Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Not Exactly Tribeca - The Guggenheim

I haven't had a chance to shoot in Tribeca and the surrounding neighborhoods recently due to Christmas and travelling. So a recent trip to the Guggenheim is what I have for now. It was a rainy day with lots of clouds and dark skies. This meant using high ISO's which equals grain or "noise". I don't necessarily mind it though. I also felt the photos looked best in black and white with the exception of the one with the red pants. I enjoy the sweeping, curved lines at this museum which take our eyes and leads them in different directions. All photos were shot with a 50mm 1.8 lens.

The artist featured was Christopher Wool whose work made me laugh out loud at times (in a good way). I found myself equally interested in the people milling about at the museum, trying to find some characters to photograph. You know you've been bitten by the photography bug when you can't help yourself from doing that! Thanks for looking.

Friday, December 20, 2013

A Family Affair

This month's Photo Circle assignment was "A Family Affair". Family portraiture is definitely not my talent, but when two friends and my sister asked for photos that could be used for a holiday card I gladly agreed. I need all the practice I can get. I am reading Malcolm Gladwell's, Outliers and learned that I need to get 10,000 hours of practice completed! I thought these portraits were cute. They certainly don't relay the difficulty in getting two parents to look at the camera at the same time, with children NOT crying. Haha. Please continue around the photo circle and see what my extremely talented friend and guru of children photography Sarah Murchison has done for this month's topic. I think you will be truly impressed!

Locations: Jay and Staples Streets.
All photos were shot in jpeg mode, with minimal Photoshop post processing. I'm hoping to graduate to RAW and Lightroom soon.

Monday, December 9, 2013

A Rainy Day

Random photos taken on a rainy day.
 Church Street
 Thomas Street
Warren and Greenwich

Friday, November 22, 2013

Size and Scale

This month's Project '13 Blog Circle subject was size and scale. I really had a hard time figuring out what to photograph. I didn't want to do something staged but then I caved and tried a few things. One of which was photographing one of my son's matchbox cars on a cobblestone but it didn't provide the effect I was looking for. A few days later I luckily came across news via Tribeca Citizen that the underground World Trade Center PATH passageway opened. The passageway links the World Financial Center in Battery Park to the PATH station at the World Trade Center. It is very beautiful and a nice diversion from my regular walk across the West Side Highway (much safer too).

The passageway is a sea of white marble and is truly magnificent. My son calls it "cloud city". It really was the perfect place to showcase size and scale. The first photograph looks East towards the WFC side.
 Very long and steep escalators lead you up to the WFC in Battery Park.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my size and scale post. Please continue around the circle to see what my talented friend Sarah has done this month for size and scale, here.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Hannah Robinett: Jewelry Entrepreneur

A couple months ago my friend Hannah Robinett asked me to take some portraits to be used for her new Brooklyn based jewelry business, mynlyn. We ventured out on a nice Sunday morning and walked the streets of northwest Tribeca. Tribeca is a wealth of old warehouses that provide texturally rich backgrounds, like brick, graffiti, and those old stairs with embedded glass (to provide light in cellars). Here are some of my favorite shots from that day.

If you get a chance, please visit Hannah's jewelry website here: mynlyn. Mynlyn is limited edition 3D printed jewelry creatively designed in Brooklyn, NY. I've got my eye on a few pieces!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Simple Things

This month the theme for our photography circle is Simple Things. This can be interpreted in many ways so I was constantly asking myself "is this too complicated, or simple enough"? I photographed my son and his friends at our local sandbox one afternoon. These kids were highly entertained by the simple things a sandbox can offer and no one was on an IPad that day!  Here is my interpretation of Simple Things.

Please join me in following around the circle to see Melissa's interpretation of the Simple Things.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Lisa of Smitten Films

I recently had the opportunity to practice my photography skills on beautiful friend and Tribeca resident Lisa Ridd of Smitten Films. She was an easy subject to shoot and the streets of Tribeca provided interesting backgrounds. I think we both had a lot of fun that day exploring the perfect place for a photo. If you get a chance check out her website here. Her knack for putting together a film of your memories (your photos and videos) is amazing. One thing to note, you don't need to live in New York City to work with her, since it's so easy to share files in today's world. These are some of my favorites from that day. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Clickin Walk 2013

Here are the rest of my favorites from the 2013 Clickin Walk that took place in September. It was a bit challenging at times getting the right settings as we walked from sunny to shady areas. The focus of the day was more about connecting with other women interested in photography and I'm totally cool with that.