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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Valentine’s Day Ice Show in Central Park

Valentine’s Day found NYC cold and snowy. It also marked the 35th anniversary of the Central Park Conservancy. I have attended the last two Ice Festivals, first at Belvedere Castle, and then at Bethesda Terrace. This year it took place in the Mall at the Naumburg Bandshell and once again showed off the talents of the Okamoto Studio. I arrived right at 3pm, but they had already started carving away as they had to be done by 5pm. This years centerpiece was a replica of the Romeo & Juliet statue found in front of the Delacorte Theater. Around the area were a few other ice sculptures for people to take pictures with, food to purchase, and free hand-warmers and roses (it was v-day after all). This year also included an interesting and educating item: part of the sculpture broke towards the end, so we were treated to seeing them fix it in front of our eyes.

My only critique of the event is that, in past years, you could walk around the carving sight and get different view points of the carving. This year, since they were inside the bandshell, you could only watch from one side, making it difficult to get unobstructed images of the sculpture (thank you camera phones and iPads).

The conservancy celebrates its 35th year in action.

The conservancy celebrates its 35th year in action.

A giant snowflake to take pictures with.

A giant snowflake to take pictures with.

The rough shape is already carved out.

The rough shape is already carved out.

Discussing how to move forward.

Discussing how to move forward.

Slicing away.

Slicing away.

Here comes the ice snow.

Here comes the ice snow.

Lots of calculating.

Lots of calculating.

Early stages.

Early stages.

What's over here?

What’s over here?

Greeting the crowd.

Greeting the crowd.

Early q&a.

Early q&a.

The crowd is growing in front of the bandstand.

The crowd is growing in front of the bandstand.

Time for some holes.

Time for some holes.

It's all in good fun.

It’s all in good fun.

Shooting some ice snow off the top and into the crowd.

Shooting some ice snow off the top and into the crowd.

Detail work.

Detail work.

From the back of the crowd, there is not much to see.

From the back of the crowd, there is not much to see.

Consulting the schematics.

Consulting the schematics.

Further along (with negative space).

Further along (with negative space).

Detail work has begun.

Detail work has begun.

Sometimes you need a stool because the sculpture is larger than you are.

Sometimes you need a stool because the sculpture is larger than you are.

Standing tall and above it all.

Standing tall and above it all.

More detail is done. Notice that support connection holding up Juliet's hair.

More detail is done. Notice that support connection holding up Juliet’s hair.

Praying they can fix it.

Praying they can fix it.

Once the support for the hair was removed, the hair promptly fell off and broke into several pieces.

Once the support for the hair was removed, the hair promptly fell off and broke into several pieces.

Let's see if we can fix this!

Let’s see if we can fix this!

Inspecting the joint.

Inspecting the joint.

Starting to attach.

Starting to attach.

Using an adhesive spray to aid in bonding.

Using an adhesive spray to aid in bonding.

Please let this work.

Please let this work.

So how did that feel? Having to fix something that broke?

So how did that feel? Having to fix something that broke?

After carving q&a.

After carving q&a.

Talking to the crowd.

Talking to the crowd.

The sculpture and the nice lighting set up above it.

The sculpture and the nice lighting set up above it.

The sculptors and their work.

The sculptors and their work.

Happy v-day!

Happy v-day!

The completed sculpture with lighting.

The completed sculpture with lighting.

Next week: Downtown/Wall St in winter.

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Inside Trinity Church

Following up from last weeks entry, we continue our walk around Trinity Church by going inside the building. There is the main room/nave of the church and a smaller chapel in the back right of the building. As it is a smaller church (relatively speaking when compared to St. John the Divine or St. Patrick’s) in NYC, the atmosphere is much quieter and intimate. It is also much darker due to the architecture.

This was one of my first trips with the new camera, so I was still experimenting with the lower light settings. Some really nice results and working around camera noise.

In the doorway to the church, a commemoration of a royal visit.

In the doorway to the church, a commemoration of a royal visit.

The main room.

The main room.

The pulpet.

The pulpet.

A bird lectern, much like one you can find up at the Cloisters.

A bird lectern, much like one you can find up at the Cloisters.

Looking up at the organ over the doorway.

Looking up at the organ over the doorway.

One of many mausoleums inside the church proper.

One of many mausoleums inside the church proper.

Details of the pew.

