A Cherry Tree at Grace Church

I walk by Grace Church a lot. It has a nice yard on two sides of it, and towers above various buildings on the block. In the springtime, there is a lone tree with cherry blossoms on it. Usually this section is locked off, but someone left the gate open, so I took a bunch of photos. Have a look.

Walking down the street and I already see blossoms.

Cherry blossoms and architecture.

The gate is open.

Walking along the path.

Close to the blossoms.

VERY close.

They were all around me as I stood under the tree.

About to open.

All of the color and scents.

Completely at peak bloom, just about to go past it.

The yard under the tree.

The sun was brutal.

Looking up at the tower.

The clouds cleared so I could get this one.

Next time: several trips and surprises are on their way.

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Brooklyn Botanical and the Cherry Blossoms of Spring 2017

I hadn’t been sure I was going to be making a trip out to the gardens this spring, due to personal reasons, but when presented with the chance, I was up and out the door and ready to go. The cherry blossoms were about half done in the Japanese Garden, and barely started out in the esplanade. But it was a bright sunny day out, so I had fun and got quite a few images as well. It was early in the season, so most flowers were just starting to bloom, creating a nice feeling of birth. This was made even more suitable as the garden is finally finished being renovated, and the new Water Garden is open to the public.

Lilac just starting to bloom.

Colors starting to emerge.

Cherry blossoms in the wind.

Blossoms over the pond.

The Weeping Willow Cherry Tree is crying blossoms on the pond.

Reaching for the water.

The sun shines on the blossoms.

The remaining blossoms over the pond.

A flower floats among the blossoms.

A bright day in the Japanese Garden.

The shrine.

Close up of a flower.

The blossoms over art.

Everything is starting to bloom.

A tulip waits.

Magnolias in bloom.

A white magnolia tree.

Bright yellow tulip.

The deepest of red.

The yellow acts as a pastel in this tulip.

Red highlights.

The newly opened Water Garden.

Reflections on the new pond.

An interesting remainder of a tree.

Next time: A lone cherry tree south of Union Square.

Reminder: Currently doing a sale on photo shoots in NYC.

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Mother’s Day sale

There are only 3 weeks left before Mother’s Day!

Are you far from home in NYC and want to send your mom beautiful images of you, with or without your family? Do you want to show off your child? Your significant other? Your furry family? Your not-so-furry family?

I am offering package deals for shoots of various designs and values. Please email me at nsantasierphotography@gmail.com to schedule your photoshoot.

1) Bare Bones Package – $75 (normally $125)

30 min shoot

1 location – client’s choice (indoor or outdoor)

1 subject or 1 group (individual shots extra)

Access to digital images on dropbox or Google Drive

Up to 10 cleaned images set to client specifications

2) Basic Package – $200/hr (normally $350)

1-2 hrs shoot

1-3 locations – client’s choice (all within easy walking distance)

1 group w/ individual subjects or 1-5 individual subjects

Access to digital images on dropbox or Google Drive

Up to 15 cleaned images set to client specifications

3) Group Package – $300/hr (normally $500)

2-4 hrs shoot

3-5 locations – client’s choice (all within easy walking distance)

Group and individual subjects (up to 10 subjects)

Access to digital images on dropbox or Google Drive

Up to 35 cleaned images set to client specifications

4) Traveling Package – $300/hr (normally $500)

4+ hrs

Client’s choice of neighborhood/locations

We wander through a neighborhood/park taking photos in various locations.

Access to digital images on dropbox or Google Drive

Up to 35 cleaned images set to client specifications

 

*All packages include consulting on print orders afterwards.

**Shoots only available in NYC and surrounding metro areas.

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A Very Empty Atlantic City Boardwalk

Took a day and went down to Atlantic City for a bit. It’s the off season, so it’s incredibly empty. I thought it was nice and peaceful, outside of the massive strobe lights of the casinos. The beach is very nice. Lots of seagulls and crabs. The boardwalk was a lovely stroll to take in the area as well. If you’re not one for massive crowds and tourists, then I suggest going during the off season. Not as many shops are open, but you can still have a lovely time. Here are a few images I got of the beach and boardwalk.

This might have been the most crowded we saw the boardwalk the entire time we were there.

One of many entryways to the beach.

An old pier into the water.

Looks forbidding in b&w.

Looking along the pylons.

Some kind of drainage pipe.

The birds congregate.

What do they see out in the water?

Looking out to sea from a pier.

Guarding the drainage pipe.

A view under the pier.

Coming in for a landing.

Creepy under the pier.

Along more of the pylons.

A boarded path back to the boardwalk.

A view of our hotel Рthe Claridge Р they had a wonderful groupon running.

This casino/hotel is very wide.

This statue is very creepy looking. And you can pose under it…

Next time: Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in the Spring and beginning to bloom.

 

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A Zen Garden in Grand Central Terminal

Two weeks ago marked Japan Week in NYC. To start it off, there was a small event in Grand Central Terminal that included a Zen Rock Garden as the centerpiece. People could go on it and were shown different techniques on how to rake the rocks into different designs. It was a very interesting and fun experience. The only downsides were that you could only sit outside the garden, and it was incredibly loud, so Zen wasn’t really happening, if that was what you were looking for. Here are a few of the images I took.

