Central Park with Clayton Morris from Fox News

Part 1 and 2 of the Fox Interview

Some of you may have seen this, but I am re-sharing, along with a newly published photo that I took on that day with Clayton! After this, Clayton and I got to be friends and he ended up coming to New Zealand… and he may be coming back again soon, I hope! :)

Daily Photo – Under the Bridge in Central Park

And here is one of the final images from the second video above…

Under the Bridge in Central Park

Under the Bridge in Central Park

Photo Information

  • Date TakenAugust 17, 2012 at 11:36am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Bryant Park in New York City

Five New eBooks to Enjoy!

Wow! The authors are really putting out amazing stuff over at Flatbooks.com ! I think you’ll be impressed at all the new work over there and you’ll learn a great many things. Here is a selection of some of the newer books that have recently launched! :)

Boneyardby Troy Paiva contains over 60 full sized and zoomable light painted night images, shot in two separate aircraft graveyards, “The Secret Boneyard” and “Aviation Warehouse.” 50 of these images have never been shown before. These are not outtakes or stiffs the author never bothered to do anything with. Half is a body of work from 2008 that has only now been allowed to be displayed publicly by the property owner. The others are a fresh set of A-list images shot in the summer of 2012.

 

 


Travel Photography Exposed by Mike Marlowe is a collection of thoughts, examples and practical tips on life as a roaming travel photographer. This is not an academic theory book; this is a collection of no-nonsense advice from a photographer that does this every day. More importantly, it’s about helping you to do the same. Whether it’s a one-off two-week trip or you want to live your life on the road, this ebook will help you get on the right path.

 

 

Seeing the Unseen – How to Photograph Landscapes at Night by Alister Benn is a complete guide to night photography. This book doesn’t just provide the photographer with a quick set of rule-of-thumb generalizations that make sweeping assumptions and teach you nothing; instead the author shows you how to assess the light that is available and make meaningful and breath-taking images as well as any professional.

This book is suitable for all levels of experience – leading the beginner through the fundamentals, but stretching the boundaries of very experienced night photographers with contemporary advanced techniques.

 

 

A first for Flatbooks – an in-depth video-only tutorial! From Scott Detweiler, author of Conceptual Portraiture comes an hour-long video called Creation of Succubuson creating his portrait titled The Succubus. Using Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4 we will step thought the complete workflow that was used to create this image from scratch.

 

 

At 3,310 meters, Cusco ranks within a thousand feet of the highest and most inhospitable cities on the planet – yet everyone from the millennia-old Killke culture to modern adventurers the world over has somehow made their way to this mountain Mecca. This book, The Travel Companion: From Cusco to Machu Picchuby Brian Hoffsis will take you on a journey through Peru from Cusco to Machu Picchu, with 48 photos and individual stories.

 

Daily Photo – Bryant Park in New York City

This is where I ended my walk with Luke that night in New York City. It was sort of a lazy, meandering walk… going here and going there. But my hotel was right by this park. I lament that I never got a shot inside the awesome library, but the tripod police were out in full force. I actually felt like I was in more danger there than in the middle of this New York City park in the middle of the night!

Bryant Park in New York City

Bryant Park in New York City

Photo Information

  • Date TakenAugust 16, 2012 at 9:43pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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New York City Bus

Another Favorite Photo from New York City

Here’s one of High Line Park that you might enjoy if you’ve never seen it! :)
HDR Photo

Daily Photo – New York City Bus

Here’s one of the first places I stopped during the New York City photowalk. Since I’m not from NYC, I really get excited about all these thing New Yorkers find quite banal. But I saw that big glass surface and all the reflections, so I got in close with the 14-24mm. I had to be fast… these busses don’t wait too long. I was never tempted to actually get in FRONT of the bus, however. I may not be from NYC, but I don’t have a deathwish while taking photos there! :)

New York City Bus

New York City Bus

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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Bryant Park in New York City

New eBook from Karen Hutton

You all surely know Karen by now, yes? If not, here’s a way to get to know her through her work. And yes, for those of you joining us for our New Zealand Photo Adventure, she’ll be along with us as one of the instructors – fun!

