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Oh the Pain

Oh the Pain

Oh the pain I feel after yesterdays tromp around NYC.  The bottom of my feet hurt (it appears these new shoes aren’t that great for being on my feet all day), as well as my knee.

I only got a few hours of sleep because I had an early meeting.  After that, I was wide awake and unable to go to sleep so I started in on the photos from yesterday.

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Tania in NYC Library

Who would have thought that the NYC public library would be such a great place to shoot.  Finding some less used stairs, I simply positioned the client near a window to get this wonderful loop lighting on her face.

I’ve put together a NYC mentoring class (see http://www.dbwalton.com/store/nyc-mentored-model-shoot/) for those who would like to learn how to find light like this, pose people, and take great pictures in public locations.  I will contract with a model (like Tania) to model for the shoot and you just need to bring your camera and be prepared to learn and get some great photos.

I spent most of the day catching up on e-mails, uploading my photos from the trip, and retouching a few of them.

Came dinner time I was exhausted and stiff and sore.

NYC Model Shoot

NYC Model Shoot

I had a NYC model shoot today.  We rode for about 7 hours via bus to Manhattan, and then did a model shoot from 8:30 to 11:30am.

Everything went very well.  Our model showed up as scheduled and well prepared, the weather cooperated during our shoot, and we got home safely.

The model was this delightful young lady from the Ukraine.  Her English is good, but we did have to define a few words.  However, none of that presented any issues.

As we got in to the shoot we discovered how fun she was to be around.  Here she was with three guys who were all decades older than her, but she laughed at our stupid jokes (used in an attempt to get her to laugh so we could capture the smile), and she joked along with us.

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In Bryant Park, NYC

Three hours of shooting went by very quickly.   While I think I could have shot for another 2 hours, our model had to go to an audition and my two colleagues were exhausted.

We spent the rest of the afternoon mostly siting around watching people.  We took a break to grab some lunch, and later, some dinner, but for the most part, we sat and watched the people.

As we were sitting there, one of the guys spotted our model.  (This is a couple of hours after our photo shoot.)  So, I ran up behind her as she was walking down the street, and disguising my voice asked, “Miss, are you a model?”

She turned around with a look of shock, saw me, and started to laugh.  She held up her hand and said, ‘High five’, implying that it was a funny thing I just did.  She gave me a big hug, told me about her audition and we said so-long again.

It was a fun day, and it’s back on the bus for the long ride back to Rochester.

By the way, if you, or if you know someone, would like to do a NYC Model Shoot with mentor and trainer, D. Brent Walton, let me know.  More details can be found at http://www.dbwalton.com/store/nyc-mentored-model-shoot/

Suffering

Suffering

You hear the term “pain and suffering” in relation to accidents and injuries, but it really hit home today.  I told myself earlier this year if I didn’t have any jobs booked during Photo Expo in NYC, I’d take the bus and go spend the day at the Javits Center and attend.

Then this happened.

Today, I’m looking at Facebook and seeing many of my photography colleagues having fun at the Expo while I can barely make it to the bathroom and back.  Now, that’s what I call suffering.  Pain is what I feel in my knee, shoulder, hip and back, but suffering is seeing your pals having fun while you just get to look at the pictures.

Life isn’t fair.

I received a ton of paperwork from the insurance companies.  One was an application for disability.  I thought, that’s odd.  So, Elizabethe called the 800 number and they said you have to have an employer in order to receive disability.  (i.e. the self-employed don’t qualify).  They also sent me forms for Medicare and a bunch of other forms that don’t apply.

Since it is date night and since going out doesn’t sound fun, I suggested we order a pizza and hand out candy.  We ordered a pizza and just waiting for the first trick-or-treaters.

 

Day After Christmas 2013

I’m not the type of person to run out and go shopping the day after Christmas.  In fact, I’m at that point in my life where if I can avoid a store, I will.  (Unless it is B&H Photo.)

I spent most of the day working on the photos I took Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  I got them posted and uploaded to the various web sites.

Meanwhile, Elizabethe went to visit Sister Broadbent with her quilling supplies to teach her the art of quilling.  She returned later with a loaf of homemade bread.  Elizabethe was all excited because it wasn’t “whole wheat” (like I make it.)

