Category Archives: engagement

Photo of the Day: Gone De-fishing

I don’t often work in extreme wide-angles, but sometimes it’s a great change in perspective. And there are few wide-angle lenses as crazy as taking a fisheye lens, in this case the Nikon 16mm, and “defishing” it in software. In terms of this lens, I’ve found that Lightroom 3 actually does a better job of getting it perfect than Nikon’s own software.


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Photo of the Day: Beyond the Hustle and Bustle

I love shooting with other photographers, such as this session with British photographer Albert Palmer and his now-fiancée. They’re always up for anything, such as when I say. “Hey, how do you feel about sitting in the middle of Grand Central? It’s likely that we’ll get a talking-to from security.” “Sure!”

And doubly so, since I’d conceptualized shooting through the legs of a rushing businessman, pants and all. But I think this adds to their natural class.

I also seem to have a (subconscious?) habit of getting the American flag in whenever shooting British subjects.


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Photo of the Day: The Color of Night

The Color of Night

Camera: Nikon D3s
Lens: Nikon 45mm f/2.8 PC-E

There are so many reasons to love the high-ISO capabilities of modern DSLRs, but more than anything I love that, with the right lenses and careful technique, we can actually take portraits and casual photos at night, that really shows wsa night looks like. Night is not the bright blue lighting cinematographers have had to use for decades to connote darkness. It is a barely grey darkness punctuated only by the things that humanity have made, the areas and objects that we deem important enough to light up when the sun goes down. It is many-colored, shiny and complicated. I love it.

I sometimes will be out shooting people at night with the tiniest of lights or no light at all, and I will see other photographers walk by , and I know they think I’m nuts. Right after this shot, a team walked by with a battery pack and a giant octobank on a boom. The way that you’re *supposed* to take photos at night, the way that destroys the night. It’s a good way to shoot, too — octobanks are killer light sources. But I love the freedom of choice.


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Photo of the Day: Our Own Railroad Car

Camera: Nikon D3s
Lens: 24mm f/1.4
Lighting: Three SB-900s

Once upon a time the line followed the river
and peeked into all the backyards
and the laundry was waving
the graffiti was teasing us
from brick walls and bridges
we were rolling over ridges
through valleys
under stars
I dream of touring like Duke Ellington
in my own railroad car
–Ani Difranco,
self-evident


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Engagement: Chika and Andrew

I don’t generally have time to publish engagement shoots during the busy season … which, these days, seems like about 11 1/2 months of the year … but when someone comes all the way from Tokyo for the shoot, I’ll make an exception! Chika and Andrew met in Tokyo, and currently are having a very long-distance relationship while they plan the wedding, so I knew they’d have a great time at the shoot. Chika wanted to show her relatives back home some New York City landmarks (the real kind … taxi, subways, hot dogs) while in a beautiful kimono, and then they both changed into (very stylish) western clothes. It was a gorgeous afternoon, and I hope to see them again as they plan the wedding!


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Photo of the Day: Bump Your…

I don’t shoot boudoir except in very special cases, so it’s not often that I have to link a photo as potentially not-safe-for-work. But when you’re doing an engagement shoot in Coney Island, anything can happen…

But first, one a little more romantic:

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Photo of the Day: Class Project

Ting and Weiji brought me back to my old stomping grounds of Columbia University for this shoot. Fun fact: Even though I didn’t start at Columbia until 2004, the last time I was in this room was 1997. Figure that one out.


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