January 2018, six days in New York

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Empire state building seen from top of the rock.

The main reason visiting New York was my wife Tone´s concert in Carnigie Hall, she is singing in a choir that was invited to sing with other choirs the music of Carl Jenkins. And it was a wonderful concert, you can take a look if you want: https://www.facebook.com/DistinguishedConcertsInternationalNewYork/videos/10156017400251948/

The second reason was street photography, the urban landscape pictures, the big buildings, central park, all the people and the changing life in a so big town as New York.

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Time squere seen from Wellington hotel 22.floor

And New York has its own atmosphere, the New York atmosphere, I have never met something like this, neither in London, Paris, Rome or my own hometown Oslo.

 

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The lady, umbrella, taxi and Central park. Yellow is New Yorks color.

I think I never will forget New York. What was it that created this special atmosphere?

 

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Brooklyn bridge a cold sunny january day.

It is the big, big buildings, that is everywhere, the architecture from some old buildings till the newest architecture in the world. I went up to 67th floor at Rockefeller center, its called top of the rock. Yes, it really was. If you visit New York I recommend that you visit it. It was overwhelming. The view is huge. And you look at a conglomerate of cubic buildings.

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I wonder if it sways when the wind comes? It´s fascinating.

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I think that was one of the thing, I liked, the big cubic architecture. It looked like the buildings stood tight together holding hands as a big, big cubic castle. That nobody can damage. The buildings protecting their inhabitants.

 

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Manhatten seen from Hudson river

Oh, God may it could have been like that if it were not for the 11th September 2001.The day to flights fly into the twin towers. We went to Ground Zero, Memorial Museum. Ground Zero had once two towers, now it is two large pools with black marble sides.

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The memorial after 11. september 2001

Every day one of the victims have birthday, one white rose is placed by their names.

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It is so sad, very sad. Why can´t people live in peace?

With the mess of Carl Jenkins in mind, “the armed man, a mass of peace”, and the visit at Ground Zero memorial, brought the music and sorrow together for me. The mass of peace is a work against war and for peace. It does not matter who you are and where you come from, war is war and war make sorrow. And when I was at the place where the terror made the twin towers collapsed and saw all the names of the victims engraved into the stone, I felt the same feeling of sorrow as when I heard the mass of peace. It´s remarkable.

We also went to Brooklyn bridge, the famous bridge from a lot of films, but also famous because of the excellent construction. And it is old from 1875..

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We lived near Central park, and if I not would walk in two hours to reach the bridge, I had to take the underground. The metro. I am always a little bit nervous for things that I haven´t done before, also for the metro. But I took the chance, and I did it! I found the R-train, it was the yellow line, from 57th street/ 7 avenue, and in 19 minutes I get off at City Hall station, and walked some few steps till Brooklyn bridge.

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The metro in New York

With my Nikon 7100 in my right hand with my dearest lens Nikkor 18-200mm, I captured picture after picture of the famous bridge. And I felt so happy to be there. And I managed it alone, that make a good feeling and improved my confidence. I think anyone with a hint of fear should run with street photography.  You have to go out, if not, no pictures. You will of course handle a big town like New York, no problem! I did it!

One day I also walked the Hudson Riverside walk.  It goes from 34th street to 125th street. I walked it just to 71th street. It was green areas, and gays were running and cycling or they walked with their dogs. The view over Hudson river was great. After walking 71th street to Central park, I went back to the hotel and we went out for dinner.

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The Hudson river walk

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The Hudson river walk

Once we had arrived New York we got a guided tour in Central Park. That was very interesting. It was a guide with name Joseph, he was cycling around with visitors and told a lot about the history of the park and which famous people living in the houses around the park. We visited also John Lennons memory place. Their a man was sitting playing music from John Lennon. After the trip we went for our self in central park and saw a lot of squirrels. Very funny. They were tame, not afraid us. I took a lot of pictures of the squirrels.

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Squirrel in Central park

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Our guide in Central park

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Mood under one of the bridges in Central park

We went also for a gospel worship in Harlem. We visited The first Corinthian Baptist Church. It was a great experience. We were singing, shaking hands and wished all people who sat nearby good luck and happiness, then everyone hugged. The pastor spoke about how failure can be a new start. I was so touched. It was really great to be there.

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At the gospel worship

One of the days we also walked the High Line. It is a line following an abandoned railway rail. It goes in the city. There is planting and art along the line.

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View from the High Line

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View from the High Line

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View from the High Line, Empire state building

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View from the High Line, art

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View from the High Line

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Art along the line

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Walking at the High line

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View from the High Line

We also went with a sightseeing boat. We went up to Brooklyn bridge, turned and went to the statue of Liberty. And then turned and went up Hudson river to 34th street. There we started to walk the High Line.

