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Photo of the Week #235

January 27, 2015

Here’s a nice shot of Gordon Downie from The Tragically Hip’s show last weekend. Lots more on the Beacon Theatre’s Facebook page!

Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, 24-70 f2.8 II lens @ 57mm, f3.2, 1/250th, ISO 1600.

The Tragically Hip lead vocalist Gordon Downie performs at the Beacon Theatre

January 23, 2015: The Tragically Hip’s Gordon Downie performs at the Beacon Theatre. — ©MSG

To view a full-screen version of this photo, visit the Photo of the Week section of AviGerver.com.

Photo of the Week #234

January 20, 2015

I stepped a little out of my comfort zone last week and took some product shots for Mendocino, California-based Mendocino Soups, a company that prides itself on preparing natural soups brimming with fresh and complex flavors, free of artificial preservatives. Tasked with capturing photos of various soups alongside their key ingredients, I scoured my local produce markets for items like coconut and ginger “with character.”

It definitely took longer than I expected to arrange all the ingredients just so, but I’m pleased with the results, especially this one of Thai Fish Stew. The best part? Delicious soup all week!

Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, 70-200mm f2.8 II lens @ 102mm, f8, 1/160th, ISO 100, lit with Canon 550EX flash in Paul C. Buff 64″ Soft Silver PLM with diffusion fabric, pair of 550EX flashes lighting white seamless, Home Depot Thrifty White Hardboard Panel Board underneath products.

Mendocino Soups Thai Fish Stew

January 15, 2015: Mendocino Soups’ Thai Fish Stew.

To view a full-screen version of this photo, visit the Photo of the Week section of AviGerver.com.

Photo of the Week #233

January 12, 2015

First Photo of the Week of 2015! This one’s from Friday in The Theater at Madison Square Garden, where the likes of Jay-Z, Rihanna and Jake Gyllenhaal showed up to watch an exciting night of boxing, including the main event where Dusty Hernandez-Harrison kept his undefeated record intact with a 10-round decision over Tommy Rainone.

Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, 24-70 f2.8 II lens @ 50mm, f3.2, 1/1250th, ISO 3200.

Boxer Dusty Hernandez-Harrison defeats Tommy Rainone in 10 rounds to improve to 25-0 and win the WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Championship in The Theater at Madison Square Garden

January 9, 2015: Boxer Dusty Hernandez-Harrison defeats Tommy Rainone in 10 rounds to improve to 25-0 and win the WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Championship in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. — ©MSG

To view a full-screen version of this photo, visit the Photo of the Week section of AviGerver.com.

The Year in Review: Top 14 Photos of ’14

December 31, 2014

In a year with 70,000+ photos, editing them down to the 14 best was no easy feat, but I took at stab at it. Happy New Year to all!

1.

Carmelo Anthony scores his New York Knicks record-breaking 62nd point and celebrates post-game at Madison Square Garden

January 24, 2014: Carmelo Anthony scores his New York Knicks record-breaking 62nd point and celebrates post-game at Madison Square Garden. — ©MSG

Ok, technically two photos in one, but a record-breaking performance of this caliber deserves twice the recognition. The Knicks hired me to shoot photos of fans at this seemingly run-of-the-mill game on the schedule against the Charlotte Bobcats, but by halftime Carmelo had already amassed 37 points, so it was clear something special was happening and my attention turned to the court. The photo on the right now occupies the January 24th spot in Madison Square Garden’s “Garden 366″ visual retrospective, which surrounds the arena’s concourse and highlights the top moments in the building’s storied history. [Left, Canon 5D Mark III camera, 24-70 f2.8 II lens @ 35mm, f3.5, 1/640th, ISO 1600. Right, Canon 5D Mark III camera, 70-200mm f2.8 II lens @ 145mm, f3.2, 1/1250th, ISO 3200.]


2.

Evening gown from Cristina Ottaviano’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection that debuted during New York Fashion Week

February 11, 2014: Evening gown from Cristina Ottaviano’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection that debuted during New York Fashion Week.

It’s always nice to break up the “monotony” of sports and concerts by shooting something a little outside my wheelhouse. An alluring woman in a glamorous gown certainly does the trick! [Canon 5D Mark III camera, 24-70 f2.8 II lens @ f6.3, 1/160th, ISO 200, Einstein 640 strobe in 64″ parabolic umbrella with diffuser to camera left, Einstein 640 strobe in 35″ octabox above/left, 5×6′ white panel reflector to right.]


3.

