Monday, May 25, 2009

Something different in New York

Last week I was out in NY for 3 days and had a chance to capture NY in a different way. I was staying right by Time Square, but frankly was not very excited about shooting there. I have shot so many images there that I struggle for a new look. So...this time I decided to only take my new Sigma 15mm Fish Eye lens and try something totally different.
For those of you who have been to Manhattan, you know that they have hot dog stands everywhere. I really like the perspective of this shot looking through the vendors area onto the street. What is more Time Square than hot dog stands and taxis?
I have shot images at Rockefeller Center before (when the ice rink was up and running) but found this perspective interesting for exploiting the fish eye lens.

Amateur models in NY

After working all day (real business), we arranged to shoot some amateur models around the city. We shot some images in Central Park and then, because it was Fleet Week, we headed down to the port and the girls convinced some Marines to join the picture.
After shooting by the Aircraft Carrier "Intrepid" for half an hour, we took a short trip over to a nearby building which was covered with graffiti and shot pictures there until 9pm (and no more ambient light to work with).

Monday, May 11, 2009

A Totally New Experience!

This past weekend I had a chance to capture engagement photos for a couple at the Stanford Pow Wow, which is the largest gathering of Native Americans on the West Coast. We have had this date marked on the calendar for months, since this was a good time to capture photos of this great couple celebrating their culture.

It was a special experience for me to capture people in these amazing outfits, many of which are created by hand by the people wearing them. In this case, Marcos hand beaded much of the outfit that you see Crystal, his lovely fiancee, wearing. Not only did I get a chance to photograph them, I also had a chance to learn about their culture, the music, the dance and their community.

This picture of their good friend's son is one of my favorites from the day. I love the expression on his face and the seriousness of the event for him. After playing with the image for a little while, I realized that it had to be converted to black & white to really make it pop.

At this point you might be wondering who got more out of the day, them (for their pictures) or me for the experience. I hope that we both got more than we expected (at least I know that I did). Thanks Marcos and Crystal!