Archive for September, 2010
That was extremely funny and easygoing photosession once. It happened during rehearsals at Russian Brighton Ballet School in Brooklyn. I simply fixed paper seamless backdrop to a wall and set a couple of strobes, one in a softbox and another one shooting through white umbrella.
Girls were doing the rest of my job, except pressing the button maybe But at some moment I found them photographing each other with point and shoot cameras on my backdrop, they were definitely having fun.
This was a headshot portrait session with a well-known composer Andy Mendelson in Lower Manhattan.
We started at his apartment, played a guitar a little bit trying to achieve that ‘moment of creativity’ look and then came out toward beautiful morning light.
To be mobile I used just a couple of Canon Speedlites indoor and only one strobe shooting through softbox when outdoor on-location. The softbox was handheld by my assistant, who was also walking backward at times, parallel to Andy moving toward my camera – tricky part
I was wandering around Battery Park City the other day and ended up at World Trade Center Ground Zero. And there was a perfect modern urban picture waiting for me:
But before I got there I was stunned by another view, more pleasant to my eye, quiet and calm on lovely Sunday morning:
Can you tell me what year it is?
These 2 photographs separated by just a few blocks, but what a difference! I love to travel around the globe and find these amazing small gems, pieces of life we live and sometimes don’t appreciate. That’s why I got here almost 4 years ago, and fell in love with this city, it’s diversity and craziness!
Just a couple of glimpses
Double-decker for Mersedeses at 3rd World Trade Center building.
Did she realize this match of colors? I guess not
Another family photography session in Central Park on lovely summer day with a beautiful princess Aidan and her parents Melissa and Rob.
Need to admit she was extremely shy and we had difficulties to get her in front of camera But we played and did let her play her game
As the result I believe we got plenty of catching images of this great family.
Tornado hit Queens borough of New York City on 9/16 around 6pm.
At first I thought it was nothing severe because everything we saw out of our windows was quite strong wind causing waves of water in the air, blackened skies and it lasted just for about 5 min. Gone. Nothing. But almost immediately started sirens of emergency vehicles. From all directions. Again could be just regular storm, we have had a couple of it this year. But, after 30 min sirens still coming I started to worry about my car parked on the street I guess not only me.
Still didn’t want to go outside. After a helicopter with a projector had hung over our building for 10 min it got to me that it’s quite serious somewhere close to us. I checked traffic in goggle.maps and got a shock – no one time saw I all local streets black. Something was happening out there for sure. And we went to see it ourselves as many of you did.
That was something extraordinary by any measure! Many people will remember those 5 min of nature’s anger for long time: smashed cars, destroyed trees, damaged houses etc.
And below you’ll find photographs witnessing human weakness before nature’s power.
Morning 9/17 update: more new pictures from around the Queens affected by the storm and tornado.
Meteorologists said that the majority of the damage came from the macroburst in Queens. A macroburst is an intense gust of wind that pours down from a storm. According to the National Weather Service, the macroburst started in the Middle Village section of Queens and ended in Forest Hills, and was 8 miles long and 5 miles wide with winds up to 125 mph.
And that’s what we actually see here.
At the end of another very long day I still had some juice and lights set ready And there were a couple of cool guys helping us with running the photoshoot whom I wanted to photograph. Luckily for me they were interested.
So I just used one rather big softbox for a swift 3-minutes sessions for both Anvil and Carl. I kinda like the result
It was a very long and fast-moving fashion lookbook photoshoot. The team was working together for the first time and I hope we will have a chance to work again, I like the result very much!
Thanks to all:
Make-up and Hair – Wenya Chang – amazing work, all images you’ll see here are NOT touched for any skin or hair issues (and mostly straight out of the camera, just basic level/contrast/sharpening adjustments). During the whole shoot Wenya was all the time doing the right stuff in the right moment. No need to ask her – she fixes a problem before you see it.
Model – Micaela Piccolo – extremely professional and hard-working, I admire her because she almost couldn’t stand at the end of the very hard day but was able to smile! And what a smile she has!!!
And to me she has that look of Monica Bellucci – check the pictures below for yourself
I had a nice relaxing morning drive to Berkshire area on last day of August. It’s always so inspiring to see all the beauty of the nature and those amazing old small towns. I was very well charged to photograph the interior so nicely created by Boston area interior designer Mary Courville. We worked together for the first time but I believe we did quite great job photographing this lovely house