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I am the proud owner of 2 blogs. The first is called ShadesOfSepia. My goal for this blog is to capture history, culture & our community through my camera lens. This blog is in essence my photographic diary, telling stories of New York City with my camera; taking photographs all over; sharing subjects I find to have beauty, or of special quality. Creating an historical archive of the people of New York City. I also like to share my photographic art, mostly derived from my photo taking. I am attracted to many different types of photography, and I hope you enjoy my photographs.

My second blog is called VintageNewscast. In essence, my goal there is to preserve the memories of our classic music and film culture; and to help my visitors rediscover rare or physically out-of-print oldies on digital format/legal streaming; the kinds of hidden gems that are NOT usually promoted via the digital realm! This includes most internet radio stations, “On Demand” audio/video streaming services, live/mainstream radio, printed magazines and advertisements, online entertainment stores, and mail order merchants (especially non-collector). Also I try to help expose my visitors to some great music they may or may not ever heard before; in hopes that I can assist in reintroducing/rebuilding our lost classic culture (along with many other old school bloggers and radio enthusiasts who also work hard, and dedicate so much of their time to keep our music history alive). Please don’t forget to bookmark both my sites. I think you will grow to enjoy and love them both; as I work hard to give you the best content not seen anywhere else.

Thank you!

The Beauty Of An Indian Black Woman

I submitted this photo to one of the photo art shows I participated in last year. However, despite this being one of my favorites, not all of the 4 judges agreed on this one, and ultimately this photo was not chosen to be exhibited. It goes to show you how diverse our opinions are when it comes to art. Continue to improve your craft, but also continue to always follow your creative heart. Not everyone’s vision will be the same as yours.

TheBeautyOfAnIndianBlackWoman

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 20 September, 2014
  • Exposure bias: +5EV
  • Focal length: 100mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

Sepia Night Lights

I apologize, I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I didn’t drop my love for photography, I’m just doing other things. Sometimes it’s a good thing to make fans wait a little, and make them look forward to your next post 🙂 Not only is 42nd street the heart of theater, the bright lights offer some of the most beautiful photo opportunities. You do have to be a certain type of person to go there at night though; it gets so crowded it reminds me of Chinatown (but after business hours). In some cases it’s actually worse; because as crowded as it get’s, people actually walk through with their baby carriages! Oh my goodness, people are off their rocker! But I will digress. I just have to shake my head sometimes. Anyway, I did not get as many good shots as I hoped (but it was spur of the moment). I discovered that for myself personally, I think cell phone photography is best during the day (or in places were there is low light at night). Now, of course this is not always the case, it depends on what your trying to accomplish as an individual photographer/artist; but we don’t have the same quick control of all camera functions with our cell phones the way we do our DSLRs. I love photography, not only is it one of the most beautiful kinds of art,  it offers a one time historical documentation of our story and the environment we’re in. Hope both my visitors and fans have been enjoying my work so far. Peace.

SepiaLight

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 11 December, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/10s

Opened Sepia

It has been a little bit since I’ve done one of my power-walks during lunch. It was such a beautiful day today. I saw some of the most beautiful flowers and plants  I’ve ever seen today. I could not believe it. There was no way I would leave without taking at least a few shots of these extraordinary greenery. If you’re an inspiring photographer, it pays to take walks, you start to notice things you’d never notice otherwise.

OpenSepia

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 2 September, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 40
  • Shutter speed: 1/528s

Ozzmosis in NYC

I totally forgot to post this. Last week, I decided to take a nice walk in the hot sun, and discovered a band playing near World Trade. It was a rock band called Ozzmosis. Definitely not my kind of music, but there appeared to be a lot of fans that stayed and watched. Although they were not my cup of tea, it was awesome being able to see a band actually play there. They definitely enjoyed playing, and they enjoyed the audience.

1

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 31 July, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 40
  • Shutter speed: 1/576s

2

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 31 July, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 40
  • Shutter speed: 1/424s

3

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 31 July, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 40
  • Shutter speed: 1/501s

Black & White Mints

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Caption: SHOTS FROM HOME
  • Taken: 11 July, 2015
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/50s
  • Title: SHOTS FROM HOME

Fractal Art: Vortex Of The Mind

It has been quite some time since I’ve created fractal art. I call this “Vortex Of The Mind.” As I was envisioning what I wanted to create, I thought about how the minds of young people vacuums up all kinds of data, in the form of images, movies and sounds. The “Vortex Of The Mind” is a representation of that young mind. However, the left hemisphere that controls logic is stressed because it sees no substance of value to take in. The young brain keeps pulling and pulling, and pulling, until finally it realizes that there is nothing but black space; left alone to create their own thoughts without guidance.

VortexOfTheMind

Cell Phone Photography: Let There Be Light!

One of the biggest complaints that traditional/professional photographers still have today, is that the internet culture (social media specifically); Facebook, Tumblr, etc, has changed not only the meaning of photography, but the perception of photography as well. Having said that, photography as an art form is difficult for a lot of people to grasp, because of the thousands of specific types of imagery they are exposed to daily on many of those social media sites. But then again, my views has started to change over time; because it turns out that more and more photographers are also using these same kinds of social media to promote their work, including Facebook. This is a great thing in my opinion, because now it means that “the art of photography” is not really lost, we just have to do a little bit more digging to find them. The important thing is, remember what I’ve said before; “there is a huge difference between a picture and a photograph.” I picture is just just an image that will quickly be forgotten; but a photograph tells a story and will most likely always be remembered. The most beautiful thing I enjoy about being a photographer, is being able to take beautiful walks and actually see not only the story in this particular shot, but the unique art in the shot. My art. My lens. My process. My unique expression. My unique photography.

LetThereBeLight

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.2
  • Camera: SGH-M919
  • Taken: 22 June, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.2mm
  • ISO: 50
  • Shutter speed: 1/3152s

The Joy Of Being A Photographer

Photography is not only a way to literally freeze a moment in our history; it is also an open window to a world of various philosophies through each photographer’s eyes. It is the perfect medium in which to create amazing visual art. Combining photography and software gives us limitless power over our artistic creations. But what is art? Art means many things to many people; in fact the meaning of art is a philosophy on to itself. Just like politics, if you asked a hundred people what is art? You’ll get 100 different answers; and more than half of those people will insist they are giving you the right answer. Although, I will not lie, if you want to create “good photographs,” knowing the technical side of photography is very important. However, enjoying what you do should take first priority. If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, it will show in your photographs. I also think that we should make the distinction between enjoying photographic art, and actually creating photographic art. Just because you enjoy looking at photographic art, doesn’t necessarily mean you now automatically have the “calling” to be a photographer (these are two totally different things). Just be confident in your own photographic abilities; as you learn more about photography, your instincts for knowing when and what to shoot will come.

Proud

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.2
  • Camera: SGH-M919
  • Taken: 5 May, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.2mm
  • ISO: 50
  • Shutter speed: 1/1872s

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