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Photo of the Week #252

March 15, 2016

The curved-line look of fisheye lens photos can turn gimmicky quick, but sometimes it’s just the right tool for capturing the whole scene in tight quarters, like for this shot from last week’s Cycle for Survival ride at Equinox in Bethesda, Maryland. The event was one of dozens in cities across the US over the past couple months, collectively raising nearly $30 million for rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City. Since its founding in 2007, Cycle for Survival has raised over $100 million, directly funding clinical trials and research studies that bring new hope to countless lives touched by rare cancers.

To see more of my photos from the Bethesda event and learn how you can help, check out CycleForSurvival.org.

Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, 15mm f2.8 fisheye lens @ f4, 1/125th, ISO 3200, distortion corrected with Image Trends Fisheye-Hemi Photoshop plugin.

Cyclists raise money for rare cancer research at a Cycle for Survival ride at Equinox in Bethesda, Maryland

March 6, 2016: Cyclists raise money for rare cancer research at a Cycle for Survival ride at Equinox in Bethesda, Maryland.

Photo of the Week #251

March 8, 2016

Here’s one from last Wednesday when I documented an afternoon at Highbridge Voices, the Bronx-based nonprofit that provides after-school music training and academic support for local kids in grades 4 through 12. You can learn more about this inspirational organization at HighbridgeVoices.org.

Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens @ f1.6, 1/200th, ISO 1600.

Teens rehearse at Highbridge Voices, an after-school music and academic nonprofit program in the Bronx

March 2, 2016: Teens rehearse at Highbridge Voices, an after-school music and academic nonprofit program in the Bronx.

To view a full-screen version of this photo, visit AviGerver.com.

Photo of the Week #250

December 21, 2015

I spent Wednesday evening shooting the Lustgarten Foundation’s annual Holiday Bash, this year at trendy TAO Downtown, a restaurant and nightclub in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. The event, DJ’d by Questlove (of The Roots fame) and featuring a performance by the Radio City Rockettes, raised over $2 million for pancreatic cancer research.

And hey, look, this is my 250th Photo of the Week! Thank you to my loyal subscribers (you surpassed 10,000 this week) for enduring my barrage of images over the past 6 years.

Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, 70-200mm f2.8 II lens @ 70mm, f2.8, 1/60th, ISO 6400.

DJ Questlove entertains the crowd at The Lustgarten Foundation's 15th Annual Holiday Rock and Roll Bash at TAO Downtown in New York City.

December 16, 2015: DJ Questlove entertains the crowd at The Lustgarten Foundation’s 15th Annual Holiday Rock & Roll Bash at TAO Downtown in New York City.

Photo of the Week #249

October 29, 2015

Last week I attended the opening reception for The New York City Marathon: The Great Race, an exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. The show features over 100 images that capture the challenge and excitement of the world’s largest footrace, including this photo I took in 2009 while shooting for The New York Times. On Sunday over 50,000 participants from around the world will gather in Staten Island at the crack of dawn for the start of the NYC Marathon’s 45th running and 1,000,000+ spectators will line the route all the way to Central Park to cheer them on. And you’ll feel extra lazy for sleeping in.

Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, 16-35mm f4 lens @ 16mm, f5.0, 1/30th, ISO 1600.

October 19, 2015: A photo by Avi Gerver in The New York City Marathon: The Great Race, an exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, on view through March 2016.

To view a full-screen version of this photo, visit AviGerver.com.

Photo of the Week #248

October 22, 2015

Here’s one from a corporate portrait shoot last week in Federal Hill Park in Baltimore, Maryland. The colorful, iconic Baltimore row houses in the background add a wash of color without being too distracting. Does the soft, warm, low-angle light on the subject’s face make it look like the photo was taken just before sunset? That’s the light from a 35″ octabox in action. It was actually taken at 1:30pm on a cloudy day!

Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, 70-200mm f2.8 II lens @ f3.5, 1/200th, ISO 125, Tiffen variable neutral density filter, Einstein E640 strobe in 35″ octabox.

Corporate portrait in Baltimore, Maryland

October 14, 2015: Corporate portrait in Baltimore, Maryland.