The full layout from the west side of the garden.

Showing how to line up the rake on the return path.

Straight and curved designs.

People stood around watching others try out the rakes.

A circle is made.

Sitting and enjoying the garden.

Taking a breather from teaching.

Making the tree stand out.

A view of the whole garden.

A demonstration begins.

A lower angle to get more of the rake and rocks in the shot.

Change the angle again to catch a different feeling.

Next up: We shall see what else catches my fancy.

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The 2017 Ice Festival and Carvings

I attended the 2017 Ice Festival in Central Park, located at the Naumburg Bandshell. The festivities centered around an ice carving by the Okamoto Studio, as in past years. That same week, an article in the NY Post was published and they used one of my photos. Past years involved carvings of the Romeo and Juliet statue, Belvedere Castle, and the Bethesda Fountain Angel. This year, they did portions of the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park. This year, the area was densely packed and it was very challenging to get a good vantage point for photos. I did my best and here are a bundle of the results.

Carving had already begun by the time I got close enough to get shots.

Carving had already begun by the time I got close enough to get shots.

Snow flying everywhere from the chainsaws.

Snow flying everywhere from the chainsaws.

The Mad Hatter is already completed.

The Mad Hatter is already completed.

The March Hare stares at the crowd.

The March Hare stares at the crowd.

Working side by side.

Working side by side.

The full March Hare.

The full March Hare.

Working around Dinah.

Working around Dinah.

I love how this one came out.

I love how this one came out.

Works in color too.

Works in color too.

Taking a pic of the crowd from atop the ladder on stage.

Taking a pic of the crowd from atop the ladder on stage.

Closer and  closer to done.

Closer and closer to done.

An interview during a break.

An interview during a break.

Speaking about his work and process.

Speaking about his work and process.

Celebrating.

Celebrating.

Tool demonstration.

Tool demonstration.

Closer to finished (time for the arm supports to go).

Closer to finished (time for the arm supports to go).

We remember what happened with R&J 2 years ago when the supports came off...

We remember what happened with R&J 2 years ago when the supports came off…

Some detail work.

Some detail work.

Ice teeth dentist.

Ice teeth dentist.

Make sure to clean the gums.

Make sure to clean the gums.

Here go the arm supports.

Here go the arm supports.

Everyone holds their breath.

Everyone holds their breath.

One gone!

One gone!

Looks good.

Looks good.

Holding hands.

Holding hands.

Linking the pieces.

Linking the pieces.

Reaching the end and celebrating.

Reaching the end and celebrating.

Group photo.

Group photo.

Alice watches the group.

Alice watches the group.

The Hatter is lit.

The Hatter is lit.

Alice is lit.

Alice is lit.

Final touches.

Final touches.

The statues are all lit.

The statues are all lit.

Light dances in the ice.

Light dances in the ice.

Snowflake lights above.

Snowflake lights above.

The finale.

The finale.

Next time: we shall see what comes up (working on a book right now).

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A Late Fall Hike in Saxon Woods

Back when Fall 2016 was starting to wrap up, and the temperature had dropped fairly low, we went on a hike up in Saxon Woods. The park is 700 acres of hiking, playgrounds, and sports fields, including a pool. The hiking trail also passes by a golf course at one point. When we went, the leaves had mostly fallen, and the clouds were out, so we had the trail mostly to ourselves (there were a few people walking their dogs). We paced it out nicely by taking the bus from Metro North to the park entrance, then did the north loop first and went into the south loop, but exited out the south to walk back to the train station and a food stop. It worked out beautifully.

Picnic tables at the entrance.

Picnic tables at the entrance.

Fairly easy paths, flat and stroll-y.

Fairly easy paths, flat and stroll-y.

Some old guards for slightly raised sections of path.

Some old guards for slightly raised sections of path.

Some nice reminders that fall is still happening and it is not QUITE winter yet.

Some nice reminders that fall is still happening and it is not QUITE winter yet.

An old wall in the woods.

An old wall in the woods.

Trees leaned over the path.

Trees leaned over the path.

Some sections pass by houses.

Some sections pass by houses.

All of the fall colors.

All of the fall colors.

We reached the golf course.

We reached the golf course.

A collapsed bridge.

A collapsed bridge.

Part of the bridge.

Part of the bridge.

The divider that marks the end of the north loop.

The divider that marks the end of the north loop.

The tunnel under the road.

The tunnel under the road.

We walk under highways.

We walk under highways.

A creek along the path.

A creek along the path.

The south loop is nice and flat as well.

The south loop is nice and flat as well, with an old and simple bridge.

Walking over a creek.

Walking over a creek.

More small bridges.

More small bridges.

Flood guards.

Flood guards.

A shack in the woods.

A shack in the woods.

Benches are randomly spaced out on the paths.

Benches are randomly spaced out on the paths.

This looks like a face.

This looks like a face.

These rocks are massive.

These rocks are massive.

Towering boulders line the path.

Towering boulders line the path.

You can crawl in there.

You can crawl in there.

Something split this one.

Something split this one.

Ruins along the path.

Ruins along the path.

All of the colors.

All of the colors.

A trail map at the south entrance (between two houses).

A trail map at the south entrance (between two houses).

Next entry: I’m working on a website and a book right now, so not sure what will be next on here.

 

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