A Walk Through Tribeca

Had a bunch of time to kill before an audition in downtown Manhattan, so I brought the camera and wandered around a bunch of Tribeca. The sun was quite strong that morning and created some nice shadow play on the architecture.

A sculpture just north of the PATH station at WTC.

A sculpture just north of the PATH station at WTC.

I'm in the reflection.

I’m in the reflection.

I think it works better in black and white.

I think it works better in black and white.

Looking back at the WTC and 9/11 museum, along with a building that looks a lot like a dinosaur skeleton.

Looking back at the WTC and 9/11 museum, along with a building that looks a lot like a dinosaur skeleton.

Coming up on Bogardus Garden.

Coming up on Bogardus Garden.

Walking up the side of the Garden.

Walking up the side of the Finn Square.

Inside Tribeca Park.

Inside Tribeca Park.

That is a lot of bikes.

That is a lot of bikes.

A weird looking sculpture while I look for food.

A weird looking sculpture while I look for food.

The trees are blooming.

The trees are blooming.

Interesting backs of walk signs.

Interesting backs of walk signs.

Passed by the Ghostbusters firehouse.

Passed by the Ghostbusters firehouse.

Fun with bubbles.

Fun with bubbles.

Stumbled onto a street fair/kid party.

Stumbled onto a street fair/kid party.

Smoke from the sewers and cherry blossoms.

Smoke from the sewers and cherry blossoms.

Hey look! A dragon!

Hey look! A dragon!

And returning to the sculpture for one more shot before I leave the area.

And returning to the sculpture for one more shot before I leave the area.

Next week: People in Tribeca.

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Artwork of the Garden

As is usually the case when I take a ton of images on a trip, I play around with the images to see what I can create. Here are a few of the highlights from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

Color isolation is great when it comes to cherry blossoms.

Color isolation is great when it comes to cherry blossoms.

A dream state.

A dream state.

Like a painting.

Using a wide angle adaptor that takes the image down a few steps.

A darkness covers the land.

A darkness covers the land.

Pastels in the trees.

Pastels in the trees.

This doesn't take many steps on lightroom.

This doesn’t take many steps on lightroom.

You can see the warp created by the wideangle adaptor.

You can see the warp created by the wideangle adaptor.

Lots of color saturation.

Lots of color saturation.

I just like this image. And getting it without people is tough.

I just like this image. And getting it without people is tough.

Less color.

Less color.

Lots of color.

Lots of color.

Color isolation.

Color isolation.

More color isolation.

More color isolation.

Weeping willow of cherry blossoms.

Weeping willow of cherry blossoms.

Waterfall work.

Waterfall work.

Combining effects gets a nice image.

Combining effects gets a nice image.

Reflections in the water.

Reflections in the water.

Shadow play can be heightened with monochrome.

Shadow play can be heightened with monochrome.

Next week: A walk through Tribeca before an audition.

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Spring 2015 in Brooklyn Botanical

Last week we looked at Cherry Blossoms in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Now let’s take a look through the other areas I walked through. The light got infinitely better as the day went on (so cloudy and cold in the morning). I was also testing out a wide angle lens attachment (more on that next week). Watch the changes in the images.

The morning entrance. Fun with shadows.

The morning entrance. Fun with shadows.

The corner of the Osborne Garden.

The corner of the Osborne Garden.

The arbors along the side of the Osborne Garden.

The arbors along the side of the Osborne Garden.

Very large tree knot.

Very large tree knot.

Fountain at the south end of the Osborne Garden.

Fountain at the south end of the Osborne Garden.

Overlooking the Japanese Garden with many different trees.

Overlooking the Japanese Garden with many different trees.

The clouds come in over the Japanese Garden.

The clouds come in over the Japanese Garden.

The brick path leading into the Fragrance Garden.

The brick path leading into the Fragrance Garden.

Magnolia Plaza in front of the main building.

Magnolia Plaza in front of the main building.

A straight on view of the plaza and building (they used this exact location on the tv show The Americans to portray Paris).

A straight on view of the plaza and building (they used this exact location on the tv show The Americans to portray Paris).

More of the magnolias.

More of the magnolias.

Several different kinds.

Several different kinds.

The tulips were just starting to bloom.

The tulips were just starting to bloom.

This one opened.

This one opened.

Tiger stripes.

Tiger stripes.

Just beginning to bloom.

Just beginning to bloom.

Looks like teeth.

Looks like teeth.

The Japanese Garden under cloud cover.

The Japanese Garden under cloud cover.

Spying through the trees.

Spying through the trees.

The coi pond and the bridge.

The coi pond and the bridge.

The sun arrives.

The sun arrives.

Look at the light reflecting on the trees.

Look at the light reflecting on the trees.

The coi pond and some turtles.

The coi pond and some turtles.

The fountain on the south end of the esplanade.

The fountain on the south end of the esplanade.

The gates of the rose garden.

The gates of the rose garden.

Inside the gates.

Inside the gates.

Looking down the path.

Looking down the path.

Trellis details.

Trellis details.