Details of the pews.

The altar.

The altar.

Another tomb.

Another tomb.

The rear chapel.

The rear chapel.

A prayer cubicle.

A prayer cubicle.

A tomb on the side of the chapel.

A tomb on the side of the chapel.

The baptismal font by a prayer set.

The baptismal font by a prayer set.

One of the intricately carved doors.

One of the intricately carved doors.

Detail of the door.

Detail of the door.

Next week: The 2015 ice fest in Central Park.

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Locked Out of the Cemetery at Trinity Church

We got slammed with a lot of snow in the NYC area (well, we were supposed to. Anything under a foot isn’t really slammed in my mind). I had been wanting to go take snow pics of the cemetery down at Trinity Church for awhile now. So, due to the snow and a rescheduled TV show shoot, I went downtown to run errands and see if I could go take some shots. Surprise surprise, they had shoveled the pathways in the cemetery but were NOT letting people into the area. Disappointing and frustrating. So I grabbed a bunch of images through the fence. Then proceeded to go inside the church for more photo ideas. This week is just the exterior of the church, complete with some cemetery images.

The building and grounds are located at 75 Broadway, south of WTC and just at the west end of Wall St. This is actually the third Trinity Church as the first two were either burned down or dismantled due to weather damage. It was finished in 1846 and is an Episcopal church. Notable internments in the Wall St cemetery (the church is also affiliated with two more cemeteries nowhere near the church’s location) include Alexander Hamilton, William Bradford, and Robert Fulton.

Looking south toward the church itself.

Looking south toward the church itself.

One of the more impressive pieces in the cemetery. Nice and close to the street.

One of the more impressive pieces in the cemetery. Nice and close to the street.

Close ups of the architecture of this piece.

Close ups of the architecture of this piece.

Look how cool the snow looks around the stones. But they wouldn't let me go play out there.

Look how cool the snow looks around the stones. But they wouldn’t let me go play out there.

Another piece that the exterior fence wraps around.

Another piece that the exterior fence wraps around.

Some of these are pretty old and eroded beyond legibility.

Some of these are pretty old and eroded beyond legibility.

Looking through the fence.

Looking through the fence.

A statue on the south side of the church.

A statue on the south side of the church.

Flags are prevalent in the cemetery due to the American History represented in here.

Flags are prevalent in the cemetery due to the American History represented in here.

One of the wall doors located on the west side of the cemetery (and below it).

One of the wall doors located on the west side of the cemetery (and below it).

The western door to the grounds. Also locked.

The western door to the grounds. Also locked.

The front facade.

The front facade.

That pillar in the background is a popular lunch spot for people during warmer weather.

That pillar in the background is a popular lunch spot for people during warmer weather.

An obelisk as a grave marker. Kind of popular for the time.

An obelisk as a grave marker. Kind of popular for the time.

One last look at the church itself (the south side is being cleaned and restored).

One last look at the church itself (the south side is being cleaned and restored).

Next week: Inside Trinity Church and dealing with white balance and noise from lack of light.

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Atmospheric Effects of B&W in photos

It’s always interesting to see how making a photo monochromatic effects the feeling of that shot. Each of these are taken in various phases and degrees of light. Take a look at how each makes you feel.

A butterfly eating breakfast in fairly harsh sunlight.

A butterfly eating breakfast in fairly harsh sunlight.

A skull inside a museum. Shadow play on these is always fun.

A skull inside a museum. Shadow play on these is always fun.

Usually this guy looks funny and almost muppet-esque. Now it looks angry.

Usually this guy looks funny and almost muppet-esque. Now it looks angry.

The monochromatic change brings out some of the wrinkles and details you may not notice in color.

The monochromatic change brings out some of the wrinkles and details you may not notice in color.

Shadows are always great when you do b&w images.

Shadows are always great when you do b&w images.

This became interesting to me when contrasting the petals to the beetles.

This became interesting to me when contrasting the petals to the beetles.

Cobwebs and light create an old time feeling with an edge of spooky.

Cobwebs and light create an old time feeling with an edge of spooky.

This forest in a cloudy day looks haunted.

This forest in a cloudy day looks haunted.

Bringing out some of the clouds on Moxham.

Bringing out some of the clouds on Moxham.

Adding in foreground elements to frame a shot makes the image much better.

