Posts Tagged ‘trees’

Reuniting (in the park again)

Monday, March 14th, 2011

It’s been an exciting and hectic week, punctuated by Catie’s arrival to NYC as well as major interviews at both Parsons and SVA. The tennis season at Trevor is in full swing (ha ha), and whenever I’m not coaching on court or doing conditioning runs around the Reservoir with my players, Cat and I have been trying to “do” as much New York as possible to get back into the rhythm of the city.

We’ve also been trying to reconnect with all of the friends we still have here, and we were able to hit a couple more of those proverbial birds with one stone yesterday by meeting both Tristan (whom Catie had not seen in quite a while) and Mitch (whom neither of us had seen in quite a while) in Manhattan and spending the afternoon wandering around Central Park. (Two Minnesotans + two Alaskans = a day in the park, invariably.)

New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)

Photo taken in New York, NY on March 12, 2011.

My obsession with black and white photography carries on. I tried to switch my camera’s picture control settings to vivid color again, but I hated the look of my first captured image on the LCD screen, and quickly switched back. I’m addicted to the visual acuity and drama of high-contrast black and white, and color just seems to take away from that punch.

New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)

Photos taken in New York, NY on March 12, 2011.

A (black and) white winter

Monday, March 7th, 2011

I feel like it has been a long time since I enjoyed a true snowy winter. Last year, Catie and I were riding elephants through the (particularly un-snowy) jungles of Nepal on Christmas (an event – and an entire country! – which I promise will be photo-blogged about someday). The year before that, we were living in Manhattan, where the entire city seems to shut down over just an inch or two of fluffy precipitation (and not much more than that ever sticks to the asphalt ground beneath your feet). We were due for a quality cold season this time around.

Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)

Photo taken in Anchorage, AK on February 10, 2011.

We were not disappointed. I enjoyed record-setting amounts of snow while I was in Minnesota (admittedly mostly by watching it fall outside my window while working on graduate school applications), and Catie and I (and Abbie) played outside as much as we could while I was in Alaska. I haven’t been taking a huge number of photos over the last few months, but I did bring my camera along for a number of walks and snowshoeing adventures around Anchorage. A lot of those times, I kept my camera’s picture control settings on monochrome and slightly high contrast. It seemed to fit well with the vast white landscapes surrounding us.

Anchorage, AK (Jan 30, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Jan 30, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 14, 2011)

Photos taken in Anchorage, AK between January 30 and February 14, 2011.

Snowy benches

Monday, March 7th, 2011

While enjoying the winter months in Minnesota and Alaska, I developed an odd fixation on the many benches that were embedded in the snowy landscapes of the parks through which I walked. I have been shooting a lot of black and white lately, and there is just something about the dark textured wood of a park bench set against the smooth white blanket of snow that kept catching my eye. I would definitely put these photos in the category of “images I probably would have hated three years ago,” but, I like them now, so I’m just rolling with it.

Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 14, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 23, 2011)

Photos taken in Anchorage, AK and Plymouth, MN on February 10-23, 2011.

Back in “the” city

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Well, somehow I’ve made my way once again back to New York City. After France, I spent a mildly painful (but extremely productive and satisfying) two months shut up in my room in MN preparing my portfolio and applying to graduate schools (namely SVA Interaction Design, Parsons Design & Technology, NYU Tisch ITP, and RISD Digital + Media). I took a short trip out East to visit said schools, and then ran away to Alaska for almost a month to relax / visit Catie’s family / remember how to be a somewhat normal social human being again. Somewhere along the way, Catie and I decided that we would come back to the city early this Spring so that while I (we) waited to hear back about whether I got into school somewhere, I could coach tennis again, start working on iOS projects with other people (and perhaps do a few photography jobs again as well), and hopefully make a little bit of money. (Nothing I do will even remotely register against my forthcoming graduate-school-shaped abyss of debt, but I figure I should at least try to scramble above zero before I take the plunge.) We have a temporary two month sublet set up for March and April, after which (if my hopes and dreams aren’t completely dashed four for four) we will find a more permanent living arrangement.

It’s odd being back in this place all of a sudden, especially on a potentially long-term basis… But, I love it here. I feel comfortable. The rhythms of NYC have obviously lain dormant and persistent inside of me during my absence, as they sprung back into action instantly upon my return. I know when to cross the street, no matter what the traffic signals. I pride myself in expertly weaving through shifting crowds on the sidewalk. I bask in the periodic breaks from the action above while sitting on the subway, listening to audiobooks and people-watching to my heart’s content. It all just makes sense to me.

Of course, I still can’t help thinking about all the other places I’ve been lately, and everything I’m missing by being back here… That’s a stupid way to think, I know – especially when NYC has so much. I’m going to try to just make the most of this place while I’m here this time, and trust that Catie and I will invariably find ourselves out and about in the world once again, someday soon, and that we will make the most of those new places when we find them.

In line with that optimistic proactive note, I spent yesterday afternoon camera-walking around Central Park with my old college friend and talented graphic designer Alex Berger. He recently upgraded from my old D70 (that I sold him circa 2006) to a D7000 (an upgrade of 100x, if you’re counting!), so we took it out for a spin, and I brought along my D3 as well.

New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)

Photo taken in New York, NY on February 27, 2011.

Although not a great deal of it has made its way onto this blog (yet), I continue to shoot a lot of manual-exposure high contrast black and white straight-out-of-the-camera JPG images… My whole photographic style seems to be evolving. Not only am I exposing images differently, but I find myself forming compositions that I probably would have despised two years ago. Maybe my eye is maturing as I get older (my 26th birthday was just a couple weeks ago), or maybe I just keep getting bored with myself. Either way, I find the shift interesting.

New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)

Photos taken in New York, NY on February 27, 2011.

It’s a little rainy out but so what

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

After we got back to Lyon from Marseille, I only had two and a half days (even less than Emma!) left in France before flying back to Minnesota to try to sort out and make some accelerated progress on my future life (hopefully publishing a few apps to the iOS app store, and figuring out and completing graduate school applications). It rained all of Tuesday morning, but after trying to wait it out a while eating lunch and playing a game or two, we remembered that we were Alaskans and Minnesotans (Minnelasktans?) – not some silly city folk that are scared by a little rain!

Lyon, France (Nov 15, 2010)

Photo taken in Lyon, France on November 15, 2010.

So, we set off. We didn’t have much of a destination in mind, and it definitely did continue raining for almost the entire time we were out, but that didn’t stop us in the slightest from having a wonderful time wandering about the city (as we so often do in cities) and taking some photos as well. (It has to be raining fairly hard before I really start worrying about a well built professional Nikon camera. And no, unfortunately I am not getting paid to say that.)

Lyon, France (Nov 15, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 15, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 15, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 15, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 15, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 15, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 15, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 15, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 15, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 15, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 15, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 15, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 15, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 15, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 15, 2010)

Photos taken in Lyon, France on November 15, 2010.