Monday, December 28, 2015
Monday, December 14, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Monday, October 26, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
By Minako Yonisho. Taken last summer, installation along the Hudson River. The base is made up of broken bluestone with love notes/messages, each written by a different individual, in black sharpie.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
A photo posted by Michael Gatton (@michael.gatton) on
OK, my last instagram post on this blog for a while - I just figured out the embed problem and wanted to post one.
UPDATE: Figured it out - instagram feed now in sidebar.
UPDATE 2: Snapwidget directs to horrid ad-filled page.
UPDATE 3: Websta is a little better, so I'll keep it. You can avoid websta by clicking on the "View on Instagram" icon instead of the photo. Websta does display the name of the instagram filter used, if any, in case you are curious about such things. There's a trending phenomenon called #nofilter but people cheat! Not only that, but you can manually adjust the image to create your own "filter" that shows up in the metadata as "no filter." The never ending debate...
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Sometimes I just need to turn off my brain and take pictures. I need to put the fun back in photography and not take myself so seriously.
In that spirit, I have finally joined the instagram crowd. This will be a place to post casual photography, snapshots, and all the stuff that is just fun to shoot. For now they will mostly be from my cell phone, since that's the only way I know to get pics to instagram, and the easiest tool for walking around and snapping casual photos - no feeling conspicuous or self-conscious because of a big SLR. At the moment blogger is not allowing me to embed pics directly from instagram, not sure why.
This picture is from a little playground with a giant sculpture overlooking the Queensboro Bridge. Just a snapshot, but I like the two people sitting apart from one another - I wish the one on the left were not in the shade...
Follow me, I will follow you...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Another wide angle from yesterday, this time with more dramatic motion blur. Composition still needs some work. Maybe the bridge isn't the best place for this kind of shot - the bridge elements are distracting.
Also note the sky here, about 10 minutes or so before yesterday's post.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
Manhattan Bridge. maybe the first in a series. My bike path around Manhattan takes me past several East River crossings, and it occurred to me how odd it is that there's only one bridge crossing on the west side of Manhattan across the Hudson (the George Washington Bridge, which I have shot extensively).
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Slowly working back into some shooting. Spent most of the last several months working on portraits -- all students and colleagues, so I'm not really comfortable posting online (I never asked permission).
Nice thing about portraits is you already know WHAT you're going to shoot, its just a question of HOW. It's a different kind of challenge.
Friday, May 1, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Playing around with the school camera today, not too happy with the quality, so I cheated a little and did some post processing in Nik Color Efex to bring out the clouds and the contrast here. If I didn't tell you I cheated would you know? I did try to bring it down to a more natural look, but my eye gets a little jaded while editing...They are NOT desaturated or B&W - the building is dark gray and it was a gray day in NY.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
(I accidentally deleted this post, apologies to commenters, and sorry for the re-post that shows up in your feed/blog list.)
My son as a good sport if somewhat reluctant model. A little help from NIK software. I don't have much in the way of light and light modifiers, at least not yet, so this is pretty minimal set up: off-camera flash with a DIY grid (via Strobist).
Monday, April 6, 2015
After another bleak and dreary, record-cold, and snowy winter, spring has finally arrived. Dipping my toes back into a little blogging, can't promise it will be sustainable over the next couple of months, but one day at a time. I'm off this week on spring break and then school gets a little crazy - but at least it's warm enough and the days long enough now to walk around and take some pictures.
I have been working on portraits with my photography club at school, I may post some examples over the next few days and possibly beyond - it's a new thing for me and a learning curve, but I am enjoying it. Just need to get permission form the subjects to post.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Monday, January 5, 2015
A little color break today. Four square is a game we played in the south in the 70s in middle school (7/8th grade, around ages 11-13). I've never seen kids in the city play it. It's a rather aggressive game best described by wikipedia ( don't even remember all the rules myself).
Sunday, January 4, 2015
New York City is a crowded, messy, loud cacophony of both sights and sounds (or whatever the visual equivalent of a cacophony is). Finding simplicity and peace amid the noise, I've come to realize, is what my photography is mostly about. It's why most of my photos are about zooming in on details and small slices of the city to cut out or reduce the chaos.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Friday, January 2, 2015
The terminal is undergoing major renovations at the street level, Looks promising. Here's a street level shot showing how decrepit it is now.