I decided to go to the photographic expo PDN Photoplus 2011, since it was happening just a few blocks away. Here we have some models demonstrating the new Nikon 1 which had just been released. I didn’t bother to check it out; the sensor is a bit too small and all the controls are buried in the menus. I did play with a Sony NEX-7 and was rather disappointed with the ergonomics, for my hands at least. What was useful, though was picking up a number of sample packs of photographic papers.
It isn’t supposed to snow in New York at this time of year but snow it did. Perhaps I might have been looking for a taxi but I decided not to hail this one. The rest of the images show what I saw wandering around as the snow came down.
Evidently, a bit of snow is not enough to stop work on the roads (or repairing gas pipes or whatever he’s doing).
Not a time for running as the pavements might be a bit slippery.
I was intrigued by some of the parking arrangements they have in Manhattan.
And this is outside where we were staying, so I’ve returned to the hotel.
We were staying quite close to B&H, one of the largest photographic stores in the world so after a while I ventured out again to see what I might want to pick up there. This is a doorman from a Hotel clearing the pavement in front of the entrance.
PDN Photoplus was still continuing and here are attendees returning with their Nikon bags.
Once again, curious parking arrangements and also l==o==n==g cars.
Just heading into B&H….
Not the safest of weather for cyclists, I would have thought.
I was amused by these police cars. I could just imaging a flock of policemen piling into their police pursuit vehicles and tearing off to nail some miscreant pensioner with a souped-up walking frame.
I suspect these bicycles weren’t going anywhere in a hurry. I was now back across the road from the hotel.
Later at night I went out to see what I could find in the snow and headed to Times Square.
Another very long car, this time with a topping of snow.
There were many people taking photographs of each other so I took photographs of them.
Looking up at a statue as the snow drifts down. This apparently is Francis Duffy, a priest who served in the Spanish-America War of 1898 (which led to the US occupying Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam) and World War I (of 1914-18 which the US entered in 1917, as all readers probably know).
More people and cameras …
… and a friendly pedicab driver passing by. I wasn’t expecting to see them on the streets of New York (as opposed to cities in South-East Asia) but traffic speeds are pretty slow so I guess it’s safe enough.
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Your dear wife sent me over here to look at your photos and I’m having a great time. It’s fun to read the impressions of someone from the other side of the world regarding sights that we take for granted such as vertical parking lots and hordes of police cars. NY wasn’t always so safe.
I love your cabaret photography. Excellent color rendition and all that.
Glad you appreciate them.
I’ve read and heard something of what New York used to be like. One person told me he was about to turn down a street in Manhattan with his eight year old daughter when a passer-by told him “Don’t go down there. You won’t come out the other end. Walk on another block and go down that street instead.”
Urban photography in New York with a single prime-lens pocket camera was quite a different exercise from my normal heavy duty array of cameras and lenses for landscape and wildlife.
I do a lot of live music photography and was just lucky to get so close to the bands in the venues in New York.