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.
The new year is here and resolutions abound. Everyone has a list of things they resolve to do in 2013. Some common new year’s resolutions include losing weight, be a better person, to get out of debt, go back to school, eat healthy, pray more, fast, go to church more often, be punctual, and have stronger relationships with family and friends. That is all wonderful, but just how many of the 2012 resolutions did you accomplish in 2012. Could it be that you were overwhelmed by your list of resolutions and therefore ran out of enthusiasm and inspiration after a few weeks? So here is an idea.
ONE RESOLUTION ONLY
Instead of making a list of resolutions, why not just have one resolution that if you focus on it you will accomplish many other things along the way. Let’s say your one resolution is to eat healthy in 2013. Then that will cause you to lose weight, save money, have more energy, be more fulfilled and so on. Why not try one resolution for the first 100 days and do an evaluation like the President usually does.
FIRST 100 DAYS
Last year I had a list of resolutions under different categories and needless to say, I would have had better results had I just focused on one. So, try the one resolution for now and see how it goes. That’s just an idea. More on new year’s resolutions in next post. If you have others, please comment right here.
Well, we are almost at the end of the old year and the start of a new one. Many people can hardly wait for 2012 to end because it was such a rough year. Yes, indeed! What a year! Yet, we are alive and therefore we have to be grateful because it could be otherwise.
Today is supposed to be a snow day in New York City and the tri-state area, according to the weather people. Well, nothing is going to stop New Yorkers from getting out and doing what they have to do. there are so many events planned for today and the weekend overall that it is going to be challenging to get around, but New Yorkers will find a way.
One of the events that is of interest is World Changers Church New York having their inaugural service in their new permanent location at the Paradise Theatre at 2403 Grand Concourse in the Bronx. This is good news as they have been moving around from Madison Square Garden to Manhattan Center, Wamu Theatre, Hilton and Sheraton Hotels, and many more locations in the city. This goes to show that if you have a dream and a plan – do not give up on it. At the proper time it will come to pass.
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shuttle Bus connection to J train
The MTA and the Mayor’s Office are really doing a great job in getting people moving in New York City. A major reason for the lack of subway service is sea water in the train tunnels. The shuttle buses are getting people from the outer boroughs into Manhattan. Lower Manhattan has no electricity so the NYP are out in full force directing traffic and preventing looters from breaking into stores.
At the time of writing this post, electricity is back in all of Manhattan. That means subways are up and running and that is good because the lines for gas are getting longer. I spoke with a friend who is a nurse at a hospital in the Bronx and she had been waiting for 2 hours to get gas.
Another friend is saving her gas today so she can have it to attend church tomorrow. The lines are just too long and upon reaching up to the pump people are told there is no more gas.
Yesterday I took my camera and two lenses and headed into Manhattan. Two trains and a bus ride over the Williamsburg Bridge and I was in Manhattan. I don’t see how the NYC marathon could have been run. The streets were crowded with sand bags, Con Ed trucks and emergency vehicles trying to pump water from the subways or cutting down trees that were leaning over.
My first stop was B and H at 9tj and 34thj street. Outside they had two charging stations for cellphones. The two stations were crowded. Inside the store, the crowd was around their Tablet section. People were test driving the iPad Mini and other tablets like the Samsung Galaxy 2 and the Nexus 7. I am doing another post on tablets.
After 34th Street I boarded a bus and headed to lower Manhattan and Battery Park which was a Zone A area and where the East River came ashore and flooded all of lower Manhattan. As a photographer, I ignored one of my own tips and that was to dress warmly just in case. Lower Manhattan was cold and as such I could not get to all the places I wanted to because it was simply too cold. I did get quite a lot and those I will post later today.
There is really so much to say that I am going to have to do this in a series and call it Sandy’s NYC Visit. Let me just say that when you see J and R Music World was closed you know NUC was really hit bad by hurricane Sandy. I passed by City Hall and it was deserted. On a normal day lower Manhattan is buzzing with people, crowded sidewalks and City Hall park full of people and birds. Yesterday, that was all absent save for a few tourists. Sandy’s visit to New York City will always be remembered.
In my next post I will talk about traveling in and around the city and how that is going.
View Wednesday and Thursday’s posts for slideshows on Sandy’s devastation in Canarsie, Brooklyn. I’m happy to report that after contacting the NYC Mayor’s Office, most of Canarsie have their lights back on.
Steel no match for Sandy