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Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus

 

Elizabethe has been setting up her new Christmas present.  I gave her a little tablet PC.  (Pretty slick.  It’s was about 1/3 the cost of an iPad and runs the full-blown Windows 8.  If you can run it on your desktop PC, you can run it on this thing.   You can’t say that about an iPad and an iMac.)    Anyway, it’s an Asus and came with the keyboard and Microsoft Office.

By the way, anyone interested in joining me in New York City on the first Monday of the year, we’re catching the GoBus in Rochester and arriving in NYC at 7am.  We’re then having breakfast and heading to B&H Photo.  After B&H, we’ll grab lunch and wander around taking photos.  We then catch the bus back to Rochester at 5pm.

Walking All Over NYC (lots of photos!)

Note:  Late posting due to some hardware problems.

I got up at 3:45am, showered, grabbed my stuff and left for ROC.

It seems to me that it wasn’t that long ago that ROC didn’t open until 5am for the 1st flight at 6am.  I got there today and the place was packed.  I’m glad I got there a little early because the security line was huge.

Someone tell me… what is it that made them decide to wand my hands along with the nerdy looking Asian guy in front of me?

TSA procedures really make me wonder sometimes.  Oh, well.  I shouldn’t complain.  They got me to NYC safely.

T5 at JFK

I just barely missed the bus and so I wandered back in to the terminal.  They had a Dunkin’ Doughnuts inside and I was really surprised that the airport DD had doughnuts for 99c.

Jet Blue (my favorite airline)

It took about as long to ride the bus from JFK to Penn Station as it did to fly from ROC to JFK.  I got off at Pennsylvania Station, oriented myself, and walked west to B and H Photo.

The place is HUGE.  Talk about a camera store.  This place has more of each brand of camera than most Best Buys have cameras.  In B and H if you want Nikon, you walk to the Nikon section of the store.  If you want Canon Lenses, you walk to the Canon Lens section.

B and H Photo and Video

If you are in to photography, and find yourself in NYC, you have to check out B and H.  This place has everything there is if it has to do with photography, and the size of the store will blow you away.

From there, I walked down Broadway heading towards Columbus Circle.  (I know my way around Midtown pretty well.)  So, I see this young couple kissing and I just had to take a photo.

Times Square Kiss

Oh, but before I got to the kissing couple (sorry, back tracking a few blocks here), on the steps of the Post Office was this guy in orange pants eating.  I think the pigeons thought it was breakfast for them too.  I love scenes like this in cities.  They kind of tell a story… or you can make one up if you like.

Breakfast for Whom?

Empire State Building

There are two buildings that just say, NYC.  They are the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.  I think it would be a shame to go to NYC and not at least see one of them from the street.  This early morning scene makes the ESB look so impressive (and it is).

Broadway and the Empire State Building

Standing on Broadway and looking at the Empire State Building… again… impressive.

So, I headed down Broadway and forgot that it split.  So, I had to cut over a block once I realized I had veered off Broadway.  I found a pizza place that was open and I was ready for breakfast.  Having been up since 3:45 and and it now being 10:30am, I was feeling a little hungry.

NY Pizza - The Best

I ordered a sausage roll (like a Stromboli but sealed at both ends).  It was the best I’ve ever had.  Washed it down with a diet Coke and I was ready to continue my walk north on Broadway.

Maranara Sauce, Diet Pepsi (Pepsi, no Coke), and My Sausage Roll

Out the door I went and shortly after, I ran in to the kissing couple.  Okay.. now we’re back to where I left off.

I continued north on Broadway until I got to Columbus Circle.  (In NYC, everything is a circle or a square.  Columbus Circle, Times Square, Washington Square, etc.  Or, at least it seems that way.)  Columbus Circle is at the lower-west end of Central Park, and very close to the Manhattan Temple.  So, I cut over to the Lincoln Center and then up to the temple.

Latter-day Saint Temple in NYC

Oh, and as I was there taking pictures, I saw this and had to take it for Kathy — It’s Jerry.  He found his way to the Big Apple.

Jerry and the Big Apple (that's what I named it)

The LDS Temple in Manhattan is quite a haven from the hustle and bustle of NYC.  Although I didn’t go inside this trip, I’ve been there before.  Once inside, you don’t hear the horns and the sirens that are so prevalent in the NYC aural pollution.  It is quiet and serene.

