Posted on January 9, 2014
I absolutely love what you can find in New York if you slow down and take a look around. I found this bright green padlock in the 34th Street subway station while waiting for the F train one day. The bright color stood out and caught my eye, but what really made this shot interesting was the soft orange and yellow background colors showing through the locked gate. The subways have some fascinating images, but before I took this photo I never imagined that such vibrant colors had a place in the darkest place in the city. Taken with a Canon 135mm f2 lens mounted on a Canon 5D Mark III camera. The aperture was wide open at f/2 in order to pull the subject out towards your eye and create the softest background possible to contrast against the sharp focus of the metal lock.
Posted on November 21, 2013
New York is full of characters like this guy.Set up in the middle of Central Park with everything he needs to enjoy the day… and showing off his patriotism while he’s at it. I actually tried this shot with several different compositions, but the vertical space above the subject gives it something special. It makes it look like this guy really is in his own little world there with his umbrella, American flag, and roller skates.
Posted on November 11, 2013
I came across these children having a conversation in Central Park, and couldn’t resist grabbing the shot. It was an adorable scene that came out exactly as I pictured it in my mind’s eye before I put the camera to my actual eye.
My main “people lens” is the Canon 135mm f2. I’m sure all the professional and enthusiast photographers reading this are fuming because I called it a people lens instead of a “portrait lens”, but people is a more accurate term for me than portrait so I’ll stick with it. You can’t take portraits of anyone in New York. Your only option for people photography is to position yourself far enough out of the scene so that you don’t interrupt it, and to use a long enough lens that will let you get a shot that feels like you’re right there with them. Too far away feels very detached and boring. Too close ruins the spontaneity. I also love pulling my subject out of the photo with a wide open aperture, and the Canon 135mm f2 does this beautifully.