I’ve made a decision to blog a few less days a week. I was starting to feel as though my work was forced and hurried and I just didn’t feel comfortable with sharing hurried work. My schedule has become hectic, especially as the portrait side of my business is starting to move forward. I still have a strong passion for landscapes and cityscapes, but learning portraits and doing studio work has really sparked another creative chord in my brain. The portrait and studio have given me a better understanding of light and how to control it, whether it is artificial light or natural light it’s all the same concepts. Once you learn to control light then you can use that to make great photography.
I’ve also learned to be more detailed in reviewing my photographs. Photos for the web don’t necessarily translate to images that show well on a 60″ X 40″ metal print. I never thought I would ever be the one manipulating pixels at 1000%, but sometimes it makes all the difference in the world in a large print hanging over someones couch. It’s given me a different perspective when I publish images on my blog. My photography is creating memories and smiles for people and that’s what truly drives my passion.
Last week I had the opportunity to visit New York City again. I always enjoy traveling to New York. I don’t have to rent a car and visiting sites is just a short walk, subway ride or taxi ride to my destination.
I made the short trek over to Brooklyn one evening and down along the banks near Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights there are pilings along the pier. The sun was setting, but still enough light for me to use my B+W 10-Stop filter to smooth out the water. The added benefit was that the filter gives a warm hue to images. This gave the water of the East River and the Manhattan Skyline a warm sunset glow while creating drama in with the clouds in the sky.
If you ever get to New York City, take a short walk over the Brooklyn Bridge or one of the subway trains to Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. The neighborhood is clean and has plenty of local restaurants, fantastic park and pier area and to top it off, one of the best views of the Manhattan Skyline.
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
- Filter: B+W 77mm #110 Solid Neutral Density (ND) 3.0-1000x Filter (Single Coated)
- ISO: 100
- Focal Length: 24 mm
- Aperture: f/8
- Shutter Speed: 25 sec.
- Post Processing: Apple Aperture 3 – sharpen, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4