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Fifth After Midnight: Preparations for the Holidays

In historic places, NYC History, NYC Today on November 24, 2014 at 11:56 am

Christmas is truly my favorite time of year.  And New York is the town that knows how to make things sparkle.

But who makes this happen?  This year I bring to you that answer from a small section of mid-town filled with history and glamour.  A ten block radius of Fifth Avenue, between 50th and 60th Streets.

Like Santa’s elves, these visual experts converge in the overnight hours to bring each store front to life.  Its a magical time, filled with anticipation and delight.


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Here a window designer at Bergdorf Goodman peers behind the curtain to inspect his work at 1:20am on November 16. The unveiling to the world is a few days later.


As with the decorating of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, this doesn’t happen in just one night.  I invite you to stroll with me down Fifth Avenue to uncover the mystery and magic of the season in the city that never sleeps.

Please check back throughout December and follow along.

Until then, may you and your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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Pet Project: Christmas Gift for My Sister

In nyc photographer on November 23, 2014 at 12:38 am

As a professional photographer, it is rare that I use consumer programs.  However apple has powerful project options that can be created using iPhoto.  And the print quality is superior.

The first time I used this process was a few years ago when I built a book using my iPad.  This year I am creating a calendar by way of Mac about two cousins Kodi George and Cricket.  Two dogs that are related by sisters; a rescue shih tzu/terrier mix and a pure bred St. Bernard.  Even when she was a puppy, the St. Bernard was bigger than her full grown cousin.  Here are a few pictures that made it to the calendar.

I hope they make you smile.

Until next time.


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Build Your Own Camera

In nyc photographer, NYC Today on November 20, 2014 at 2:10 am

There was talk about an inexpensive camera made of plastic that took photographs with a slight distortion/vignetting around the edges.  It was a beautiful distortion, the images taken with this camera had a “signature” appearance.

Rumor was this camera had been around since 1990 and the store was down in the Village.

A few weeks ago when I was at PDN’s Photo Plus Expo there it was!  A small 35mm camera with removable 50mm lens.  The company Lomography; the model KONSTRUKTOR.

The demonstrator showed me how this manual film camera worked.  It had a fixed aperture at f-10 with 2 speeds of 1/80s or bulb.  And the best part:  you build it from a kit. Not too difficult; for ages 14 and older and it only takes 1 to 2 hours.

I debated purchasing one, but a friend asked me “why not”?  And so I did.

The steps to build this are all very logical and the parts fit nicely together.

Well, my 1 to 2 hours actually turned into 4.  Lesson learned:  read everything first and lay out all the parts.

I highly recommend that you give this a try, it’s really quite an experience!

Looking forward to my first shoot.

Until next time.


adventure is life, live it! ®

Behind the Scenes of an Independent Film

In nyc photographer, NYC Today on November 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm


 When a good friend asks:

“Hey, do you want to shoot some stills for a new Independent Film I’m producing?”

Without hesitation, the answer is YES!  Especially if that friend is Kevin Michael Reed.



I am always up for a good adventure, and to be part of this film makes it a great adventure.

The crew started earlier on this beautiful September day at a beach on Long Island shooting part one.   I joined them that evening on Randall’s Island to complete the sequence.  We began shooting around 7:00pm.


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The film is Rolling with Virgil ; the scene is “Dream with Me”.

Screen writer and creator of this project Conrad Shaw has a unique vision to bring his story to the world.  With his Director Matthew Landin, and Producer Kevin Michael Reed, they are well on their way.

It was an amazing night.  The weather was perfect, and the action was continuous.  Here is a sampling of what we did:



To learn more about this project visit the movie’s website:


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Until next time.


adventure is life, live it! ®

The Tree Comes To Town (in the wee small hours of the morning…)

In NYC Today on November 7, 2014 at 6:46 am

The 2014 Rockefeller Christmas Tree made its way into the city well after midnight November 7, 2014.

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The NYPD escorted the 13-ton tree to Rockefeller Center arriving at 5th avenue around 2:00am, after a 155-mile journey from Danville, Pennsylvania.

The towering 85-foot Norway spruce donated by a central Pennsylvania family will remain on the flatbed of this 18 wheeler until daylight, when it is welcomed to
the final home on the plaza.

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Until next time.


adventure is life, live it! ®