Another View of the Temple

From here, I decided to check out the farmer’s market that was going on across the street from the temple.  I bought the best apple I have ever had.  It was a Ruby Red and, well, if an apple could be perfect, this was it.

The Perfect Apple - a Ruby Red

I sat there eating my succulent apple and thinking… here I am in the Big Apple eating the best apple I’ve ever had while gazing at the temple.  Aside from freezing my butt off, it couldn’t have been much better than that.

After I finished my apple, I wandered around the farmer’s market.  A young lady asked if I’d like to sample some kale and raisins.

Huh?

Kale and raisins?

Sure, why not?

I tried it and it was pretty good.  It tasted like it had kale (of course), raisins (obviously), honey, balsamic vinegar and garlic.  It could have used a bit more salt and something to spice it up a bit.  She suggested cayenne pepper, but I think it cried out more for white pepper.

Continuing my walk, I walked east on 66th past the ABC studios (as recommended by Bruce Straasberg.)  Across the street from the studios is an impressive old fire house.

When I got to the corner of Central Park West (oh, that reminds me of a Thad Jones and Mel Lewis song), there was a posting on the lamp-post.

Filming Law and Order SVU

Makes you almost want to stick around until the 11th to watch.

I then cut across Central Park.  It was a nice walk across the park.  The park really is amazing.  There are times you are in the park that it doesn’t seem real that there is this much real estate in NYC that doesn’t have a 40+ story building on it.

The East Side of Central Park (model sailboat house in center)

There are some very cool statues in Central Park too.  The art in NYC is really what draws me to the city.

Alice and the Tea Party

Oh, and try to take a photo of the above sculpture without someone trying to climb on it while you are taking your picture.  It is pretty crazy.  Thank goodness I was fast.  It was right after some tourist stuck is 3 year old on the big mushroom and walked away to take a picture.  Of course, the kid was terrified and started screaming.  (Tourists get away with that.  Locals get Child Protective Services called on them.)

A Jackson Pollack

What it is that people see in a Jackson Pollack painting is beyond me.  Recently, someone suggested he hid is signature inside his paitings.  Right.  Enough drugs and you can claim anything you want is hidden in that painting.

Ice Ray Gun

Now, I’m more in to the Buck Rogers stuff in a museum.  Oh, by the way, I’m now inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  It’s on the west-side of Central Park.

Mini Statue of Liberty

If you don’t have time to see the real thing, you can go to the Met and see a small Statue of Liberty.    You can also see Rodin sculptures, sculptures pillaged from foreign lands and stuff that doesn’t even look like it should be called a sculpture.  I’m more in to the classics that the modern stuff.  So, I spent more time studying hand positions.  Like this…

Female Hand-by-Face Study

And appreciating art like this..

The Masters Knew How to Paint

I was really starting to feel my feet ache.  After having walked from Penn Station up to Columbus Circle, and across the park, and wandering around in the museum, I was looking for a place to sit.  (There are not many places to sit in the Met.)  I finally decided to leave and make my way south.

One Last Look at the Met

The “East Side” really has some cool buildings.  As I’m looking at some very nice apartment buildings, I couldn’t help but hum the theme song from the Jeffersons… ‘and we’re movin’ on up, to the east side…’

I just headed south, through the Diamond District and on down to 42nd where I made a left and headed to Grand Central Terminal (no, it is not Grand Central Station… but “terminal”.)  I went inside, but decided rush hour was not  a time you wanted to be in the terminal, so I got out of there before I got mowed down.

Grand Central (left) and the Chrysler Building (center)

I had some time so I grabbed a slice of pizza and salad at a local pizza kitchen.  NYC really does have the best pizza.  This was a “meat-lover’s” pizza that was mostly chicken breast, bacon and a little bit of sausage.  I sat there eating my pizza and watching the locals come in and chat with the cook, mothers with strollers looking for a place to park the little one while she orders, and tourists looking as though they were totally lost.

It was a fun day, but I think I bit off a little too much of the Big Apple for one day.  I caught a bus back to JFK where I sat for a couple of hours waiting for my flight home.

The flight home was a blur.  I slept the entire time.  Eighty-three minutes gone in a snap.

It was sure nice to get home and remove my boots.