Taming of the Shrew at Summit Rock with MSP

I have been brought in to take some production photos for Manhattan Shakespeare Project‘s latest production of The Taming of the Shrew. They tend to perform over the course of several weeks in various parks. I caught them in Central Park at Summit Rock. I still have a session to do this coming week at Morningside Park, but I wanted to share some of the images in hopes that readers will take the time to come see some free Shakespeare/theatre in the parks that isn’t at the Delacorte. Their remaining performance schedule can be found here. And while these images don’t contain spoilers (it’s Shakespeare, we’re way past the statute on limitations with spoilers here), they do show off the cast and some fun moments.

We're doing a show!

We’re doing a show!

Waiting for a cue.

Waiting for a cue.

I left the blue in because it made this look very 80's.

I left the blue in because it made this look very 80’s.

Giant gestures always get my attention.

Giant gestures always get my attention.

I have a jaunty hat.

I have a jaunty hat.

Them's be fightin' words!

Them’s be fightin’ words!

Yup, kicking ensues.

Yup, kicking ensues.

Everyone loves a crane pose.

Everyone loves a crane pose.

We're going this way!

We’re going this way!

Softening an image to engage the blurry effect of the fight move.

Softening an image to engage the blurry effect of the fight move.

I mean, you're all listening to me, right?

I mean, you’re all listening to me, right?

Seems like it might be a musical number. ...but it's not.

Seems like it might be a musical number. …but it’s not.

Dynamic test: take one.

Dynamic test: take one.

Dynamic test: take two. Much better when the whole body is into it.

Dynamic test: take two. Much better when the whole body is into it.

Pinup shot on the gravel.

Pinup shot on the gravel.

You really just said that?

You really just said that?

Backs together, speak in a circle.

Backs together, speak in a circle.

There may be some frolicking going on.

There may be some frolicking going on.

If you have a low sign, you must use it at some point.

If you have a low sign, you must use it at some point.

There might be some drama in this production.

There might be some drama in this production.

I'm not wearing this anymore!

I’m not wearing this anymore!

Some romance.

Some romance.

Ok, a lot of romance.

Ok, a lot of romance.

This smells kinda funny.

This smells kinda funny.

Make a goofy face, I will catch you with the camera.

Make a goofy face, I will catch you with the camera.

That's it! I'm going home!

That’s it! I’m going home!

The show's over. I'm sad now.

The show’s over. I’m sad now.

The director of the production during a talk back.

The director of the production during a talk back.

Next week: some more people shots from walking around the city on a hot day.

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Carl Schurz Park as the Sun Comes out of the Clouds

Up in the high 80s of the Upper East Side, there is a small park connected with Gracie Mansion called Carl Schurz Park. It covers the FDR Highway and gives nice views of the East River and Roosevelt Island. As Gracie Mansion is being restored, I was unable to visit much of its grounds, but I was able to wander the rest of the park and get some nice images.

Approaching the park from the north entrance, along the FDR.

Approaching the park from the north entrance, along the FDR.

A sign on the fence to help us know where we are.

A sign on the fence to help us know where we are.

Nice looking staircase up to the mansion.

Nice looking staircase up to the mansion.

A nice view of the river.

A nice view of the river.

The gate to the mansion.

The gate to the mansion.

The mansion is completely fenced off and patrolled by NYPD as it is the Mayors house.

The mansion is completely fenced off and patrolled by NYPD as it is the Mayors house.

View through the trees.

View through the trees.

Stairs down to a nice garden.

Stairs down to a nice garden.

The Peter Pan statue.

The Peter Pan statue.

A weird metal cane in the rock.

A weird metal cane in the rock.

Overlooking the Peter Pan statue.

Overlooking the Peter Pan garden.

The sun comes out as we approach Hoop Garden.

The sun comes out as we approach Hoop Garden.

The sun hit at just the right time.

The sun hit at just the right time.

Garden detail.

Garden detail.

Garden detail with the wall behind it.

Garden detail with the wall behind it.

Looking towards the west in Hoop Garden.

Looking towards the west in Hoop Garden.

Interesting stair design.

Interesting stair design.

That is a weird looking tree.

That is a weird looking tree.

The north end of Roosevelt island and the lighthouse.

