Friday, December 30, 2016

Hi Life

I've never been in Hi Life on the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and 83rd Street even though it's only a block from my home.  Its lighting certainly makes it look inviting though.  Once again I used the Nik Duplex filter from Color Efex Pro4 to add warmth.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Jacob's Pickles

As long as I'm posting photos of local eateries after dark, I might as well add this one of Jacob's Pickles, right now the hottest brunch spot on the Upper West Side.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Cafe Lalo

Cafe Lalo on 83rd Street is a popular coffee shop on the Upper West Side where I sometimes have brunch with friends.  The lighting makes it look especially inviting after dark.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Broadway Hot Dog Cart

After dark and with the right lighting, even a simple hot dog cart on Broadway can look as magical as a circus.  I used the Duplex filter from Nik Color Efex Pro4 to add warmth to the photo.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Central Park Wildlife

For some reason, I never have much luck when photographing the ducks swimming in the Central Park lake.  This one came out better than most.  I especially liked the coloring of the bird's feathers.  Shot on Lumix GH4.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays!!

I took this photo yesterday at Bryant Park,  It certainly seemed appropriate for the season.  I hope everyone reading this has a Happy Holiday and a wonderful New Year.  May all your wishes come true.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Holiday Shopping at Columbus Circle

Shot yesterday at the outdoor market at Columbus Circle.  I was curious to see what the atmosphere would be like there so shortly after the Berlin market bombing, but everyone seemed to be relaxed and enjoying the Christmas season.  There was a police presence, but it was low profile and none of the officers on duty appeared armed with assault weapons.  Across the street, there was a much larger contingent of police providing security for Trump Hotel.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Railroad Bridge at Riverside Park

This derelict structure is in the Hudson River alongside the new extension to Riverside Park. A plaque nearby tells how it was once used in the transfer of trains from New Jersey to New York City. I doubt the original builders had any thought that so utilitarian a structure would one day become a scenic attraction.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Mirror Reflections

Simply by photographing into a mirror outdoors, such as these on display at the local flea market, it's possible to get a new perspective on a familiar cityscape. A good photograph is one that allows the viewer to see its subject in a new manner.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Reflections in Water

The scene shown above - a building on New York's Upper East Side - is familiar to every New Yorker who's ever walked along Fifth Avenue. But when photographed as a reflection in Central Park's sailboat pond, it takes on a totally new look. It's like a glimpse of some alien city never before visited. The buildings shown in the photo below were photographed in Lincoln Center's pool behind David Geffen Hall. They look familiar but somehow subtly distorted.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Winter's Eve Festival

On Monday evening, I took my Nikon Df to the Winter's Eve Festival at Lincoln Square.  This is an annual event that features food samples and live music as well as other forms of entertainment.  I was hoping to get some low light photographs of the crowd, but the small area was too packed for me to be able to move freely about.  There were dancers in wonderfully grotesque costumes who moved about on stilts, but I was only able to get a few blurred shots of them.  I had slightly better luck with the band onstage, but again the lighting was problematical.