Our trip to New York City was filled with highlights, adventure, and fun. Despite starting a day late, we packed every minute of our day and a half trip with action. One of the things I was looking forward to the most was visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. While they were both amazing and breathtaking places to photograph, this was not the reason. I have always wanted to visit for the history of both places. The thought that the Statue of Liberty was one of the first things that immigrants saw when they arrived in the United States and the very ground that we walked on at Ellis Island was the first US soil the immigrants walked on. Another highlight of the trip was getting to spend the weekend with our entire photo class. While we all joke around in the classroom and are competitive with each other, New York was a whole new level of this. Our fun competitive nature followed us around the city and was able to push us to take the best photos possible while on this trip. And of course, the best highlight of the trip was being able to photograph in a new environment. While we have Portland near us, New York City was different. Photographing city life and walking around the streets was amazing. it was a new lifestyle that we were able to capture and experience.
When we got to the city we quickly all learned a few things. One is that people walk very fast and will plow through you if you are in their way. So a group of seven strolling through the streets, stopping to take photos, and squatting to get a better angle on a people packed street was not the best situation to be in. I quickly learned to look around quickly before getting down to get a better angle or stopping to take a picture. Another thing we learned very quickly was that we needed a signal or a way to let the group know that one of us wanted to stop and take a photo of something. Jamie cleverly came up with "PHOTO PAUSE," indicating that our group was to pause and wait for one of us to take a photo. One last thing that I sadly learned after the first day was that I needed to physically stop to take many of my photos. I came back to the hotel the first night, uploaded my photos, and was disappointed to find out that many of my action and street scene shots were out of focus. I adapted the next day and paid special attention to stopping whenever I intend on taking a photo.
Many of the things I want to remember from this trip were highlights and things I learned. In regards to photographing I have two large takeaways. One being something I learned: that I need to stop and take my photos. As I said above I lost many photos from my first day and was very disappointed. But from this experience came a lesson. I learned and will now always remember to stop and shot my images. The other photography related take away being that to not question a subject. In the city, there were so many different, unique, and interesting subjects to photograph. And while I wish I had taken more, I was focused on what I was specifically interested in photographing: people. I wish I had taken photos of more subjects and had not questioned if a subject would be "good enough" to photograph.
5th Ave Please
Business or Pleasure
Tie it Tight
Hard vs Soft
Looking back on the trip my favorite thing to photograph was street scenes. We have already completed a biweekly for lifestyle and while I was able to successfully complete this assignment, in the city taking lifestyle like photos were very different. I was able to capture the action-packed lifestyle of people in the city. Which in comparison to my lifestyle photos of a more relaxed lifestyle was very contrasting. Although, I loved both of them and am very pleased with the results. I think that the most difficult theme that we were to photograph was motion. I think that I got some successfully frozen motion photos, I wish that I had more successful blurred motion photos. Blurred motion photos have always been an area which I haven't tended to photograph, so when put into the situation where we could photograph anything and everything, I did not think to focus on these. Some of my other photos could be put into the category of unconventional portraits. I was very drawn to taking photos of people. While most could also be considered lifestyle and street scenes, I think that I could have created another category for these. Overall, New York City was a trip that was both very successful and fun.