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Photo by John-Paul Palescandolo

Saturday Sept 18 we will be running a photography field trip to Gleason’s Boxing Gym in Brooklyn and then afterwards touring the historic DUMBO district.  We will be posting photos at the end of the weekend from our adventures.  Be sure to check back soon!

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Awhile back, John-Paul Palescandolo, one of this site’s contributors went on a tour of some abandoned subway sections of New York City.  Becoming a member of New York Transit Museum is a great opportunity for those who have further interest in this area of history.

John-Paul ended up with a wonderful original capture of the main archway of the Old City Hall station stop, with all of the vibrantly-colored tilework, except for one problem – there was a wooden ramp in view, something that he had no control over.  Well, he did what any good photographer would do, which is try to get the best possible shot anyway.

Difficult lighting situation here – Canon EOS 5D using the Canon 24/1.4L @ ISO 400.  Image was captured hand-held at about 1/15 sec.
After the RAW processing, we come away with an image that is technically quite good.  Here you are:

Photo by John Paul Palescandolo

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A few days ago we worried that rain might wash out this annual Spring celebration at the Reeves Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ.  Dark gray clouds loomed in the sky for most of the day, and as 3 o’clock rolled around it didn’t seem to be getting any brighter out.  However, nothing short of rain was going to stop the forward progress of photographic education.  Members of our small group all trickled in by 3:30 or so and at around that time, the sun came out of hiding and offered more possibilities for talking about exposure, metering, composition and ISO options.  All in all, it was a great day for those who were involved and everyone went home with more experience and photographic knowledge than when arrived.  Look for more of these informal mini workshops that we offer.  All events are posted on this blog, so check back often!

Enjoy some photographs Kerry shot from Daffodil Day!

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The results of this day of shooting have been posted here

On Saturday I will be photographing some abandoned subway lines in the underground tunnels of Manhattan.  This should prove to be much fun and will push the Nikon D3 to perhaps its farthest limits yet.  I would imagine I will be shooting at atleast 3200, if not 6400 the entire time of my tour.  This test will be useful in determining D3 noise limits with great amounts of shadow detail, as well as lens limits with respect to coma, flare, ghosting, and sharpness at wide-open apertures.  The lenses I will be using are:

50 f/1.4
85 f/1.4
14-24 f/2.8

Also earlier that morning, I will be in and around the meat-packing district of New York City to photograph the goings-on of the early morning meat trade.  Perhaps we’ll see some interesting characters and faces, perhaps we’ll see into the open windows and doors of a number of the facilities.  A photo gallery of the weekend’s photos will be posted next week.

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Our October 12 photography workshop to the New York Cloisters in Fort Tryon park was a huge success.  We could not ask for a more perfect day with respect to weather, and our participant group was just the right size.  Some arrived early, and together we walked through part of Fort Tryon park to explore the morning light along the Hudson Valley ridge.  We found a small group engaging in Tae Kwon Do training and dogs out for their morning walks – all great photographic subjects in the soft early light.

At about 9:15AM we all met in front of the entrance to the Cloisters Museum, briefed everyone on some of the photographic concepts we would be working with throughout the day, and snapped a photo of our group, seen below.

Group shot of workshop participants

Group shot of workshop participants

The Cloisters is a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted entirely to the architecture and art of medieval Europe.  The museum itself is actually a composite of elements from 5 separate French medieval cloisters.  Sitting on 4 acres, including gardens designed and maintained according to medieval tradition, the building itself is a beautiful representation of Medieval style.  The museum sits within the larger Fort Tryon Park on the Hudson, just up river from the George Washington Bridge.

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Signs of fall are everywhere as the weather starts to cool, the leaves begin to turn and our local apples are in harvest.  In honor of these apple crops, Eric and I traveled up to Warwick, NY for the 20th annual Applefest.  Held the first weekend in October, Applefest is an event that draws thousands of people a year.  Warwick is located just 5 miles past the New Jersey/New York state line in Orange county (a little over an hour drive from Summit, NJ).

Warwick County Park

Warwick County Park, 6:45AM

Sunday morning at 5:30 AM saw us in the car and on our way.  Our initial plan had been to stop and photograph the sunrise, but it rained the whole drive up, only slowing to a mist as we entered town.  This is a good example of how technical knowledge combined with the right tools can allow you to capture great images when the elements are not ideal for photographing.  The weather at 6:30AM was damp and foggy as we hiked into the field in Warwick County Park, so tripods were a must for photographing in the low light.

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The end of the summer always seems to brings a flurry of “things I wanted to do this summer but haven’t done yet”.  Fall is fast approaching and whether it’s back to school, back to work or just the shortening of days it always feels like something has ended before it was really appreciated.  Well in my case, I realized that I hadn’t been for a day at the beach.  Now keep in mind, I’m originally from PA (which is land-locked) so a beach trip was a pretty consistent feature of my summers growing up.  Whether it was the Jersey shore or the beaches in Connecticut or Massachusetts (my parents are New England folk) a stay at the ocean was always a highlight.  So with my best friend, her convertible and some SPF 45, we were off for a day trip to Ocean City.
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