Photo of the Week #247

October 15, 2015

Last Sunday, 8,000 Long Islanders took to the beach in support of the Lustgarten Foundation’s mission to cure pancreatic cancer, raising over $1 million for the cause. Read more about the walk and the foundation’s mission at CurePC.org!

Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, Rokinon 14mm f2.8 lens @ f8, 1/200th, ISO 100, Canon 580EX II flash.

More than 8,000 people participate in the 15th Annual Lustgarten Foundation Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk at Jones Beach, raising over $1 million to fight the deadly disease

October 11, 2015: More than 8,000 people participate in the 15th Annual Lustgarten Foundation Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk at Jones Beach, raising over $1 million to fight the deadly disease.

To view a full-screen version of this photo, visit AviGerver.com.

Photo of the Week #246

September 22, 2015

I took this photo from the rooftop of New York City’s Hudson Hotel while covering an event for Better Homes and Gardens magazine last Thursday evening. Even though it doesn’t showcase any iconic NYC landmarks to speak of (is that the Empire State Building I see peeking out of the middle of the photo?), the image still feels very New York to me. Why? Maybe it’s 9th Avenue, straight as an arrow, shooting off into the distance? And that enormous 1920’s era apartment building in the foreground?

On a technical note, I used a fisheye lens to get this expansive view and corrected the distortion using Image Trends’ Fisheye-Hemi plug-in for Photoshop. It’s a very simple and old plug-in, but it really does the trick when even my 14mm lens isn’t wide enough.

Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, 15mm f2.8 fisheye lens @ f3.5, 1/15th, ISO 1600.

Manhattan at dusk

September 17, 2015: Manhattan at dusk.

To view a full-screen version of this photo, visit AviGerver.com.

Photo of the Week #245

June 10, 2015

My favorite shot this past week was from Highbridge Voices’ annual benefit concert on Thursday in Manhattan. In this photo, students in the organization’s Chamber Choir perform a rendition of Haitian song Fré O in dramatic candlelight. I converted the photo to black and white in Photoshop to really amp up the moodiness of the image.

Highbridge Voices is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 that provides voice and music theory training, academic tutoring and recreation after school for Bronx students in grades four through twelve. To learn more about the great work they do, visit HighbridgeVoices.com.

Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, 24-70mm f2.8 II lens @ 24mm, f2.8, 1/25th, ISO 12800, converted to grayscale.

The Highbridge Voices 2015 Benefit Concert at Merkin Hall in New York City

June 4, 2015: The Highbridge Voices 2015 Benefit Concert at Merkin Hall in New York City.

Photo of the Week #244

April 27, 2015

Yesterday the Lustgarten Foundation held its most successful New York City walk yet, raising over $400,000 for research to fight pancreatic cancer, the deadliest of cancers. More than 1,500 participants gathered on the beautiful spring morning, starting at Pier 84 in Manhattan and walking south along the Hudson River.

To get this shot, I hauled a ladder to a spot that would allow me to capture the line of walkers leading to the tall NYC buildings on the horizon. This is a good example of when one should use a flash outdoors. Because I was shooting into the sun, I needed a burst of light to reveal detail that would otherwise be lost in shadow.

Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, 16-35mm f4 lens @ 16mm, f7.1, 1/200th, ISO 100, 580EX II flash.

The Lustgarten Foundation's fifth annual New York City Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, which raised over $400,000 to fight the deadly disease.

April 26, 2015: The Lustgarten Foundation’s fifth annual New York City Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, which raised over $400,000 to fight the deadly disease.

Photo of the Week #243

April 13, 2015

Last Thursday the Rockettes took a well-deserved break to indulge in a special treat unveiled at iconic Manhattan restaurant Serendipity 3. The New York Spring Spectacular Sundae, named after Radio City Music Hall’s new spring show, is three scoops of ice cream covered in fruit, whipped cream and edible candy flowers. The New York Spring Spectacular (and the sundae itself) are running through May 7, so enjoy them while you can!

Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, 24-70 f2.8 II lens @ 70mm, f4, 1/200th, ISO 1600.

The Radio City Rockettes enjoy the new New York Spring Spectacular Sundae at Serendipity 3 in Manhattan

April 9, 2015: The Radio City Rockettes indulge in the new New York Spring Spectacular Sundae at Serendipity 3 in Manhattan. — ©MSG

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