I dont know why anyone would find this beautiful animal ‘scary’ or a nuisance. I have seen coyotes up close and they are beautiful, bold and independent animals.
All qualities admired in humans but not in animals by the conventional mindset.
The pictures were shot in waning daylight… almost dusk in the Fall season, when the Coyote is active and blends in so well with his/her environment that isolating the animal from the grassland is very challenging. I think if I had my current gear… (Nikon D800 + Sigma 50-500 OS Lens) I would have better shots. The Sigma 120-400 OS on a Nikon D300 shows its limitations here. The Sigma 50-500 is a totally different beast: tack sharp and heavy glass that will keep you shooting.
More pictures when you continue.
NYC Village Halloween Parade 2011
As I said in Part 1 of this post, the Village Halloween Parade 2012 got cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy’s assault on New York City and its vicinity. The economic damage and resource drain on the city forced the authorities to cancel the event. Hoping to attend it next year!
The best place to photograph the parade for me turned out to be the end of the line! The place where all the paraders and wanna-be psychos are let out at the end of the parade. Many are going nuts with the excitement of showing off their creativity and their personas to thousands, perhaps millions of people if you count the TV and press coverage. You should have a good, powerful flash with fully charged batteries as well. A fast DSLR like my Nikon D7000 16.2MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR with a fast lens like a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens coupled with the Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight should do the trick.
I kept my aperture at f2.8 to get shallow DOF and a fast shutter speed. ISO 800 was great to have too. Keep the flash under control and you can get some great shots. Some of my pictures are overblown because I didn’t dial my flash down. Well, next time!
Follow the paraders after the parade and the party moves on to Union Square where all the paraders and even more street performers party on.
All in all, its a great event and a true New York tradition.
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NYC Village Halloween Parade 2011
Due to hurricane Sandy in NYC, the 39th Village Halloween Parade, organized with love and dedication by the good folks at Village Halloween Parade was first postponed, then canceled for 2012. It one of those authentic New York events where you can see originality and artistry in the costumes created by local and international artists, costumers and in some cases, sponsored floats.
The parade usually starts in the West Village and end in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. I have been going to the parade for a while and last year was the most fun because I was prepared with my camera and a powerful flash needed to properly light the paraders as they race past the spectators. I took too many pictures as usual and selecting just a few is not an option, so I am going to publish the pictures in 2 or 3 separate posts so as not to inundate my viewers with a giant picture archive.
I will also point out how to take better pictures at the Village Halloween Parade and some secret best spots to get fantastic pictures.
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All photos were shot with my trusty Nikon D7000 16.2MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR with a Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight Flash on top. The camera performs very well under all weather and lighting conditions. The focus needs a little patience and you have to hold this camera steady to get the sharpest and best exposed results. Remember to shoot RAW and get the best shot.
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New York City Marathon
The New York City Marathon is an institution in NYC and is held annually on the first Sunday of November every year. The assault of the hurricane Sandy on NYC and vicinity in 2012 put a damper on things and after a controversial decision to hold the marathon, Mayor Bloomberg decided to cancel it. I can not say which was the right decision because the conditions in Staten Island, where the marathon starts, and in low lying areas of New York City, are quite dismal and holding a marathon which takes up considerable resources from the city government, just didn’t seem appropriate.
I would like to present a few pictures from the New York City Marathon I shot in 2002 to remember this great event and educate those who don’t know what it is.
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I went to get some dog food and decide to walk the dog over to Astoria Park in Queens, NYC since it was right where we shopped. The park turned out to be quite a treat on a sunny fall afternoon! The fall colors were fantastic and the bridge views were exhilarating. You can see the Trborough / RFK bridge as well as the HellGate train bridge from this park. The noise from the bridges can be really loud but somehow the park still soothes the soul and refreshes the mind. As always, I took a few pictures with my iPhone 4. Click through to see the sights!
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