This is an excerpt from a book that I’m writing on photography. “Photography is like learning a new language. In the beginning you are constantly aware of grammar, sentence structure, verb conjugations and vocabulary. It’s all very conscious. It takes awhile to learn the different parts of language. To learn how to communicate with photography.” You’ll have to wait for more! – Photo, In Greenpoint 3, 22 April, 2017. https://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/blog/2017/4/26/photography-as-language
Another photo from Sunday afternoon in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I adore photography that ‘breaks the rules.’ Yes, I adore blur. It was a perfect day for it! If you haven’t been to Greenpoint before it is definitely worth exploring. If you are interested in photo tour there all you need to do it request it. It isn’t possible for me to list every tour that I can offer. As well, if you are interested in exploring intentional camera movement or other photographic techniques we can do that as well. Photo tours are for New Yorkers as well. And you can be a group of up to 4 people for no additional charge. You can see some of my suggested tours on my site as well as reviews of my tours and workshops as well. Greenpoint afternoon, 22 April, 2017.
I went to see the ever-talented, crazy creative, fantastic being extraordinaire Davey Mitchell tonight at his happening in the East Village as part of the Howl! Festival. If you haven’t seen Art by Davey, you are really missing out. I had the pleasure a few years back of doing a photo shoot with him. And you can buy a magazine with incredible photos of his costume design and characters! This is just a party shot. I will post a photo or two of Davey as well. First, I just had to post this shot with silence=death. They’re back! https://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/blog/2017/4/24/simply-fabulous
There are so many ways to shoot street photography and photography in general. And so many ways to process photos as well. The thing that really caught my eye here are the shadows and light. There’s also something about the symmetry of it all and the fire escape above. Then there are the people walking in opposite directions and no eye contact between each other. A glimpse of LES in the afternoon. 2 April 2017 on photo tour with a class from Australia.
As a licensed New York City Tour Guide, I am frequently making suggestions to tourists AND New Yorkers alike. Whether it’s neighborhoods to explore, history and culture of the neighborhoods AND places to photograph. In general, I tend to assume that people will figure out how to find the major icons of this great city all on their own. That said, I have an Iconic NYC Tour and also a Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo Tour. They are tours that you will gain so much more from with a Tour Guide. I also specialize in photo tours that are off the beaten path. Getting into the neighborhoods where New Yorkers live. When people book tours with me I offer them free advice for their entire trip. All of my photo tours are customizable. The photo tours I have listed on my site are a few possible suggestions. I also work with you on your photography no matter what your level is. This photo was taken during a recent Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo photo tour at dusk. 15 April 2017 7:41pm. And yes, it’s a double exposure.
Training the eye to see in frames, in composition is something that I guess I take for granted. I don’t know how I started to see in frames or even when I did. It is an ever ongoing process. My eyes, my vision is always searching for new ways to see and capture things. I could say that it is rather an automatic process. Like a runner, running. That said, not all days are equal. Some are certainly better than others. I like to call it synchronicity when I find myself in the right place at the right time. And maybe it’s also called making my luck. For that reason it is good to be patient and to move slowly and attempt to really soak in my surroundings. In my workshops we always look at different ways to see things and different ways to compose a shot. Composition is typically the thing that will make or break a shot. The aspect that will give it a lasting effect. – On Lafayette Street, 9 April 2017.
Another photo from yesterday. Walk-by shooting and intentional camera movement. I have a series of photos which I will try to put on my website in the next few days. I created a new preset for this group of photos. That is typically something do when working on a series and it tends to lend continuity to a series. Happy Sunday! In Greenpoint 2, 22 April 2017.
Today I went to Greenpoint. The first time in quite awhile. It was perfect weather for intentional camera movement and blur. Overcast and occasionally raining. I met up with a friend that I haven’t seen in a few years and we walked and talked and many of the photos I took today were while we were walking and talking. I guess I can call it my walk-by shooting series. It is very much like action painting, action photography. I always have my mind on what’s around me and choose what to shoot by colors and light and which direction to move the camera. It’s kind of fun I have to say. And I am happy with some of the photos I’ve seen so far. Yes, they are abstract. I very much like the element of chance in photography, in art, in life. When I’m fortunate there’s a kind of synchronicity. And hey, I can walk and talk and shoot at the same time! Talk about a good workout! I took it easy. Still recovering but getting back to my normal self. Thanks to Charles for accompanying me on it! Nothing like experimenting! – In Greenpoint, 22 April 2017. https://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/blog/2017/4/22/in-greenpoint
Creative photography is my goal. It is always what I hope to achieve. Creativity in any of the arts is always an ongoing process. There isn’t anything scientific about it. It’s always about making mistakes and experimenting. Creative photography isn’t about technical precision. Even repeatable processes yield different results.My techniques are ever evolving and my tastes are changing. Sometimes they are dictated by my mood. I have been working on a new series with cinematic frames. Many are drive-by shooting photos on rainy days like the photo here taken on 16 April 2017 during a torrential rain. I give credit to my impatience as a source of discovering creative techniques. If you’re interested in learning more creative techniques in photography, I have a workshop in Bushwick on Sunday 14 May. – rainy day blues.