Showing posts with label Night. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Night. Show all posts

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Nights In The Park

Finding Beauty In Darkness

My low-light photography journey began long ago. One of the first books I bought when I was learning to use a camera specialized in the challenges of capturing images in dimly lit conditions.



a photo of bethesda terrace central park at night in new york city
Bethesda Terrace and Reflections - Central Park, New York City




That was back in the film days, and the process was quite different. We didn't have the ability to confirm a proper exposure at the time of capture. HDR, Image Stabilization, and Night Mode didn't exist. High ISO film looked horrible, and the film that we used to capture most images required specially calculated adjustments to exposure time when the exposures lasted longer than a few seconds. Focusing effectively in the dark was extraordinarily challenging.



a photo of castle belvedere at night with a moon in new york city
Castle Belvedere With Moon - Central Park, New York




I didn't do terribly well at first, and for some years, I all but gave up the idea of taking photos at night. The only photos I took at night were star trails which, surprisingly, were easier to capture on film than with digital sensors.



a photo of bethesda terrace at night with the moon in central park new york
Bethesda Terrace With Moon - Central Park, New York




Once I made a firm switch to digital imaging, I gave night photography another try. One year, I went around the city photographing exterior Christmas decorations in the Winter darkness. It was a great exercise. I learned a lot in a few months, and I haven't looked back. I'm always looking for opportunities to capture the beauty of the night.



Camera:    
Fujifilm GFX 100S
Lenses:     GF 110mm f/2
                GF 30mm f/3.5
                GF 23mm f/4


Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright © 2021 Daniel R. South
www.dansouthphoto.com
All Rights Reserved


Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Autumn In Central Park - The Bow Bridge

New York's Romantic Treasure



a photo of the bow bridge in central park in autumn





a photo of the bow bridge in central park new york in autumn





a photo of the bow bridge central park new york city in autumn





a photo of the bow bridge at night central park new york city





Camera:    
Fujifilm GFX 100S
Lenses:     GF 30mm f/3.5
                GF 23mm f/4


Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright © 2021 Daniel R. South
www.dansouthphoto.com
All Rights Reserved


Friday, December 17, 2021

Museums As Art

Architectural Masterpieces



Sometimes the museum is as spectacular as its exhibits.



a photo of the fountains at the new york metropolitan museum of art at night
Fountains At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - New York (2021)





a night photo of the museum of natural history new york
Museum Of Natural History At Dusk - New York (2021)





a photo of the hayden planetarium new york at night daniel south photography
Hayden Planetarium - New York (2021)






Camera:    
Fujifilm GFX 100S
Lenses:     GF 30mm f/3.5
                GF 80mm f/1.7


Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright © 2021 Daniel R. South
www.dansouthphoto.com
All Rights Reserved



Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Columbus Circle At Night - New York City

At The Roundabout



a nighttime photo of rose hall jazz at lincoln center complex on columbus circle new york city
Rose Hall - Jazz At Lincoln Center - New York (2021)





a photo of the christopher columbus statue at columbus circle new york city
Statue Of Christopher Columbus At The Center Of The Circle





a night photo of the tall towers are columbus circle new york city
Tall Towers - Columbus Circle (2021)





a night photo of a new york city taxi cab racing toward columbus circle
Speeding Toward Columbus Circle - New York City (2021)





a photo of the subway entrance at columbus circle new york city at night
Columbus Circle Subway Entrance At Night




Camera:    
Fujifilm GFX 100S
Lenses:     GF 30mm f/3.5
                GF 23mm f/4


Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright © 2021 Daniel R. South
www.dansouthphoto.com
All Rights Reserved


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Guggenheim Museum At Night - New York (2021)

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fifth Avenue Masterpiece



a photo of the guggenheim museum at night on fifth avenue in new york city
Guggenheim Museum At Night - New York (2021)





Camera:    
Fujifilm GFX 100S
Lens:        Fujifilm GF 30mm f/3.5


Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright © 2021 Daniel R. South
www.dansouthphoto.com
All Rights Reserved


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Gotham City At Night

Every Soul Has Something To Confess



a photo of new york city on a steamy night




Frankie'd seen it all, the braggarts, the know-it-alls, the hustlers, the wide-eyed kids who'd just moved to the city and the opinionated morons who knew how to grab their attention with preposterous bravado. The regulars were mostly working stiffs who needed time to unwind after a hard day on the job, but there were more tragic characters in the mix - down on their luck salesmen struggling to keep up a good front, slick-haired jerks in wrinkled suits whose careers had taken a dive after a bad deal or two, guys who laughed a lot while they relived their glory days, and the dead bored housewives in mascara and tight dresses who thought those guys looked a whole lot more exciting than the worn-out, henpecked saps they'd left waiting back home.

Most nights, things ran smoothly. The smell of onion rings and stale beer overwhelmed everything but the raucous banter, and even that didn't matter. No one was really listening. No one really cared.