Novak Djokovic defeats Andy Murray in the BNP Paribas Showdown tennis tournament at Madison Square Garden

March 3, 2014: Novak Djokovic defeats Andy Murray in the BNP Paribas Showdown tennis tournament at Madison Square Garden. — ©MSG

Classic Djokovic ankle flexibility in his exhibition tennis match victory over Andy Murray. [Canon 5D Mark III camera, 300mm f2.8 IS lens @ f3.2, 1/1000th, ISO 3200.]


4.

A teen tears it up on the dance floor at the inaugural Garden of Dreams Foundation Prom at Madison Square Garden

April 8, 2014: A teen tears it up on the dance floor at the inaugural Garden of Dreams Foundation Prom at Madison Square Garden. — ©MSG

Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Kudos to the Garden of Dreams for hosting this special prom. [Canon 5D Mark III camera, 16-35mm f2.8 lens @ 16mm, f4, 1/60th, ISO 1600, 580EX II flash.]


5.

The New York Rangers surround goalie Henrik Lundqvist in celebration after winning Game 7 to eliminate the Philadelphia Flyers from the Stanley Cup Playoffs

April 30, 2014: The New York Rangers surround goalie Henrik Lundqvist in celebration after winning Game 7 to eliminate the Philadelphia Flyers from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. — ©MSG

The New York Rangers went on a magical run through the Stanley Cup Playoffs last spring, returning to the Finals for the first time in 20 years before losing to the Los Angeles Kings in five games. Thank you Kevin Klein (#8) for your enthusiasm atop this pile of jubilation. [Canon 5D Mark III camera, 200-400mm f4 lens @ 350mm, f4, 1/800th, ISO 1600, heavily cropped.]


6.

Fallen Hibiscus flowers dot a stream along the Pipiwai Trail on Hawaii’s island of Maui

May 21, 2014: Fallen Hibiscus flowers dot a stream along the Pipiwai Trail on Hawaii’s island of Maui.

I escaped from New York City in May and flew 5500 miles west to capture this picturesque scene in Maui. Worth it. [Canon 5D Mark III camera, 24-70 f2.8 II lens @ 24mm, f11, 4 seconds, ISO 100, Tiffen variable neutral density filter.]


7.

Boxer Jorge Melendez lands a punch on Javier Francisco Maciel, but Maciel prevails in 10 rounds by majority decision in their bout at Madison Square Garden

June 7, 2014: Boxer Jorge Melendez lands a punch on Javier Francisco Maciel, but Maciel prevails in 10 rounds by majority decision in their bout at Madison Square Garden. — ©MSG

I find boxing the toughest sport to shoot, but–nailed it! [Canon 5D Mark III camera, 400mm f2.8 IS lens @ f3.2, 1/1600th, ISO 6400, heavily cropped.]


8.

Neil Patrick Harris, winner of the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as the lead character in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, performs at the 68th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall

June 8, 2014: Neil Patrick Harris, winner of the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as the lead character in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, performs at the 68th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. — ©MSG

The pu pu platter of the Broadway world, the Tony Awards is a delectable treat. Nothing compares to seeing over a dozen performances from top Broadway shows live at historic Radio City Music Hall. This was my third time shooting the event, and I was pleased to see a familiar face in Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted the previous two. Check out 100+ other photos I took that night on Radio City Music Hall’s Facebook page. [Canon 5D Mark III camera, 70-200mm f2.8 II lens @ f3.2, 1/800th, ISO 6400, heavily cropped.]


9.

Boys play an intense game of water polo at a summer camp in upstate New York

July 1, 2014: Boys play an intense game of water polo at a summer camp in upstate New York.

This one is from a series of photos I took for Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake. Ah, summer, how I miss thee. [Canon 5D Mark III camera, 70-200 f2.8 II lens @ 140mm, f3.2, 1/4000th, ISO 200.]


10.

The Rockettes dance atop the Radio City Music Hall marquee for the season premiere of NBC’s America’s Got Talent

July 28, 2014: The Rockettes dance atop the Radio City Music Hall marquee for the season premiere of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. — ©MSG

This was the longest kick-line, 24 Rockettes, ever to dance on the marquee in Radio City Music Hall’s 82-year history. Want to see more? Check out the official galleries of the Rockettes’ rehearsal and performance! [Canon 5D Mark III camera, 70-200mm f2.8 II lens @ 70mm, f3.5, 1/250th, ISO 3200.]


11.

