New York Daily Photo Blog

General
October 30, 2012

Sandy

 Lower East Side Con-Ed explosion.

Well, a little update for those interested. I'm not actually in NY, instead in Burbank, CA.  It sounds like the storm was extremely bad - bad enough for Cuomo to start talking about building Levees.  I wish I was there, particularly because my brother is housesitting my cat on the the lower east side with no power. The video above was our local power station. Looks like we'll be without power for a week. Subways will be out of commission for 4 or 5 days. And I can't imagine driving around lower Manhattan without power for the lights. And that huge fire in Breezy Point that destroyed 80 houses looked insane. People being rescued from rooftops in Staten Island.  New Jersey seems to have been hit much harder as well.

As always, I'm hoping the city will be able clean up this horrible event quickly and efficiently.  And if anything good comes out of this, it's that it will be the impetus to start planning to protect ourselves from these water surges in the future.  But it is nightmare for so many families, much more than just the power going out.

Anyway, I'm supposed to fly back on the redeye tonight. Not cancelled yet, but who knows. I'll either be the first one in or the last one cancelled.

If you're looking for photos, check out Gothamist NY and the NY Times.

 


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New York History, New York History
October 26, 2012

Big Nicks Diner

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4245/big_nicks.jpg

I grew up eating here.  One of the best diners in the city, and I'd think there are few places in the world that have as many items on the menu as Big Nicks.

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4247/big_nicks2.jpg

 


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General
October 25, 2012

Always connected

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4233/always_connected.jpg

1/500th at F14, ISO 1600 (24mm).

The look in the face says it all.  What do you think - wife or work?

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography
October 24, 2012

Trash and Architecture, Soho

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4231/trash_soho.jpg

1/500th at F8, ISO 800 (28mm).

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
October 22, 2012

Not In The Mood To Be Stared At.

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4229/im_not_in_the_mood_to_be_stared_at.jpg

1/320th at F5, ISO 1600 (28mm).

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography
October 19, 2012

84E

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4227/84E.jpg

1/60th at F2.8, ISO 1600 (55mm).

Sometimes I feel like the internet and its mass of photos and daily sharing has led people, me included, to want to capture these attention grabbing, magical, contrasty, colorful scenes where lots of things seems to be happening.  Those are the photos that get noticed the most, for obvious reasons.

Compare this to the last photo.  I personally like this one better.

Let's bring back the understated scene.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
October 18, 2012

Brooklyn Express

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4215/brooklyn_express-2.jpg

1/80th at F2, ISO 3200 (28mm).

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
October 17, 2012

Five Women, Subway

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4211/five_women.jpg

1/200th at F2.8, ISO 1600 (28mm).

New York is a city of women. To be more exact, it is a city of professional and fashionable working women.  In fact, according to the 2010 census, there are over 410,000 more women in the city than men.

 


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New York History, New York History
October 15, 2012

Old High Line

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4207/high_line.jpg

1/250th at F16, ISO 400 (35mm).

Got a chance to check out the final untouched section of the High Line yesterday, slated for construction in the next three months.  So expect some more of these photos mixed in over the next few weeks.

It's an interesting feeling photographing something that you know will disappear in the coming months.

This is one of those images that's much better viewed large.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography
October 12, 2012

Broken Dreams

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4199/broken_dreams.jpg

 1/25th at F5, ISO 1600 (28mm).

Those are lottery tickets stuck in a subway vent.

The city is a place of great fortune for some, but more often of broken dreams.

 


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