Monthly Archives: October 2013

Back to Javits

Where: New York, NY



Between Meeting: Photo Plus Expo





It’s that time of year and many of us are at Photo Plus Expo. For me its like coming home, and I was touched when an Epson Executive came to a pre-show meeting one year and announced, “Welcome to Dano’s Hood”



While the show has changed its name several times from Photo East to Viscomm, it’s been at the Javits Center for over 25 years.



No one likes the building, even the Governor wants to tear it down.  But it’s an old friend and one year after we were done setting-up the booth, I set out to make some interesting pictures.




Instead of wide angle shots of all the dark glass (before the renovation), I found that while the building itself is not particularly beautiful, it used to reflect wonderful colors and shapes in these images.  But as I arrived at the building this week, I noticed all the dark glass has been replaced with a lighter and less reflective glass that has a greenish cast.  While the new glass will let in more light and keep the rain out, the old glass made for better reflections.



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The Boardwalk

Where: Atlantic City New Jersey



Between Meeting: After a Trade Show





I volunteer to work any trade show in Atlantic City.  The town is rough around the edges and filled with real people.  My kind of place!



Atlantic City is also filled with great lines and shapes.  I used the end of day raking light to bring out the edge contrast of the criss-crossing lines in the Boardwalk, the trash can and the roll down storefront.  Then I waited for the right person to walk through the scene and found a composition that best worked the negative space.


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Lousy Light, But…

Where: Central Park, New York City



Between Meeting: Before Heading to Javits





Before heading to the Javits Center for a meeting, I took a walk through Central Park.



A person was blowing large soap bubbles and this girl was chasing after them.



The light was lousy and I was tempted to head off, but sometimes if the scene is interesting its best to live with the light.



The action and joy of the girl, along with how the colors in her dress align with the spectral colors on the bubble, help to overcome the dim cross-curve light.



I used FocalPoint 2 software on the edges of the image to reduce the blah and put more emphasis on the primary subject.

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Hang Time

Where: Vancouver, BC, Canada



Between Meeting: Break During a Convention





Vancouver is a beautiful city and while I love going there, its hard for me to make the kind of pictures I like.  Its, well, too clean and nice…



During a break, I stepped outside of the Vancouver Convention Center.  The view of the mountains and harbor was spectacular.  But the silhouette of the window washer in the upper left third, balanced in the frame with the mountain in the bottom right third, was (for me) the best view.



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