worked on over the years.

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Massive Snow in the Downtown Area

After the ice carving downtown, I decided to continue walking around the area. I had recently been down there for a film shoot, so I had a decent idea of where I wanted to go and then promptly threw that out the window due to the amount of snow that WASN’T shoveled. Luckily I only wandered through one ocean of slush and my shoes kept out most of the frozen goo.

The pigeons want their breakfast. NOW.

The pigeons want their breakfast. NOW.

Giant Christmas Tree balls. And a part of the WTC park that looks like a spiny dinosaur.

Giant Christmas Tree balls. And a part of the WTC park that looks like a spiny dinosaur.

Some shoveling around the pier.

Some shoveling around the pier.

There was construction in here, also they now have signs saying you aren't supposed to be taking pictures of this atrium which is unfortunate as it really is quite picturesque when not under construction.

There was construction in here, also they now have signs saying you aren’t supposed to be taking pictures of this atrium which is unfortunate as it really is quite picturesque when not under construction.

The clouds were playing a lot today.

The clouds were playing a lot today.

I'm 6'2", this mound was as high as me.

I’m 6’2″, this mound was as high as me.

Looking out into the bay.

Looking out into the bay.

Way off in the distance: the Statue of Liberty.

Way off in the distance: the Statue of Liberty.

Can't sit here.

Can’t sit here.

An outdoor stage waiting to be used.

An outdoor stage waiting to be used.

Playground under snow.

Playground under snow.

I'm not even sure what this is in the playground.

I’m not even sure what this is in the playground.

Not using this bike anytime soon.

Not using this bike anytime soon.

Between the expensive apartment buildings.

Between the expensive apartment buildings.

This park is locked.

This park is locked.

Freedom Tower catching the sunlight.

Freedom Tower catching the sunlight.

Crossing the street without sliding: every NY-ers favorite winter sport.

Crossing the street without sliding: every NY-ers favorite winter sport.

I just really like the clouds and skyline in this.

I just really like the clouds and skyline in this.

So everyone will be tracking in snow here I guess...?

So everyone will be tracking in snow here I guess…?

Next week: I went out in Central Park during possible single digits and walked around the Reservoir and other areas.

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