The night keeps its secrets until someone drinks too much and spills their guts, vents a controversial opinion, brags about the wrong conquest, or says the wrong word to the wrong person with predictably hostile consequences. No matter. Send the problems out the door and let the cops sort it out. It wasn't his job to clean up their mess, Frankie reminded himself about twelve times a night. He was just there to make people forget that bad stuff happens.



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


Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright © 2021 Daniel R. South
www.dansouthphoto.com
All Rights Reserved


Thursday, December 31, 2020

Bethesda Terrace at Night (2020)

Moving Forward


2020 has been a challenging year. Everyone knows someone who has lost someone, and many of us have lost people who were very dear to us.

We can't change what's happened. We'll never recover what's been lost. All we can do is stay strong and move forward with positive intentions and a new appreciation for what's truly important.



a photo of bethesda terrace at night in central park new york
Bethesda Terrace At Night (2020)



Live fully, love passionately, create fearlessly. Better days lie ahead. Every moment is precious, and there is not time to waste.


Camera:    Sony a7R IV
Lens:        Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L


Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright © 2020 Daniel R. South
www.dansouthphoto.com
All Rights Reserved


Thursday, December 10, 2020

Night View Of The Bow Bridge - Central Park (2020)

Romantic Reflections



a photo of the bow bridge in central park at night



The elegant curves of Central Park's Bow Bridge have been featured in movies and television shows.

Across the water are some of New York's most exclusive residential properties. The building with the tall towers is The Eldorado (with the tall towers). The Dakota, where John Lennon lived, is just beyond the left edge of the frame.


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


Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright © 2020 Daniel R. South
www.dansouthphoto.com
All Rights Reserved


Saturday, November 14, 2020

Throwback Taxi - New York City (2020)

Dream Car


A classic ride for a groom and a bride!



a photo of an old fashioned taxi in new york





Camera:    
Sony a7R IV
Lens:        Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM @ f/1.8


Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright © 2020 Daniel R. South
www.dansouthphoto.com
All Rights Reserved


Monday, October 26, 2020

Tribute Lights - New York City (2019)

New Perspectives on a Solemn Anniversary


I missed the the 9/11 tribute lights this year. I had heard that they were planning to cancel the them due to the pandemic. I saw on the news that they actually were on, so either they changed their plans at the last-minute, or my information was wrong. Hopefully, things will be a bit more normal by next September. This was only the second time that I have missed the anniversary.

Thankfully, I was able to photograph the lights last year, when I captured some of my favorite images, including this one that I shot from one of the piers on the Hudson River.



a photo of 9/11 tribute lights from the new york side of the river
9/11 Tribute Lights - New York City (2019)




This was one of my first attempts to adapt my Canon 24mm tilt-shift lens to a Sony mirrorless camera body. I sold most of my Canon gear years ago, but I couldn't bring myself to part with this lens, because I loved it so much.

This lens was my favorite for landscapes and architecture during my Canon years. Happily, its optical performance is outstanding, and it adapts well to sensors with resolution that I could not have imagined when I purchased it ten years ago.

When you're lucky enough to discover a classic, hold onto it.


Camera:    
Sony a7R III
Lens:        Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L


Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright © 2020 Daniel R. South
www.dansouthphoto.com
All Rights Reserved



Tuesday, April 30, 2019

South Street Seaport At Night

The New Pier 17


South Street Seaport sustained extensive damage in the autumn of 2012 when Superstorm Sandy hit New York City. Many buildings had to be repaired. The beloved waterside structure on Pier 17 was damaged so badly that it had to be torn down and replaced.



a photo of the new south street seaport pier 17 at night in new york city
South Street Seaport At Night - The New Pier 17



This is the new Pier 17 structure. It looks rather bland during the day, unfortunately, but they light it up in the evening. It doesn't have the charm of the old Pier 17, one of New York's most recognizable landmarks. But perhaps the new structure will be better able to withstand the storms of the future.



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


Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2019 Daniel R. South
All Rights Reserved



Sunday, March 31, 2019

Times Square Subway At Night

Navigating America's Most Famous Intersection




a photo of the times square subway station at night new york
Times Square Subway At Night




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


Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2019 Daniel R. South
All Rights Reserved



Thursday, February 28, 2019

Green Kitchen Diner - New York

Color Of Night Series




a photo of a new york diner at night by daniel south




I began my study of photography by purchasing some books from the Borders bookstore near my home. Lee Frost's "The Complete Guide To Night And Low Light Photography" was particularly inspiring. I used to sit and read it for hours on end, carefully looking at each photo and reading how it was captured.

Mr. Frost's beautiful work inspired me to experiment with taking pictures in the dark. I have always been fascinated by the color, texture, and drama of city lights at night. I love to capture shots like this.



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


Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2019 Daniel R. South
All Rights Reserved



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



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