People around the City

I don’t usually post the people shots I take around the city, but I figured this was a good week to show some off from an impromptu trip to Union Square (an excellent area for people watching). These are almost all b&w as I prefer that when doing these types of shots. And yes, not all of them are of people, but you get the idea.

A man reading a book. The shadow play was really attractive here.

A man reading a book. The shadow play was really attractive here.

I also took a closer shot, but this one seemed like a better image to me.

I also took a closer shot, but this one seemed like a better image to me.

Squirrel has an itch.

Squirrel has an itch.

Puppy with a backpack!

Puppy with a backpack!

I think he suspected I was taking his pic.

I think he suspected I was taking his pic.

They had coffee and were deep in conversation. It was quite animated.

They had coffee and were deep in conversation. It was quite animated.

Lots of people on benches and on phones in the area.

Lots of people on benches and on phones in the area.

Older people are fascinating to watch with how they move.

Older people are fascinating to watch with how they move.

Yeah, this happened.

Yeah, this happened.

Petting the pooch.

Petting the pooch.

Just hanging around on a non-running fountain.

Just hanging around on a non-running fountain.

Squirrel self cleaning.

Squirrel self cleaning.

He was very animated about playing chess with any passerby.

He was very animated about playing chess with any passerby.

This guy didn't do so well in his game.

This guy didn’t do so well in his game.

Had to leave in the green to show off her hair.

Had to leave in the green to show off her hair.

These two were waiving at me until I raised the camera. Still a fun image.

These two were waiving at me until I raised the camera. Still a fun image.

Lots of homeless around the area outside Union Square.

Lots of homeless around the area outside Union Square.

Sitting on the stoop.

Sitting on the stoop.

Someone left their hat.

Someone left their hat.

I sent this one out to a few news outlets. Never got replies. Liked the idea of the firefighters in the window and couldn't get any closer to the debris field from the explosion.

I sent this one out to a few news outlets. Never got replies. Liked the idea of the firefighters in the window and couldn’t get any closer to the debris field from the explosion.

Next week: Some more b&w ideas.

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Nature and Contrast

While I’m still sorting out trip and shoot ideas, here are some more exercises in b&w imagery.

I always love shadow play, especially when it's an ornately designed fence/gate.

I always love shadow play, especially when it’s an ornately designed fence/gate.

Man made objects usually work well in monochrome - especially vehicles.

Man made objects usually work well in monochrome – especially vehicles.

Reflections and nature.

Reflections and nature.

This is an example where the image is very busy in b&w. It works better in color where we can see the different plants.

This is an example where the image is very busy in b&w. It works better in color where we can see the different plants.

Shadow and light across building facades is spooky.

Shadow and light across building facades is spooky.

The whiteness of the water brings the falls out from the background.

The whiteness of the water brings the falls out from the background.

Looks like an olde time photo.

Looks like an olde time photo.

I really like how the stark lines of the shadows emphasize the bridge girders.

I really like how the stark lines of the shadows emphasize the bridge girders.

The sun shone in the window through the curtains and made this.

The sun shone in the window through the curtains and made this.

This is another where it's interesting in b&w, but it plays better in color with the greens wrapped around the browns.

This is another where it’s interesting in b&w, but it plays better in color with the greens wrapped around the browns.

Next week: I went people watching around Union Square and the East Village.

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Prospect Park Covered in Frozen Snow

I had a tv shoot on location just south of Prospect Park that ended in the middle of the afternoon. I also had a photo event to do that evening about 10 blocks from the north end of the park with approximately 6 hrs between the two gigs. So I decided to wander through the park with my camera and get some shots. I’ve only been in the park once before (a short day shoot on a tv show) so I’ve never really explored it in depth. It was pretty vacant except for a few ice skaters, people walking their dogs, numerous homeless people sitting around, and a group of people getting high in a gazebo. The sun was setting as I walked in, so I only got about an hour of light before having to hustle and find my way out of the park in the dark in time to get some dinner and make it to my next gig. I’m not sure if it was just because I’d never been in this park or the constant run ins with homeless and drugs, but I didn’t always feel very safe in this one.

The entrance to the park at Ocean Pkwy (the southwest corner).

The entrance to the park at Ocean Pkwy (the southwest corner).

The sculptures of horses tower over the entrance.

The sculptures of horses tower over the entrance.

Benches surrounded by frozen snow, making the walk very interesting finding footing and not sliding around.

Benches surrounded by frozen snow, making the walk very interesting finding footing and not sliding around.

I was distracted by this peregrine falcon that was hunting a squirrel.

I was distracted by this peregrine falcon that was hunting a squirrel.

I walked directly under it at one point.

I walked directly under it at one point.

Hunter and prey.

