Sunday, October 3, 2010

Business Projects Photo Safari Weekend

 The Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle.

As I mentioned on my main blog I won a fabulous give away from the blog NYC, Style and a Little Cannoli for a weekend Photo Safari workshop walking tour of areas in New York City with the help and instruction of a professional  photographer.

The Trump International Hotel and Tower

Miguel Gomez was the professional  photographer that accompanied our group.  He has worked for numerous clients that commissioned personal projects in Great Britain, the U.S.A., Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Venezuela, Argentina, Costa Rica and Colombia. As an active member of the photographic and artistic community, Miguel’s work has been exhibited in several galleries and is part of private collections.

A view from  inside the Time Warner building of Columbus Circle.

The safari is intended for participants with beginning to advanced amateur skills and will include visit to locations such as City Hall, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, among other stops and visits. Our group concentrated between the Columbus Circle area and Central Park in Manhattan.

A view from Central Park of the famous Dakota cooperative apartment building.

It was nice to meet Rosemary of NYC, Style and a little Cannoli blog. Rosemary visits NYC often and loves to show the variety of wonderful stores to shop in, and places to stop to have a delicious dessert, when you visit the city.  I'm sure you'd enjoy visiting her blog!

A large boulder inside Central Park.

Our instructor, photographer Miguel Gomez, focused on composition, lighting ideas and exposure, as some of the topics we covered during our class.  All the photos in this blog post were taken by me during the class and were reviewed and critiqued by Mr. Gomez as to how they could be improved and I learned quite a bit from him.

The Sheep Meadow in Central Park

Bethesda Fountain, Central Park

Although I have a DSRL Nikon  D 60 camera, I have been reluctant up to now to use it off its automatic settings and Mr. Gomez showed me how to switch to manual and adjust my lens and light settings to achieve the results I wanted. A few examples of that can be seen in the following series of photos taken inside an ornate walkway in Central Park.

Photo taken on automatic settings.....

..and now on manual settings. Notice how more light enters the photo and the edges of the room can be seen more easily?

Two more photos examples of using the manual camera setting and experimenting changing settings. The inside of this walk way is quite dark and using manual settings allowed my camera to catch all available light, yet remain subdued in effect.

I was excited to learn to take more chances with my camera and to learn how to frame my photos and use the rule of three with outdoor compositions. Miguel was easy to work with and gave us a wealth of information about how to care for our cameras and what to look for in buying additional lenses according to what type of photographs we like to take.

We concluded day one of our instruction with a late lunch, where we met another photographer, John Corrado, who specializes in food photography.  He gave us valuable tips and insights into styling food photography shots.

Here are two food photos, above and below, taken on manual camera setting of two of the delicious entrees we had that day at The Brooklyn Deli where we had lunch!

All in all I had a wonderful experience and would highly recommend the Photo Safari workshops to all as a fun and informational way to learn how to take great photos that you can use on your blog or personal collection while seeing some of the fabulous sights of New York City!

Please visit my main blog MILLE FIORI FAVORITI where I blog about the places I visit and the events I attend in New York City! It is the greatest city in the world and there is always something fun going on!

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steviewren said...

You were really lucky to be chosen winner of the Photo Safari giveaway. While my camera doesn't have the capabilities that yours does, I would still love to learn to use the options it does have to a better advantage.

Your photos turned out beautifully and I'm sure you'll remember all that you learned and put it to good use in the future.

Maria M. Boyer said...

Beautiful shots, Pat. And a nice accompanying commentary as well. What an extraordinary opportunity!

Mia Anzola said...

Dear Pat: I feel honoured that you have made such a wonderful post about the workshop. Thank you very much for your participation and your feedback. Your photos are stunning! I am glad to learn about your positive experience. Glad we had the opportunity to meet in person. Best wishes, Mia

Dishesdone said...

Great photo's, how cool you were a winner!

All great photo's but that corned beef is making me hungry :) Split pea soup and a pickle. Perfect!

Old Kitty said...

Oh Pat!!! Wow!!!! I haven't a clue about the very subtle nuances of photography taking being the point and shoot with a cheapo camera type of gal - but I do love it when a picture is so stunning it really just makes my viewing day!!

So believe me when I say that these pics are just amazing. I think your personality just sparkles in these shots. I love your view from the Time Warner Building! And both pics of the walkway in central Park are just lovely. You fountain shots too - look at that water caught in mid flow! Lovely!! Well done you and congratulations with your fantastic win!!!! Yay!!

Take care

aliceinparis said...

How wonderful! I would LOVE to go on a workshop like that!!! Great pics:)

Jo said...

Congrats,I KNOW this was fun!..I need a real good camera and someone to teach me how to use it!
love your photo's

PEA said...

It's hard to believe that you would need any kind of help where your photos are concerned because I always think they are absolutely perfect:-) I can well imagine how much you enjoyed yourself on the Photo Safari weekend, good for you for winning the giveaway!! I've got a PowerShot SX20 IS Canon and I've always got it on auto, never dared try the manual setting...maybe I'll have to experiment with it. xoxo