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The photograph seen below which was used in a feature article on this blog a few months ago, ‘Abandoned City Hall Station‘ has been, among other images taken by John-Paul Palescandolo and myself, used in a Yahoo News Story. Additionally, the Huffington Post has run a similar article where we supplied additional photos to help expand the breadth of the viewer experience.

 

 

Photo by John Paul Palescandolo & Eric Kazmirek

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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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Been awhile since we’ve been posting photos of the week.  We’ve been quite busy lately and the blog posting has suffered from that.  We’re trying to find the time.  We have tons of stuff to post – wedding shoots, bat mitzvah shoots, tech articles, film vs. digital shootout reviews- but so little time to do it! Bear with us.

Nikon D3      Nikon 35mm f/2      ISO-Auto @ 2800

Taken in the New York subway on the evening of my bachelor party. October 17, 2009

Nikon D3                              Nikon 35mm f/2                        ISO-Auto @ 2800

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A Gallery of Images from the Kaz Arts

Coney Island Field Trip on February 8, 2009

We had a great turn-out of people and gorgeous weather, which only caused one problem – Coney Island was less-abandoned than we hoped for!
But that was no matter, we became flexible, shifted gears, and focused on environmental portrait photography.  Click on the image preview to enlarge.

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Panasonic LX-3 (aka Leica D-Lux 4)

Panasonic LX-3 (aka Leica D-Lux 4)

Over New Year’s Eve I had the opportunity to take a Panasonic Lumix LX-3 out and about with us for a night on the town. The particular details of the evening would be a bit verbose for our purposes here, so we’ll just cut to the chase and start talking about my experience with this camera. There were a couple of features that attracted me to the Panasonic LX-3. First, it has a an extrermely wide angle lens for a camera of its class. Most point and shoot digitals have a 38mm wide lens, some have a 28mm, but very, very few have anything wider than that. The LX-3 has a 24mm wide angle lens, with a 2.5x zoom which brings it focal length out to roughly 60mm. Second, the f/stop on the lens is quite remarkable for a camera of its type, opening up to a maximum of f/2.0 when at its widest angle. Third, the LX-3 offers a pop-up flash which is far more effective for red-eye reduction than any flash built directly into the body. I also fashioned a custom diffusion dome for this flash which can be seen further below in this review. Last, and certainly not least, the LX-3 offers the RAW file format as one of the options for image recording format. This provides distinct advantages to point & shoots that do not offer this, as white balancing, noise reduction, and sharpening can become very problematic if left to the automated image processing systems within the cameras. Read the full story below. (more…)

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On November 1st, one of my clients and I took a day to photograph in New York City.  We took the train, arriving at 7:30 AM, and headed for the meat packing district.  We timed the morning light perfectly and had  great shooting light until about 1 o’clock due to the huge cloud following the sun through the sky making a giant softbox for us.

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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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