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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.

Mr. Green T. Leaf | Work Still In Progress…….

Found some more images to practice with Photoshop. You know, as I’ve said before, there are plenty of sites that offer free stock photos, and photos under Creative Commons (CC) license, that allow you to use and modify royalty free. Just please make sure you read the license for each and every photo first before you use it. Not everyone gives you the license to modify! Unfortunately, I can’t give credit to the photographer, because he/she did not leave that information in their meta tags. Do you see why it’s so important to document that information? This is why I feel every photographer should put their signatures on their photos (who cares who what others personal opinions are on how it looks, it’s your work, your blood and sweat (at least take the time to put them in the meta tags, you’ll never know who will want to use your work for commercial use)). Anyway, it’s been a real learning curb with Adobe, but I’m learning more and more. I still have more work to do on this photo, but I felt it was good enough to show you.

LeafManFinal

Dolores Hicks – Colorization & Restoration

Hi guys, as I’ve said before, I love restoring old public domain photos. It’s almost like putting puzzles back together; or coloring in a coloring book; with the exception that on a computer there’s a lot more detail. I haven’t done any photo restorations since I stopped using Corel’s Paintshop Pro about 9 months ago. Again, just as a reminder to everyone, the fact that I no longer use Paintshop, doesn’t mean that it’s a clue to mean that Corel makes bad products. Too many people are too hooked on the differences between them. Just think of Paintshop as a smaller, and affordable family size dishwasher, and Photoshop is a heavy duty industrial size dish washer for professional business.

I’ve finally made my first attempt to colorize a B&W photo with Photoshop. I found an old public domain photo of Dolores Hicks, who was an actress, and appeared in a number of Elvis Presley’s movies in the 40’s/50’s. I have to say that it is most definitely more work to do things in Photoshop. I was hoping that because I have Photoshop, that painting natural skin colors would be easier (than Corel PSP). NOT!! It was very frustrating, finding the right colors, hues, and saturation levels for each element (especially when working with photos stripped of all color). So, be forewarned very few things are simple in Photoshop (depending on what you’re doing). However, once you’ve put in the practice and hard work, your finished project will definitely be awesome! Remember to always work with hi-resolution/dpi images, it is  harder to correct low quality photos. To see original photo click here.

 

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Mirack Obama

I was practicing more on Photoshop, and I got the idea to turn Michelle Obama into her husband Barack Obama for fun. LOLOL! I have to practice more on my shading and depth; however, for not being able to draw, and following my natural abilities, I think I did pretty damn good for my first presidential composite. 🙂

 

 

The Light Inside

This is just too beautiful and breathtaking not to share with you guys! As I’ve always said before, I encourage all photographer hobbyists/amateurs to just start doing random walks. Don’t look for the shot, but rather let it come to you. It’s amazing what you can do when you know how to use your camera, and some Adobe. 🙂  Who would have ever thought that cellphones would make photography so convenient. Hope you guys like it.

TheLightInside

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 3 March, 2016
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/10s

One Foggy Sepia Night

This was another one of those moments I wish I had my DSLR with me. This building was incredible seeing it in person.

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  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 24 February, 2016
  • Focal length: 4.3mm

Sepia Sun: Peak-A-Boo

One of the many benefits of going to school for Web Designing and Programming, is that it forced me to give up Paintshop for a while and practice more with Adobe products. Between the two, there is a lot to know. It’s soo much better being in a classroom, than trying to read through tons of 800 page books. The result is that not only have I gotten more proficient with Photoshop & LightRoom, but I’m also learning more about InDesign and Illustrator too. I’m a little insecure about Illustrator since I can’t draw, but I also know there are many techniques I can practice to help me improve on my natural abilities. I can’t find the words to describe how amazing Adobe products are! Again, not to say that Corel products are bad (still love their products), they are just designed for a specific market and clientele who can’t afford Adobe (like 90% of us), or don’t have the technical aptitude to learn a product with so many features like Photoshop & LightRoom. Now we’re in the era of subscription services; with a hell-of-a-lotta-patience, practice, creativity, and a little technical know how, anybody can be an artist! I highly recommend that Corel users check out Adobe Cloud if finances allow, because it’s really worth it. They also give student discounts.

I love this shot I took while walking home one day. One of the frustrating things about being a street photographer, that many traditional studio photographers don’t appreciate, is exactly how hard it is to intuitively see shots before, or as it’s happening. There’s nothing predictable about street photography really, you can’t always control your environment when you’re shooting outside. It can literally give you a headache, yet, it’s also very rewarding once you do find that perfect shot. If it’s not the weather that is a challenge, it’s the elements all around and behind your subject. But sometimes the beauty of the subject out-ways the ugliness of the backgrounds and earth.

Peak-a-boo Sepia Sun

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 1 February, 2016
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 40
  • Shutter speed: 1/6400s

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.

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

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

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