Thursday, March 26, 2015

Looking at YOU Part 2

Continuing from yesterday's theme, here's a few more shots from my walk on Tuesday. All shot with the 10-24mm f4 lens. Once again, catching the expressions of the people as they realize they're being photographed.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Looking at YOU

Lately I've been taken with getting a shot of a person engaged in some activity or just in concentration who suddenly becomes aware that I'm pointing the camera at them. It results in interesting, if sometimes hostile, facial expressions. To be effective and really be able to get in close to capture the moment, wide angle lenses are the best.

I've been dithering about which lens to take  on my upcoming trip, the 14mm f2.8 or the 10-24mm f4 zoom. The only advantages the zoom offers is flexibility and the widest possible focal length. The fixed lens adds an extra stop of light, and is much sharper and lighter. I took the zoom with me on this walk just to see how much I took advantage of its flexibility. The only time I took a picture at 10mm was when the lens was set there and a shot popped up in front of me too quickly for me to zoom out and reframe it. Otherwise, 14mm was plenty wide enough. My favorite Fuji lens is the 16-55mm f2.8 zoom, which is plenty wide and with the added 2mm of the 14mm lens for super tight spaces in the Old City of Jerusalem I'll have all that I need.

Just can't beat a very wide focal length for the busy streets of New York.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

An Old Negative

While digging through my boxes of b/w silver prints from decades ago, I came across some shots that I hadn't remembered making or printing. I had to hang a bunch on my wall to live with for a while. This shot was one of them. Taken with a Leica M6, 21mm lens, Fuji Neopan 400 film, and printed in my wet darkroom in 1994.

The group at the time was called Solo and they hung out on West Broadway in SoHo when the neighborhood was just emerging from it's long history of being blue-collar and warehouses. I've seen this group go through various incarnations over the years, and some of them still perform DooWop music in SoHo on Spring Street. You can catch them usually on Saturday and/or Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

And one more thing .....

Okay. this is totally non-photographic, so don't read any further if that's what you're looking for. The name of the blog is, after all, The World as I see it!

I couldn't be more pleased with the results of the Israeli elections. And I couldn't be happier to see that our illustrious president got his butt handed to him for all his supposed meddling in the election process of a sovereign state. Now maybe Mr. Obama should just do his job for the remainder of his term by seeing to the myriad of difficulties that need resolving in the United States, and stop trying to solve everyone else's problems. I'm sure he believes that if only everyone would behave the way he sees fit, the world would be a better place. But I learned quite some time ago from my Twelve Step brothers, that's just not the way the World works. And acceptance is the key - to everything.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Still Practicing

I'm working on this learning curve for the XT-1, 16-55mm combo. Some days I can do no wrong, other days everything sucks. One thing for sure is: the more I work it, the less un-sucky the pics get.
Today was not a banner day for me, but still got a few good shots.

When I saw this guy walking up Fifth Avenue, I immediately thought of my old friend and bandmate Steve Arkin, banjo virtuoso. I wonder why ...

I wonder what this guy did that made him look so guilty:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

International Womans Day Pt. 2

Continuing with the thread of yesterday's post, here's a collection of photos of the actual march of people with signs.

I found a lamppost on Broadway, pushed a trash bin up next to it and climbed up to get a good angle.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

XT-1, 16-55mm, International Woman's Day

March 8th was International Woman's Day. I'm not one for large crowds of people, they kind of freak me out, but I thought it would be a good photo opportunity to work some of the winter acquired rust off my brain shutter finger. I did a lot of this stuff for years. Squirming my way through the crowd of photographers, all trying to get the same shot, just to get a good angle. Running backwards at the head of the parade while trying to get some interesting shots of the marchers and avoid tripping over the cops (who constantly reminded me to keep moving). I remembered very quickly why it was that I disliked that work so much.

But at the rally near the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, thousands of people (mostly women) gathered to listen to some speakers and form up for the march. It was a great opportunity to mix with the crowd and shoot. I filled up an entire 16g SD card (about 400+ RAW images), and by the end of the afternoon I was buzzed.

I split the images into two groups (for no reason other than I didn't want to post them all on one day): head/portrait shots and shots with banners and signs. The second group will be in my next posting. Some interesting juxtapositions there.