Hunter and prey.

It froze in place after the falcon had missed it on the ground.

It froze in place after the falcon had missed it on the ground.

Very majestic in its patience.

Very majestic in its patience.

The lake is completely frozen over.

The lake is completely frozen over as the birds flock above it.

The sun is setting over the "path" I had been walking on.

The sun is setting over the “path” I had been walking on.

Coming up on a gazebo and the ice rink.

Coming up on a gazebo and the ice rink.

The sun sets over the snowy lake.

The sun sets over the snowy lake.

Sun setting behind the gazebo (find the drug addicts inside it).

Sun setting behind the gazebo (find the drug addicts inside it).

Looks like a storybook image.

Looks like a storybook image.

The lake in it's frozen beauty.

The lake in it’s frozen beauty.

A sculpture on the side of the lake and the WhiteLevy Esplanade.

A sculpture on the side of the lake and the WhiteLevy Esplanade.

Looking out at Chaim Baier Music Island.

Looking out at the esplanade.

An interesting area filled with statues and a turned off fountain.

An interesting area filled with statues and a turned off fountain.

Coming up on the Prospect Park Boathouse.

Coming up on the Prospect Park Boathouse.

An interesting bridge across the waterway.

An interesting bridge across the waterway.

A small waterfall at the north end.

A small waterfall at the north end.

Ducks found a hole in the ice.

Ducks found a hole in the ice.

The lights are on at the boathouse.

The lights are on at the boathouse.

Sunset behind the bridge.

Sunset behind the bridge.

For some reason, this bridge tunnel creeped me out.

For some reason, this bridge tunnel creeped me out.

The sun is down.

The sun is down.

Coming out of the park at Grand Army Plaza.

Coming out of the park at Grand Army Plaza.

Timed it for no cars.

Timed it for no cars.

A parting view of the plaza before I went off to find food.

A parting view of the plaza before I went off to find food.

Next week: Some more b&w images while I work on some more trips and such.

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A Frozen, White Central Park

When I went to the ice show on Valentine’s Day, I took a bunch of shots around the park during my walk there. Quite a few people out, especially by the ice rink, but not much sleigh riding as there was in past years. Since I’ve covered these areas before, let’s just get to the pics! On a photography note, you will notice that the snow is not tinted blue as I have been working with white balance and the new camera is much smarter than the old one when dealing with it.

Coming up on the Gapstow Bridge. I think the addition of this tree really makes this image.

Coming up on the Gapstow Bridge. I think the addition of this tree really makes this image.

Lampposts, a bridge, and water. Plus snow. Lots and lots of snow.

Lampposts, a bridge, and water. Plus snow. Lots and lots of snow.

The northern side of the Gapstow and pond.

The northern side of the Gapstow and pond.

A lamppost on the side of the rock stair.

A lamppost on the side of the rock stair.

The dairy looks so quiet in the snow.

The dairy looks so quiet in the snow.

Looking up the Mall.

Looking up the Mall and playing with color..

Looking out at Bethesda Fountain. Getting this view without people was impossible that day.

Looking out at Bethesda Fountain. Getting this view without people was impossible that day.

Birds and snow.

Birds and snow.

Lots of people on the terrace.

Lots of people on the terrace.

People were taking pics all over the place here, including numerous engagement and couple-type things.

People were taking pics all over the place here, including numerous engagement and couple-type things.

A creepy tree behind the bandshell.

A creepy tree behind the bandshell.

Art with snow on benches.

Art with snow on benches.

The sun has set and night falls on the Mall.

The sun has set and night falls on the Mall.

Walking towards the ice rink again.

Walking towards the ice rink again.

The lights from the ice rink light up the Gapstow.

The lights from the ice rink light up the Gapstow.

Looking back up the night paths to the Gapstow and the bright lights of the ice rink.

Looking back up the night paths to the Gapstow and the bright lights of the ice rink.

Night paths.

Night paths with some snow.

You can see the snow falling along the trampled paths.

You can see the snow falling along the trampled paths.

Next week: A walk through the snowy Prospect Park rounds out winter.

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The Frozen Fountain in Bryant Park

It was a very frigid February here in NYC. I think the best thing that exemplified this weather was the Elizabeth Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain in Bryant Park. It froze over. Here are a bunch of images I got one day I was in the area. The fountain was winterized back in 2009 so they could keep it running in the winter. This is what happened.

The frozen fountain has attracted a small crowd.

The frozen fountain has attracted a small crowd.

It's still on.

It’s still on.

Seriously, how cold does it have to be to get it to freeze like this?

Seriously, how cold does it have to be to get it to freeze like this?

The fountain still exists under the ice.

The fountain still exists under the ice.

