I hit the Conservatory Garden in the Central Park rather a lot, simply because it is one the loveliest places in the Park. Tracking the variations of the Garden through the year makes for fun photography, watching the brides and grooms take their wedding photos in the garden is also quite entertaining. Right now, the tulips are just about to bloom and the crab apple trees are ready to explode. If you are visiting the City right now, you should definitely make it to the Gardens!
Find your happy place…find your happy place…
I was supposed to be shooting lovely Indian dancers at a Holi celebration, instead I cleaned up the sewage backed up into my living room.
This one isn’t really a “keeper”, processed in Photomatix Pro the ghosting is terrible as the breeze was stirring the leaves and people were moving in the background. I wanted to mix the light of the lamp with the softer light of the blossoms in front. I post it because what I should do is head back after dark and set up off camera lighting to softly illuminate the blossoms while keeping the lamp in the darkness behind. A challenging lighting set up, one that I am not sure I can pull off, adding to the difficulty working in a public park with a tripod, strobes and in the darkness might just take it from difficult to impossible for a solo photographer.
They say everyone has at least one great story in them…my friend Jenny has hundreds of them. She performed last night at Word Up a community owned and operated bookstore in Washington Heights. I also dabble in writing and a little performance poetry, and I speak from experience when I say it takes guts to stand up and tell your stories to strangers. Photography, comparatively, is easy: you are completely anonymous behind the camera.
Still, everyone should, at least once in their life, stand up and tell their one great story. It doesn’t have to be anything earthshaking, it should be about something you are passionate about. If you care about it, then you can make others care as well. You don’t have to be a writer, or a comedian, or an artist, just be the person you are. The story will flow naturally.
Also, you should definitely support Word Up, bringing great things to Upper Manhattan! When they say it is a “community” bookstore, that is exactly what they mean. Staffed by volunteers all of whom striving to bring the literary culture of New York City to the parts of the City the glitterati don’t even know exists.