Monday, October 28, 2013

NYC Day Three | Black, White & Night

Anyone who has ever tried street photography, 

As in, with your arm down at your side, or sitting in your lap. Bump up that shutter speed, slap on a wide and go (on silent shutter) -- people don't stiffen up when you aim at them, and even if they're looking at you, they're not looking at the camera and are a ton more relaxed and interesting.   And yes, it was partly because I was cold and lazy...and oddly obsessed with the photos that turned out, which on a wide angle, turned out to be more rather than less.

You're not looking for perfection, you're snapping up an essence; a scent to bring out when you're missing it. 

These are from our last day in New York. We spent it down in Greenwich Village and since I'm always a sucker for the classic black and white, all those B&W are from earlier in the day. Later, we headed down past the WTC building to Brooklyn for some Ignazio's Pizza (compliments of Marca's suggestion), and skyline shots. Those, I obviously brought up to my eye. But still -- those freestyle street shots are worth a try. Tellin' ya. Try it. Do it. 
After you read this...


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Waiting for my college buddy, Ben, at Ignazio's Pizza.

Under the Brooklyn Bridge,
 on our way back to the hotel for the last time.

It's been good New York! Now back to life :)

Friday, October 25, 2013

NYC Day Two Pt. 2 | CanonPI10 Premier

"Celebrities poop too."  Someone told me that a while ago, and though I wish I could say I wholeheartedly believed it, I'm a step closer since getting shut down by Jamie Foxx ;-P  I'll explain later -- my aim is to de-glitzify this whole dealio for ya so people can quit thinking I'm living the life, however awesome the privilege was.

Mom and I got ready and headed off on the subway to Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center -- this is how the classy ones get to the events, don't be fooled.  Freezing our ever-lovin' tails off and hating heels, we backtracked the blocks that the express train took us past.  

"So much for doin' the hair." --Mom, with tresses blown straight back.  Good laughs, for real.


Got there, got checked in and got our tickets and checked out all the winners' photos on the gallery wall.  Looked fabulous!

Winning Photographs Mine_Galery Wall of Screens Inside AliceTully

Mingled around and met other photographers that I'd only known by FB profile pictures -- very cool, and such awesome people.  Meanwhile we waited for the red-carpeters to come in.  

B&W_Red Carpet

Yup, for those who were wondering, we didn't walk the red carpet with the celebs (the entire audience was basically made up of the winners and +1s, so it wouldn't make much sense for all of us to barrel down it).  We were told they'd leave it up though, so afterwards we could take pictures if we wanted (chyuh).

But I totally caught sight of Ron Howard and all his blurriness!


And Eva Longoria and her shortness!  (Chic's literally like, 5 feet -- she looks so much taller on TV).


And then Jamie Foxx.  Lol, not gonna tell that story yet -- but check him out!  

He's all...

He's all_Jaimie Foxx

And we're all...
(Remember we're all photographers, so everyone's goin' nuts with our 
built-in-paparazzi-ness.  Well played, Canon, well played.)

And we're all

So we all go into the Starr Theater to find our seats.


Second row helped with my stealthy shots.  (C'mon, get real, all of us had our cameras out; it was kind of hilarious in a sad sort of way).  

The celebrity and winning filmmakers came out to present their films...among them the co-inventor/founder of Twitter.  He's the guy with the mic.

Beginning Presentation Filmmakers Filmmakers_Wide

And then we watched all the films!  They were all well made, some better than others and some I didn't get at all (I say this as a self-appointed can't-talk critic like the rest of humanity -- I digress).  

Here's a sneaky shot of what Jamie Foxx did with Andrew & Tara's photo (my bride & groom):

So the question on your mind that errrrbody's been asking:

Did I get to meet Jamie Foxx.  Lol, not really.  Everyone took off to the open bar, and I noticed Jamie and his entourage were still hanging out near their theater seats.  With the urging of my mom, I figure I might as well introduce myself and tell him something my friend Theo wanted me to tell him ("Just breathe and tell him to be in Bad Boys III.  All you gotta remember").

And not that I feel incredibly entitled, but if I were a filmmaker who used someone else's shots, it'd be at least interesting to see who took 'em.

