Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New York Renaissance Faire

Well, I found myself upstate at the Renaissance Faire this weekend. My first time.

As far as I could tell, it has nothing to do with the Renaissance. I'd say Medieval Faire would be more accurate.

Still, I had a fun time. Lots of great faces and wonderful portrait opportunities. Most of my portraits are of vendors in the shops. Couldn't really get close enough to the actors to take some formal shots, but caught them as they were playing their roles around the Faire.

Plus I had cheescake on a stick. Everything is better on a stick! Maybe next time I can try the steak on a stake!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

9/11 lights

One of the greatest challenges any photographer faces is an iconic subject. Every year on 9/11 the city puts up the 9/11 lights. For me, it's a lovely tribute. A memorial that only exists for a few hours a year. A poignant reminder of the day when the towers fell. 

Of course this tribute draws a lot of photographers. This year I went down to the new Pier 1 park in Brooklyn Heights to get some new vantage points. It wasn't a very original idea as I walked into the park to see dozens of photographers lined along the edge of the park with their tripods set up, shooting away.

Now when I'm confronted with a pack of photographers all shooting the exact same thing, I generally run in the opposite direction, and that's exactly what I did. I wandered into the park and along the waterfront to get my views. As far as I could tell, I was the only photographer there, although I'm betting some folks wandered along the same way either before or after me. Still I think I got some interesting shots this year. Let me know what you think.