Camera: NIKON D7000, Lens: Nikon 17-55mm AF-S f/2.8 Post Production: LR5 Camera: iPhone 5 Apps: Photos taken with standard Camera App, processed via VSCO, posted via Instagram Location: In and around the Grand Central Station Terminal Area, NYC.
As a photographer the winter season opens up some great days and moments to just go out and shoot just because. So I partnered up once again with my good friend GianCarlo (instagram: @giancar1ovizhnay, go follow him), for yet another shoot (see our first outing to the Long Island City Piers, see post here). I have to say it helps when you’re not the only looney that wants to go out an shooting just because, I recommend it actually, I think that you can help challenge each other as well as learn from each others strengths.
The day couldn’t be better to try something that I haven’t really gone out to do on purpose, shooting in the elements. So a cold snowy night in NYC we headed out to one of the most busiest areas of the city, Grand Central Station, in midtown Manhattan. Suffice it to say, it provides a perfect backdrop for our photos.
Shooting at night requires long shutter speed to allow the available light to hit the camera’s sensor to allow for a proper exposure, especially since we kept our ISO settings at 100 the whole night. None the less, this requires a steady shot. So it gave me the opportunity to try out once again my new tripod, the Beike BK-475, which I totally recommend to any newer photographers in need of a solid versatile tripod that doesn’t break the bank. At under $100, it’s a an amazing value, especially since you can use one of it’s legs as a monopod. But enough with the infomercial, lol.
The challenges of shooting in the elements of snow/rain/etc is obviously protecting your gear. Having a Nikon weather sealed body and lens eliminated the worry as I knew it could handle the current conditions. The only time the elements played a factor was when having to lower the tripod and pointing the camera upwards to get a hight point of view for the shot. Which expose the front of the lens directly into the elements, in this case the snow. So after a shot or two, I would have to reset the camera in order to wipe and clean the lens. However grabbing the right shot only took several tries, so it wasn’t a big deal.
Oddly enough I thought that setting up and photographing in such a heavily populated area would present problems with too many people getting in the way of grabbing the photos we were seeking, however that was far from the case. It turned out to be a pleasant experience. So thanks again to my friend who picked out this great location which allowed me to capture the following photos.
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