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Everyday shots

A Day At The Bronx Zoo.

I have been putting so much work into my latest project Track Or Die NYC (www.TrackOrDieNYC.com), that I have been neglecting my photography as a whole. Seeing as I am on the injured list for the moment with a knee injury, I took the time to catch up on my work load. My beautiful daughter asked me if I was free on Wednesday so we could go to the zoo and regardless what I had on my agenda, I made myself available. I cant recall the last time I went to the zoo with my little girl and as she is getting older by the day, i look forward to every possible moment we have together. We made it to the Bronx zoo at around 11:00am and since the Zoo is free on Wednesdays, It was packed full of children on field trips. It’s a shame that I live about 5 blocks from the zoo and never visit the animals to say “Wassup” Today I would be shooting with my Nikon D90, 50mm 1.8 &  the 70-200 2.8 VR aka The BIg Doofy Lens. We walked through the zoo and I have to say the heat was making me sweat in places that I didn’t know you could sweat from.  

 

The 1st animals that we would see is the Bears. Beautiful beast that move very graceful in spite of their massive size. There were 4 bears out today, 2 of which were playing in the water, 1 walked away from the crowd while the last put on a show for the many spectators. Since I didn’t bring any filters with me today, I chose to bump up my aperture and lower my shutter speed. From my test shots I felt the exposure was better with a higher aperture and a lower shutter rather than a faster shutter and a lower aperture. There was more than enough sun light for the shot I was going for, it was just a matter of finding the right positioning. In my head, the bears were posing for me and with that mentality I shot away. I think I captured some awesome shots of the bears in their man made habitat. 

 

 

Next we made our way to the Polar bear exhibit. There was only one Polar bear out today which wasn’t that exciting to watch. The Polar Bear had a blue ball that didn’t seem too entertaining for either of us. I knew we wouldn’t spend that much time watching the Polar Bear. I snapped a few shots from 2 different angles before moving on to the next exhibit.

 

 

 

I was most excited about visiting the King of the Jungle, The Lion but upon my arrival, I noticed the Lion was lazy as hell. We stood around waiting for some Lion action but we would only get love from the Lioness today. I guess Disney’s the Lion King was correct. The Lioness are the more exciting ones. If only Timone & Pumba was here as comic relief. 

 

The next exhibit would be located right next to the Lions and would unfortunately be out last of the day. The Gazelle’s seem to only want to eat and keep their faces buried in the grass. Not much for entertaining animals. I captured a few shots before the thunderstorm hit us. Seeing as I didn’t bring my camera bag, I didn’t want my camera to get wet. So much for my day at the zoo. 

 

 

We made it back in time to just miss the rain. Although the trip to the Bronx Zoo was short, I still had an awesome time and adventure with my daughter. This is something we could possibly do once a month. I love you Bubbles. 

 

 

 


Daddy Daughter Day Photos

As most of you already know, My previous site “YourDailyJuiceBlog.com” no longer exist under my series of blogs. Someone took it upon themselves to “acquire” my domain name once it was time for me to renew it  due to the amount of traffic generated within the 1st year of The blogs existence. Now if you go to that site you see a banner about Juice which pissed me off at 1st but now I get a chance to work even harder to rebuild my following. Thanks to all of you who contacted me in regards to the site being down and offered support. I hope that person who took my domain name  spills juice all over their keyboard…..Daily!

 

Since I began shooting photos my favorite subject to shoot is my daughter Rhayne. She has so much personality, sense of humor and is beautiful. Granted at times she hates me shooting her but she always likes the photos afterwards.  It was that time when I take her to the salon to get her hair done, Being a father I really don’t know much about Salons since hair maintenance for me consist of washing and cutting my hair off, plain & simple. Women however have a whole experience that goes on at the salon. I take her to a salon in Washington heights called “Hairmatics” and i’m always the only man in there thats not working. So after about an hour and a half at the salon (thank you Apple products for keeping me company) her Hair was finally finished and my baby was looking extra beautiful. 

What I love the most about Daddy Daughter day is the uninterrupted time I get to spend with her, She’s growing up so fast and I like to take the time to know whats going on in her life, the things she’s into and how school is going. After the salon we went to get her eyebrows threaded then a quick lunch at Burger King. I was eager to leave the heights because im not a fan of packed streets although I’m still on my search for a Flan Vending machine. I know there has to be one in the Heights somewhere.

 

After lunch we took a trip up to Dykeman to the Nail Lounge so She could get her nails done at the nail Lounge by Claritza, a good friend and amazing nail technician (if thats what you call someone in that field). I was impressed by the Nail Lounge from the cleanliness to the waterfall coming from the walls. Definitely gonna be taking her back there to get her manicures. 

