New York Daily Photo Blog

Street Photography, Street Photography
July 26, 2012

Gowanus Fire Hydrant

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4061/gowanus-1.jpg

1/200th at F5, ISO 200 (40mm).

Here's an interesting example regarding how light can transform a scene.  I was lucky to be stuck in this area of Gowanus for a few hours a couple days ago and there was about a 5 minute period where the lighting happened to be perfect.  It was right at the moment where the sun first rose over the building in the background and backlit a few of the front plants but nothing else - it added a kiss of depth, variance, and shine to the plants and the photo in general. 

No direct sun and this scene would have worked but wouldn't have had shine and depth.  All sun and there wouldn't be any variance to the plants and they would have been too bright in relation to everything else in the frame.

 


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New York History, New York History, Architecture, Architecture
July 26, 2012

Grand Central Station and Chrysler Building

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4045/grand_central_station_and_chrysler_building-3.jpg

3.2 Sec at F16, ISO 400 (17mm TS-E).

I was excited when I came across this classic New York scene and saw the ladder and all of the workers milling about.  It's one thing to take classic architectural shots of the city, but it's a completely different thing to be able to include the workers that built (well not these workers specifically) and now maintain these massive structures on a daily basis.  These grand structures are a reflection of the people that created them.

Also, a single star (or planet) in the sky.  A rare site to see in NY.  Thought it was a dead pixel on my monitor at first.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
July 24, 2012

Traveler, 34th Street

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4053/34th_street.jpg

 1/400th at F8, ISO 1600 (17mm).

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
July 19, 2012

Seductress, 34th Street

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4051/seduction_42nd_street.jpg

1/320th at F16, ISO 800 (17mm TS-E).

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
July 18, 2012

Rucker Park, Entertainers Basketball Classic

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4007/rucker_park.jpg

I'll admit it, I've got a crazy huge basketball obsession, so I was super excited when I got to photograph the Entertainers Basketball Classic at the famed Rucker Park in Harlem last night, featuring a couple of NBAers and a quick appearance by Nas.  If you're a basketball fan then this is the place that you need to make a pilgrimage to.

Here are a few fun photos from the night.

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4009/rucker_park-2.jpghttp://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4011/rucker_park-4.jpghttp://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4013/rucker_park-5.jpghttp://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4015/rucker_park-6.jpg
http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4017/rucker_park-7.jpg
http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4021/rucker_park-8.jpghttp://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4023/rucker_park-10.jpghttp://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4025/rucker_park-12.jpghttp://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4027/rucker_park-11.jpghttp://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4029/rucker_park-13.jpghttp://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4031/rucker_park-15.jpghttp://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4033/rucker_park-16.jpghttp://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4037/rucker_park-14.jpghttp://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4039/rucker_park-2-2.jpg

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
July 16, 2012

Gold Performer, Times Square Subway Station

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4005/street_performer_times_square_subway_station.jpg

1/40th at F9, ISO 3200 (17mm TS-E).

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People, Architecture, Architecture
July 13, 2012

Once a Lion, New York Public Library

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/3993/once_a_lion.jpg

4 sec at F16, ISO 200 (17mm TS-E).

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/3999/new_york_public_library.jpg

4 sec at F16, ISO 200 (17mm TS-E).

My favorite NY building (besides the Chrysler Building.)

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
July 11, 2012

Glance, 34th Street

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/3991/glance.jpg

1/320th at F11, ISO 800 (17mm *Tilt-Shift Lens). 

Rented the Canon 17mm Tilt Shift Lens for an architectural job tomorrow and of course had to try it out for some late afternoon street photography.  No distortion at 17mm, which was amazing, but it was a bear to zone focus accurately with.  To be honest, if I owned this lens I would want use it a good amount, except for the fact that the glass is completely unprotected in the front.

Anyway, I know people want to know more technically about these shots, as I get asked a good amount to write more about that stuff on this blog, but sometimes I don't like to do it with certain photographs, especially the ones with feeling and impact.  When it comes down to it, it doesn't matter what lens, camera, or perspective you use.  What matters is the powerful look in the eyes of this girl and her brother and the lighting and that's really it.  Don't over-complicate things.  You need to learn the technical stuff, but if you're out there thinking about which focal length to use, blah blah blah, you're gonna miss these moments as they only happen for a fraction of a second.  Pick a focal length for the day and then forget about it.

It's more important to focus on the people and surroundings than on the camera.

 


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Architecture, Architecture
July 10, 2012

8 Spruce Street and Manhattan Municipal Building

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/3987/8_spruce_street_manhattan_municipal_building.jpg

1/200th at F14, ISO 400 (43mm).

I love contrasting the old iconic New York architecture with the new iconic architecture, both ornate in their own ways.  Although these days it's tough to take an architecture shot without capturing that contrast.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
July 09, 2012

Bride and Father, City Clerk's Office

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/3973/bride_and_father_city_hall.jpg

This stark room at City Clerk's Office, where people take portraits in front of a large photo of City Hall after they have just been married, just fascinates me.  It feels so strange.

 


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