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An ongoing month in New York City

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Ray Sachs, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    I'm spending April in New York City, doing a lot of photography, along with just enjoying this amazing city. I'm not shooting with ONLY m43, but I'm going to be shooting with m43 a lot and, if the EM5 shows up reasonably before the end of the month, I'll probably wear it out for however much of the month I have it. I started a thread on Serious Compacts a couple of days ago with shots from my X100 and GXR-28 and then added a batch of EPL3 shots last night. If you've seen it over there, this is a repeat - nothing more to see here. I'll try to limit what I post here to that done with m43. Also, not ALL of my shooting is street shooting, but I always seem to lean into that when I can, so this seemed the most appriate place for it, under street and documentary.

    For anyone interested in seeing more (including the non-m43 work), I have a set on Flickr that I'll be adding to frequently:

    New York City - April 2012 - a set on Flickr

    So, I'll start off with several shots from yesterday with the EPL3. I shot mostly with the 12mm and a lot using the manual focus ring to zone focus, but some with AF, particularly in lower light when I had to open the aperture up a bit. I also shot some with the 14-150, but I think only the last of the follwing shots were with that lens. I'm living with just an ipad for processing during the month, so these are all done with Snapseed - I'll probably re-process a number of them when I get home and have access to Silver and Color Efex Pro, but for now, Snapseed works well enough...

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  2. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    807
    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
    Great shots, as usual. Looking forward to more!
     
  3. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Great use of the curved paving wall in the skater shot.

    I hope you've brought along your walking shoes !
     
  4. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    Nice stuff Ray. I'm also in NYC (just for a week) but don't think I'll have time to go out and shoot as much as I'd like. :frown: Will be following the thread at Serious Compacts.
     
  5. DekHog

    DekHog Mu-43 Top Veteran

    579
    May 3, 2011
    Scotland
    Another great set, Ray - Snapseed or not, I always love the feel that your PP gives your images; it works so well with the street images you shoot..... :thumbup:
     
  6. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    859
    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    Such a lively city. It's been a few years since I visited. Looking forward to returning next year; albeit on business. I'll find time to exercise the shutter finger nonetheless.

    Nice set, Ray. Thanks for sharing.
     
  7. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Too bad you can't carve out a bit of time. Shooting in New York is unlike anyplace else, at least in my experience so far. As much fun as I think I've ever had walking around with a camera. Of course I'd love to spend a month in Paris and London sometime too! :cool:

    -Ray
     
  8. peterbee

    peterbee Mu-43 Veteran

    225
    Nov 2, 2011
    Huddersfield, UK
    Peter Bartlett
    Super set of images, Ray. I really enjoyed your post processing too.

    Peter
     
  9. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Well, the month is almost over

    Tomorrow is my last day. Its been a real journey as I get to know the city and shoot it and its inhabitants as well as I can. Along the way I somehow managed to acquire an X-Pro 1 and an OMD and now I have to go home and sell EVERYTHING else! But these are two wonderful cameras I've gotta say. With different but, to me, highly complimentary strengths. The IQ and DR of the Fuji is unbelievable and its so good in low light it took some getting used to what was possible with it. Its also an incredible pleasure to shoot with in something closer to an old-school approach - I went to that school and like to hang out there sometimes still. The OMD is probably the best street camera I've ever used, for how I shoot and is just a pure joy to shoot with as an all-around camera. Its also very very good in low light, but the Fuji sets the bar to a new level for that - still the OMD is no slouch at night.

    Anyway, since this is an m43 forum, I'll leave the Fuji shots for Flickr and Serious Compacts and toss up a fairly extensive sample of m43 shots - mostly from the OMD but I'll start with 3 from the EPL3. The whole set is available in my Flickr stream for anyone interested...

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    OMD from here out:

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    The IBIS on the OMD has to be used to be believed. The earlier "ghost" shot from Grand Central was a one HALF second handheld shot. These are pretty close to that slow - its just dead solid allowing for these ghosting effects. Whether that's something useful to do is another question, but it pretty cool to be able to...

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    And I'll leave you with a rose, because even a guy who can't stand flower shots has to take one every now and then. And the city is just LOADED with them this time of year...

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    -Ray
     
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  10. JohnF

    JohnF Mu-43 Regular

    183
    Apr 1, 2010
    Oberursel, Germany
    Great shots of my home town...sigh. I don't get back nearly enough... :'(
     
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  11. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    807
    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
    Great shots, Ray, as usual! I especially like the GCT and subway exposures. Great that you ended up getting the E-M5.