We hopped on the bus back home and while talking I decided to shoot some candid portraits since the ambient light was pretty awesome and provided pretty sweet contrast. I only carried my Nikon D90 and 35mm 1.8 today and during post production I decided to go for black & white since it provides more of a dramatic feel to the shots. 

Overall I had a great day with my bubbles and I look forward to the next Daddy Daughter day. I couldn’t be more proud of the young lady that she is growing into even though im still not ready to believe it. I love You Bubbles.

 


Urban Cyclist Project : Series 1

I spend the majority of my free time shooting & riding my fixed gear bike in the city so I decided to do a project which would incorporate both. I work for a messenger company in the city and on a daily basis I see hard working bike messengers who bust their ass to deliver parcels through various weather conditions. To understand how intense this job is which many do for low pay, you would need to climb on a bike and get your ass from 2150 broadway to 1 wall st in less than 30 minutes without getting plowed out by a NYC taxi. One thing that is for certain is the intensity on these riders faces as they maneuver through the busy manhattan streets is indescribable so with this project my intentions are to try and capture these expression along with the environments which these cyclist deal with on a regular basis.

Essentially the goal would be to involve each cyclist with this project along with some follow up questions but its a pretty difficult to capture a subject in action then give chase on a bike. Not too many New Yorkers would stop for a big black man chasing them on a bike, I know I wouldn’t.  Here are the 1st batch of shots which came from 1 day of shooting. Due to daylight savings, by the time I get out of work I have little ambient light to work with and about an hour to get as many shots in as possible. I still prefer quality over quantity .  These shots were taken along broadway from w37th to w18th, Enjoy and please feel free to share the blog.

 

 

(Break for a smoke)

(Direct Rush)

(Business As Usual)

(Via Broadway)

(The Chase)

I will continue shooting this project throughout the remainder of the year, hopefully all works out as planned. One a side note, November marks the 1 year anniversary of YourDailyJuiceBlog.com and I want to thank everyone who supported the blog and my work. Feel free to like and share the FB fan page with your family & friends. I have so much planned for the Blog for 2012 (If the world doesn’t end) trust me it will be worth it.

Shardy .

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17th Annual Tour De Bronx

I haven’t anticipated a ride since the Philly trip 3 weeks ago. My seafoam green Leader 725 aka Flow 2.0 (named after my progressive love) was all tuned up and ready to roll while my Nikon battery was left charging overnight. Here it is 8am Sunday morning and I can’t seem t drag myself out of bed. I received a call from Mario at around 8:15am which somehow got me motivated to spring up and get myself ready for today’s ride. I met up with Johnathan and Mario on Boston rd and we made our way to the meetup point.  161st street & Grand Concourse would be the registration and starting location for the 17th annual “Tour De Bronx”. The 40 mile mark was my destination for the day and after registration I posted up on Mickey Mantle Plaza waiting for the rest of the rest of the group to arrive.  I was expecting riders from San Francisco, Jersey & Brooklyn.  I individually pulled people aside and began to shoot portraits to start the day off.

I quickly noticed that not only was my battery at the halfway point but my front tire was low. Seeing as the tour was about to begin I packed away my camera and went to the made way to the service station to fill up my tire. The tour began and I was quickly separated from the group. I  had to make my way to the others through the crowd of bikers. In less than a mile I caught up to and passed the majority of the group.  We rode through the south Bronx with the streets blocked off to cyclist. I noticed the first accident on prospect Ave as a car Made contact with a cyclist.  Even in bike tours cyclist aren’t safe from impatient drivers.

The 1st rest stop would take place at the YMCA in Castle Hill about 9.76 miles from the starting location.  Orange juice, water and bagels were available to the riders who wanted a snack. I got down on two bagels myself, cream cheese never taste so good.

From Castle Hill we made our way through St Raymond’s cemetery to the SUNY Maritime campus. Riding through cemetery gave me an eery feelings and with my respect for the dead I chose not to shoot any photos at that location. The ride continued waterside as we entered the SUNY Maritime campus.  While on campus we would take a brief break to allow all to catch up. We would make our way through City Island and to the 25 mile rest stop which would be located at Orchard Beach. The Volunteers would greet cyclist with apples and water while we waited for the rest of the group to arrive. I decided to snap some shots while waiting.  Upon the arrival of the rest of the group, I was informed that “Oski” took a nice spill along the way. Good thing his brake saved him.

