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It is just feeling like winter here in New York City. The weather has been so good to us we forgot we were in winter. But every now and then we have some snow and a few severely cold days, and we have to pause and remember, we are not in control. If you are a photographer, the cold weather can really throw you off. But things are still happening and you need to dress yourself and get out there.
Also, you must have a camera with you. If you don’t want to carry a big one, at least have a good camera on your cellphone or carry a point and shoot. You miss every spectacular and money shot you don’t take.
The two photographs you saw above were done with my blackberry camera phone.
Monday was really and one of the photos shows a frozen lake in Central Park. That was just so beautiful I had to capture it. Winter photography is beautiful if you can bear the cold. Central Park by Columbus Circle and West 66th street is a great location to get some awesome shots.
If you are coming to NYC or if you live here, go to Columbus Circle and go to the Apple store. You will love the experience.
Photo of Central Park where the lake was frozen. Photo was taken yesterday, a very cold day in the city. Enjoy the view.
UNITED WE STAND
Today is a big day for the United States of America and for this one day we can be selfish and focus on ourselves as a nation. Hundreds of thousands have made their way to Washington, D.C. to be eye witnesses of this second inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th president of the United States.
Whether you are among the 52 percent who voted for him or you are among the 48 percent who did not- today we come together as Americans as he is indeed the President of these United States. Today’s inauguration is even more significant because it is the birthday of Martin Luther King (MLK). Had Martin Luther King been alive today he would have said, we all Americans , rich or poor; red or yellow, black or white. We are all
God’s children and therefore we count. Congratulations to President Barack Obama.
anything They Can Do I Can Do Too
Winter photography is exciting if you know what to look for and how to keep yourself and your gear protected from the cold. If you can get a covering for your camera, do so. if you cannot or do not want to purchase an expensive one, a piece of plastic will do just fine. Also, remember to keep yourself warm. Wear layers and make sure whatever you are wearing have inside pockets or wear and extra jacket with pockets. The pockets will come in handy to keep your extra batteries warm. Wear a hat or cap and big headphones work great as ear muffs if the wind and snow are really blowing hard.
So now that you have been reminded to dress warm and protect your camera from the snow and rain, you are ready to pack your bag. One bag should be sufficient for a short photo shoot and a backpack is preferable because it frees up your hands.
What to put in the bag? One lens is good enough. A zoom lens 24-70mm is a good walk around lens. What this lens will force you to do is to get closer to the object or subject. Extra battery and a charger should be in the bag. Two memory cards rather than one. So two- 8GB rather than one -16GB is what I go for. Also in the bag make sure you have your camera reset for this particular photo shoot. Remember when you are doing street photography for example, you get one opportunity to get the shot, so have your camera ready. Leave the flash home and take a little led light. If the subject is lit properly you will be fine without the flash. Furthermore, it is heavy and you want to keep your bag as light as possible.
So in your bag is your one camera, one zoom lens, 2 memory cards, 1 small led light and a piece of plastic or a plastic bag to cover your camera in case the snow gets too heavy. That’s it. Today is Saturday, so get out there and get some great travel photos. Skating at the Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park are just two places to visit.
New York, Sandy, and the Nor’Easter
New York City has taken a beating. Devastation from hurricane Sandy and if that was not enough, a Nor’Easter came and blew us away and then dumped snow on us. Wow! How are New Yorkers to respond? Well, the good news is that the sun will come out today and New Yorkers will
Get out of the doldrums.