    I have to say I haven't been more excited about a 'relationship' with a camera since my E-P1...and before that it was an OM-2s! I feel that I've 'come home' - that's 'old school' to me. I've even started a Picture a Day again in my Gallery here - too bad it's no longer the blog format when this forum started - great sense of community.

    BTW, mosey on over to the bi-weekly Salon - current theme is 'Motion'...one of your shots would be a great addition!
     
  12. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Essex
    John
    Great thread and superb photography, it's left me wanting to see more which says it all, really. Off to view your Flickr now. :smile:
     
  13. MrDoug

    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran

    985
    Sep 5, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    Hi Ray.... beautiful shots.. you are GOOD... pure and simple..
    Doug
     
  14. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Thanks Tom. When B&H offered me the OMD that morning, I left without it since I'd already bought the X-Pro. But then I was thinking about it and I knew it was only going to be a matter of a month or two before I sold my other stuff and bought one anyway and I figured I'd never have another opportunity to shoot for this last week and a half or so in New York. So I went back and they still had it, so I bought it.

    I agree with your assessment, its everything I've ever wanted in an m43 camera. If I'd designed it myself, it wouldn't look much different and the sensor and IBIS are obviously big steps forward. And having a combination of that and the X-Pro is really an embarassment of riches. Its been a great month and I'm sort of sorry to see it end, but I'm also happy to be getting home - i miss it.

    I'll try to check out the bi-weekly Salon, but probably not for a few more days until I get home.

    -Ray
     
  15. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Essex
    John
    Wow, Ray, that's a serious body of work you have on Flickr. It would make a suprb Blurb book!
     
  16. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    John, thanks so much - means a lot coming from someone with your eye (and execution!). I've done Blurb books each of the last two years and may get one together from this trip. I remember the one you did not all that long ago and being really impressed with the mix of photographs, text, and really nice format and design. My Blurb books tend to be much less ambitious - just basic photo books. I'm sure I'll do SOMETHING will all of this work, but I'm not sure what yet. I'll have to get home and figure out which ones I want to reprocess first - all I've had with me is my ipad this trip so everything you see is either straight out of the camera(s) or processed in Snapseed. Some of them can use some work in one of the full Nik programs...

    Anyway, thanks for looking and I'm glad you enjoyed the photos... One more day of shooting tomorrow and then home.

    -Ray
     
  17. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Essex
    John
    Haha, I may have a bit of an eye for landscapes but not street, not like you. You have the knack of capturing people in perfect juxtaposition to other people and their surroundings, like the girl in the hat and dark glasses passing the building with the "Incognito" sign or the guy who seems to be staring at the bum of the girl in front, to name but two. Then there is the way you use lines and curves, walls, railings, benches, whatever, to create powerful compositions and geometries within your pictures. I wish I had your eye for street!
     
  18. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Sounds and looks like you had a great time Ray...nice images.
    I really like the Asian guy, he looks like a no nonsense sort with his arms tightly crossed and standing feet apart.....trench coat and all.

    ...and the Grand Central Ghost is awesome, really like the effect you got there. Achieving that hand held for 1/2 sec looks like the sort of photographic fun that I would abuse to death !!


    So tell me...what got a harder hammering....the sneakers, or the slush fund ?
     
  19. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Yeah, that ghosting thing is pretty fun to play with, but I suspect i'll get plenty sick of it pretty quickly. But right now, yeah, its really cool.

    My feet were hurting early in the month, but I seemed to get in better "urban walking" shape, which I think is its own type of thing because I was in decent physical condition before I got here, but the first week or week and a half really killed me. Now, I seem to be able to walk several hours a day, pretty nearly every day. The slush fund is waaaaaaay in the red. I'm gonna have a major sale once I get home - cameras, bags, maybe even a lens or two. And that'll just basically get me back to even. I really wasn't going to buy BOTH of those cameras but once I had a chance to get the OMD, I realized I'd buy it within a few months anyway and losing the interest on $1000 for a few months from my savings wasn't gonna be a big deal, but I was never going to have this last week and a half or so in New York City back to do over, so I figured I should go ahead. I have no regrets. I also have no money! But that's ok - we're fine - I just have no CAMERA MONEY for a while...

    -Ray