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Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by Ray Sachs, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I've been in NYC since last Thursday, staying until this coming Saturday. My wife was here for the first 5 days - the weather was beautiful for much of that and we had a great time but photography wasn't real priority. I'm solo since Monday afternoon but the weather hasn't been great and I'm not feeling it. I'll shoot for a while, but then duck into a movie or museum or something. The street shooting is really limited - when it's cold there's a lot less interaction on the streets and more heads down, pushing toward a destination. I've done some, but not a lot. I've used a combination of the Canon G7X, Nikon Coolpix A, and Df, depending on what I feel like shooting and carrying any given morning... Very happy to say the little Canon is getting it's share of shooting time and is acquitting itself really well - not as good in terms of IQ, but in terms of getting the shot, damn near ANY shot - it's a real pleasure to shoot with.

    Anyway, here's a set of what I've got so far, with a bit more to come over the next couple of days:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/20889767@N05/sets/72157651361160717/

    And a sampling:

    16875638399_f87ed65f21_h. NYC - day 5-227-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    NYC - day 5-340-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    16428114043_407dfa649e_h. NYC - day 4-65-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    The ultimate cliche shot of the Brooklyn Bridge, but I dare you to walk across it with a camera in your hand and NOT take one or two of these...
    [​IMG]The ultimate cliche shot of Brooklyn Bridge by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    16862048899_f7250db9d9_h. NYC - day 4-54-Edit-2 by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    And some street stuff:

    17061959625_8f397f50e4_b. NYC - day 5-88-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    [​IMG] 16817362397_e8c4900358_h. NYC - day 2-89-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    16812738447_fb5a1c10ce_h. NYC - Letterman trip-13-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    16832609680_8151886dfc_b. NYC - Letterman trip-32-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    [​IMG]NYC - day 5-136-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    17061166831_6e7a129658_b. NYC - day 5-43-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    I may add something here in the next few days... Or not, depending on how the next couple of days go. But I seem to just be enjoying the city for the city rather than primarily as a photographic endeavor this trip...

    -Ray
     
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  2. The Smoking Camera

    The Smoking Camera SC Regular

    68
    Oct 20, 2013
    Hawaii
    Joe Marquez
    Wonderful images Ray. We might have been in the city at the same time!
     
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  3. Very nice shots.
     
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  4. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    You just can't NOT take that shot on the bridge. I know the feeling. It's pointed right at you, screaming your name.
     
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  5. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    I've done the cliche Brooklyn Bridge photo! Sigh ....
     
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  6. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

    558
    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    Me too, while nearly being knocked over by the cliché irate New York cyclist.

    -R
     
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  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    great set as always. Your Brooklyn Bridge shot reminds of a favorite old song lyric ...... "I'm not above clichés tonight"
     
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  8. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Tried to check out the interior of the Guggenheim today, but somehow they picked Thursday, of all days, as the one day of the week to be closed!? So I walked back down the street to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and spent a few hours wandering around that massive museum. Some of the architecture is pretty cool, as is a lot of the art!

    16906004150_8a8c491e5b_h. NYC day 8-123-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    16907358619_2fe7ca4cea_b. NYC day 8-124-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    17093565735_c23f2ff14d_b. NYC day 8-84-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    16907360669_1fb849c4cd_h. NYC day 8-101-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    17067608696_80ea39ee03_b. NYC day 8-134-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    And a few more street shots:

    16907362699_9314aa77ec_b. NYC day 8 - A-71-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    17092878571_8085916c51_h. NYC day 8 - A-64-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    16886164767_d33d5101bc_h. NYC day 8 - A-74-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    One more day to get some shooting in tomorrow - maybe I'll find my way inside the Guggenheim then...

    -Ray
     
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  9. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    Great stuff as always Ray!
    NYC presents great shooting opportunities!
     
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  10. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    (puts on frowny mom face) Were you standing in the bike lane? Particularly the one that's coming downhill, filled with cyclists doing 20mph?
     
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  11. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Lots of good stuff here Ray, after two visits to New York, I still didn't even see the Brooklyn Bridge, never mind take a cliche picture! Nice to see things I haven't seen. For us in the UK it seems to be the Millennium Bridge with the view of St. Pauls :rolleyes-74:
     
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  12. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

    558
    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    Oh, more than likely. I was the cliché dumb tourist that day.

