Lady Liberty

I am currently packing to head out to lead my NYC Photography Workshop, I am scheduling a couple posts because I will be so busy in NYC I probably wont have time to do anything except take pictures. Hey nothing wrong with that. By the time I get back this will just be posting.

I shot this las January on a very, very cold day. It was awesome because I was with some great friends and have some really nice memories. I remember we were walking all day and it did not end here, we still managed to cross the Brooklyn bridge after. Let me just say everyone was hungry, cold and ready for bed after. (I can’t believe its almost been a year already)

This is the statue of Liberty in NYC. I shot it with a 70-200 Here are my settings:

1/160 F18 ISO 100

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My latest trip to New York City in 10 photos

My relationship with New York is a romantic one. Like the one of a 12 year old kid and his obsession with the girl next door. I come to New York at least once a year to get away, to get recharged, to get inspired, and most importantly to recharge my creativity.

New York City is a magical place. Everything is happening so fast, and to keep up is nearly impossible. Some days I take it easy by going to get a slice of pizza somewhere, and somedays I can’t stop, I become one with the madness. One thing is for sure, no matter how many times I come to New York, I’m a bit sad to leave, but smile at the thought of coming back. If I can find an excuse to come back, count me in.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from my most recent trip in no particular order.

Brooklyn
Brooklyn Skyline

Times Square
Times Square Kiss

Brooklyn at Sunset
Brooklyn at Sunset

NYC shot from Dumbo Brooklyn
NYC shot from Dumbo Brooklyn

Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty

Manhattan Bridge
Manhattan Bridge

NYC at sunset shot from Brooklyn
NYC at sunset shot from Brooklyn

Statue of Liberty during sunset
Statue of Liberty during sunset

NYC behind the Williamsburgh Bridge at sunrise
NYC behind the Williamsburgh Bridge at sunrise

Lovers at Central Station
Lovers kiss at Central Station

How to create the starburst effect on your photographs

How to create the starburst effect on your photographs.

I get lots of questions about how to create the starburst effect on photographs, some people think I do this in post production but the truth is I do it all in the camera in the field, and you can too.

Getting this effect is not nearly as hard as you think it is. I recently did an article with Nikon about this particular topic. You can see the full article here.

Star Noir
A dark night in a city that knows how to keep its secrets. But one man is still trying to find ideal places to shoot night images. He’s Edin Chavez, and the starburst effect is his intention—but so is getting the reflections and heightened textures of Central Park in the rain.
The cold, windblown rain falling right after sunset that December day drove tourists from the benches and the roadway to give Edin a picture-perfect scene for his D800 and AF-S FX Zoom-NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8 lens. “But with the wind, no really long exposures were possible,” he says. “I set 2.5 seconds and had to bump up my ISO to 1250 to shoot at f/10 for the starburst and for the depth of field to make the leading lines work to [the] best advantage.”

Edin shoots a good number of starbursts, so he was confident of his settings. “I knew that between f/8 and f/16 I’d get a pretty decent light burst and a decent depth of field for the whole cold, wet feel of the park.” Manual exposure and Matrix metering completed the setup. “I did a three-bracket series using exposure compensation,” he adds, “but for this photo, which was the best one I got, there was no exposure comp. I just checked the LCD.”
Edin’s general advice for both cityscape and countryside starburst images: “Experiment until you’re comfortable enough to know what you’re doing and what you’re likely to get, and then confirm it on the back of the camera. Generally, the smaller the aperture, the better the result. On a nice day, maybe f/32, but not on that day in the park.”

How to create a starburst effect

Playing with sliders

Playing with sliders:

Good morning peeps, here is a quick vid I made. In this video I will show you how to dramatically change the mood and the feel of any photo by playing with a few sliders. This is the same photo I showed you last week. As you can see its very different and it took no time to make. Check this out:

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The Flat Iron Building in New York City

The Flat Iron Building in New York City.

This is one of the most interesting buildings I have ever seen, undoubtedly my favorite of all times. This building is just awesome, I never get tired of photographing it, I just love it. Such an interesting building from every angle, even from a birds eye view its just amazing. I’ve always wanted to have an office in a building like this, you know it has so much character.

Here is a Black and White of my favorite building in the world. The Flat Iron Building in NYC.

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How to make a tiny planet photo

How to make a tiny planet photo:
Good morning and TGIF, so yesterday I posted a tiny planet on my Facebook and immediately I received a few requests on how to do it. It is so easy and fun to do. Here is a video of how to get this done in about 2 minutes. Check it out and enjoy. Please Subscribe peeps and check out my youtube channel. Have a fantastic weekend…

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