Whenever I go out to take pictures I always wind up going to the same places. I wanted to go someplace different so I decided to go somewhere that I’ve only been a few times in the past and that was Battery Park City. I think the nearest I’ve ever gone is when I used to go to BMCC back in the early 2000’s. Anyway, going to Battery Park City was a great decision because I had a very successful day of picture taking in general and street photography in particular. I was hoping to get a few pictures for this month’s challenges in my Flickr group. I wound up getting 4 out of 5 categories completed, so that made me happy. One of the first things I saw that captured my interest when I first made my way into BPC was a bunch of stacked chairs near a restaurant.
I am moving more towards landscapes and architectural photography, but in NYC you can rarely get a picture without someone in it, so I just accept that they’ll be part of the picture. The building itself wasn’t what I was trying to capture. Rather the building would be the background for the street lamps. I liked how they were lined up as far as the eye could see.
I can’t remember what the name of the restaurant was but I was fascinated by the flowing waterfall near the other diners that was part of the restaurant. A+ for ambience. I haven’t really experimented with the bokeh that this lens can produce. In everyday situations, at least for how I use it, I don’t get much, but in this picture, since I’m right up close to what I was photographing, it does produce decent bokeh. As my photographer friend, Grant, pointed out, sometimes too much bokeh can actually take away from a photo.
This must be a nice place to relax. The water, the boats, the absence of crowds. The weather was perfect that day, cool and breezy, making it a great spot to sit and relax with a friend.
I was just trying to get a picture of the skyline so it was an added bonus when I saw that I had gotten the helicopter in as well. In NYC you tend to just tune out noise, however loud. I had heard the helicopter(s) flying overhead but hadn’t really paid them much attention. I think it adds a bit to the picture to have it in there.
Here is another shot with which I’m really pleased. I had always wanted to get a shot like this, with the birds flying over the water, but I had never been able to before, either because I wasn’t prepared or because the picture came out blurry. I took this shot without much hope that it would be any good, but I have to say that I’m really happy with this shot.
I thought this couple (at least I’m assuming they were a couple) were so cute. He was riding along and she was laughing at something he said. I figured since I was out trying to get street shots for the group I could take a few practice pictures. This couple didn’t seem to mind which was nice.
Here’s a picture that I got for the group. One of the topics was tattoos/body art. That wouldn’t be too hard to find in NYC, or in general since it seems that more and more people have tattoos. I had to take three different shots of this scene since they were walking so fast but I think this one came out pretty decent.
I love reflections and after I took the picture of the tattoos, I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful the skyline, trees, and river looked reflected in the glass of the building, so I snapped a picture and continued on my walk. I had to edit myself out because I was standing in the middle of one of the metal things so I looked way bigger than I actually am, and come on. What woman wants to see that? 😆
This was almost like the statue was pointing me in the direction of my next picture because as soon as I rounded the curve I came across my second find for the monthly challenge topics.
Can anyone guess the topic? It was eye contact (not posed) which was perfect because I didn’t think I’d be able to get this one. This was total accidental eye contact which I didn’t even notice until I got it on my computer later. I was taking their picture because they were sitting high up on the wall. I pretended I was taking a picture of something else but the girl apparently wasn’t fooled.
I cannot even imagine what it would be like to have this much money. Don’t get me wrong, I have fun trying to imagine how I’d live if I had that kind of money. I’ll be 100% honest, I would love to have this kind of money. A lot of people try to pull that “I wouldn’t want to have that kind of money. I get more satisfaction from working” bullshit. Not me. The nearest I’d ever get to this is being a housewife, married to a man who made enough so that I didn’t have to work. He doesn’t have to be rich, but as long as I don’t have to have my anxiety go into overdrive due to work, public transportation, and people in general, I don’t care.
I passed by this restaurant when I was trying to find my way to the nearest bus stop or train station. It looked interesting so I looked it up online. A bit pricy, but that’s to be expected considering the neighborhood. The place got mixed reviews but I don’t put too much stock in those. People tend to nitpick the tiniest things. I once was reading a review for a hotel, not even a fancy hotel, and the reviewer gave it a low rating because the hotel didn’t have porter to take their bags up to their room. 🙄 Oh no! The horror! They actually had to wheel their own bags. How did they ever get over that horrible ordeal?
I noticed, as these people were all passing each other, how many of them were wearing stripes. 4 out of the 9 people there are wearing stripes. There was no way I could let them all pass by without taking a picture of that.
This picture was actually taken with my iPhone. I was looking something up when I spotted the perfect shot for one of the other challenge topics “Hats”. I didn’t want to risk losing the opportunity by hastily shoving my phone in my bag and trying to frame the picture properly with my camera, so I just used the camera on my phone. As the saying goes, the best camera you have is the one you have with you at the time, or something like that. I think this one came out pretty good.
I figured that I was done with photography for the day so I was happily surprised to get yet another picture for the monthly challenge, “A Shot in the Dark”. I was intrigued by this particular challenge since my night photography is something I want to improve. I did ask first, which is something I don’t normally do, but since these were police officers it was best to ask. I’m always fascinated by mounted police in the city. I’m sure there’s a reason, I just wonder what it is. (Yeah, yeah, ending a sentence with a preposition. It happens.)