    -R
     
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  13. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I think those separate bike/walk lanes probably work pretty well on a weekday during commute hours (assuming mostly one directional bike travel - could be pretty hairy for bikes going opposite directions at speed in such a narrow lane). But for the bridge's role as a tourist attraction, it doesn't work at all! During heavy tourist days, cyclists just have to assume there are gonna be peds in their lane pretty much constantly. Having walked the bridge a few times over the years, I absolutely would not want to ride it during those times... Or, if I had a bike I had to get across the bridge, I'd assume basically a walking or slow jogging pace as all I'd be able to do...

    -Ray
     
  14. Landshark

    Landshark PhotoDog

    Jul 15, 2010
    SoCal
    Bob
    very nice, miss NY maybe later in the year
     
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  15. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Back home now - a few from the last day (yesterday) to finish up. First, three architectural shots.

    The first two are from the Guggenheim. This place ticked me off - they don't tell you when you go in that you're not allowed to take photos from the round ramps, which is the only place you'd ever WANT to take photos in the Guggenheim. But everyone was doing it anyway and I joined the fun - my street shooting technique of shooting from the hip served me well here - the guards spent less time scolding me than many of the other patrons:

    17102149662_d652755e56_h. NYC day 9-152-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    17113085305_f0afe6f312_b. NYC day 9-176-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    This is from the newer Fulton Street subway terminal downtown:

    16916119640_ba18af813d_b. NYC day 9-115-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    And a short series of my favorite regular NYC jazz combo - these guys have been playing out in Washington Square Park every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, since I've been going to New York regularly. In addition to being accessible, the added bonus is they're really damn good. I think some of them are on the music faculty at NYU, but don't hold me to that... I used my $75 ebay special 75-150 pre-AIS telephoto, which has got to be the lens bargain and travel telephoto of the century. I love this lens. First a photo of the relatively diminutive lens on the Df:

    16149787533_cc8f10a25d_b. 75-150 by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    And jazz in the park:

    Four of the five regulars - the other is sitting out at the moment:
    17102106002_4f2db06786_h. NYC day 9-359-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    The main trumpet player helping the keyboard guy stretch his back out between sets...
    17113084055_f035f71182_h. NYC day 9-212-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    16896245187_e7cafc0e67_h. NYC day 9-301-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    16896246267_deda81ba17_b. NYC day 9-281-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    17087336786_2ee3187373_b. NYC day 9-285-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    16916087420_c2686f7178_b. NYC day 9-283-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    16926894329_08dc9159a1_h. NYC day 9-307-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    This is a trick but it's a hell of a trick and he actually plays beautifully like this, as well as with one instrument. His upper lip is sort of effed up, but the upside is his ability to move air effectively through two horns at once.

    17077694186_2fb0ba812b_h. NYC day 9-310-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    If I find a few more, I'll add 'em to the flickr set, but this is all I'll post in this thread...

    Thanks for looking,

    -Ray
     
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  16. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg Rorschach Test Pilot

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    Apr 18, 2014
    Canary Islands
    Ken
    Really good stuff, Ray.
    Regarding the 75-150mm Nikkor I couldn't agree more; they're one hell of a lens and optically hold their own against the much larger and heavier pro-grade alternatives I've owned. I always had one of these in my bag or backpack for more than 20 years and still own 2 copies even though I don't use them that much anymore. Picked up the last one used for 40€, lol.
     
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  17. rayvonn

    rayvonn SC Veteran

    305
    Jan 19, 2015
    Ray, well done on those shots from the Guggenheim. It really is silly how photos are banned from such places in the USA, I remember the same being applied in a Smithsonian museum in Washington DC and this was well before 2001.
     
  18. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    The odd thing is that you could shoot in most of the individual galleries. But their claim was that they didn't hold the copyright on some of the work displayed around the ramps. Which I get, if you're shooting the art, But most people were shooting the architecture in such a way that you'd need a microscope to even see any of the art displayed there. I didn't see anyone shooting the art along the walls of the ramp area... So I guess that may explain the policy and the relatively light enforcement - they'd scold you but never threaten to toss you out or make you erase your files or anything... Still, I got tired of the scolding, so I mostly shot from the hip.

    -Ray
     
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  19. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Heading back to NYC for some bike expo / bike ride events in a few weeks. Looking forward to seeing some green this time on the trees...
     
  20. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    The trees were still pretty bare when I was there, but just in the last 3-4 days of my stay they started putting the flowers in. That's one of the more amazing things among the many amazing things about NYC - the flowers the city plants in the parks, along the streets, just about everywhere. I guess it comes from having a very wealthy city and a big tax break, but that city is really lovely in the Spring...