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.
Every new year we are so glad to leave the old and enter the new that for many people new year’s resolutions are at the top of their “To Do” lists. The new year is such an awesome thing because as in other months of the year, December is the only tome when we come to the end we not only start a new month, but we start a new year. That is really something to shout about. Winter is a great time for photography and since it is now the new year, it’s a great time to make some resolutions that will improve and expand your photography business this year.
Winter photography is fun. The fact that it is cold does not mean you cannot be out and about with your camera. There are still a lot of things to photograph. There are winter sports, ice skating and snow if you have it. If you’re in New York there is skating at Rockefeller Center, Central Park and Bryant Park. In Bryant Park the skating is free so you can actually lace up and get on the ice with your camera.
Protect your camera from the elements. Keep a piece of plastic handy just in case it snows. Keep extra charged batteries for your camera as the cold will drain batteries quickly. Keep batteries on body to generate heat.
Look for different angles to photograph landmark buildings. Get in a boat, on a bridge, do whatever it takes to get a unique perspective. For example, Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most photographed bridge in the world. If you Google it you will find hundreds of photographs on the Internet, but majority of them will be from the same perspective. Be creative.
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
Take a look at these photos from Brooklyn, New York. Sandy made her presence felt especially for residents near Spring Creek, Canarsie Pier, and Coney Island.
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