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The Way I Saw It

For today’s #FilmFriday, I thought I’d post a bit of a tour of what my Mamiya saw while in NYC.

First up, we have a shot from Central Park. I’ve always known that the park is enormous, but we were still amazed at how much space is dedicated to this beautiful spot.

On the left is a shot from upper Manhattan just outside Central Park, and on the right is the classic view of the Manhattan bridge as seen from DUMBO.

After shooting sunrise with the gang of photographers I was fortunate enough to meet up with, we ended up at this little cafe in Brooklyn for breakfast. Great ham, egg, and cheese sandwich.

I’m sure most of you have seen a similar shot to this on Mike Olbinski’s blog, but I couldn’t resist shooting Jacob and that giant lens.

On the recommendation of Brian Matiash, we went to John’s Pizzeria for lunch. It was delicious – and I’m pretty sure it was that dude you see on the left who made our pies.

The Manhattan bridge from below, just after the sun came up.

An empty subway platform after Brian Furbush took us in the wrong direction πŸ˜‰

Similar to yesterday’s shot, this was taken while leaning out of the clock at the top of Grand Central Terminal. Such an amazing experience.

Mike Olbinski staring up in awe at the awesomeness that is the Manhattan Bridge.

A long exposure of the lower Manhattan skyline from DUMBO as seen by my 5D MkII.

In the GCT clock tower there’s a small hatch in the roof that allows the view you see below of the Chrysler Building – pretty cool. On the right we have the Manhattan Bridge…again.

Another shot from Central Park – this one taken from atop Bethesda Terrace. We recognized this spot from a few movies.

Lastly, we have the clock that sits atop the central ticket booth on the floor of Grand Central Terminal.

I had such a great time in NYC and I’d love to be able to get back at some point in my life – 5 days just isn’t enough time to see it all.

– Mamiya 645 1000s
– Mamiya Sekor C 80mm f/2.8
Kodak Portra 400

Jose Vazquez - October 21, 2011 - 7:28 am

Awesome set dude! My fave is the subway shot. I just recently tried John’s Pizzeria and it was one of the best margherita pies ever. One question though…where are the Friday Holga shots?

Scott Wyden Kivowitz - October 21, 2011 - 7:29 am

Every one of these is incredible. The clarity, colors, etc. The perfect way to remember an incredible trip! Nice job dude

Jesse Pafundi - October 21, 2011 - 7:31 am

Ah great stuff dude, rockin the Mamiya. I proposed at Bethesda fountain, no big deal.

Russ Scullen - October 21, 2011 - 7:45 am

Awesome! Thanks for giving us a picture recap of your trip.

Edith Levy - October 21, 2011 - 7:48 am

Wonderful images Heath. I do love NYC as well.

Brian Furbush - October 21, 2011 - 8:05 am

Nice shots dude, I hate you for calling me out like that.

Chris DeAngelis - October 21, 2011 - 8:12 am

Awesome set man! These are just fantastic! Great work.

Kris Koeller - October 21, 2011 - 8:21 am

Great collection of New York photos. I really should take more here at home. Well done.

Rich Williams - October 21, 2011 - 8:26 am

My faves are the subway station and the Manhattan Bridge (looking up).

Curt Fleenor - October 21, 2011 - 8:45 am

Fantastic series Heath!

Mike Olbinski - October 21, 2011 - 9:13 am

Woooooooooo, these are awesome!!! Love the subway shot at High Street, the blur and all that is just sick awesome.

These are great man.

Also, that spot in Central Park where movies have been made…”Gimme back my SON!” πŸ™‚

Rick Louie - October 21, 2011 - 9:32 am

What a great epilogue to your trip! I think Central Park is someplace I’ve never been and must see when I go next week. I hope the weather is nice as it was for you. Have a great weekend!

Chris Nitz - October 21, 2011 - 9:46 am

Diggin that subway shot something fierce, and what is Mike gawking at in the sky?

Scott Ackerman - October 21, 2011 - 9:54 am

Dude, you’re rocking the film shots! Every single one of these were spectacular!

Jamie Bishop - October 21, 2011 - 10:12 am

Hey Heath…..coll to see you shooting some film. Who’s processing and scanning the film for you? Have you tried out Richard’s Photo Lab yet? We send a bunch of our wedding work down there….pricey but spectacular results.

