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Suki was an honored guest at the 18th Annual Webby awards for her involvement as the hipster scarf version of the doge meme. This, of course, meant a whirlwind trip for Team Suki to New York City last weekend.
After exploring New York with her for the first time, we were driven straight to the red carpet, which was quite the surreal experience. Suki was her calm and confident self as dozens of press photographers pummeled us with a flurry of flash strobes. She even took a couple of interviews along the way:
We spent some time back stage with the production crew, who set up photos with a bunch of Webby Award winners and other celebrities on hand during the show.
Suki met host Patton Oswalt…
…and George Takei (super nice guy, by the way)
…the folks from BuzzFeed
…the Jamaican bobsled team
….astronaut Mike Massimino
…Questlove and De La Soul
Bridget and I were hard at work handling Suki and keeping her fixated on the cameras. Fortunately, the three of us have a ton of experience with this kind of thing :)
See the silver camera that photographer is holding up in the image above? That’s the brand spanking new and oh-so-beautiful Leica T. Leica was on hand to cover the event, so there were Leica cameras evvvveerryywheeere.
Since Leica was an official sponsor, they provided the swag for the Webbys. I couldn’t have asked for a better swag bag, which includes an actual Leica C camera.
Suki enjoyed the attention and the posh accommodations. Bridget and I are exhausted. Back to normal life now.
Nearly two years ago I wrote a blog post about my visit to New York’s High Line elevated park. A tweaked version of that post just made it to print in the biannual publication CITYGREEN, appearing in the magazine’s 6th issue entitled Green Spaces For Sustainable Cities. Currently available in paperback only, a digital version of issue 6 will be available in a couple months. Here are a few highlights from my original blog post:
The folks at CITYGREEN were nice enough to shoot me a free copy of issue 6, and it looks great!
These shots of the paperback version represent just a portion of the 8-page spread that appears in the magazine, so check out the actual publication if you want to see the rest. CITYGREEN is loaded with a ton of cool articles about green spaces in urban environments around the world, so it’s a pretty good read. You can also check the blog post my article is based on here.
All the images I posted on the blog and in the CITYGREEN article were taken with my Fuji X100. Represent!
Fuji X100 | 1/300 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 (view large)
Sunday morning in the East Village. I always advocate getting up as early as possible to start a photo walk. The light is beautiful in the morning, and the streets are a lot less busy, even in New York.
Fuji X100 | 1/250 sec, f/5, ISO 200
Fuji X100 | 1/75 sec, f/2, ISO 200
Bridget was tired, but supportive of our early morning walk. Thanks honey.
Fuji X100 | 1/300 sec, f/5, ISO 200
Fuji X100 | 1/400 sec, f/7.1, ISO 800
Fuji X100 | 1/1,000 sec, f/2, ISO 200
Fuji X100 | 1/280 sec, f/4.5, ISO 800
Bikes! There are bicycles everywhere in New York, and the East Village is certainly no exception. What I love is that they’re all beaters. Some are just left to rust and decay out in the street, making for great photographic subjects:
Fuji X100 | 1/600 sec, f/2, ISO 400
Fuji X100 | 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800
Fuji X100 | 1/750 sec, f/2, ISO 200
Fuji X100 | 1/600 sec, f/2, ISO 200
Fuji X100 | 1/1,000 sec, f/2, ISO 200
Fuji X100 | 1/600 sec, f/9, ISO 800
Now that is a cool little bike. Would have loved to have one of those when I was a kid.
Fuji X100 | 1/1,000 sec, f/2, ISO 200
There was a downside to getting here so early in the morning, however. The wife was really into seeing the little gardens located throughout the neighborhood. Most of them weren’t open until much later, however, so we had to admire them behind locked gates. Squeezed my lens through narrow bars to get these:
Fuji X100 | 1/340 sec, f/5, ISO 800
Fuji X100 | 1/750 sec, f/2, ISO 400
Fuji X100 | 1/900 sec, f/2, ISO 400
Fuji X100 | 1/180 sec, f/3.2, ISO 400
Fuji X100 | 1/950 sec, f/2, ISO 400
Fuji X100 | 1/200 sec, f/3.2, ISO 800
Fuji X100 | 1/300 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800
Fuji X100 | 1/450 sec, f/6.4, ISO 400
Fuji X100 | 1/200 sec, f/3.6, ISO 200
Fuji X100 | 1/300 sec, f/4.5, ISO 400
The light was great and the gardens were beautiful bla bla bla. You wanna know the real reason we came to this neighborhood? Coffee.
Abraço is a tiny coffee bar nestled in the East Village. When I say tiny, I mean it. You could drive right by and not even know it’s there, and once you’re inside, you could literally stand in one place and have arm’s-length access to the entire cafe. I’ve had enough just seeing pictures of the place on blogs like this one. I needed to try it myself!
Fuji X100 | 1/450 sec, f/6.4, ISO 800
The coziness factor of this shop makes for easy conversation over a cup of coffee and/or artisan pastry. Chatted with the locals, took pictures, just chilled out. No rush, it’s Sunday.
