Lower East Side - Photography Tip

I took this photograph two days ago, when I was reshooting the Houston St shots three years apart.

After snapping that one, I turned toward my friend who was holding my pup, Pumpkin. I loved everything I saw - my friend's body language leaning over toward Pumpkin, her blonde hair and black clothing, the placement of her boots and the three straps sticking out, Pumpkin's expression and body language with her white heart on her chest, wondering what Pumpkin's looking at, the sidewalk, the wet gutter, its reflections, the manhole cover, the sidewalk to the left, the posts, the construction walls, the NYC construction sign...and "BILLS". 

That may be a long list but that's everything I notice when I'm taking a picture. It's the details in a photograph that draw the viewer in and create a story for them to relate with the image. 

I took this from across the street and neither of them knew I was taking this photograph. I was lucky to catch Pumpkin concerned with something across the other street so she wasn't looking at me. It would be a totally different photograph if she was looking at me - and in my humble opinion it would not be as interesting.

Brooklyn Bridge

I shot these a couple of years ago. I spent an afternoon walking across and back from the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge. It was my first time...well, the only time so far.

The reaction to these two photographs is generally 'where is this?'. Then, on the one with the flag, 'wait, that's the Brooklyn Bridge'. Then 'where and how did you shoot these? I've never seen this view of the bridge.' To be honest, I have no idea. When shooting I am capturing images as I see them in the moment. I was checking out Brooklyn Bridge online and haven't seen any like these. 

So I'm going to revisit the bridge to check out how I will see it a second time. And I'll try and replicate these photos and make a note of how I shot them. If you see these and have the answer please feel free to share.


Crossroads - Photography Tip #11

Hope you are surviving your Thanksgiving food coma. Since it is Thanksgiving I thought it would be a good time to give you a photography tip.

This tip is about looking for light and shadow. Photography is all about light, as is painting, film, theater and concerts. It also happens to be how I see the world every single day. I have a photograph I took that is literally light and shadow. It's called Crossroads, shot on film, an actually won best abstract photo in a contest (I think it's the only contest I've ever entered - I'm not a fan of them).


I was walking by that same location a week ago and, based on the light that day, I took another photo with the idea of doing this post.

This is what the shot looks like without the light...



Then when I was out shooting last Sunday, I took one more shot of the same subject. It is similar to the first shot, but also very different.


I love sharing my passion for photography and passing on the knowledge I've learned. If you're interested in taking your photography to a new level I have a great group workshop and also private sessions, both available in New York and Los Angeles. Gather some friends or come alone and take you photography to a whole new level.