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.
June 4, 2015: The Highbridge Voices 2015 Benefit Concert at Merkin Hall in New York City.
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.
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.
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.
April 9, 2015: The Radio City Rockettes indulge in the new New York Spring Spectacular Sundae at Serendipity 3 in Manhattan. — ©MSG
The New York Rangers may have lost this game to the Washington Capitals 5-2, but it was a mere blip on the radar for the team, whose 50-21-7 record this season is best in the NHL with four games remaining. Despite a bumpy 7-7-4 start and star goalie Henrik Lundqvist having missed 8 weeks due to injury, backup goalie Cam Talbot’s incredible run during his absence and Rick Nash’s 42 goals this season (tied for second in the league) have put the Rangers in a position to make a serious Stanley Cup run. Even Vegas thinks so, favoring them to win it all with 13/2 odds.
Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, 70-200mm f2.8 II lens @ 115mm, f3.2, 1/2000th, ISO 3200.
March 29, 2015: New York Rangers scoring leader Rick Nash fires a shot on goal in a game vs. the Washington Capitals. — ©MSG
It was a busy week, and my top photo comes from its most important event, Garden of Laughs. The benefit standup comedy show in The Theater at Madison Square Garden featured Dane Cook, John Oliver, Lewis Black, Bill Burr, Billy Gardell and countless celebrity presenters. It raised nearly $1.4 million for the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization that works with The Madison Square Garden Company to positively impact the lives of children facing challenges such as homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care. A night of laughter while helping kids in need: a win-win.
Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, 70-200mm f2.8 II lens @ 200mm, f3.2, 1/400th, ISO 800.
March 28, 2015: Dane Cook, one of five comedians to perform at Garden of Laughs, a benefit for the Garden of Dreams Foundation. — ©MSG
I just returned from a trip to Southern California, where I wore my tourist hat and enjoyed the sights and sun of San Diego and Los Angeles. At the San Diego Zoo Safari Park I caught this shot of a ferocious-looking lion milling around his habitat in the late afternoon sun. Kudos to the zoo for maintaining such a large and healthy collection of animals from all corners of the globe while doing their best to make them feel at home.
Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 II lens @ 349mm, f6.3, 1/800th, ISO 400.
March 8, 2015: A lion roams his habitat at San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Southern California.
Last Wednesday I spent the day taking portraits of 28 New York City Football Club players, including this classy one of Chris Wingert. I wonder if he uses those James Bond eyebrows to distract opponents on the soccer field (football pitch to you international folk).
Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, 70-200mm f2.8 II lens @ 105mm, f5.6, 1/160th, ISO 100. Lit with three Einstein 640 strobes, one in 64″ PLM umbrella above on boom, two with 30 degree spot grids behind subject right and left, vignette added in Photoshop.
February 18, 2015: New York City Football Club player Chris Wingert.
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