People, Places & Things

Looking at life up close and personal with an eye on storytelling is always a good assignment. What stories can be told about the 25th St Market muses in New York? Starting at the north end of Madison Square Park (25th & Fifth) in front of the statue of admiral David Farragut, go west to the West 25th St Flea Marketbetween Broadway and Sixth Ave. The Market is filled with ephemera, paraphernalia, nostalgia, objects, jewelry, and colorful characters. It rivals the best marches aux puces in Paris with its random treasures and idiosyncratic vendors. A camera exercise becomes how to capture all the details? I like to use a 50mm macro lens; but before you run out and spend too much money on a new lens your long lens at a focal length at 55mm and above will do to capture the ecclectic array of memorabiia, antiques, and other vintage goodies here and down the block at The Antiques Garage. Enjoy the natural lighting -- and with the strong sunlight -- a polarizer might fit the bill to render balance to highlight and shadow at the outdoor market. For the indoor garage space, make use of your white balance -- experiment with all the settings. Maybe the perfect moment to test out high ISO photography -- maybe just the time to rethink high iso images? Keywords: dare ... play ...contextualize

 photo: (c) 2012 roberta fineberg