Fuji X100 | 1/1,200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800
Fuji X100 | 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1250
Fuji X100 | 1/350 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400
Meet the cortado. Freshly extracted espresso with just the right amount of steamed milk and foam in my opinion. Not to be confused with a macchiato, it’s perhaps more similar to a cappuccino, but smaller. Enough milk to take the edge off the brew’s acidity while still kicking you in the pants with just the right amount of strength. The flavor was amazing, but it was the texture that was blowing my mind.
Fuji X100 | 1/125 sec, f/8, ISO 200
I’m normally a pretty slow coffee drinker, but I was going though this cortado like a crazy coffee-drunkard. I didn’t want the experience to end.
So I ordered a second one:
Below left is some kind of sparkly, honey-something or other, I forget….bagh who cares, it’s all about the cortado. This stuff gives my local favorite espresso at Four Barrel a pretty good run for it’s money.
Fuji X100 | 1/210 sec, f/4, ISO 400
These are the kinds of experiences I like to have when I travel. Mingling with the locals, photographing neighborhoods apart from the tourist areas. Areas (and COFFEE) like this make me miss New York.
All Images: Fuji X100, Provia Film Sim (JPEG output)
Shio: “I’m not shy! I’m just too cool for you!”
Of course, Shio. My bad.
I actually lived in Brooklyn Heights for a few years. The walk was pretty nostalgic for me. I got to see a lot of new city improvements to the neighborhood. The new parks along the pier are beautiful, as was our late afternoon stroll through town under the shadows of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.
Shio’s dad Josh (left), and my cousin, also named Josh (right). All three of us paw-parazzied our way through the Heights. The batteries in my X100 were running low from shooting the High Line all morning, so I spent some time with my cousin’s Nikon D7000, which I used to take many of these images. Insanely good camera.
It was a hot day in New York. It wasn’t long before our double-coated furry friends started tiring. At times, Shio would just halt mid-walk and lay down. Had to carry him for a little:
…..and/or pamper him during his protests. Speaking of protests:
Shio: “No, humans! We MUST enter this here bakery!”
Shio: “Do you not want some freshly baked noms? Or A/C? What’s the matter with you people?!”
Don’t you just love Shiba smiles?
That’s one cool family right there. Make sure you check out Josh’s post about our meetup at the Shio Blog: Shio vs. Jonathan Fleming.
Nikon D7000 + Nikkor DX 35mm f/1.8G
Fuji X100 | 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800
This weekend we spent an entire morning walking along the beautifully designed High Line, an elevated park that runs through the west side of Manhattan. Arriving at the park’s Ganesvoort street entrance, I was very happy to see dramatic morning light sweeping across town.
The High Line was once an elevated rail system, supporting freight trains that ran cargo between warehouses and processing facilities in Manhattan’s meat packing district. It’s been several decades since the railway has been used for that purpose, but to preserve the structure as part of New York’s rich history, it was recently overhauled for reuse as a public park.
We arrived early enough to be among only people there in the morning, and it was so peaceful and serene:
Vendors were still setting up during sunrise. Blue Bottle Coffee? Yup, this was going to be a good day.
As we continued walking and shooting, people began trickling into the park, mostly runners as well as the occasional couple doing a photo shoot with their photographer. And speaking of photography, I couldn’t have asked for better morning light for photographs. There was brilliant light and shadow all over the place that morning.
I absolutely love the park’s design. The landscaping was inspired by the wild, self-seeded plant life that once grew on the High Line when it was no longer in use as a rail system. Parts of the original tracks have been reintegrated into the landscape, giving the park a sort of post-apocalyptic look, as if nature has claimed this part of the city as her own, though there is obviously a lot of control to the “chaos.”
Long, concrete “planks” form most of the High Line’s smooth walkways. Our walking progress was extremely slow as I was stopping just about every other second to take pictures. There’s just so much to photograph up there, and my camera was just loving the “wild nature meets man-made structure” theme that permeates the park and creates fascinating visual contrasts.
Speaking of the camera, these images are all from the Fuji X100. Compared to my DSLR, the X100 is just about weightless, and a joy to carry around and shoot with on the nearly 3 mile walk from one end of the park to the other and back.
Without my camera strap, I was fearing for my camera’s life a little here.
Another interesting, visually contrasting element of the park is the neighborhood it sits in. As you walk along, you see decades-old factories and housing mixed in with ultra-modern high rise buildings that run along the High Line’s path.
The park features a large public lawn, which was unfortunately off limits the day we visited. I love the viewing platforms that extend from the path, allowing me to basically step off the High Line to get a better view of the park, soak in sweeping views of the city’s skyline and buzzing streets, or people watch while kicking back on one of the many benches placed along the walkway.
Ok, so I think that’s enough yapping from me. I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story:
The High Line is a must see if you ever find yourself in New York City. I’m pretty sure it’ll be on my to do list every single time I visit!
