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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
May 31, 2011

Mothers, Great Jones Street

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1/320th at F5.0, ISO 200 (32mm)
 

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Central Park, Central Park, Pretty Things, Pretty Things
May 30, 2011

Sheep Meadow, Central Park South

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1/4 (tripod) at F8.0, ISO 100 (35mm)

Happy Memorial Day everyone!  Hoping you all have a wonderful summer!

 


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Vintage Photography, Vintage Photography, People, People
May 27, 2011

Vintage Friday - Uncle Johnny, Great Lakes Naval Station

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In honor of Fleet Week and Memorial Day, here is an old photo of my uncle Johnny.  Johnny was my grandfather's younger brother and was a long time Navy man.  The Great Lakes flag behind him refers to a U.S. Naval Station in Illinois where it looks like Johnny got his training.  (I'm assuming that this is his graduation photo.)  Johnny would go on to travel the world with the Navy and was always proud to be a Navy man.

Johnny was a hysterical man.  One of my earliest memories is of him telling me some anatomical things about women (which turned out to not be true).

Johnny died a couple of years back at 88, a few months after my grandfather passed away.  Sharp as a tack until the end, he lived about 2 blocks from my grandfather and they saw each other almost daily.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
May 26, 2011

Two Girls, Cooper Square

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1/250th at F10, ISO 400 (32mm)

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
May 25, 2011

Skater with Pizza, St. Marks

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1/640th at F4.0, ISO 800 (32mm) - Shot from hip

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, Architecture, Architecture
May 24, 2011

Tribeca Fire Escape

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1/250th at F6.3, ISO 400 (115mm)

I love old fire escapes, especially in black and white when you can see the age and wear in such a variety of tones.

In high school, we used to sneak around and drink on old rooftops and fire escapes such as this one.  Come to think of it, I should try to get back to some of these places with my camera.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
May 23, 2011

Counting Money outside of the Met

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 1/320th at F3.5, ISO 100

It looks like this vendor was doing pretty well for himself outside of the Met this Saturday.

We saw the Alexander McQueen exhibit and I'm still thinking about it.  I didn't know much about the man before, but looking closeup at his work and reading his quotes about the collections gave a glimpse into who he was.  There was an overwhelming feeling of this dark and brooding romanticism; It really got my emotions going.  It felt like one of the Victorian or Medieval exhibits, with these powerful and almost cursed women. Unfortunately, there was no photography allowed so I can't show you photos of it (and it was very crowded.)

If you go, take your time and read his quotes.


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Street Photography, Street Photography, Vintage Photography, Vintage Photography, People, People
May 20, 2011

Vintage Friday - Portraits in Front of Brick Walls

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Welcome to the first installment of Vintage Fridays.  Every Friday I will be posting vintage photos from my Grandparents' collection, along with some old city photos from the New York Public Library.

Today we're revisiting the family portraits taken in front of brick walls, which is apparently the most pleasing background that we can find here in the city (Just kidding, I love brick wall backgrounds!)  I fell in love with this photo above even though I have no idea who any of the children are.   I love the little coats and expressions.  I wish I could see their shoes.

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/2741/brick_wall_east_village_vintage_2.jpg

My mom and her best friend Bernice.  Love the gloves and little purses.  My mom seems to be going through a Hasidic hair phase.

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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
May 19, 2011

Crossing the Street, St. Marks

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1/320th at F5.0, ISO 400 (32mm)

I have started playing the game of how many faces can I get into a street photograph.  Here there are 6, which is decent, but I like how clear they are and the way the people are positioned.  If the two figures with their backs turned to us were facing forward then this photo would be epic.

Here's a fun trick: wait on a street corner with a lot of foot traffic.  Then when the light turns, walk directly through the middle of the crowd, even if there isn't an opening and take some shots with the camera on your chest (to keep it as candid as possible).

The hardest part is to stop moving long enough to take the shot.  I see people shooting street photography and they never stop when they take the shot.  It drives me crazy.  A lot of times something will happen so fast that you won't be able to stop moving, but in general you should try your hardest to be fully stopped when you take a photo.

And in crowded situations like this, that occasionally means people will bump into you from behind.   It's okay though, they will think you are a tourist.

On another note, tomorrow we will be starting Vintage Fridays.  I need an excuse to post more of these vintage photos, and I think that a dedicated day will be the best way to get me to do this.

 


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Architecture, Architecture
May 18, 2011

Grand Central Station Eagle

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1/500th at F9.0, ISO 100

I love the quality of the light here.  How it highlights the rim of the eagle and renders the background behind it dark.  There is an interesting contrast between the light bottom half of the photo with the dark top half and the streaks of light at the corners of the photograph add an interesting frame to keep the eyeballs in the center of the image.

 


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