Grab the new eBook here!

* 104 gorgeously laid out pages, with 100 photographs and the mindflash stories that go with them.
* Kick back, relax and sink into a world of stunningly beautiful photography. Think “favorite picture book”, as you curl up by a cozy fire with a steaming mug of your favorite and most delicious beverage. Aaahhh.
* Experience the kind of escape normally reserved for vacation – at your fingertips in your everyday world.
* Take a moment to dream – to visit other worlds than your own – and imagine what YOUR best story could be.

From Karen:

“I wanted to create a book that evoked that childlike desire to soak in pretty pictures and a good story. In this case, about 100 stories. All very short. All designed to take you on a flight of fancy. Perhaps the sole outcome will be a simple joy. A few quiet moments to enjoy breathtaking places and soulful moments. Have your thoughts provoked a bit. Or perhaps as you are having fun with photo immersion, you’ll think of your own tall tales. Stories that lead you to see the world a little differently. Notice light in a new way. Awaken desires for more color in your life, more textures, deeper experiences. Let your heart speak. Perhaps for the first time.

“I/We” is an invitation to see, to experience, to imagine, to play.
A collection of some of my favorite photos and the sometimes soulful, often silly narrative that emerged in the course of their creation. All assembled and wrapped up in a beautifully designed package for you to enjoy in whatever way you wish.

My wish is that it makes you laugh, think, relax… and dream.”

Daily Photo – Bryant Park in New York City

I stayed in a cool hotel right next to this park. I’ve forgotten the name, but I found it with Hotel Tonight, which is a really cool iPad app you should get. Even better, the app has a lot of my photography in it… so it is even further recommended!

This park is very pretty and relaxing. It’s even busy deep into the night… and, it seems perfectly safe, which is always extra-charming to those of us that are not from New York. Going to a park at night in NYC is supposed to be a very scary thing!

Bryant Park in New York City

Bryant Park in New York City

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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Crossing the Street in New York City

That Look

Okay, so I’m not a cute girl, but I think I have something strangely in common with them.

As a dude, there are a myriad of things that go on inside the heads of females that will always remain a wonderful mystery. One if them is the inability to empathize with how a girl feels when a guy stares at them for too long. You know what I mean, right? I mean, I’m guilty of it too, of course. When a guy sees a cute girl, he looks for a little too long. It’s necessarily lecherous, but, you know, we just kinda look a bit too long. It’s hardwired into us.

Anyway, now that I’ve explained that, I can explain this other thing. So, I’m not REALLY famous… just kinda internet-famous and recognizable to a certain segment of the population. So, when I go out in public, I have the same situation as above. It’s not exactly the same, because people don’t look at me for cuteness-reasons… but mostly what happens is this. People stare at me because they “think” they recognize me, or maybe know me from somewhere. And they keep staring until they can work out who I am. Or maybe they do know who I am, but they just kinda look at me, wondering if they should come over to say hello.

And these are the kind of looks that last a little too long. It’s not really uncomfortable… that’s the wrong word… but there is some invisible wall of time that the stare crosses into, and you stay completely aware of it in your peripheral vision. Even when I’m not looking in that direction, my third eye still tells me they are watching me now and working things out. So, I don’t know why I just wrote so much about this phenomenon… it’s just interesting to me I suppose.

Daily Photo – Crossing the Street in New York City

This photo was taken very nearby the Grand Central Station photo I posted a few days ago. In fact, I think it’s just one block south!

While I was taking this, a gentleman-fan of the blog was giving me “that look”. After I was done taking the photo, I beckoned him over to say hello! He was very nice and we had a nice little talk. So, if you ever find yourself in this situation, just come over and say hello – I’m happy for it! :)

Crossing the Street in New York City

Crossing the Street in New York City

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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