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Photographer, trained teacher and Social Worker, author, advocate.

Fall Photography 2014

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Fall is finally here and everyone is probably asking, “where did summer go?” Well, it is gone until next year. The seasons teach us so much about our own lives. We have to enjoy each season of our lives. Sometimes it will be summer and all is well, no tears, no sadness, all is great, and then things take a turn and all is gloomy and grey like today in New York City, but just go through the process and you will be just fine.

Just like we have to embrace the Autumn season or move somewhere else, we also have to embrace the season we are in and go through it. Seasons come to go. Summer does not last all year round, at least not in New York. So, since Autumn is here and we can at least see the beautiful splendor of our planet, grab a camera and let the road trip begin. You can enjoy the Autumn (Fall) season by capturing breathtaking photographs. Here are five tips to get started.

Reflection in Green
Reflection in Green

Tip #1- You need a real camera. Not a cellphone camera or an iPad mini. A real camera. It can be a point and shoot or fancy and expensive camera. All the major manufacturers have great cameras for under $200.00.

Tip #2 Get a tripod. it does not need to be expensive, it just need to be able to hold the weight of your camera. You can get one at Best Buy or PC Richards or any camera store for under $30.00.

Tip #3. Get at least two 8GB Memory cards. I prefer two memory cards more than one because of something happens to one you do not lose all your images. I photograph in RAW format and an 8 GB card can give me 400 images.

Tip #4 Do not leave our camera at home. The best camera is the one you have with you.

Tip #5 Go out everyday and take some photos and come back and print even one and hang it on your wall or use them for holiday postcards. If you just step outside your door you will see a tree with beautiful colors. Take the picture.

 

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Summer in the City

New York City is busy all the time, but in the summer, there is a ton of activities to be involved in.  The sights and sounds of summer in New York City is just amazing.  If you have not yet experienced it, please, park the car, get on the subway and just take it all in.

 

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The Doorman
The Doorman
Time and Temperature
Time and Temperature

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Lunch on the Tavern
Lunch on the Tavern
A Safe Place
A Safe Place
Making a Splash
Making a Splash
Birds of a feather
Birds of a feather
Oak Bridge
Oak Bridge

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Poland
Poland
The Pond
The Pond

 

A Walk In The Park

CityscapeCentral Park is an amazing place to get great landscape photographs.  I was just out strolling one day with my camera and two lenses and decided to turn in to Central Park and what an amazing time I had. The green in the trees and grass is so rich and if you just look around you can get a shot like this one. Wen taking photographs of popular places the only way for your photo to be unique is to stand at a different point from where everyone else is standing. If you follow this one technique, you can photograph the same location and your photos will look different. Try it. Look where everybody is standing and stand at a different angle.

A Day In Central Park

A view of Manhattan from Central Park
A view of Manhattan from Central Park
The Great Lawn
The Great Lawn

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The Theatre in Central Park
The Theatre in Central Park
The Pond
The Pond
Fun on the Great Lawn
Fun on the Great Lawn
Another view from Central Park
Another view from Central Park
Overlooking the Park
Overlooking the Park
Manhattan Skyline
Manhattan Skyline
The Castle
The Castle
Belvedere Castle
Belvedere Castle

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Turtle Pond
Turtle Pond
The Belvedere Castle
The Belvedere Castle
Turtle Pond
Turtle Pond
Turtle Pond
Turtle Pond
Reflection in Blue
Reflection in Blue
Reflection in Green
Reflection in Green
Belvedere Castle
Belvedere Castle
Central Park - So Green
Central Park – So Green
Across The Pond
Across The Pond
Calming Waters
Calming Waters

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The Pond
The Pond
Poland
Poland
A view of Belvedere Castle
A view of Belvedere Castle
Beautiful Rose
Beautiful Rose
Shakespeare Garden
Shakespeare Garden

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The Bridge
The Bridge
Oak Bridge
Oak Bridge
A Lakeview
A Lakeview
Lakeview
Lakeview
Boatingon the lake
Boatingon the lake

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Oak Bridge
Oak Bridge

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Lookout
Lookout
Solitude
Solitude
Serenity
Serenity
Birds of a feather
Birds of a feather
Reflections
Reflections
Reflections
Reflections
Boating on the lake
Boating on the lake
Retreat
Retreat
Making a Splash
Making a Splash
A Safe Place
A Safe Place
Bridge over Calm Waters
Bridge over Calm Waters
Dramatic
Dramatic
Boating
Boating
Fun on the lake
Fun on the lake
Water Sports
Water Sports

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The Canopy
The Canopy

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CNN
CNN
Time and Temperature
Time and Temperature
Tavernon the Green is Back
Tavernon the Green is Back
Tavern on the Green
Tavern on the Green
Lunch on the Tavern
Lunch on the Tavern
The Doorman
The Doorman

Graduation Class of 2014: Photography Tips

Class of 2014
Class of 2014

It is time for graduations all over the country. Almost every parent, family and friend will be armed with a camera to take photos. You have some options in the matter. Most colleges hire a photography studio to take the photos and the studio then sells the photos to the graduates in packages. Personally speaking, I think you only need two- one receiving your diploma and the other with you in front of the flag. The other option is for you to hire a photographer.

Based on my perspective of graduations, the day is really about the graduate and those who helped them realize their dream. So the real photos are those after the ceremony. The photos with mom, dad, grandma and grandpa and all the others who helped the graduate over the two, four, seven or ten year journey. Two or three sometimes up to four friends can come together and hire a photographer who will capture the photos with the family and friends. From years of doing this- I can tell you it is priceless. The other option is to have your camera with you and take selfies or ask your friends to take your photos.

If you insist on doing it yourself or asking relatives make sure they have a zoom lens. A lens than can zoom up to 300feet away is a good start because they probably will not get close to the stage. Don’t just focus on you, get photos with your friends, professors, get the location of the ceremony. Get signs showing the college, school etc. Get a wide angle lens for the broad perspective. Make sure you get the family photos with grandma and grandpa.

If you have a lunch or dinner afterwards, keep your graduation gown and cap on. You do not graduate everyday- celebrate the moment. Then print your photos, don’t just post the photos to social websites. Most local pharmacies have printing kiosks and you can even email your photos and pick up your prints afterwards.

Congratulations to the graduclass of 2014.