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Photography of New York by Dave Beckerman

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West Side, Central Park Lake

26 July, 2008 (12:23) | 3 comments

west-side-and-lake-21321 West Side, Central Park Lake

balloon-takeoff-2163 West Side, Central Park Lake

san-ramos-balloon-21341 West Side, Central Park Lake

This morning. They were taking three at a time. Atmosphere wasn’t great, the usual summer haze in the morning; no clouds. I was nervous stepping into the thing but once it took off I felt more relaxed. It’s tethered, so it just goes up and down. You get hooked up to the basket and it’s close quarters. If the wind hits it the balloon spins around. Click, click, click. I had to hold on with one hand so all my shots were with the other hand. The ride lasts about ten minutes. I’m sure it’ll be pretty popular. I hope to go back again and try it at night. $25 for adults. It will be around for about a month.

Now, if they’d untether it and let it float around the park. That would be something. But I’m afraid it might get shot down. Apparently there were hundreds of permits to allow this.

Central Park Tunnel

10 July, 2008 (19:22) | 3 comments

central-park-tunnel-3 Central Park Tunnel

Still updating this blog with some of the old and new stuff. Oh, the looks I got when I pulled out the super high tripod contraption. I plan to go back to it soon.

20mm f2.8 lens on the cloud-scraper.

The best thing about the recent photo digressions is that they didn’t cost much.  The color trip lasted for a few weeks but was free.  And the cloud-scraper contraption was $2.85.  I did end up with the 70-300mm but that turned out to be a nice lens to keep in the bag, though the 30mm Sigma is still the walking around lens.

What did I learn from the color trip - I’m not exactly sure.  I sort of feel that if I were working in a studio with controled setup and lighting I would plunge into it again.  And there are about five shots where the emotional side of the colors did work for me.  But I didn’t crack the riddle - so to speak.

Recently, I thumbed through some National Geographic magazines trying to analyze the color shots - and came to the conclusion that I could do it if someone would like to send me to an exotic locale.  New York just seems b&w to me.  In fact - the only color shots that really felt right were done at night (i.e. high contrast stuff).  So okay - I did learn how to print color - which might be useful someday; and I did get further into some of the intricacies of Lightroom than I had before; but the color thing has me stumped.

Even when I experimented with color shots of paintings that I liked - I still thought they had more impact in b&w.  It might just be that after so many years of thinking in b&w - the color side of the cranium has gone to sleep.

Fifth Avenue, Lunchtime

9 July, 2008 (15:43) | 1 comment

fifth-avenue-lunch-9633 Fifth Avenue, Lunchtime

This is my favorite from the high-angle shots. I finally had a chance to do a 12 x 18 of it and it’s fun to look at. If I had some room I’d put one up on the wall.