The north end of Roosevelt island and the lighthouse.

Fun with clouds over the East River.

Fun with clouds over the East River.

Next week: something with people. Either from my wanderings or Shakespeare. It will be a surprise.

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New Looks at Familiar Places

It’s always interesting to go back to places you’ve been to. Most times you can explore and find new vantage points or ways to interpret what you are seeing. Here are a few examples from my latest trip to Central Park.

Using a tree as a frame for the NW entrance to the park.

Using a tree as a frame for the NW entrance to the park.

A close up of the bridge from the entrance.

A close up of the bridge from the entrance.

Compared with a zoomed out look and using the trees as a frame.

Compared with a zoomed out look and using the trees as a frame.

A tree between rocks.

A tree between rocks.

Move to the side of the rocks and the image changes dramatically.

Move to the side of the rocks and the image changes dramatically.

Under the bridge looking toward the waterfall in the loch.

Under the bridge looking toward the waterfall in the loch.

Using the path as foreground but at a difficult angle on the path.

Using the path as foreground but at a difficult angle on the path.

The full image.

The full image.

With the rock in the foreground it looks like the Health Care Center is on a mountain.

With the rock in the foreground it looks like the Health Care Center is on a mountain.

Ye olde baseball diamond.

Ye olde baseball diamond.

Looking down on a favorite spot from the Glen Span Arch.

Looking down on a favorite spot from the Glen Span Arch.

How turning the camera can change the feel of a shot.

How turning the camera can change the feel of a shot.

And one more without the portion of the arch in the foreground.

And one more without the portion of the arch in the foreground.

Next week: A walk through Carl Schurz Park.

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The Central Park Conservatory Garden

Set just south of the east side of Harlem Meer is the Conservatory Garden. It covers six acres and is divided up into three sections: the north is a French Garden, the center is an Italian Garden, and the south is an English Garden. The area is very scenic and a good place to go sit and read as it is also a designated quiet zone in the park. While I was there, the sun was burning down from almost straight above and the gardeners were out in full force watering the various plants.

Coming in from the north to the French Garden.

Coming in from the north to the French Garden.

The center pool with the Three Dancing Maidens fountain by German sculptor, Walter Schott

The center pool with the Three Dancing Maidens fountain by German sculptor, Walter Schott

Close up of the fountain.

Close up of the fountain.

A view from the east side.

A view from the east side – outside the gardens can be seen in the upper right.

An archway and the fountain.

An archway and the fountain.

Some of the floral design.

Some of the floral design.

A very bold coloring.

A very bold coloring.

Walking in the shade towards the Italian Garden.

Walking in the shade towards the Italian Garden.

One of the many areas with benches for sitting and reading, or eating your lunch.

One of the many areas with benches for sitting and reading, or eating your lunch.

A student sitting on the fountain edge.

A student sitting on the fountain edge.

The Vanderbilt Gate on the east side of both the gardens and park.

The Vanderbilt Gate on the east side of both the gardens and park.

The lawn, which you cannot walk on, in the Italian Garden.

The lawn, which you cannot walk on, in the Italian Garden.

Up in the Wisteria Pergola (arbor or shaded walkway) that goes around the fountain - it's a good retreat from the sun.

Up in the Wisteria Pergola (arbor or shaded walkway) that goes around the fountain – it’s a good retreat from the sun.

Looking out from the pergola at the fountain.

Looking out from the pergola at the fountain.

A view of the Italian Garden from the pergola.

A view of the Italian Garden from the pergola.

An unobstructed view.

An unobstructed view.

The fountain.

The fountain.

Fountain mist and the next path.

Fountain mist and the next path.

The fountain with the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center in the background.

The fountain with the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center in the background.

A pond in the English Garden.

A pond in the English Garden.

The Frances Hodgeson Burnett Memorial Fountain by sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh. It depicts Mary and Dickon from The Secret Garden.

The Frances Hodgeson Burnett Memorial Fountain by sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh. It depicts Mary and Dickon from The Secret Garden.

The trees offer wonderful coverage.

The trees offer wonderful coverage.

She holds a birdbath.

She holds a birdbath.

Looking at the fountain from out in the garden.

Looking at the fountain from out in the garden.