We visited on our six day stay: Carnigie Hall, Brooklyn bridge, Top of the Rock, High Line,  Ground Zero, Central park, City Hall park, Hudson riverside walk,  Sightseeng bout, The statue of Liberty.

And restaurants, also in China town: Congee Village restaurant. (Very good food)

I recommend you visit New York, we have in six days experienced only a fraction of the town. It is so much more, and so much more street photo subjects. I hope I will come back one day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When NikonD7100 and 35mm are your tool

For some day I have used my new Nikkor 35mm. I like it very much. It is very different to use this lens instead of my 18-200mm zoom. I think the 35mm give me more the possibility to get portraits, and I have to be brave, because I have to go close up if I want to capture someone´s face. I have to think about how much of a situation I will get into the lens. How close have I to go? I think the lens is very good to portraits. Here is some portraits I have taken the last days.

 

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Skientusiasts

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Mother and child

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The man and the birds

 

Why do I shoot streetphoto

Yesterday I was on a streetphotography course in Oslo.

The exercise was asking people if I could take a portrait photo. To ask people has something with our comfort-zone to do. I had butterfly in my stomach, but I had done this before and was prepared to do it again. I think this is about how much I dear to challenge myself. I have to ask myself why I am doing this. Why do I want to take pictures of strangers? I want to challenge myself, and I am feeling well when I have taken a picture I am pleased with. Maybe I have the same feeling walking out in the street with the camera than somebody have jumping in parachute. It is exciting and I think that I am documenting how people react and live today. I try to catch the atmosphere in the environment where I am. When I walk in the streets with my camera, try to catch something to capture, I feel free and living. I use all the senses, I am aware what I am feeling, and I react to capture the picture on reflection. That’s awesome.

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To capture the light

It´s the light that make the atmosphere. The beautiful atmosphere and the sad atmosphere.  My emotions, feelings, mood also affects the picture. If I had been very sad today, the beautiful flower and sun may not had come to me,  but today I was happy and all beautiful landscapes seemed coming to me. I just had to stop, grip my camera and shoot. I think our emotions affect our pictures.  I think we shell photograph in the mood we are. It will always come something to you.

Go out one day you feel a little bit sad and take your camera with you, may you will be surprised. May you also got so focused that you forget what it was doing you sad. Maybe you come back home happy and inspired and just want to sit down and look at your pictures.

Photographing will have a deeper meaning for your soul and heart. It´s a nice way to start knowing your own emotions, thoughts and feelings. You can capture your happiness or your sadness without word, just in a picture. The picture is your own story.

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Don’t stress, relax and automatic settings

Today I relaxed when I walked. I didn´t know what pictures I would shot, and what kind of pictures I would have when I got home. Maybe it helps to not think and just be relaxed, because today I got three portraits, and it was just smiling faces. Nobody got angry with me and asked what I was doing.

I think it is smart to have automatic settings on my camera when I do streetphotography. So today, I used the “P”. Then the shutter and f-stop do the work, and I do not need to think about it. Here is the result of the days photowalk:IMG_2843IMG_2839IMG_2841

You never know what will happen

I have wondered if I shell have this blog in English or Norwegian language, but now I have decided to go for English language. It is two reasons, one I have to exercise in the English language and second I can reach more people.

Today I went out in the lunch. I have went out in the lunch every day the last week, for I also have to exercise in streetphotography. It is exciting that I never know what will happen. Today I thought nothing happened, no good pictures, but the last shot…. Oh, I felt surprised. I was to lock my camera when this man suddenly was in front of me. It went so fast, the one moment, but I made it. I have not cropped it, but I have changed it to black and white.IMG_2814

To find your style

There are so many pictures out there, in the world, at Instagram, Flickr, Facebook, in photo clubs, everywhere. Maybe you wonder how to express your voice. You look at a picture someone else have taken and found it amazing. What did this photographer do? You ask yourself “Why are not my pictures in the same mood?” You want to go out and do the same, have the same feeling as the photographs gave you, but you are not the photographer that took the picture you liked. You are yourself. You shoot the shot you do. You have to do your own pictures, not try to do the same as another photographer do. You can admire another photographer, of course, but you can´t copy her images. Because she looks at the environment different from you. You have to find your own way to do a picture. You have to find your voice.

The picture of the day from my photowalk in Oslo. I choose to keep the colors because I like the repeated colors in the photo.

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Workers in Oslo Bjørvika.