Starry night sky over Manzanita Lake at Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

August 30, 2014: Starry night sky over Manzanita Lake at Lassen Volcanic National Park, California.

I like this nightscape so much I made it the cover of my holiday card this year. Why does someone who loves the great outdoors live in a city of over 8 million people? I ask myself that every day. [Canon 5D Mark III camera, Rokinon 14mm f2.8 lens @ f2.8, 30 seconds, ISO 12800.]


12.

New York Ranger Mats Zuccarello checks Chicago Blackhawk Marcus Krüger into the glass in the Rangers’ 3-2 preseason win at Madison Square Garden

October 3, 2014: New York Ranger Mats Zuccarello checks Chicago Blackhawk Marcus Krüger into the glass in the Rangers’ 3-2 preseason win at Madison Square Garden. — ©MSG

Always a heart-pounding evening when I’m shooting a hockey game from ice-level through the hole pictured above. Put a super-wide angle lens between me and a couple of players and I’m bound to get an interesting shot. [Canon 5D Mark III camera, Rokinon 14mm f2.8 (manual focus!) lens @ f4, 1/2000th, ISO 5000.]


13.

Usher performs at Madison Square Garden on his UR Experience Tour

November 7, 2014: Usher performs at Madison Square Garden on his UR Experience Tour. — ©MSG

Quintessential Usher dance move in this photo from his November concert at MSG. I’m a sucker for silhouettes. See Alicia Keys, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood. [Canon 5D Mark III camera, 70-200mm f2.8 II lens @ 115mm, f3.5, 1/1000th, ISO 1600.]


14.

The TODAY show’s Al Roker takes a selfie with the Radio City Rockettes shortly before their appearance on the show

November 12, 2014: The TODAY show’s Al Roker takes a selfie with the Radio City Rockettes shortly before their appearance on the show. — ©MSG

Celebrity on celebrity selfies are always a good time, and this one’s my favorite. Lots more photos from the Rockettes’ appearance on TODAY on their Facebook page. [Canon 5D Mark III camera, 16-35mm f4 IS lens @ 16mm, f4, 1/80th, ISO 6400.]

Looking for more? Check out my top photos of 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010! Wishing you all the best in 2015!

Photo of the Week #232

December 16, 2014

Having taken 5600+ photos spread out over 11 shoots last week, you’d think it would be tough to choose a single image that stands out, but this shared moment between one of the Harlem Globetrotters and a young patient at a NYC hospital truly is special. To learn more about the Garden of Dreams Foundation and how you can contribute, visit GardenOfDreamsFoundation.org.

Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, 16-35mm f4 IS lens @ 17mm, f5, 1/25th, ISO 400, 580EX II flash.

Harlem Globetrotter Anthony Ant Atkinson, with the help of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, spends some one-on-one time with a young patient at a New York City hospital

December 10, 2014: Harlem Globetrotter Anthony “Ant” Atkinson, with the help of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, spends some one-on-one time with a young patient at a New York City hospital. — ©MSG

To view a full-screen version of this photo, visit the Photo of the Week section of AviGerver.com.

Photo of the Week #231

December 8, 2014

I have a real soft spot for the unique instrument-less sound of a cappella after years of hearing my wife Shira sing in various a cappella groups, so I was thrilled to shoot this Straight No Chaser show Friday night. Check out more of my shots from the show on the Beacon Theatre’s Facebook page!

Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, 70-200mm f2.8 II lens @ 200mm, f4.0, 1/400th, ISO 3200.

A cappella group Straight No Chaser performs at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

December 5, 2014: A cappella group Straight No Chaser performs at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. — ©MSG

To view a full-screen version of this photo, visit the Photo of the Week section of AviGerver.com.

Photo of the Week #230

December 1, 2014

Now that we’re fully in gift-giving season, stores all across New York City have unveiled their elaborate holiday window displays, and Saks Fifth Avenue is one that did it right. Last Monday evening Saks invited the Rockettes to perform right on Fifth Avenue in front of their store to celebrate the occasion. Check out the gallery of photos I took of their rehearsal and performance on the Rockettes’ Facebook page!

Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, 24-70mm f2.8 II lens @ 39mm, f3.2, 1/200th, ISO 3200.

A full line of 36 Rockettes perform in front of Saks Fifth Avenue New York at the store's holiday window unveiling.

November 24, 2014: A full line of 36 Rockettes perform in front of Saks Fifth Avenue New York at the store’s holiday window unveiling. — ©MSG

To view a full-screen version of this photo, visit the Photo of the Week section of AviGerver.com.

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