Lights on WEST broadway

•September 14, 2008 • 1 Comment

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Ok – back from a summer hiatus.  This one was shot down in tribeca around worth and west broadway (looking up west broadway).  I just love the streets and sidewalks down in tribeca.  Everything just seems more spacious and there are never any crowds of people and that’s kinda what I wanted to show in this image.  Here’s the setup:  I shot at dusk instead of night.  I placed the camera on my improvised tripod, the ground, and set the focal length to 18mm to get that wide-angle look.  It took a couple tries to figure out the best exposure time but finally got it at 8 secs.  And of course, since it’s a long exposure, I used a remote to take the picture.

EXIF:

Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: 8 sec (8)
Aperture: f/22
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/6 EV
ISO Speed: 200

Map:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=40.7169,+-74.0086&ie=UTF8&z=16&iwloc=addr

Nice Curves

•June 6, 2008 • 3 Comments

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Downtown near all the courts, there is this federal building that has these really neat colorful curved park benches outside – You can get some really cool angled shots and the colors are just great!  Just try and be discrete if you get shots in of the building (it actually has some great lines and can also make some great photos) otherwise the security on detail will hassle you.

EXIF:

Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 10 mm
ISO Speed: 200

MAP:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=40%C2%B042’+56%22+N,+74%C2%B00’+11%22+W&ie=UTF8&ll=40.716054,-74.003048&spn=0.00888,0.01369&z=16&iwloc=addr

Empire State Bokeh

•May 23, 2008 • Leave a Comment

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I have to thank flickr user *Karo* for the title of this one.  Ok, if your gonna be shooting photos in new york you have to have at least one of the Empire State Building.  Since there are probably thousands of photos of the building why not get a little creative?  There are plenty of opportunities to do so down around Harold Square.  In this one, I was able to fit the sign and the building in the same shot, and threw the building out of focus to create some nice boheh.

EXIF:

Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/1.4
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0 EV

Map:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=40%C2%B045’+01%22+N,+73%C2%B059’+17%22+W&ie=UTF8&ll=40.751028,-73.988049&spn=0.008388,0.016179&z=16

Panning in Times Square

•May 14, 2008 • 3 Comments

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Ok – I know, I know… Times Square?  Not very interesting.  BUT, I think it’s one of the best places to take some great panning shots of NYC cars, bikers, those bicycle-rickshaw things, etc.  The reason is because this place has LOTS of neon lights that add some great color to your background blur when panning.  I’ve tried other places, but for me, this is the place that adds that extra bit of pizzaz to your panning photos.

EXIF:

Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: 0.1 sec (1/10)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 10 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Exposure Bias: 0 EV

Map: Panning in Times Square Photo Location

Classic Cars in DUMBO

•May 5, 2008 • 1 Comment

There is this auto repair shop down in DUMBO across the street from Grimaldi’s Pizza that has a bunch of really spiffy classic cars: Thunder Birds (above picture), Jaguars, and others.  It’s a real gem of a place that doesn’t seem like it’s open on the weekend (when I took my shots) so you can get some really close shots without anyone hassling you.  What’s REALLY cool is that you can even get some Brooklyn Bridge reflection shots on the cars themselves.  Check this one out.  Neat hu?  So try to get down there right before sunset, and then head over to Grimaldi’s for dinner afterwards!

EXIF:

Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/4.2
Focal Length: 32 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Exposure Bias: 0 EV

Map:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=40%C2%B042’+08%22+N,+73%C2%B059’+39%22+W&ie=UTF8&z=16&iwloc=addr

Reeds along River Side Park South

•May 2, 2008 • Leave a Comment

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originally uploaded by mr.patrick.

This one is taken along the hundson river at River Side Park South – this is probably my favorite park along the Hudson River.  It offers some GREAT photo opts, not only of reeds and trees, but also some really interesting old Rusty & Crusty structures that jet out into the river.  For this shot, I was looking for backlit views from a different perspective.  Upon arriving I noticed this small field of 1-2 ft reeds just jetting out of the ground so I put my camera in Live View mode and took a couple shots from the ground.  I think the reeds came out pretty cool, but the sun is a bit harsh.  Anyways, there are plenty of interesting angles to shoot and the reeds can add some interestingness to your photos.  I’ll definitely be coming back here to shoot some more.

EXIF:

Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: 1/8000 sec
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 10 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0 EV

Map:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=40%C2%B046’+34%22+N,+73%C2%B059’+30%22+W&ie=UTF8&ll=40.776788,-73.991675&spn=0.008514,0.016973&z=16&iwloc=addr

Down Under The Brooklyn Bridge (Manhattan Side)

•May 1, 2008 • 2 Comments

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originally uploaded by mr.patrick.

Ok, this was was taken on a cold, rainy day down near the sea port underneath the FDR drive, in a parking lot.  There is this nice little pathway/park just past this parking lot where I was taking some shots.  There is also a little lookout point where you can get slightly closer to the bridge.  As I was leaving however, I took a look back and noticed the framing from the parking lot.  I tried a few shots and got lucky when that person with the umbrella came into frame.  I took it using my wide-angle, but there might be some cool shots to be had at different focal lengths and at different angles.  If your on the manhattan side, this is a nice place to shoot the bridge.

EXIF:

Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 10 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0 EV

Map:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=40%C2%B042’+28%22+N,+73%C2%B059’+60%22+W&ie=UTF8&z=16&iwloc=addr

Battery Park Sunset

•April 30, 2008 • Leave a Comment

DSC_2453, originally uploaded by mr.patrick.

For my first post, I’d like to show a classic example of what I’ve been figuring out, shooting in the city over the past couple months. A lot of times I’ll go out looking to take a specific shot, but upon getting there and taking a couple, the shots seem boring or uninteresting. In this case, I was down in Battery Park. It was for my weekly challenge group on flickr and this week’s topic was “Sunset”. I was going to take the classic statue of liberty in front of a sunset shot along the hudson river but then noticed this interesting monument (The American Merchant Marine Memorial) along the waters edge. It seemed to make a much more interesting and dramatic photo. I waited to sunset was almost over and came out with this shot.

EXIF
Exposure: 0.067 sec (1/15)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 10 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: -1 EV

Location:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=40%C2%B042’+14%22+N,+74%C2%B01’+03%22+W&ie=UTF8&z=16&iwloc=addr

Welcome!

•April 30, 2008 • 1 Comment

Hi! The purpose of this blog is to keep notes on shots I’ve taken as well as inform people where they might want to take some cool shots or get some good ideas for photos to shoot (pretty much in and around new york city). I’ll post as much information as possible including map links (so you can find the location where applicable) and EXDIF data.  Enjoy!