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.
Central 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.
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.
Football is played during fall and winter yet people are wondering why is Super Bowl XLVIII being held in New York City. Well, football is a cold weather sport even though all the teams are not in cold weather states. Embrace the new and broaden your horizon. A little cold is good. Come! Furthermore, there is no place like New York City where you can have fun and be part of the Super Bowl spirit even if you do not have a lot of money to attend the expensive special events.
I was out yesterday getting photographs for my magazine and the city is definitely ready. I took a walk down Super Bowl Boulevard and despite the cold weather, preparations were in full swing. In Times Square, Fox Sports were busy setting up their broadcast booth and they had a good crowd looking on. Macy’s in Herald Square at 34th Street and Broadway (this is where Super Bowl Boulevard begins) is all decorated with life size NFL statues and on the 4th floor, it is all about the Super Bowl. This is where you get the official Super Bowl XLVIII gear, trading pins, posters and you will also have the opportunity to take your photo with celebrities.
This is New York City, this is the city that never sleeps, and as one sign on a football said, “SNOW, SLEET or HAIL MARY!” Yes, people of the world, come to New York City and New Jersey (yes, Met Life Stadium is in New Jersey) and enjoy the best Super Bowl ever. It is going to be epic and you want to be here.