After all were rested we continued to the next check point which would be located in Van Courtlandt Park , we made our way through Baychester towards Wakefield ave. I was tempted to get off the path to go say hello to my daughter seeing as I was in the area. We made our way to the Woodlawn cemetery when I noticed my front tire had gone down again. We stopped at the local BP across from the cemetery to fill up at the $1.00 air pump (robbery). We cut through yet another cemetery which was a full up hill ride. The path made way through the Van Courtlandt green way to the 35.61 mile checkpoint.

 

Water and granola bars would be available for the exhausted riders at this location. By walking around I could see fatigue starting to kick in on some riders, others were good to go. The final destination which would make the 42 mile mark would be the NY Botanical Gardens. Along the way I thought I would die while going down a steep gravel path on Palisade Ave. We made our way up Ft Independence rd where I passed BXclusive Ink (Shameless Plug for a tattoo shop I know). At this point I was basically riding on a flat tire with about 2 miles to go. Once I saw Bedford Pk, I knew the finish line would be right around the corner. We were greeted by various flavors of coconut water from Zico, Pizza from Dominos and water. Although the line was long, having a fancy DSLR in hand always gets you to the front of the line. What do you expect, I’M THE PRESS BABY. Overall the ride was intense, I have never rode to all these destinations in one day. It’s always great ride and meet new People. We ended the Day with a group shot before everyone scattered in their separate directions.  I cant wait to next year.

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Shardy


Occupy Wall St, NYC & City Hall, Philladelphia

 

1st YourDailyJuiceBlog.com went to Philly and Occupied City Hall……

 

 

 

Then I Occupied Wall St, NYC.

 

 

#occupywallst

 


The Drink Olympics, NYC 2011.

I had the opportunity to be involved in the 1st annual Drink Olympics held in Tammany Hall on Oktober 1st 2011 (yea I said Oktober). This was an event which would be know as “The Beer fest in NYC” Drinking games, live DJ, costumes and an all around good time for all those who attended. My job for the day would be to capture all the epic moments which were guaranteed to go down in the only way I know how to. I have been known to get some pretty sweet shots while out partying with my friends because I visualize my shots as if through the eyes of an intoxicated rock star (I am that rock star). I knew it would be a long day at Tammany Hall as I walked down Rivington st only to be greeted by a team asking if I wanted to drink for free for 5 hours. Teams were rushing to organize in time for a chance to win the Golden keg.

with 4,000 beers, over 50 teams, 300 competitors, 9 games and 1 tittle of Drink Olympic champions, you know it was about to go down. How many times can you say you had the opportunity to drink with Sesame Street and the hamburger helper man?

I really Want My photos to speak for them self so for once i will cut my words short and let the 140+ Photos & Video Speak for the event. If you missed it then sucks to be you, the next Drink Olympics will be held in Boston and you best believe  YouDailyJuiceBlog.com will be there to capture as much content as possible. I made a quick Video to summarize the event. Its not easy to shoot and Film at the same time but  somehow I managed.  Shout out to the Sponsors who helped make this event possible and Kyle for Organizing this massive event.

http://www.TheDrinkOlympics.com

http://www.BillyHurricanes.com

http://www.ZeroClass.com

 


Bike photos while Riding to Coney Island

I have been seen riding all over the city on my Strada bike (StradaCustoms.com) or as Ramelle Likes to call them “Skinny Bikes” and while riding I always see the most interesting and fascinating things. Although I never stop to enjoy them because i hate taking my foot off the pedal the images are captured with my minds eye. This ride I linked up with my cousin “Boogie” to embark on this journey from Union Sq to Coney Island via NYC green paths. I never took this specific path to Coney Island so I definitely wanted to bring the camera along to document this event. I loaded up my North Face Pouch (not fanny pack) with the ol D90 and some electrolytes and headed down to union Sq.  I met up with Nurse Mike and proceded to L.E.S. to link up with my cousin and his two friends.  I cant say there was much effort put into these photos since My main concern was not falling off the Bike while I shot the pics. I did however check each shot and settings while  shooting and stayed in full manual mode while using the 10.5mm fisheye. This was a interesting ride to say the least. We almost got lost once we hit green point BK but some how got back on the right path. I also made my 1st YourDailyJuiceBlogTV Edit.. Check out the Photos and the Video.  Overall it was a fun ride and very productive day. After we arrived and hung out at Coney for a few we then rode back to the Bronx which was the real journey but i was too tired to shoot or film anything at that point.

Boogie

Jennifer

Jennifer

The Pack

Boogie

Jennifer

Extra Low Angle

Who You Lookin At?

Nurse Mike