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Faces Of The Bitter Cold Showdown #2

Sorry for the delay on the portraits, the whole domain switch screwed up up for a moment but the blog is back and working to to be better than ever. On February 23rd the fellas and myself took a drive out to Royal Oak Michigan for the Bitter Cold Showdown. For those of you who do not rollerblade this event is one of the biggest if not the biggest competitive event we have. The opportunity to shoot on the floor during the finals and semi finals is a position that many photographers seek. So while those photogs were busting their ass trying to get that one great shot I took to the sidelines yet again this year to capture some portraits of not on the competitors but those who were in attendance that wanted to get a portrait done. I have to admit that this year the attendance and the energy was blah in comparison to previous years but i still had a great time shooting and chopping it up with the fellas in Royal Oak. I chose to use the same setup as last year, with only my Nikon speed light and shoot through umbrella at 45 degrees to the subject and my Nikon D90 DSLR. Check out the Photos and if you like what you see, repost on whatever Social Network you like. 

Brandon Smith – Valo

Chris Haffey Sporting his Handle Bar Mustache – Remz

Jose Henriquez – Flatlines Skate Shop, BX

Montre Livingston – SSM

The Monster Jaren Grob, Definitely one of my favorite skaters and the only rollerblader to make it into Sports Illustrated Magazine.

Troy Dezeeuw : Rollerblader and creator of the Daily Juice Blog & Track Or Die NYC Logo.

Last but not least, My Handsome ass grill. 


Daddy Daughter Day Photos

As most of you already know, My previous site “” 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.


Strobist In The City.

It’s amazing how at times the same things that can distract you from  your passions can also be used as an inspiration. I haven’t really been focused on my photography as of lately due to lack of motivation, stress and blah blah blah yadda yadda yadda. I wanted to do something amazing this month being as this week makes a year that I have been shooting photos. However I have spent the majority of the month neglecting my  Nikon. So for todays shoot I met up with fellow rollerblader, photographer and long Island native Ryan Loewy. Ryan studies Photography at SVA (School of Visual Arts). After what should have been a 40 minute  train ride to Union Square, I finally met up with Ryan almost an hour and a half later (MTA Sucks balls). We took a walk down to 14th and 2nd to a tiny juice bar which is named “Daily Juice”. Ryan wanted to get some shots of me in front of this tiny store front and since the weather was great i figured why not. 1st Ryan captured some shots with his Mamiya rb67 medium format camera (Anxious to see how those will come out) then loaded up his Nikon D300 with the big Doofy lens and captured some digital shots from across the street.

(Mamiya rb67 medium format camera).

Photo by Ryan Loewy

After the shots were taken we took a walk to this burger spot off of St Marks for lunch and Camera talk. We made our way back to Union Sq and set up the SB 600’s to get some shots using off camera lighting. What made this shoot work great for us is that we both use Nikon cameras and were able to sync Nikons CLS (Creative lighting System) through both of our camera bodys. For those of you who think i’m speaking a foreign language, we both were able to program the off camera flashes within our cameras without the need of wireless transmitters.  So the shots I focused on for the night was of Ryan smoking his Cigarette by the horse monument in Union Sq. The speed light was able to capture the texture of the smoke while lighting the subject as well. I actually did learn some tips from Ryan about fill lighting and the proper settings to help capture the best lighting.  Below are a few shots that I captured of Ryan, all post production was done using Abobe lightroom 3, shots taken with Nikon D90 w/50mm 1.8 lens and 2 Nikon SB 600 speedlights.

Some Black and Whites.

So much like Stella, I got my groove back and i’m fully focused ( pun intended) on my photography again. The weather in NYC has been nice and I have 2 new lenses that I will be reviewing over the next week. The Nikon 35mm 1.8 and the Sigma 10-20mm f4.  For my skating family, as you know the 11th annual Bitter Cold Showdown is coming up in a week so I will be out in Detroit shooting my  cameras life away capturing content for those of you who are unable to attend. Updates on the event and trade show will be posted on as well as some interviews wit your favorite pros.

Oh by the way, I did shoot a self portrait a few weeks back that I am pretty proud of. As many of you may know i dont sleep at night and the majority of my best shots happen after hours when the world is drooling on their pillows. Here is my latest installment of my “Self Portrait Collection”.

If you have any feedback please feel free to leave it and i’ll definitely get back to you.

If your interested in seeing more of Ryans work check out his Flickr Account @

Panning in the Park.

Today I wanted to tackle a form of shooting that I have seen before but never attempted. It’s called “Panning” and for those of you who don’t know what that is here’s my quick explanation. Panning is a form of shooting which reveals motion within the background of the image while freezing the subject within the frame. How do you go about panning you ask, Oh you didn’t ask well I’ll tell you anyway. First find a location where you would be able to follow moving objects for a few seconds at a time without anything blocking your field of view ( easier said than done). I figured I would take this to any NYC street and capture a car, bus or motorcycle and call it a day, NOT! I loaded up the Lowepro and headed down to the one place that would give me ample amounts of space to shoot and moving subject to choose from….CENTRAL PARK. I figured since shooting vehicles was out of the question I would pick off a few spandex riding bikers as my victims.   After too many test shots without one usable image I began to get frustrated and had to rethink my approach on panning. my 1st steps was setting up the camera, for today I decided to pull out ” The Big Doofy Lens” aka 70-200 2.8 VR and post up somewhere with a good vantage point. I changed my auto focus from single point to continuous since panning requires shooting a moving subject.  I changed the release mode to continuous high speed and dialed in tp Shutter Priority mode. At first I tried shooting at a higher shutter speed which was capturing the image but not giving off the appearance of motion in the background after a few more shots I finally felt comfortable with the settings of ISO 200 F/9.5 @ 1/30 sec shutter.  Once again Today was my 1st time shooting like this and my word is not the Bible on shooting, its just what I felt worked as a stepping stone for me.  Here are a couple of images that I felt were the best of the day. The subjects didn’t really come out as clear as I would have preferred however I am proud of the final product. I was able to freeze the subject and capture  movement in the background. CHECK IT!

Subject #1 for the day. (Personal fav)

Subject # 2

Final of the day.

Overall the shoot was very interesting needless to say, I froze my ass off and the bullshit Iluv headphones that I bought from B&H sucked big floppy donkey balls and kept falling out my ear. I should have just held my Iphone up to my ears for more convenience.  ILuv products = Fail in my book, Boof yourself Iluv!!!

Now on my journey out of the park I linked up with a friend who just got a Nikon D40 and wanted to get some Photo tips and try out some different lenses. I think I gave some helpful hints but I don’t have a English accent so I doubt it had the full effect. While crossing the street at 56th and Broadway I almost got ran over by Swizz Beats in a black Range Rover while  touring the Soup Nazi’s establishment (Seinfeld Fame). We stopped in Starbucks for a much needed hot chocolate and to review some images in the warmth. I captured these last 2 shots which I like so I will share them with you. Shot with the Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens.  Stay warm and enjoy your night.

Mr chess player man (Starbucks has the most interesting characters)

Waiting for the Iron Horse.