July 4th Fireworks Photos! A Simple Guide to Cool Images

(This is a previously published article, but the fireworks haven’t changed, so it should all still hold true.)

Living in A Powder Keg and Giving Off Sparks!

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CE WEEK – A Fast Look at Some Cool New Tech

It’s the halfway mark to CES in Las Vegas, and CE WEEK has come to NYC.
What that means is that a lot of new tech that may be useful for you as a photog, or just tech for your life is getting shown off. Haven’t put into a real world review situation yet, but looks good at first gut reaction.

Here is a quick look at what caught my eye:
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Real World Review: Nikon D750 – A Lot To Love In A Smaller Package

First of all, I’d like to say that Nikon has totally gotten the Wi-Fi right! The Nikon D750 works like crazy.
After shooting for the day at the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, I was transferring the photos to my phone while on the subway and posting to social media, immediately.
Right until the subway went underground.
Just had to open with that as I’m very excited about that feature. (yes, used a bit of Instagram filtration)

Ok, let’s get down to rest of the real world review.
The Nikon D750 has become the choice for photographers everywhere with good reason.
Smaller form factor than the D810, outstanding auto-focus choices, (I go for the c with a single) and a ton more.

The auto-focus was super fast and dead on. The choices of the grouping of focus points was a fun exercise till I found the right one. Went with a group of 4.
The range of the focus points, while still at 51,like the D810, had a smaller overall coverage on the whole versus the D810.

The new deeper grip,smaller size, and weight made the D750 a very comfortable camera for a day’s walkabout. Felt the difference from the D810 immediately. I have been going with a wrist grip from Cotton Carrier for the street shooting. Always in the hand, and always ready. The lighter weight and smaller footprint help that comfort factor.

Another added feature is the U1 and U2 choices for setting your customized settings depending on the situation. Easy to get to and very handy in a rush.

Some photogs have even been posting their settings for landscapes and portraits for you to emulate, but it’ll tag the images with their metadata if you go that way.

Find you own way on this front. Experiment and customize to your specific needs.

Another asked for and answered feature is the variable angle LCD.
get all artsy and shoot the ground.

Finally! The real deal vari-angle LCD on a full frame Nikon camera. Great addition for the street photography side as well. My favorite use is shooting above a crowd, in what call the Hail Mary shot.

The megapixel wars rages on, but this unit sits at a very comfortable 24mp. That is your first difference with the D810. 36mp vs. 24mp. What you need, depends on what you shoot. Are you in the studio? Landscapes? Still lifes? More MP is always good, but you’ll pay and extra $1000. for that. Maybe use that money towards good glass.

Here is a shot right out of the camera. No post.
And a blowup from that frame:
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The 24MP could be all you are looking for.

The advantage of the Nikon system is also the legacy of the developed tech.
You will get an outstanding video camera in the d750, and many of the same features in the D810 are present.

Like the D810, the D750 can output uncompressed video to an external recorder and simultaneously record compressed video to one of the SD cards. The camera has built in stereo microphones but also features a 3.5mm jack for an external microphone or headphone. I’m a fan of the flat pass ( kinda like video RAW)
Remember, you’ll have to get you post production chops honed if you want to use the flat pass, which need to be color corrected to the best advantage. A skill you can learn that will give you a better image, in my eyes. Or go with the color from the camera, which is still awesome.

And another word about the Wi-Fi: no more Nikon dongles!
The app worked flawlessly, and the connection from the camera to my iPhone was fast. I was able to review over 1000 images pretty quick and post appropriately. Admittedly, it was Instagram and Facebook, but that what we do.
And not a clunky proprietary site that made a transfer hard. They smoothed out the rough edges. As you can see, it loaded the JPGs and NEFs. I always shoot both, so I can post a smaller file fast. Last year, The Guardian in the UK contacted me 10 minutes after I posted an Instagram shot asking to use it, with credit. Heck yeah!


2 SD card slots, so the death of the CF card seems all but assured in the consumer world.

You do get some scene choices and I’m always a fan of the “miniature” selection but it works best from a rooftop, or anywhere you can back off enough to have a spatial differential.

A strange choice on the inputs was to go with USB 2 instead of USB 3, or another faster transfer technology.
Yes, there is a mic input, and yes, just use it as a guide track for your real external mic.Of, course a headphone jack.

*24 MP
*Smaller body
*Full Frame
*Variable angle LCD
*Built in Wi-Fi
*Shutter life of 150,000 actuations
*6.5fps (15 RAW at this speed)

Other features include Zebra patterning to indicate overexposed highlights on the screen when shooting video, but I wish it had Zebra focusing, OK,maybe in a software upgrade.

It is a perfect upgrade from a D700, and $1000 less expensive than a D810.

You will use this camera for a good long time. Pick up the Nikon D750 at BH with a whole bunch of extras thrown in, for about $2000 USD.

Wyatt Neumann : Last Notes From The Road

please see note at bottom of post.

First posted this in May, 2009, Wyatt Neumann, photographer, has recently become a cause célèbre for his photographs of his children posted online. A loving, devoted,father, this series has become a polarizing discussion of artist rights.
But he’s a good photographer. Have a look at some of his work before the controversy.The Flickr link is working. Forget the madness.