Adding in foreground elements to frame a shot makes the image much better.

Next week: In and around Trinity Church.

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Frozen Water and Mountains

During my last day up in the Adirondacks, I went out for a drive to various areas to take pictures. A lot of these are alongside the road, so it was easy to get to. It was frigid out, so I didn’t really want to stay outside for long stretches of time. We stopped off at Lake Abanakee, Lake Durant, Blue Mountain Lake, Buttermilk Falls (which took a little back and forth looking for before we found the path), and Shaw Pond.

For most of these we stopped either on the side of the road or a rest stop except at Buttermilk Falls. We found the small lot for it, then had a short hike through rocks and ice before reaching the falls. It’s not a hard hike, unless there is a lot of ice, then you just have to watch your step, but you can get there and back easily enough.

Lake Abanakee

Shooting through the trees at Lake Abanakee.

Shooting through the trees at Lake Abanakee.

The sky and clouds over the not so calm lake (it was very windy out).

The sky and clouds over the not so calm lake (it was very windy out).

Look at those clouds.

Look at those clouds.

The lake on the other side of the road.

The lake on the other side of the road.

Lake Durant

The sun is already slipping lower and lower and it was barely 3pm at Lake Durant.

The sun is already slipping lower and lower and it was barely 3pm at Lake Durant.

Look at that sun effect.

Look at that sun effect.

Blue Mountain Lake

Ice plates on the lake with the mountain in the background.

Ice plates on the lake with the mountain in the background.

The mountains off in the distance.

The mountains off in the distance.

Buttermilk Falls

Looking down the river to the falls.

Looking down the river to the falls.

You can get very close to the rushing rapids.

You can get very close to the rushing rapids.

Standing at the bottom of the falls.

Standing at the bottom of the falls.

Leave the shutter open a bit to blur the water.

Leave the shutter open a bit to blur the water.

The picnic areas are empty this time of year.

The picnic areas are empty this time of year.

A view of Long Lake after we left the falls.

A view of Long Lake after we left the falls.

Shaw Pond

The sun is setting over Shaw Pond.

The sun is setting over Shaw Pond.

The mountains through the dead trees.

The mountains through the dead trees.

Fun with the sun and silhouettes.

Fun with the sun and silhouettes.

Next week: Some more black and white studies as I have been busy and not traveling around the tundra of NYC.

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Pack Forest on a Sheet of Ice

We decided to go to Pack Forest as it was an easy place to hike in the midst of very cold temperatures. Unfortunately, when we got there, the entire trail was a giant sheet of ice. We didn’t expect this and had brought one of the dogs with us. We also weren’t daunted by this and just took our time sliding along the paths. In the end, what would probably have been a less than 30 minute walk turned into something closer to two hours. We weren’t the only ones on the paths and on occasion, the sun came out.

The first clearing in the trees.

The first clearing in the trees.

Reflections on the ice.

Reflections on the ice.

Clouds, sun, and ice.

Clouds, sun, and ice.

That is some interesting ice.

That is some interesting ice.

Maybe next time we'll hike that hill as well.

Maybe next time we’ll hike that hill as well.

Bridge on the other side of the lake.

Bridge on the other side of the lake.

The clouds parting makes for interesting views.

The clouds parting makes for interesting views.

These were everywhere. Not really sure what they are, but they looked really cool.

These were everywhere. Not really sure what they are, but they looked really cool.

Looking through the trees to the hills.

Looking through the trees to the hills.

The sun is setting over the lake.

The sun is setting over the lake.

One of the cabins for the camp.

One of the cabins for the camp.

The campus in the middle of winter.

The campus in the middle of winter.

Some firewood in the shed.

Some firewood in the shed.

A fire pit covered by the snow.

A fire pit covered by the snow.

This tree just stood out in the yard by the lake.

This tree just stood out in the yard by the lake.

Looking out on the lake.

Looking out on the lake.

When the path wasn't covered in ice, it looked like this.

When the path wasn’t covered in ice, it looked like this.

Tilting the camera makes for fun images.

Tilting the camera makes for fun images.

On the way back, lots of broken trees.

On the way back, lots of broken trees.

Trees without bark and reflections of the sky.

Trees without bark and reflections of the sky.

Next week: We took a drive around the Adirondacks and got a bunch of shots of various lakes, rivers, and a waterfall.

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