It's interesting that there are gaps on certain sides (namely where the sun hits it).

It’s interesting that there are gaps on certain sides (namely where the sun hits it).

There is a carved fish under that ice, trying to spit out more water.

There is a carved fish under that ice, trying to spit out more water.

Only a thin layer of ice is formed on the pool of the fountain.

Only a thin layer of ice is formed on the pool of the fountain.

This side was more interesting due to the gaps in the ice.

This side was more interesting due to the gaps in the ice.

A view from the east side of the fountain, where the sun has a lot more opportunity to melt the ice.

A view from the east side of the fountain, where the sun has a lot more opportunity to melt the ice.

Water falling over ice that is slightly blue.

Water falling over ice that is slightly blue.

People still throw in coins. Frozen pennies!

People still throw in coins. Frozen pennies!

Looking up at the top.

Looking up at the top.

Is there a way to make it look like this year round?

Is there a way to make it look like this year round?

The whole fountain from the east.

The whole fountain from the east.

Next week: A snow covered Central Park (namely the Gapstow and the Mall).

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A Cold Afternoon around the 9/11 Memorial

At the end of my walk around the Wall Street area, I stopped off at the 9/11 Memorial. I hadn’t been to it as it had been fenced off and they were charging admission to everything. That has changed now. The park is free to walk around as most of the fences are now gone. Only the museum charges. I only wanted to see the park, so I ignored the museum (it looks a little strange to me). The park was pretty empty due to the cold and only one of the fountains was running. I’m curious as to how it will look during other seasons, so more trips may occur. The memorial is titled Reflecting Absence and was designed by architect  Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker.

The fountain surrounded with names.

The fountain surrounded with names.

Close up of the water down one side.

Close up of the water down one side.

People leave all kinds of keepsakes and flowers on the names of loved ones.

People leave all kinds of keepsakes and flowers on the names of loved ones.

The field of vision is vast when you're close to the fountains.

The field of vision is vast when you’re close to the fountains.

A different angle.

A different angle.

Another flower placed on the names.

Another flower placed on the names.

Even in winter, the oak trees are brown instead of leafless.

Even in winter, the oak trees are brown instead of leafless.

Looking up at the Freedom Tower.

Looking up at the Freedom Tower.

The nearly finished museum still looks like a spiny dinosaur to me.

The nearly finished mass transit hub still looks like a spiny dinosaur to me.

The sun was harsh and coming in at an angle to the park.

The sun was harsh and coming in at an angle to the park.

This one does not have the water running.

This one does not have the water running.

Looking across the park.

Looking across the park.

A map of what the area will eventually look like (including a performing arts center).

A map of what the area will eventually look like (including a performing arts center).

Some letters are missing ...

Some letters are missing …

Some light snow on the ground.

Some light snow on the ground.

That sun is just brutal.

That sun is just brutal.

A covered sidewalk on the other side of the Freedom Tower.

A covered sidewalk on the other side of the Freedom Tower.

Next week: How cold it’s been in NYC this year leads to a frozen fountain in Bryant Park.

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Wall Street in Snow

I had some time to kill downtown in the Wall Street area, so I pulled out my camera and took a bunch of images of the area covered in snow. I stopped off in Bowling Green since I had done a tv shoot there earlier. It’s a wind tunnel and always feels 20 degrees colder than anywhere else in the city. After that, it was off to the Financial area, then around to Zuccotti Park, and finally to the World Trade Center (which will be covered next week).

Walking down Broadway into some brutal afternoon winter sunlight.

Walking down Broadway into some brutal afternoon winter sunlight.

Some construction between two buildings creates an interesting tunnel.

Some construction between two buildings creates an interesting tunnel.

Bowling Green - careful on the cobblestones.

Bowling Green – careful on the cobblestones.

The National Museum of the American Indian can be found on the southside of the park.

The National Museum of the American Indian can be found on the southside of the park.

There is no shoveling in this park.

There is no shoveling in this park.

The buildings tower over the tiny park.

The buildings tower over the tiny park.

One of the more interesting subway entrances.

One of the more interesting subway entrances.

Welcome to the Stock Exchange.

Welcome to the New York Stock Exchange.

Federal Hall: where George Washington was sworn in.

Federal Hall: where George Washington was sworn in.

Washington statue and Trinity Church in the background.

Washington statue and Trinity Church in the background.

Plaque below the statue.

Plaque below the statue.

Looking through Zuccotti Park at the World Trade complex.

Looking through Zuccotti Park at the World Trade complex.

Zuccotti Park covered in snow.

Zuccotti Park covered in snow.

An interesting statue at the west end of Zuccotti Park.

An interesting statue at the west end of Zuccotti Park.

Next week: A walk around the 9/11 Memorial Park.

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