Jacob Lucas - October 21, 2011 - 11:28 am

“Jacob and that giant lens” sounds like a Roald Dahl novel… ha! Seriously great images here mate. Love the work you do with the Mamiya.

A.Barlow - October 21, 2011 - 11:40 am

I really like that candid shot of the food service worker.

Dave DiCello - October 21, 2011 - 11:51 am

Heath this series is out of this world. Makes me want to go back to NYC today!

Bob Lussier - October 21, 2011 - 1:08 pm

Really … this is a spectacular set of images!
I think my favorite is the subway shot. If only because Furbush (a NY guy) took you in the wrong direction.

Seriously. Great stuff!

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Rob Hanson - October 26, 2011 - 6:08 am

Nice collection, Heath. There’s a unique and distinctive feel to the images produced by the Mamiya, and it lends well for the cityscapes you’ve captured.

Michael Tuuk - October 26, 2011 - 7:24 pm

Great shots. I was going to list my favorites, but as I went through I liked too many πŸ™‚

View From the Clock

I have two people to thank for this shot: Steve Beal and Chris Robins. If Steve hadn’t called me at 9:20AM to let me know that he and Chris had hooked us up with a behind the scenes tour of Grand Central, I wouldn’t have come home with a unique shot like this. Why is it so unique, you ask? Well, this was taken from the clock tower in GCT! There is a small section of the bottom of the clock that actually swings open allowing just enough room for a single person to stick their head and torso out. When it was my turn, I borrowed Steve’s fisheye and fired away.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8
BlackRapid RS-4 Camera Strap

Rich Williams - October 20, 2011 - 7:14 am

Man, that’s pretty sweet, Heath. Well done!

Svetlana - October 20, 2011 - 7:18 am

Cool pic! Nicely done!

Scott Wyden Kivowitz - October 20, 2011 - 7:37 am

Very unique capture dude. So much to see from a cool perspective.

Brian Furbush - October 20, 2011 - 7:38 am

Love this, awesome shot dude. Certainly is a fun spot to shoot.

Mike Olbinski - October 20, 2011 - 7:45 am

Wow, so cool!!!

Jesse Pafundi - October 20, 2011 - 7:51 am

LOVE the fisheye for this shot. Such a unique perspective.

Chris DeAngelis - October 20, 2011 - 7:53 am

Love the fish here Heath! I wish I had time (and permission to use a tripod) to shoot in GCT!

Scott Ackerman - October 20, 2011 - 7:57 am

Sweet! Love this shots man. Perfect for the fish. Did you pick that up or rent it for your trip? That lens is very high on my purchase list.

Chris Nitz - October 20, 2011 - 8:06 am

It looks like Neo just performed his superman trick and the Matrix has yet to recover. Fisheye distortion for the win!

Chris Frailey - October 20, 2011 - 8:30 am

Wow what a great opportunity. Looks like you made the most of it.

Edith Levy - October 20, 2011 - 8:54 am

Awesome shot Heath. Love the fisheye.

Scott Ackerman - October 20, 2011 - 8:57 am

Haha, My bad….should probably finish reading your whole post until I start asking questions.

Scott Wood - October 20, 2011 - 10:49 am

Love the distortion from the fish eye.

A.Barlow - October 20, 2011 - 11:29 am

Wow man, that’s a cool fish-eye view!

Chris Knoch - October 20, 2011 - 12:16 pm

Really impressive shot! Great detail and as you said – unique!

Curt Fleenor - October 20, 2011 - 1:15 pm

Insane shot! Now that’s making the most of the opportunity,!

Curt Fleenor - October 20, 2011 - 1:16 pm

Insane shot! Now that’s making the most of the opportunity!

James Howe - October 20, 2011 - 1:59 pm

Terrific shot! The fisheye is perfect. What’s the secret to getting such a great tour of the station?

Oliver Collinge - October 26, 2011 - 1:45 pm

Awesome, awesome shot!

Krista - December 31, 2011 - 4:51 am

This is so insanely cool!

The Cliffs

Yesterday I had a sudden urge to revisit the images I took while in Maui earlier this year. By no means have I posted all the images I’d like to from that trip, so as it continues to get colder here in Calgary I’ll likely post a few more of these shots to try to warm myself up πŸ™‚

This shot is just down from a roadside pullout about halfway between Kihei and Lahaina. The view from the top is quite nice, but just a short journey down the hill led to some much better views of these awesome cliffs. This was a stunning spot in the middle of the day, so I’m sure it would have been than much more amazing during sunset – but I never made it back.