Does this look better horizontal?

Does this look better horizontal?

...or vertical?

…or vertical?

Fun with shadow and light inside the trellis.

Fun with shadow and light inside the trellis.

Line play.

Line play.

Vines are growing up the trellis.

Vines are growing up the trellis.

Looking back through the trellis at the sundial statue.

Looking back through the trellis at the sundial statue.

Next week: we augment some images from the garden into various digital art pieces.

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Cherry Blossoms in the Cold Sunlight

We made it to Spring! The cherry blossoms have arrived … for the most part! Since I went last year while the esplanade in Brooklyn Botanical was in full bloom, this year I opted to get shots of the Japanese Garden in full bloom. Nature decided to be quite fickle this year and though, ‘Ok, I’ll give you sunshine on the day you choose to go, but I will also make it 40 degrees outside.’ So I bundled up and headed out to Brooklyn. The date was decided on due to using the gardens wonderful online site that has a cherry blossom watch page. It showed approximately when the blossoms were in full bloom. Since I wanted to avoid crowds, and the gardens are not open on Mondays, my choice was made so I wouldn’t miss them. See what you think!

Blossoms on the edge of the pond.

Blossoms on the edge of the pond.

Total serenity.

Total serenity.

Across the pond.

Across the pond.

The willows were kind of sparse due to wind and the chill.

The willows were kind of sparse due to wind and the chill.

Several different kinds represented by different colors.

Several different kinds represented by different colors.

Blossoms above the doorway.

Blossoms above the doorway.

Blossoms above the sculpture.

Blossoms above the sculpture.

Japan through the blooms.

Japan through the blooms.

This one took some time since that stone ledge is a popular photo spot for people.

This one took some time since that stone ledge is a popular photo spot for people.

Close up showing that they actually hadn't achieved peak bloom just quite yet.

Close up showing that they actually hadn’t achieved peak bloom just quite yet.

Overhanging both path and pond.

Overhanging both path and pond.

Shade in the breeze.

Shade in the breeze.

Weeping blossoms.

Weeping blossoms.

The blossom lined path.

The blossom lined path.

Above the waterfall.

Above the waterfall.

The path into the trees.

The path into the trees.

I kind of love how it seems to emerge out of the green.

I kind of love how it seems to emerge out of the green.

Looking up to the sky.

Looking up to the sky.

This tree is very one sided and very interesting to experience.

This tree is very one sided and very interesting to experience.

Fun branch shapes.

Fun branch shapes.

Next week: The rest of the gardens (and a few more shots in the Japanese Garden) which didn’t involve cherry blossoms.

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Animals, Shadow & Light, Stonework, etc

So this week closes out my old folder of b&w images from ages ago. This means I need to either travel more for new and interesting image hunting, or create another massive folder of filler ideas for when there is a lull in my photography taking.

Why yes, the squirrel is just hanging there, trying to blend in with the tree, but they are completely different textures.

Why yes, the squirrel is just hanging there, trying to blend in with the tree, but they are completely different textures.

Statues always transfer well to monochrome. Birds are just a bonus.

Statues always transfer well to monochrome. Birds are just a bonus.

The gazebo on the lake. So many different textures, but it works.

The gazebo on the lake. So many different textures, but it works.

Clouds and sunlight often come out like storm clouds, even if they weren't at the time.

Clouds and sunlight often come out like storm clouds, even if they weren’t at the time.

Shadows and snow = perfect contrast.

Shadows and snow = perfect contrast.

Snow and shadow and benches for all!

Snow and shadow and benches for all!

Stone bridges in snow are an interesting combination.

Stone bridges in snow are an interesting combination.

Architecture, especially churches, make for interesting studies as the sun hits them.

Architecture, especially churches, make for interesting studies as the sun hits them.

Shadow on the wall.

Shadow on the wall.

Shadows on the cobblestone. Lots of texture.

Shadows on the cobblestone. Lots of texture.

Next week: The cherry blossoms are out in Brooklyn despite the sudden chill in the air!

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NYC: Animals and Architecture in Monochrome

This week we continue going through old shots that I turned into black and white images. Lots of contrast playing and sharpening the image.

Trellis tunnel in Central Park looking ominous.

Trellis tunnel in Central Park looking ominous.

A haunted bench.

A haunted bench.

Stone always works well in black and white, nature not as much.

Stone always works well in black and white, nature not as much.

Sunsets are great for b&w as the shadows can be deepened even further.

Sunsets are great for b&w as the shadows can be deepened even further.

The Empire State Building at night.

The Empire State Building at night.

Animal details are great when sharpened and put into monochrome.

Animal details are great when sharpened and put into monochrome.

Bird study.

Bird study.

Bringing out the shadows in the sculpture.

Bringing out the shadows in the sculpture.

Ye olde arch in Washington Square Park.

Ye olde arch in Washington Square Park.

Cloudy days make for fun play with black and white images.

Cloudy days make for fun play with black and white images.

Next week: we finish off this folder of old b&w images. Upcoming trips to fill out more shots and blogs.

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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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