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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.

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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Cell Phone Photography: Cornered

From beginning to end, this was such a difficult shot for me. Sometimes I forget what a pain in the ass some of these angles can be. What the hell, this is what I got just before my patience ran out.. LOL
cornered

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.2
  • Camera: SGH-M919
  • Taken: 5 June, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.2mm
  • ISO: 50
  • Shutter speed: 1/826s