Friday, October 23, 2020

Central Park In Black And White

Grayscale In Green Spaces


Central Park offers
A dazzling array
Of dynamic visual delights

It's a marvelous place to take photographs
In color
Or black and white!



a black and white photograph of the eldorado apartment building central park west new york
The Eldorado on Central Park West




a black and white photograph of boats in central park new york
Rowboats Moored On The Lake




a black and white photograph of people exercising in central park new york city
Exercise




a black and white photograph of a radio controlled toy boat in central park
Radio-Controlled Boat




a black and white photograph of the sign at the boathouse restaurant in central park





a black and white photograph of pedicabs and a skateboarder in central park new york
Pedicabs And Skateboarder - Central Park




a black and white photo of a woman on a staircase at bethesda terrace new york city
Staircase At Bethesda Terrace




Camera: 
Sony a7R III

Lens: Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS


Light happens. Be ready. Shoot hard.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Evening Street Scene In Nice

 When Once We Gathered Freely


This year has been rough on everyone, but please to whatever you have to to stay safe and maintain a positive outlook. Better times lie ahead. We'll all be traveling again soon!



a color photo of people on the street in nice france by daniel south




Camera:
            Nikon D700

Lens:
            Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED


Light happens. Be ready. Shoot hard.
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Monday, October 5, 2020

Castles of the Loire Valley

 Les Beaux Châteaux

The Loire Valley, located about 200 km southeast of Paris, features an amazing collection of well-preserved castles and regal residences, each with a distinct flavor, and all of them featuring a delicately decorated French style.

I have not spent a lot of time in the Loire Valley, but I made a brief stop there some years ago. Here are a few of the properties that I had the great pleasure to visit.


Le Château de Chambord is as grand as it is elegant.


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Château de Chambord - Loire Valley





Le Château de Cheverny features prominently in the Tintin adventures.


a photo of the chateau de cheverny in the loire valley france
Château de Cheverny - Loire Valley





Le Château de Chenonceau is uniquely architected to cross the River Cher.


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Château de Chenonceau - Loire Valley





Le Château de Blois is impressively well preserved inside and out.


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Château de Blois - Loire Valley





Boats at the Château de Chambord on a pleasant afternoon.


a photo of boats at the chateau de chambord loire valley france
Boats at the Château de Chambord






Camera:
            Nikon D700

Lenses:
            Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
            Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII

Light happens. Be ready. Shoot hard.
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Nice - South of France

Enhanced Resolution

I compose music. When I post my music online, I often make a slideshow to go with the audio. Hopefully, this adds interest by giving people something to look at while they're listening.


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Grand Hotel - Nice, South of France




Sometimes, I have difficulty deciding which photos to use with a piece of music. I wouldn't think that this would be the case, given that I took the photos and wrote the music, but typically I'll spend days agonizing over the choice. I want to make sure that the mood of the photos matches that of the music, and I want to avoid, when possible, using images that I have used in other slideshows.


a photo of a statue of miles davis in nice france daniel south
Statue of Miles Davis - Nice, France




I went through this struggle earlier this year when I posted the three movements of my first Tuba Concerto online. I had composed the concerto in 2015, but for some reason, I procrastinated on publishing the score and registering the copyright. I finally got everything organized this year during the pandemic shutdown.


a photo of a pier at nice france by daniel south
Untitled - Nice (2009)




After much deliberation, I settled on using photos from a 2009 trip to France. I felt that the images were a good match for the music, but using them involved some technical challenges.


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Beach Chairs in the Morning - Nice (2009)




I wanted the slideshow to display in 4k, but some of the photos didn't have enough resolution to meet the 4k specification after cropping and applying zoom effects. My 2009 camera had limited resolution compared to more recent models.


a photo of a floodlit pier at night in nice france by daniel south
Floodlit Pier At Night - Nice (2009)




Sometimes innovations arrive just as we need them. A software package that increases the resolution of photo files came to market recently. I tried it, and I was very happy with the results. I increased the resolution of my files when necessary, and the 4k video looks crisp and detailed throughout!

Nice is once of the most beautiful cities that I have visited in my years of traveling. Highly recommended.


Camera:
            Nikon D700

Lenses:
            Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
            Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII

Light happens. Be ready. Shoot hard.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Pismo Beach Pier

Capture The Mood


I have long admired black and white images of the seaside. This was one of my first attempts at capturing an ocean pier in this enduring style.



a black and white photograph of the pier at pismo beach california
Ocean Pier - Pismo Beach, California




Camera: Sony a7R II

Lens:     Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS

Light happens. Be ready. Shoot hard.



Copyright © 2020 Daniel R. South

http://www.dansouthphoto.com
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Saturday, March 21, 2020

UFO Bridge and Restaurant - Bratislava

Dine Above The Danube

One of the first things that you notice when you drive into Bratislava is the big, new bridge with the UFO parked on top. If you took one look at this structure and wondered whether there might be a restaurant up there, you are absolutely correct.



a photo of the ufo bridge restaurant bratislava slovakia
UFO Bridge and Restaurant - Bratislava, Slovakia



I didn't have a chance to dine at the UFO restaurant, but I can only imagine that the views from there must be spectacular. If your travels take you to Slovakia, add this place to your must-see list.


Camera: Sony a7R IV

Lens:     Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS

Light happens. Be ready. Shoot hard.



Copyright © 2020 Daniel R. South

http://www.dansouthphoto.com
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