I spent the last weekend of September in New York City doing an Advanced Photography Workshop with Joe McNally through National Geographic.
It was intense! From early Friday morning until late on Saturday, we were either taking photographs or reviewing and getting feedback on pictures. Joe helped us look at the light and understand what adds to or distracts from pictures.
These are some of the best from those two days of shooting.
Music under the arches
This violinist was part of a group who serenaded the visitors to Bethesda Terrace. I couldn't resist placing her inside the frame of one of the arches.
These young actors were rehearsing for a performance of Godspell off Broadway. They'd set up on the summer stage, near Bethesda Fountain and Terrace.
With some prompting from one of the instructors, I asked them if I could take some photographs and ended up spending half an hour with them just watching and snapping as they performed.
Union Square Chess player
Speed chess is a thing. I had no idea. This guy was one of many at the Union Square Greenmarket on Saturday morning. His face and gestures were mesmerizing and he was quite happy for me to sit and shoot for a while as he lectured his opponent on the philosophies of chess, war, and life.
Union Square Market
Union Square Market stallholders
Washington Square - jazz band
Washington Square - Two Trumpets
Washington Square Chess Player
A Day at the Zoo
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has a wonderful variety of animals.
Every farm community has one of these. When I was a kid, the show was the Three Counties show in Worcestershire. Here in North Eastern Ohio, it's the Geauga County Fair.
Part carnival, part farm show, the fair is a staple of the Labor Day weekend. It has over 12,000 exhibits that feature more than 2,000 animals. The fair draws an estimated 1/4 million people to the fairground every year.
To the far west of Cleveland, there is a field of sunflowers. Planted in memory of Maria, the Field of Hope blooms in late August/early September. Anyone can park up and view the field.
For this shoot, we started at dawn and used the natural light only to light the shoot.
New York City
I love New York City.
I don't know why. I'm a small town girl at heart. I've never been able to tolerate the big city for more than a few days at a time. But there's something about NYC, especially the more residential areas, that makes me feel at home.
This shoot was a complete tourist trip. Many of the pictures are taken from one of the buses that drive around the island of Manhattan, or from the Top of the Rock long after the sun came up and the best of the light was long gone. But they capture some of the vibrancy and energy of the city that makes it so fascinating to me.
People of New York
I never used to photograph people. Lately, it's almost all I do photograph.
These portraits are from the streets of NYC. They're pictures of people doing what they do in their every day lives. It shouldn't be interesting, but for a small town girl who is used to big houses and plenty of personal space it's fascinating to see how people who don't have that live.
Also there's the quirky. Like the ballet dancer being photographed by an over-enthusiastic mother on the roof of Belvedere Castle in Central Park.
People watching is fun. Capturing people on film, even more so.
Summer in the city 1
The Jazz Player
Summer in the city 2
Summer in the city 5
Summer in the city 3
Cycling across the Brooklyn Bridge
Food truck vendor
These vendors are everywhere in NYC. Perfect for a busy city that doesn't have time to stop into the store. This one is at the entrance of Central Park on 5th and 59th.
People on benches #1
People on benches #2
People on benches #3
These two caught my eye because of the exchange of glances (this and the next photo). They tell a story, I suspect.
People on benches #4
On the Staten Island Ferry
People on benches #5
People on benches #6
People on benches #7
People on benches #8
People on benches #9
The Upper West Side of Manhattan is very much a place where people live. There was a street market on Columbus Avenue, right behind the Museum of Natural History. I caught this picture there.
In Manhattan you can get pretty much everything delivered to your door. Walking down Park Avenue on a very wet afternoon, most of my companions on the street were these delivery guys.
I could have done a whole series of pictures of people taking selfies. They are everywhere. This guy was trying to get a good photograph of himself with the Statue of Liberty in the background. I don't think he turned around to actually enjoy the view once.
People on benches #10
With the rain, people took a different approach to sitting on the benches in Central Park.
The Bridges of Central Park
People on benches #11
People on benches #12
The High Line is a highlight of NYC for me. With a bit of sunshine, the raised park (built on an old railway overpass) there were lots of people out enjoying the sun - and the shade!
After the rain
I waited a long time for this couple to walk into the right part of the frame for this shot! They weren't in any hurry.