It started snowing late this afternoon while I was at a meeting in midtown. The meeting was on the east side. This meant that I had to walk cross town through Rockefeller Center where there where only 8 gazillion people out to see the tree.
Very pretty evening though…
The skating rink is up in Bryant Park. It isn’t nearly as famous as the one at Rockefeller Center but the rink appears bigger and it never looks as crowded so the skaters seem to have more fun. It does not have the feel of a gladiator pit that Rock Center can have. The spectators and skaters are on the same level so it feels less a performance and more just skating.
They make the Park up very nicely for the holidays.
When you are shooting strangers skating in a circle there is a certain amount of luck involved with getting the shots you want.
For instance, in this next picture the shutter came open maybe a tenth of a second later than would have been optimal.
As a result the skater is just down and is partially blocked. Here is a blow up of the action.
This being New York City, you can always depend on the kindness of strangers…
and she is off into the circle again.
I am taking a five-day intensive class (10-5 daily) called “Photographing People.” Harvey Stein is the teacher. Harvey has been a professional photographer since 1979 and is probably best known for his work at Coney Island. Coney Island 40 Years was published last year. His first book on Coney Island was published in 1998.
Today’s afternoon assignment was to go to Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center and ask people we found interesting if we could take their pictures. We are to bring in our five “best” to show tomorrow. These are the top 5 that didn’t make the cut…
7/23/11 The Norwegian Jewel passes Pier 54