LINDSAY TARYN PHOTOGRAPHY

Travel Photography | Springtime in New York City

I love living in New York City so, SO much. I’ve been fortunate enough to call it home for 4.5 years now and I’m still not over it. That’s a sign that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be, right? :)

The best thing about springtime in NYC is that it’s a prelude to summer. And hear you me – there is NOTHING that tops an NYC summer. I took my new camera out for a spin whenever the weather was favorable; and now I present you with flowers, rooftop views, and other NY springtime goodness:

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Travel Photography | New York City | Empire State Building

I guess you could say I have a lot of random, not-so-mainstream interests. In addition to hula hooping, dressing up my cat, and crossing bridges, I also have a thing for high-up views. As in, I like to go on rooftops and up observatory towers and view my surroundings from above :)

Thanks to the fine folks at NYC Vacation Packages, I recently got to go up the Empire State Building and view New York City from the 86th floor! No matter how many times I go, I never get tired of it. NYC looks downright magical when lit up at night, especially from above. Check it out!:

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NYC Photography | Labor Day Weekend with the Fujifilm X100

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Oh, this right here? This would be the latest addition to my collection of photo gear: the Fujifilm X100. Yes, Fuji. No, not Canon.
:: cue the gasps ::

Now, I should preface this by saying that I very rarely make frivolous purchases. And I’m not one of those photographers who was playing with a camera while still in the womb, took darkroom classes in school, and now owns 5+ cameras for no reason other than they look cool and/or I have a compulsive need to collect them all. Nope, that’s not me at all. I didn’t just buy this camera for the sake of it, so know that this was a very calculated and thought-out decision.

Why DID I buy it, then? Well, the X100 is a camera made for professional photographers who need a camera that takes awesome pictures, is easy to carry around, and is fun to use. I can’t tell you how much of a hassle it is to lug around my dSLR with lenses when I’m hanging out with friends, traveling, or simply wandering around NYC. That stuff is HEAVY. But I do it anyway, because it is extremely important to me to document my life’s wanderings as beautifully as I can.

But the X100? It feels SO TINY in comparison. There are no lenses to change. The picture quality is fantastic, given that it’s not a professional camera. And, bonus: it looks SO COOL and is SO MUCH FUN to play with!

So now I can have it all: great pictures, a hot new toy, and hopefully less shoulder pain :) The X100 and I got acquainted over Labor Day Weekend, and it looked something like this:

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New lens + Europe-bound!

It’s been awhile since I posted photos from my explorations. I’ve been so busy this summer with weddings and shoots that I haven’t had enough time to wander around the city much. But that’s about to change because next week I’m heading to Europe!

I will be out of the country from September 10-28, traveling through Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Belgium. I’m sure that I will have sporadic connection to the internet, so please be patient if I don’t respond to your emails right away! I’ll also try to post some photos along the way so you can see what I’m up to overseas :)

In the meantime, I’m excited to announce that there’s a new addition to my lens lineup: the Canon 45mm f.2.8 tilt shift! For the non-camera geeks, the best way I can explain it is that it’ll allow me to provide more creative images for my clients. I’m gonna give it a test run on my trip and hopefully end up with some creative travel shots!

Here’s a photo I took with the tilt shift lens of the Manhattan Appellate Courthouse on 25th street (by Flatiron). Notice how the head of the statue is in focus, while the rest of it (and most of the courthouse itself) is blurred – this isn’t possible with a normal lens!

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Portrait Photography | ENCORE Senior Center | NYC

This batch of photos is the last in a series I did for a prominent NYC nonprofit organization. I visited soup kitchens and a senior center and photographed clients utlilizing services there. My photos are going to be published in the organization’s annual report, which I am eagerly waiting to see! I’ll be sure to post photos of the report once I have it in my hands :)

As I mentioned before, I really enjoyed these assignments because they were different from my usual wedding and event photography, yet still allowed me to practice photojournalism and capture the essence of people. I’d love to do more of this sort of work! This particular shoot at the ENCORE senior center was especially enjoyable because all the folks were so nice and funny. Lots of jokesters at the senior center, that’s for sure!

Don’t worry, we’ll be back to our regular scheduled programming soon! I know I’ve been posting a seemingly random array of photos lately, but the month of June is stock full of weddings, events, and engagement shoots for me. I’m excited to officially kick off this wedding season!

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