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November 30, 2012

Ice Skating at Night in Bryant Park

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4291/skating_in_bryant_park.jpg

1/20th at F4, ISO 1600 (24mm).

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
November 28, 2012

Red Hair, SoHo

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4287/tourists.jpg

1/500th at F9, ISO 800 (28mm).

Can't think of much to say about this one, except how truly awesome these guys are.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
November 27, 2012

Hollister

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4285/hollister.jpg

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

Continuing with the theme from yesterday.  I like the play here where the shopper almost looks like the mannequin and the model on the bag looks real.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
November 26, 2012

Hypnotize, SoHo

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4283/hypnotize.jpg

1/250th at F5, ISO 1600 (28mm).

Reminder: today is the last day of the Holiday Print Offer.

I'm spending most of the day printing today.  There are few things in this line of work more enjoyable than printing.  There's something so final about it; it's the last step in a long process.  And you get to blast music while you do it, so there's that too.  I generally don't listen to music when I work because of my ADD.  Music makes it a lot worse.

I think I'm going to be focusing a good amount on shoppers this month, since that is what Manhattan is all about in the month of December.  This capture was taken outside of the Vince Camuto store in Soho.  The man is part of a doorway video that they play on repeat of a man getting undressed with his Camuto accessories on (watch, necklace, belt, etc.).  It was hypnotic and there were a couple shots (especially where he's taking off his pants where you could see the hairline down to his junk) that were slightly inappropriate for a street corner.  Not that I'm a prude or anything, but for a store that is all about 'high-end' taste, it was so utterly lacking in any semblance of real taste.  It was the equivalent of the naked models that stand outside of the Hollister store.  But hey, I guess it works.

Anyway, there is about a 5 second duration in this 7 minute video where the model's eye looks back at the passersby.  It was the highpoint of the hypnotism and I wanted some interaction between the model and a person.  You can imagine how long it took waiting in the cold to get this.  Probably an hour, but I'm extremely happy with the result.  The pose of the shopper is minion-esque.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
November 21, 2012

It Never Ceases to Amaze Me

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4281/5th_avenue_42nd_street.jpg

1/500th at F11, ISO 800 (28mm).

It never ceases to amaze me the interesting people that you see here on a daily basis.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography
November 19, 2012

Construction, 42nd Street

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4275/construction.jpg

1/200th at F7.1, ISO 1600 (28mm).

It's pretty unreal what goes into creating a building of this size.  Sara's an urban planner, and from what I've seen, the hardest aspect of creating a building like this is the initial planning.  For some of the massive buildings, it can take 5-10 years, just for that.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, Architecture, Architecture
November 16, 2012

To The Top

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4271/race_to_the_top.jpg

1/250th at F6.3, ISO 400 (54mm).

  


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
November 15, 2012

Gecko

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4265/gecko.jpg

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


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
November 14, 2012

Brunch, East Village

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4263/brunch.jpg

1/200th at F6.3, ISO 400 (35mm).

Brunch is kind of a scene where we live.  Give me a bacon egg and cheese with ketchup and I'm a happy man.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
November 13, 2012

Flashdancers

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4261/flashdancers.jpg

1/800th at F9, ISO 800 (38mm).

It's been a busy last few months, between releasing and promoting the book, setting up this print offer, and juggling the regular photo jobs, but for the first time since January, I feel like I've finally caught up with it all. 

Nobody tells you this when you try to start a photography business, but it's really all about self-promotion.  I'm assuming that's the main constant with any business.  It can get hard to stomach sometimes, because you don't spend your free time as a photographer taking photos; you spend it promoting and trying to gain clients.  There's the work you do to make a living and then there's the work you do to get the work you need to make a living. There's ebbs and flows in this world and the focus of this past year for me has been dedicated to many things other than pictures. 

Although, with the amount of time I've spent shooting this year, I think I took a handful of shots that will stick with me, which is all that you can really hope for in any year.

I need to switch my focus.  2013 will be a year to focus on the photography.  I'm hoping to start it now.  I figure if I state that here then you'll hold me to it.

 


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