Went up to the top and took this -- hardly anyone was there, unlike before where throngs pressed from every side...

Empty Alice Tully Wide

There were tops 10 people -- So I went down and he had a little girl on his lap, sitting next to Harry Belafonte (the girl in front of me looked at me like I was a cyclops when I asked who it was.  Apparently he's a Grammy Winner and political activist -- changed Jamie Foxx's life.  Whoops.)  

Up Close_Jaimie Foxx, Harry Bellafonte

He got up, I was in his row right next to him and I kid you not, he made eye contact long enough for me to smile and start to say hi and he turned away.  (Burnnnn)  Granted, Alicia Keys walked up to talk to him.  By all means, girl -- meanwhile a stalker shot from the hip.  How classy am I....

Alicia Keys

When he seemed like he wasn't in the middle of anything, I literally tried two more times -- he even paid enough attention to me to get halfway through my sentence before turning his back on me, haha, so point taken.  I concede -- I didn't wanna be a crazy person, so I left. Dude! You're welcome for the inspiration, yo!  ;-) 

"Celebrities poop too." -- if that doesn't humanize them for ya, I don't know what will. Lol, went back out with Mumsy and met a bunch more of the photographers and filmmakers.  Got our goodie-bags when we walked the empty red carpet afterwards and could take pictures.  Rory and Susan were awesome enough to take our pictures.

Mom and Me Red Carpet

And just because I could (and because my feet were killing me)  ;-P


And who can resist a blurry selfie? 

Blurry Selfie

 So there ya have it folks!  That's what it was like and we can allll finally move past this awesome experience. I'm here to remind ya that it's just a crowd-sourced publicity stunt (it works, lol) but Mom and I had a blast!  

Mom and I are gonna check out the Brooklyn Bridge park and then meet up with a couple of my local college friends!  Peace.

NYC Day Two Pt. 1 | Shooting from the hip

As much as I hate looking the tourist, I am in fact a tourist.  (Shh) One way I fixed that was keeping my camera down and pointing my wide-angle wherever I saw fit -- and I'm just lazy when I'm cold, but things turned out to be just as interesting.  Snippets from the day (some obviously not shot from the hip).
  • Diner breakfast
  • Chess at Washington Square Park (Rooftop scene from "August Rush")
  • Greenwich Village
  • Central Park
  • Ate at Blossom
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And then THIS KID.

Mom and I were waiting for our check in Blossom, and he piped up right next to our table; asked if we wanted to see a magic trick, which of course, duh.  This lead to the novelty of his skeleton gloves...


...which I then taught how he could make into a bunny which he proceeded to show to every single table in the restaurant.


Winner of the day :-P

 Then we headed out to get ready for the film festival -- those pics later!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

NYC Day One | CanonPI10 and an explanation...

I figured it'd be simpler to explain on here why I'm in New York instead of individually clarifying for everyone.

Basically, you remember a year ago when Canon & Ron Howard's Project Imaginat10n took off?  And I might've clogged your feed with this photo to solicit votes?  

So, in the simplest way I can, 

  • 10 Categories (Character, Setting, Mood, etc.)
  • 10 Winners in each category (except for 1 winner in the last category, "Discovery") = 91 winners
  • 5 Celebrity Directors (Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone, James Murphy, and Georgiana Chapman)
  • Each director chose one photo from every category (10 photos) and based a short film on those 10 photos.  Five other filmmakers went through a similar competition in making films and those winners will also premier their films.
So since mine was in the "Mood" category, Jamie Foxx's film will have a mood that was inspired by my photo -- it is not, I repeat, not based solely on my photo, lol.  However cool that would be.
And that's why I'm here!  :-D  The Premier Event happens tomorrow night at Alice Tulley Hall at the Lincoln Center.  To clarify further:
  • Not positive I'll even get to meet Jamie Foxx 
RoomBut all in all, it'll be a jolly grande time with my Mumsy :)  We drove through Chatt and flew from Nashville to JFK to our fun, teensie hotel room :-P  I'd show you the view from our window, but it faces a brick wall.

And yup, we're boring and old and past the hype of Times Square so we're chillin' out -- basically just ventured out for a chai.  Big adventures!  :-P


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