This is a 3 exposure panorama using the shift capabilities of the Canon 24mm tilt/shift lens. Such a great lens and such an easy way to create panoramas – one day I may add that lens to my bag permanently.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II

Brian Furbush - October 19, 2011 - 7:21 am

Really great pano Heath – gotta add one of those bad boys on my next trip πŸ™‚

Russ Scullen - October 19, 2011 - 7:50 am

Nice pano. You’ll really enjoy those Maui pics when it’s cold and blowing snow in Calagry this coming winter:)

Jesse Pafundi - October 19, 2011 - 7:59 am

Love how the pano adds to the expanse of the ocean. Its only a matter of time until you buy that bad boy.

Curt Fleenor - October 19, 2011 - 9:41 am

Awesome panoramic Heath!

Rick Louie - October 19, 2011 - 10:01 am

I love that tilt-shift lens. I didn’t want to give it back after I got back from Banff. Wonderful pano! The TS makes panos so easy and seamless!

Edith Levy - October 19, 2011 - 10:17 am

Wonderful shot Heath. Its getting colder here in Toronto too so this is a welcome image.

Marc Collins - October 19, 2011 - 11:33 am

Great Pano. Great location too.

Chris Wray - October 19, 2011 - 12:02 pm

Beautiful pano framing, Heath. The smooth sea and rough terrain makes for a great composition.

No Sleep Till Brooklyn

As I’m sure most of my readers know by now, I met up with a great bunch of photographers while I was in New York City for a ridiculous day of shooting around the city. The morning began just across the East River in Brooklyn, and as the sun was setting we made our way back to the same spot – but on the Manhattan side. From this long walkway one is afforded great views of both the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges – both of which you can see in the image below.

On a processing note, I decided to go against my usual workflow of Lightroom -> Photoshop -> Phototools -> Lightroom and edited this image exclusively in Lightroom. It was nice not leaving the one interface, and I don’t feel like adding those extra steps would have added anything extra to this image. I may be trying more of this simplified workflow in the future.

Oh, and as for the title of this post – I couldn’t get that song out of my head during that entire day of shooting πŸ™‚

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L

Rich Williams - October 18, 2011 - 7:16 am

What a great evening it was. Classic composition, great exposure, and that moon is a bonus. I’m so glad you were finally able to capture this Big Apple icon.

Scott Wyden Kivowitz - October 18, 2011 - 7:17 am

The lights, shadow, colors and smoothness of the water are all breathtaking. Incredible shot and processing dude!

Brian Furbush - October 18, 2011 - 7:28 am

Awesome work man – really great composition and I like the simplified processing – hard to mess up a shot of two icons!

Jesse Pafundi - October 18, 2011 - 7:34 am

Absolutely love it dude. Really dig the editing and composition.

Alistair Cunningham - October 18, 2011 - 7:40 am

Great shot, can’t wait for my next trip to US (likely Las Vegas to buy a cheap 1dMkX!)

Chris DeAngelis - October 18, 2011 - 7:44 am

Fantastic shot! I bet it looked pretty stellar right out of the camera! There was a lot of no sleep going on, but it was worth it! Too bad we couldn’t shoot for the whole weekend…

Mike Olbinski - October 18, 2011 - 8:25 am

Awesome man, love seeing what everyone got that night. This is great. Beautiful starbursts, love the moon.

Scott Ackerman - October 18, 2011 - 8:28 am

Dude! Love everything about this image. Amazing comp. Feels like I’m right there looking at them. Well played sir!

Steve Beal - October 18, 2011 - 8:35 am

Absolutely fantastic Heath! The triple bridge just never gets old, I love the way the moon came out in this, very mysterious!

Edith Levy - October 18, 2011 - 8:41 am

Absolutley beautiful Heath. I never get tired of this view. You did an awesome job with this.

Chris Wray - October 18, 2011 - 9:36 am

Killer framing and processing. Love the cool hues and light bursts.

A.Barlow - October 18, 2011 - 10:14 am

Oh no you didn’t just go there with the title! Now I’m gunna have that stuck in my head all day 😐

This is an amazing bridge shot. The details in the bridge and the light is top notch. Good show sir!

Nathan Gilmer - October 18, 2011 - 10:37 am

Man. Great shot. Super vibrant and clear. I dig it.

