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

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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

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The Movie Set of New York City

Paris Shot How To

I’ll be in Paris in just a few weeks for the workshop at the chateau (see the Photography Workshop Schedule)! Here is a video that I made during my last trip to Paris that you might enjoy if you have not already seen it…

Tanya Rochat’s Digital Castles

Tanya Rochat’s new eBook, Digital Castles, is insanely cool. Even if you think “I can’t do that!” I invite you to get into the book anyway. No doubt you will discover many new tricks in post-processing that you can re-use in your own craft.From the description:

A matte painting is a painted representation of a landscape, set, or distant location that allows filmmakers to create the illusion of an environment that would otherwise be too expensive or impossible to build or visit. Historically, matte painters and film technicians have used various techniques to combine a matte-painted image with live-action footage. At its best, depending on the skill levels of the artists and technicians, the effect is “seamless” and creates environments that would otherwise be impossible to film.

Daily Photo – The Movie Set of New York City

I shot this from the Google offices in Manhattan a few weeks ago. Luke and I ended up staying up late at the offices, and we wanted to wait until the sunset rolled through… and when sunset finally came, we discovered that we could not even go outside! All the windows and doors had been nailed shut by security, so there was no chance of getting out. Instead, I had to commandeer a conference room and turn out all the lights so I could get a clean shot out the window.

Over on the left side, you can just see the edge of the Brooklyn Bridge.

New York City Downtown

The Movie Set of New York City

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Park and East 42nd in New York City

One Billion Means

My friend Pedram Keyani convinced me to share this… FB contacted me for a little interview before they announced they had one-billion users. I guess they plucked out this quote and used as part of their announcement. Here is my Facebook Page in case you are not already a friend or subscriber! (sorry I maxed out around 5K friends a while ago… they seem to start to throttle at 4,500 or so).

HDR Photo

Daily Photo – Park and East 42nd in New York City

The evening after the big NYC photowalk, I decided to go off on my own and do a bit of shooting. Well, I wasn’t totally on my own. Luke (from here at SIC) was there with me. He was taking mobile-phone photos of me while I was shooting away… a lot of them made their way to the aforementioned Facebook, so I’m sure you can root around in there and see some! :)

Park and East 42nd in New York City

Park and East 42nd in New York City

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The Stars Above Grand Central Station

Your Worst Tripod Story?

I have a few… the one below is not one of the better ones, btw.. but what are yours?

Daily Photo – The Stars Above Grand Central Station

I took this photo a few moments before getting kicked out for using a tripod. They said I could go sign up for a permit, but I told them I could not be bothered. I wasn’t mean about it, just sort of matter-of-fact. I asked if women with strollers needed to get a permit or men with canes, and they said of course not.

I would like to make a tripod that attached to a baby stroller. In fact, instead of the baby, I could put all my camera gear down there. So it could be a rolling camera-bag-stroller with tripod attachment. It would look crazy, but it would be kind of awesome too.

Grand Central Station New York City

The Stars Above Grand Central Station

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  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
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