Central Park with path, benches and lamps

Central Park with path, benches and lamps

Central Park in autumn left me with feelings of nostalgia and romance.  I found that the special effects manipulations on my Photo Express iPad app helped to evoke these soft and elegiac feelings better than the unedited photos.  For example, consider these three versions of the above photo:

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Which one do you like best?  It’s hard to choose, isn’t it?

I did get carried away with the dramatic, artsy manipulations of my photos from Central Park.  I hope you like the kaleidoscope of colors and images as much as I do.

The Mall

The Mall

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Watercolor sketch of oak leaves and acorns from the trees lining the reservoir at Central Park

Watercolor sketch of oak leaves and acorns from the trees lining the reservoir at Central Park

 

 

Just before I left for my trip to New York City, I heard about the photographic series called “Humans of New York” by Brandon Stanton.  What started as a website and blog eventually turned into a book featuring the most amazing photographs of ordinary people.  I still haven’t seen the book, but I’m on the reserve list for it at my library.

Another NYC photographer, Richard Renaldi, inspires even more creativity in making portraits — he stages shots of two or more people — total strangers he meets on the streets — touching each other in intimate and formal photographs.  You can see a short YouTube video of Renaldi at work here.

I aspire to take more and better portraits of people, and although this wasn’t the focus of my forays in NYC with my camera, I did capture in my viewfinder a few “humans of New York.”  Enjoy.

Cigarette break

On break from the counter

Photographer and model on the High Line

Photographer and model on the High Line

Jazz performers at Washington Square

Jazz performers at Washington Square

Professionals in black, taken in an office building in Midtown

Professionals in black, taken in an office building in Midtown

Macaroons anyone?

Macaroons anyone?

On break at the Chelsea Market

On break at the Chelsea Market

Waiting in line for coffee, Chelsea Market  (New Yorkers have to get used to waiting in lines)

Waiting in line for coffee, Chelsea Market (New Yorkers have to get used to waiting in lines)

Clown sighting on a subway train

Clown sighting on a subway train

Man in a striped scarf in coffee shop

Man in a striped scarf in coffee shop

Photographer and squirrel in Central Park

Photographer and squirrel in Central Park

Texting and driving (do not try this at home)

Texting and driving (do not try this at home)

Central Park in Winter

February 2, 2013

Central Park

Central Park

“I have never found a city without its walkers’ rewards.”
— John Finley, “Traveling Afoot”

Temperatures plummeted to about 10 degrees during our final two days in NYC, but we found that it was comfortable walking as long as we stayed bundled up.  Walking through the trees of Central Park broke the wind, taking the biggest edge off the cold.  The park was a starkly beautiful place in winter.  We happened to be there when they city was making snow for a winter festival.  The sparkly moisture in the air created an eerily beautiful backdrop to the views.

Windy path in Central Park

Windy path in Central Park

Park benches

Park benches

Horse-drawn carriage

Horse-drawn carriage

The park was quiet in the cold winter morning

The park was quiet in the cold winter morning

Trees of Central Park

Trees of Central Park

Snow-making machine at work

Snow-making machine at work

Central Park

Central Park

Lamp posts, Central Park

Lamp posts, Central Park

Trees near the Mall, Central Park

Trees near the Mall, Central Park

Benches lining the Mall

Benches lining the Mall

The Mall, Central Park

The Mall, Central Park