Nathan Gilmer - October 18, 2011 - 10:38 am


Jon Stolarski - October 18, 2011 - 12:07 pm

Great long exposure + Beastie Boys reference = Awesome!

Scott Wood - October 18, 2011 - 11:29 pm

Gorgeous. Makes me want to grab the camera gear and jump on an airplane.

Adam Allegro - October 19, 2011 - 2:31 am

Love this shot. Pictures of bridges are so cool. That glassy water is fantastic. Well done!

Chris Robins - October 19, 2011 - 11:18 pm

nicey niiiiize.

Kris Koeller - October 21, 2011 - 8:45 am

Great shot. I looked at this for a while and realized its looking toward Brooklyn. I’ve seen dozens of shots the other way, but not many toward the east. Very cool.


No trip to New York City would be complete without a visit to Grand Central Terminal (don’t even THINK about calling it a ‘station’) – and my visit was absolutely amazing thanks to Steve Beal and Chris Robins. They managed to hook us up with tripod passes and a behind the scenes tour that took us to the control centre and the clocktower! Truly an amazing experience. In the coming weeks I should be sharing a couple of these behind the scenes images, but for today (since it is #FilmFriday, after all) I thought I’d share a simple composition from the main hall.

There was just something about the harsh light and shadows playing across these ticket windows that spoke to me. I can almost feel the history through this photograph and I think capturing it on film was a great way to do this amazing building justice. I hope you agree.

– Mamiya M645 1000s
– Mamiya Sekor C 80mm f/2.8
Kodak Portra 400

Rick - October 14, 2011 - 7:17 am

That’s awesome! Love this place.

Steven Perlmutter - October 14, 2011 - 7:30 am

Fantastic capture Heath. Film was a great choice, especially with this composition.

Rich Williams - October 14, 2011 - 7:37 am

Dammit, it’s a STATION. πŸ™‚ Seriously, this is a great shot, Heath, and it’s even more impressive considering it’s film.

Brian Furbush - October 14, 2011 - 7:40 am

I dig the Mamiya, came out nicely. Glad you got some GCT love up on the blog.

Scott Ackerman - October 14, 2011 - 7:44 am

Love the mood of this one. Great capture Heath!

Chris DeAngelis - October 14, 2011 - 7:50 am

Awesome shot! Love the DoF here and the vintage vibe. Stupid NJ transit system making me 2 hours late, otherwise I would have been able to shoot with you guys! How’d the rest of the rolls come out?

Jesse Pafundi - October 14, 2011 - 8:09 am

Mamiya! This seriously rocks dude. Love the play of light on the counter.

Tobias George - October 14, 2011 - 8:16 am

Wow dude, this is an awesome idea for a photo here. Never even thought of it! Executed perfectly and I love the light.

Curt Fleenor - October 14, 2011 - 8:35 am

The softness of the details and the subtle changes in light are just fantastic!

Steve Beal - October 14, 2011 - 8:52 am

Thanks for the mention πŸ™‚ – it was really a pleasure meeting you (finally) and shooting with ya! I love today’s image, I stare at that board all the time trying to catch the Metro North train to Rye, beautifully captured and processed!

Justin - October 14, 2011 - 8:55 am

Love the shadows!

Chris Frailey - October 14, 2011 - 9:01 am

Love the lighting here. So good.

Edith Levy - October 14, 2011 - 9:12 am

Love this Heath. The lighting really give sit an old time feel.

Mike Olbinski - October 14, 2011 - 9:41 am

Love it man!

Now get our portrait film shots developed!! πŸ™‚

A.Barlow - October 14, 2011 - 9:56 am

Nice picture today Heath, looks great. Tripod passes huh? That’s interesting.

Chris Nitz - October 14, 2011 - 10:12 am

Loving how the shadows add such a nice touch of dramatic feeling.

Scott Wood - October 15, 2011 - 11:22 am

I really did the shadow play in this image. Well done.

Adam Allegro - October 17, 2011 - 1:51 am

How do you go about getting a “tripod pass”??? I think it is ridiculous that you would need one in order to use a tripod. Nice shot BTW. I like the processing you applied. Well done.

Chris Robins - October 17, 2011 - 7:09 pm

i agree, great image.

Dave DiCello - October 18, 2011 - 6:00 am

Wow, that is so very cool Heath! Awesome shot here man!

James Howe - October 21, 2011 - 10:56 am

Very cool image, I like the way the light is hitting the ticket vending area. Great location for photography.