Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Big Snow

Here's the view from my kitchen window looking down on Dean Street in Brooklyn, New York. It took me 17 hours of traveling time to get home from southern California. And this is what I found. Some 20 inches of snow fell over Christmas weekend - the 6th largest storm in NY history. The airports here were closed and us holiday travelers were hard pressed to find alternative ways to get home. Last year our biggest storm came in February. So this could be a preview of things to come.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Rain Is Good For Something

Wet weather in Los Angeles - six month's worth over an eight day period - has given the streets a nice sheen. Here is my favorite gas station - with its futuristic sweeping roof - being reflected on the street as traffic whizzes by.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Favorite Light Fixtures

What's better than forks, spoons and knives to make up of a light fixture in a diner? In this case, we have Kitchen 24 in Hollywood, California. So just in case your waiter fails to provide utensils, all you have to do is reach up and pry lose something to use to cut and eat your steak

Friday, December 17, 2010

Visiting St Patrick's Cathedral

The lighting of a prayer candle at New York's famed St Patrick's Cathedral is possible right of passage for this young boy. I wanted to photograph a child because of the way the fire light reflects off of young faces who are learning to think of others especially during the holiday season.

I set my small Panasonic point and shoot camera on its timer to get a nice steady shot of the interior of the church which is not lit very brightly. At 1/6 of a second at iso 800, I wanted to accent the color in the beautiful stained glass windows while bringing out the detail in the support columns and arches.

The vast interior of the church is in a neo-Gothic style and can accommodate 2200 people. The church was dedicated in May of 1879.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Look Over There!

When I saw the woman looking to her left and the bird looking to its left, I lined them up just right and shot this picture. I think it's my PICTURE OF THE YEAR!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Part Of The Preparation For The Big Day

This couple was having their engagement photos taken on the streets of New York City when I happen to come up on them. I snapped a few frames while they posed for their photographer who was standing to my right. The photog brought along an assistant who held a bright floodlight on the scene. I like the fact that while they're posing there's plenty of activity in the background. They seem to be on an island of calm as they lead up to their wedding day.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Season On Display in New York

Christmas time in New York City always brings out visual feasts for photographers. And that means almost everybody because cameras are a prime accessory for tourists and locals alike.

Here is a window display that reflects Rockefeller Center.

And a giant moth adorns another window - although it looks like it's climbing the outside of the building it faces. And the rink below the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is busy with lots of skaters.