Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year's Eve 2018

Wishing You A Prosperous New Year!





a photograph of restaurant orsay in new york city at night




Camera:    Sony a7R3
Lens:        Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS



Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2018 Daniel R. South
All Rights Reserved


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

New York Diner On Christmas Day

Merry Christmas 2018!




a photo of a new york city diner decorated for christmas
3-Star Diner On Christmas Day




Obstructions are everywhere. Sometimes, we can work around them, but in many cases we have to include them in a way that doesn't detract from the subject. 


I couldn't move the light poles, so I created a frame by placing them at about the same distance from either side of the photo. I like the not-so-subtle effect of the One Way signs pointing toward the diner, as if to say, "Look this way!" 

The garbage cans are small in comparison to the poles, so their impact is minimal. It's New York. No one should be surprised that we have garbage here. It adds authenticity. ;-)

I did clone out an empty beverage cup that was rolling around in the street, and I used layers to erase a worker in the diner whose face was prominent in the original photo (luckily, I made multiple exposures). But the light poles, the garbage cans, the fire hydrant, and the delivery bike are all part of the composition, for better or for worse. There's a lot going on in the city. Sometimes, you have to work with what's in front of you.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Camera:    Sony a7R III
Lens:        Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS



Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2018 Daniel R. South
All Rights Reserved



Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Bike Men - Union Square Park

Thrills On Wheels





a photo in black and white of two men performing stunts on bicycles in union square park
Bike Men - Union Square Park




Camera:    Sony a7R3
Lens:        Sony FE 85mm f/1.8

Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2018 Daniel R. South
All Rights Reserved



Monday, December 3, 2018

Top Of The Flatiron Building (Black and White)

New York City in Black and White




a photo of the top of the flatiron building in new york city in black and white





Camera:    Sony a7Rii
Lens:        Sony FE 85mm f/1.8

Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2018 Daniel R. South
All Rights Reserved



Wednesday, November 21, 2018

New York City in Black and White - Bench

La Ville en Noir et Blanc




a photo of a bench in new york city in black and white photography daniel south





Camera:    Sony a7R III
Lens:        Sony FE 85mm f/1.8

Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2018 Daniel R. South
All Rights Reserved


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Twilight Tranquility

Last Light On Florida's Gulf Coast



a photo of a person on a florida beach taking a photo with a mobile phone at twilight
Twilight Tranquility



Camera:    Sony a7R III
Lens:        Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM


Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2018 Daniel R. South
All Rights Reserved




Sunday, October 21, 2018

Florida Fishing Pier In Black and White

Mood And Motion



a photo of a fishing pier on a florida beach in black and white
Florida Fishing Pier in Black and White



The black and white rendering brings out the drama of the clouds and the waves as a storm brews over the Gulf of Mexico.


Camera:    Sony a7R III
Lens:        Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM

Black and White conversion in Adobe Lightroom

Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2018 Daniel R. South
All Rights Reserved



Sunday, September 30, 2018

Post-Sunset Color - Gulf of Mexico

Last Light On Florida's Gulf Coast




a photo of fading colors after sunset from the florida gulf coast
Post-Sunset Color - Gulf of Mexico




Life just wouldn't be as much fun without sunsets!


Camera:    Sony a7R III
Lens:        Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA

Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2018 Daniel R. South
All Rights Reserved



Monday, September 17, 2018

Boat Under A Cloud - Gulf Of Mexico

Sailing In Solitude




a photo of a speed boat passing under a white cloud in the gulf of mexico florida
Boat Under A Cloud - Gulf Of Mexico





Camera:    Sony a7R III
Lens:        Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS


Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2018 Daniel R. South
All Rights Reserved


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Pier At Last Light On Florida's Gulf Coast

At The Edge Of Light And Water




a photo of a Pier at sunset Florida Gulf Coast daniel south photography
Pier At Last Light On Florida's Gulf Coast





Camera:    Sony a7R III
Lens:        Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM

Gear Note: This lens is outstanding, sharper than the competition (I owned the Canon 16-35 f/2.8L II previously) and sharp edge to edge.

Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2018 Daniel R. South
All Rights Reserved



Friday, July 6, 2018

Giacometti At The Guggenheim

Impressionistic Inspirations In Metal

For decades, I have been a fan of the works of Twentieth-Century Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). I find his sculptures to be particularly inspiring. With their exaggerated proportions and rough finish, Giacometti's works offer a wildly impressionistic view of the human form and other familiar shapes and items.




a photo of Le Chien Dog sculpture by Alberto Giacometti
Le Chien (Dog) - Alberto Giacometti






a photo of Grande Tête Mince sculpture by Alberto Giacometti
Grande Tête Mince (Large Thin Head) - Alberto Giacometti







a photo of The Nose Le Nez sculpture by Alberto Giacometti
The Nose (Le Nez) - Alberto Giacometti








a photo of sculpture Reclining Woman Who Dreams by Alberto Giacometti guggenheim new york
Reclining Woman Who Dreams - Alberto Giacometti








a photo of sculpture man apollo by alberto giacometti daniel south photography
Man (Apollo) - Alberto Giacometti




The Guggenheim Museum in New York is hosting an impressive collection of Giacometti's sculptures and drawings through 12 September 2018. If you are planning to be in the New York area over the next couple of months, put the Giacometti exhibition at the top of your must-see list.



Camera:    
                Sony a7R II
Lenses:      
                Sony FE 35mm f/1.8
                Sony FE 85mm f/1.8

Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2018 Daniel R. South
All Rights Reserved



Saturday, June 30, 2018

Red-Haired Man Walking White Dog

A Relaxing Evening Stroll

Fun with Fido



a photo of a Red-Haired Man Walking a White Dog by Daniel South Photographer
Enjoying an evening stroll...





a photo of a Red-Haired Man Walking White Dog by Daniel South
...with man's best friend



Camera:    Sony a7R II
Lens:        Sony FE 35mm f/1.8

Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2018 Daniel R. South
All Rights Reserved


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Red Fender - New York City

Color, Curve, And Reflection



a photo of the fender of a shiny red mini cooper in new york city
Red Fender - New York City




Camera:    Sony a7R III
Lens:        Sony FE 85mm f/1.8

Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2018 Daniel R. South
All Rights Reserved



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Three Sisters (2016)

Abstract Color Photography



an abstract color photograph three sisters by daniel south
Three Sisters (2016)



It's all just a dream until you make it come true.



Camera:    Nikon D810
Lens:        Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G ED

Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2018 Daniel R. South
All Rights Reserved


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Follow Your Heart

The Importance Of Intuition In Art and Life

Photography is a highly intuitive pursuit. As we interact with out surroundings, we find ourselves drawn to certain subjects and settings, not because some rule or calculation sends us in that direction, but because of how we feel when we see them. 

Once we select a setting and a subject, we continue to interact with them as we fine tune the images that we seek to create.

All of these choices are highly personal, driven by an intuitive, instinctive capacity that we never fully comprehend. When our choices are made honestly, a true expression of what we feel within, they form the basis of each individual's style.



a photo of a green plywood construction wall in midtown manhattan new york city
Green Plywood Wall - Midtown, Manhattan



"Your feet will bring you to where your heart is." - Irish Proverb


When I'm working with my camera, I frequently come to decision points where there is no clear advantage to going in one direction or another. Should I follow this road north or south? Should I set up lights or work with the light that is available? Should I try a different lens? Should I ask my subject to do something that's outside of their comfort zone?

In these moments, I find that it's better not to think but to feel. At a crossroad, I'll make an instantaneous decision - right or left? I leave it up to my body. Whichever direction it decides to go is the right one. I'll find something there to photograph, and the results will surprise me. 

Your heart knows where it wants to do. Your feet know how to take you there. Trust your instincts and your intuition. Relax, take your time, and embrace the magic of chance.

May the luck of the Irish be with you.


Camera:    Sony a7R III
Lens:        Sony FE 16-24mm f/2.8 GM

Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2018 Daniel R. South
All Rights Reserved