Coming up, more posts from photo walks in NY over the weekend, meeting three amazing Shibas (well, technically four), and the best coffee I’ve ever had on the east coast, or possibly anywhere for that matter. Stay tuned!
Fuji Finepix X100: Provia Film Sim (JPEG output)
Black and Whites processed in Silver Efex Pro 2
Just another post with images from my short trip to New York last month. We stopped by 30 Rock and paid too much to head to the top and photograph the view. Sure was breathtaking from up there!
We got there at around 6:15pm which was only minutes before sunset. All I had to work with was city light and a dusky sky. No tripods allowed meant really high ISO shooting up there.
From the bottom of the rock looking up, and boy is it a long way up!
Bridget, always holding shopping bags. I’m sure there’s some camera equipment in that purse though. =)
The next morning it was coffee, camera, and walking the Brooklyn Bridge. I miss NY already! No exif data on these shots right now since I’m posting from work. =)
Camera Specs: Nikon D700 / Nikkor AFS 50mm f/1.4G / Nikkor AFS 16-35mm f/4 VRII / Nikkor 16mm f/2.8
Last week I spent a very busy few days in New York, shooting a wedding for a friend and hanging out with friends in Manhattan. Because of the wedding, I had a bag full of gear and lenses, including my new go-to utility zoom for travel and event photography: the Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII. I wrote a small post on my first impressions of the lens a little while back, but last week I really got a chance to leisurely shoot with it mounted on my D700 and get a better impression of how it performs in various circumstances. After taking it everywhere with me during the trip, I can say for sure that I love the 24-120. In short, it’s sharp, focuses fast, and has a focal range that keeps you ready for just about anything. While I did use many of my other lenses during the trip, I’ll keep a small sampling of images in this particular post focused on the 24-120 f/4.
At 24mm, you’re pretty wide on an FX camera. Great for shooting cityscapes:
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 24mm f/9, 1/320 second ISO200
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 24mm f/8, 1/640 second ISO200
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 24mm f/7.1, 1/200 second ISO200
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 24mm f/10, 1/250 second ISO200
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 24mm f/4, 1/60 second ISO1600
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 24mm f/10, 1/60 second ISO400
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 24mm f/6.3, 1/160 second ISO200
Images from the 24-120 have great contrast and depth.
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 24mm f/9, 1/320 second ISO200
Added vignetting in the image above. The lens does vignette at 24mm, but it’s easily correctable in post. I tend to add it anyway, so it doesn’t bug me a bit.
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 24mm f/5.6, 1/25 second ISO800
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 24mm f/4, 1/160 second ISO800
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 24mm f/4, 1/1250 second ISO1600
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 24mm f/4.5, 1/100 second ISO800
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 24mm f/5.6, 1/40 second ISO800
Can you tell I love that 24mm on the wide end? Probably why I keep begging the wife to let me pick up at 24mm f/1.4. In due time…. =)
Of course, it’s also nice to have that range all the way through 120mm in one constant aperture lens:
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 55mm f/4, 1/25 second ISO2000
Shooting static subjects at 1/25 or even lower throughout the range is no problem at all with VRII on board.
Taken blocks away from where I used to live in Brooklyn Heights. Wouldn’t you love to live on Love Lane?
Now for a few shots of people taken with the 24-120mm to further demonstrate its versatility as a mid-range zoom:
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 40mm f/4, 1/1000 second ISO1600
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 85mm f/4, 1/160 second ISO6400
The maximum aperture of f/4 is plenty fast for most instances, especially with the ridiculous ISO capability of the D700.
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 120mm f/4, 1/500 second ISO1600
Racking the lens out to 120mm gives you a good focal length for tighter portraits. Took the image above in our hotel room while the wife applied some makeup by the window.
The longer end also helps in catching fun expressions and moments at an event. Here’s an example from the wedding reception last weekend:
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 92mm f/4, 1/200 second ISO2000
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 24mm f/4, 1/40 second ISO2500
My cousin Josh, on the right, is out of focus here, but I wanted to use this shot to show how much environment you can show around your subjects with that 24mm wide end of the lens. Here are a couple more:
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 24mm f/4, 1/500 second ISO6400
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 24mm f/4.5, 1/80 second ISO1600
At f/4 your depth of field is still pretty shallow. Check out this shot my wife took of me in my favorite store ever, the B&H super store. I never go to NY without paying a visit there! Here I am playing with the incredible Nikon D3s (below). Not too randomize this post too much, but you can see that at f/4, the front element of that fat 24-70 is the only thing in the frame that’s in focus. Could be because the 24-70 is so stinking long =D
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 62mm f/4, 1/50 second ISO1600
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII at 110mm f/4, 1/80 second ISO800
Back out into the street. Again, the focal range is very flexible for dynamic environments like the streets of New York.
Alright, I only posted this image because if you go to New York, you MUST have a burger at Shake Shack. You MUST!!!
That’s all for now. Still rummaging through images I’ve taken with this lens and others, as well as all the wedding photos I took last week. Stay tuned for more!