Coming Up: the NY Puerto Rican Day Parade

Regulars know that I have made it a habit to go out and shoot the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York. It’s energetic, colorful, loud, happy and makes for a great shooting experience if you like that kind of thing.

I wrote about last year’s parade with tips on how to cover it in this article.

If you want to photograph this year’s event, it’s on Fifth Avenue between 44th and 79th Streets from 11 AM to 5 PM.

Have fun!

Photographing the New York Dance Parade

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There are times I love, absolutely LOVE New York City. Saturday May 16th was such a day. The 9th Annual Dance Parade held that day combined some of the best things the City has to offer: spectacle, exuberance and international and cultural diversity. Add some colors and you’ve got a great photographic opportunity.

Consider this an evergreen article. It’s written after the parade, but hopefully helpful for photographers wondering what to keep in mind when shooting this parade and similar ones in the coming years. Next year, I’ll give a heads up before the parade actually happens.

The Route

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Photographing the 2015 New York Auto Show

It is that time of the year that the New York Auto Show takes place, a show that used to be more of a large regional gathering but has grown into a venue where car makers introduce new cars to the US and/or world markets.

Like many photographers, judging from the forum posts on ‘sharing pictures of your ride’, I’m a bit of a car nut. The days that I longed to own a Ferrari are gone, but I still like to see cool cars and have fun when I drive.

The show starts officially on Saturday, but before the opening to the public, the Javits Center on Manhattan opens its door first to the media, then to dealers and then to those who bought special tickets. Yesterday was the first media day. Below a smattering of behind-the-scenes images.

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USA Eases Travel Restrictions on Cuba

US president Barack Obama eases the decades-old travel restrictions that prevented American citizens and permanent residents from traveling to Cuba without prior approval. Previously, American photographers seeking to travel to Cuba needed to detour via third countries, apply for a permit or participate in a workshop that was cleared by the US State Department.

Officially, the restrictions aren’t lifted, because you’re still allowed to travel only for specific purposes. In reality, you don’t have to prove beforehand why you’re going.

More in The New York Times.

Oh, and you can also bring back Cuban cigars!

Wandering – The Bronx Zoo with the Olympus ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens

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Will we ever know who’s watching whom in a zoo? Ever since I saw the movie ‘Zoo‘ by Dutch film maker Bert Haanstra many years ago, I cannot escape the feeling that we’re just as entertaining for those animals as they are for us.

In the 1961 movie, Haanstra put hidden cameras in the animal cages of Amsterdam’s Artis zoo and filmed the interaction between animals and humans with the human visitors pulling faces and generally being silly on the other side of the bars. If there was ever any doubt that we stem from monkeys, the movie does away with it.

It is with this in mind that I visited the Bronx Zoo with my kids a while back. Since 1961, zoos have put more space between people and animals and I’m not even sure to what extent the animals behind the modern glass walls can observe us. Doesn’t matter. I still feel that gorilla is watching me as much as I am watching it.

But I got a camera and a long telelens. Ah!

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