We met this guy over cocktails in the south of France and knew from his incredible energy, he had a definite point of view of the world. A very intense one.
In the night heat of the June coast of the Riviera, you could easily sense that this photographer/director, was just about to burst out of his skin, in a good way. He was going to tell you things you may not have heard. Or wanted to hear. Some random, Hunter Thompson moment was probably not that far off in the future.

3452951287_a1b3c9d2de © Wyatt Neumann
And now, he’s told us about his intense love of life, and that perspective, through his first time exhibit of photographs called “Elephants and Boa Constrictors”.
Some of you may know the reference to “The Little Prince” from the first page of that classic childrens book by Antoine de Saint-Exupry.

3453624986_f17874a2ab © Wyatt Neumann

Now here is the thing about this show: it consisted of 427 photos printed 3.5″x3.5″ and hung linearly in random order. It was up for one night, only.
We missed it.
But now it lives on Flickr

We watched it in a slide show version from Flickr, which is what we recommend .

Darn it, got ahead of ourselves for a second. Where were we…..?

Oh right. The images.

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The imagery is of a world that Wyatt has traveled, seen, experienced, and shares with us, not in a Robert Frank way, but in what we imagine a Jack Keroac way would be. It’s a bit more personal, more poetic, and in your face, as the artist himself is.
There is no denying the intensity of the images, or the original. The people in his path across the US, and the constants in his life appear periodically through the random stream of images, which together, get you on a journey, very hand crafted by Mr. Neumann.

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The vignetting of each image, focuses your eye to the main story, and frames the subjects with a certain respect. Not a raw, harsh, reality yet still authentic and true.
And there are tender moments. The lighting belies those, as they become a respite, and help the viewer move through the series with a balanced life.
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Wyatt has brought his emotions to the surface here, and there is little between you and the image to buffer it.

Did the small print images get the viewer closer to review the images in person, to make it more intimate ?
Or does the slide show on Flickr give you time to breath in and experience each image on it’s own?
Your call, but it was a great use of our time to watch the random linear tales unfold on the screen.

It’s a rich trip you can take right from your desktop. Enjoy the ride.
And safe travels.

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Last week we lost a friend, Wyatt Neumann.
While riding his motorcycle he suffered a brain aneurysm, and lost control of his bike. He tragically died on Friday, leaving his wife, and 2 very young children.
He lived life to the fullest, and doted on his children.
This is a guy who set up a gallery sale and auction of photographs, to help out out the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Maybe we can return the generosity he showed.
If you feel you can, please donate to this fund for his family.

Miggo Agua : Serves and Protects With A New Take On Camera Carrying Bags

New York City has changed the way I carry my gear. And the gear I carry.
When I was in LA, carrying a heavy bag and tossing it into a car on the way to a new destination, was no big deal.
In NYC, the gear is with me for the long haul. All dang day.
The beauty of the streets here also demands that I have a nice, small, discreet camera, ready at all times.
So there is the full frame DSLR, with glass in a backpack, and a smaller street camera stashed in that bag?
No, I want to have that smaller camera ready at hand.
And I don’t want to depend on my smartphone. I like RAW.
Let’s talk about how that happens.
The folks at Miggo came up with a great solution so while using my backpack, my camera is always at hand.
They have designed 3 bags that protect your gear, while keeping it at the ready. The Agua


Using the smallest version, I keep a Fuji 100T at my side, by my hand. With the backpack on, I add the incredibly light diagonal strap bag to the setup. Did you notice that the flat bottom lets the bag sit upright on a table? Cool, right?
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Upcoming Events

  • Lucie Awards
  • Oct. 27th, 2015
  • Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall,
  • New York City, New York
  • PhotoPlus Expo
  • Oct. 22-24, 2015
  • Javits Convention Center
  • New York City, New York

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Current Exhibitions

  • Clampart
  • Jesse Burke | Wild & Precious
  • October 15 – November 14, 2015
  • 531 W 25th St
  • New York,NY 10001
  • Tel: 212-414-0370
  • Getty Center
  • The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography
  • October 6, 2015–February 21, 2016
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive
  • Los Angeles, CA. 90049
  • Tel: 310-440-7300
  • Yossi Milo Gallery
  • Markus Brunetti, FACADES
  • September 10–October 17, 2015
  • 245 Tenth Avenue
  • New York,NY 10001
  • Tel: 212-414-0370
  • Howard Greenberg Gallery
  • Dave Heath
  • September 10-October 14, 2015
  • 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406
  • New York,NY 10022
  • Tel: 212-334-0100
  • Staley-Wise Gallery
  • SEPTEMBER 25 –
    NOVEMBER 28, 2015
  • 560 Broadway
  • New York,NY
  • 10012
  • Phone: 1-212-966-6223
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola
  • Through Oct. 4th,, 2015
  • 11 West 53rd Street
  • NYC,NY
  • 10019-5497
  • (212) 708-9400
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • In and Out of the Studio
    Photographic Portraits from West Africa
  • August 31, 2015–January 3, 2016
  • 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
  • New York, NY 10028
  • Phone: 212-535-7710

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