Beach 67 at the Rockaways

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Many people who don’t live in NYC are surprised that there are beaches here and that some are even accessible by subway for the fare of USD 2.50 one-way. Today was my third time on Beach 67 in the Rockaways, Queens. There are a bunch of beaches in the Rockaways but I like Beach 67 because you don’t have to change from the A train to the Shuttle; it is quiet; it is a 5 min walk from the subway to the beach; and there is a pretty decent Thai spot right by the station for lunch and a lovely clean bathroom. There is no swimming but then again, why would you want to??? The water is freezing and not very clean looking (or smelling).

Dance Theatre of Harlem – Summer Street Festival 2014

Dance Theatre of Harlem 2014 Summer Street Festival

Dance Theatre of Harlem 2014 Summer Street Festival

Dance Theatre of Harlem 2014 Summer Street Festival

Dance Theatre of Harlem 2014 Summer Street Festival

Dance Theatre of Harlem 2014 Summer Street Festival

Dance Theatre of Harlem 2014 Summer Street Festival

Dance Theatre of Harlem 2014 Summer Street Festival

Dance Theatre of Harlem 2014 Summer Street Festival

A few pics from the Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer street festival 2014 which took place yesterday. Beautiful dancing from the theatre’s younger performers. More photos coming in a separate post because I couldn’t put the 16x9s with the normal crops. And the spot where I was shooting from really didn’t leave me with much option to frame pics.

Winter parade downtown NYC

New York City Chinatown Little Italy Christmas Parade

New York City Chinatown Little Italy Christmas Parade

Saturday was a really gorgeous winter’s day in New York (it felt like a South African winter day) and since I have a friend staying with me, we headed out for an afternoon of shooting…starting out at Union Sq, making our way down through then East Village, then down to Chinatown, over the Brooklyn Bridge and then to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The whole Chinatown/Little Italy area downtown sometimes seems surreal – you walk down one street (Mott) and you feel like you’re in Asia; then step one street over to Mulberry and you’re surrounded by Italian restaurants. Anyway while we were there was a parade going on – with drummers, Santas, snowmen – and Chinese dragons. It was a lot of fun to watch especially since we had no idea it was going to be happening.

New York downtown parade

New York downtown parade

New York downtown parade

Photography play time!

Play time in New York City

Play time in New York City

Play in New York City

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Play time in New York City

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A few weeks ago I met Amber while on my way to a free outdoor concert outside the Lincoln Center when she stopped me to take a photos of my outfit. We got chatting via email when she kindly sent my the beautiful photos and decided that it would be really fun to go and shoot together to get a bit of practice. I suggested that we shoot based on a theme, just to give us a focus – and we choose “inner childhood”.

The photos were taken at the East River Park in Manhattan. We had a lot of fun and got some good shots – although once again I found myself mostly only liking the ones taken on my 50mm. It really is the best value for money lens.