Freshly watered flowers.

Freshly watered flowers.

Soon to bloom.

Soon to bloom.

There are a lot of them.

There are a lot of them.

Flower bells.

Flower bells.

This is popular in NYC parks.

This is popular in NYC parks.

Lots of colors and smells.

Lots of colors and smells.

Plants growing up the lamppost.

Plants growing up the lamppost.

Some nice purple.

Some nice purple.

Last of the blues.

Last of the blues.

Stone paths among the hedges.

Stone paths among the hedges.

A last look from the south entrance.

A last look from the south entrance.

Next week: Some new looks at areas in the park I have been to before, but at different viewpoints.

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A Sunny Day Around the Harlem Meer

There was a beautiful sunny day in Spring and I opted to go wandering around the Harlem Meer section of Central Park. There were very few clouds in the sky, and a lot of that area has sporadic tree fillings, so I got a tad cooked while walking around. I started around the Meer, walked around the (currently closed as it is converted over to a pool for summer) Lasker Rink, through Nutter’s Battery site, and finally to Fort Clinton. Along the way I passed a lot of sun bathers. As this covered several interesting areas, there are a lot of images in this entry.

Approaching the meer from the west with a view of the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center.

Approaching the meer from the west with a view of the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center.

Playing around with aspects to make it look like a stormy day, which it was decidedly not.

Playing around with aspects to make it look like a stormy day, which it was decidedly not.

The entire west side of the meer, covered with swampy stuff (as it usually  is).

The entire west side of the meer, covered with swampy stuff (as it usually is). PS: that’s Nutter’s Battery at the top of the hill.

Hey look! Turtles!

Hey look! Turtles!

Looking towards the rink.

Looking towards the rink.

Willows make for fun foreground.

Willows make for fun foreground.

More changing the picture to make clouds look stormy.

More changing the picture to make clouds look stormy.

I just like how the reflection works in this image.

I just like how the reflection works in this image.

Mama duck and baby ducks.

Mama duck and baby ducks.

The rink is currently closed until summer pool time.

The rink is currently closed until summer pool time.

The observation deck of the rink.

The observation deck of the rink.

The rink/pool is empty.

The rink/pool is empty.

I could picture a hot dog stand there.

I could picture a hot dog stand there.

Walking up the east side of the rink.

Walking up the east side of the rink.

We arrive at Nutter's Battery.

We arrive at Nutter’s Battery.

The battery is part hill and part seating area.

The battery is part hill and part seating area.

Looking out to the edge of the hill.

Looking out to the edge of the hill.

A closer look at the edge of the hill.

A closer look at the edge of the hill.

Ft Clinton in the distance.

Ft Clinton in the distance.

Stairs and absolutely no tree cover.

Stairs and absolutely no tree cover.

There are benches and a sculpture of a cannon!

There are benches and a sculpture of a cannon!

The plaque under the cannon.

The plaque under the cannon and how it protected nearby McGowan’s Pass.

Overlooking the meer from the fort.

Overlooking the meer from the fort.

There is a smaller mortar behind the cannon.

There is a smaller mortar behind the cannon.

The cannon is no longer hollow.

The cannon is no longer hollow.

Looking up the hill at the fort.

Looking up the hill at the fort.

One last look at the meer ... also a party boat.

One last look at the meer … also a party boat.

Next week: A very sunny day in the Conservatory Garden.

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People in Tribeca

During my walk through Tribeca, I got a lot of people shots. Here’s a small sampling of what I saw. Hint: early mornings/meal times are a great time to wander around downtown and people watch.

Lots of people using phones in the area/everywhere.

Lots of people using phones in the area/everywhere.

Time for brunch - adding the cars in the foreground make this very paparazzi-esque.

Time for brunch – adding the cars in the foreground make this very paparazzi-esque.

Relaxing outside.

Relaxing outside.

Balloons. He was reacting to someone tripping behind me.

Balloons. He was reacting to someone tripping behind me.

Lunch time.

Lunch time.

Busy on the phone with no one around.

Busy on the phone with no one around.

Working on a draft.

Working on a draft.

Dance around the fountain.

Dance around the fountain.

Staring at the city.

Staring at the city.

Next week: Harlem Meer and the history that surrounds it.

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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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