So, an Edinburgh wedding photographer working in New York? Well, that would be telling – but these are some of my favourite photographs that I took on my few days free in the city.
For a change, I’ve added captions under most of the photos.
Grand Central Station – using a 30 sec shutter speed. That’s an Apple store under the windows at the back!
The whispering arch in Grand Central Station. It’s just like the whispering gallery in St Paul’s Cathedral in London: whisper into the arch and the person standing diagonally opposite can hear you. Although, in this case it looks as though someone didn’t make the restrooms in time…..
Taken from the Staten Island ferry, this is 36 photos joined together in Photoshop. Shot handheld from a moving (up and down as well as towards the subject) boat, it’s amazing what modern technology can do nowadays!
This reminded me of the “Ragged Old Flag” by Johnny Cash
There’s a message here, somewhere….
A few great murals in the Chelsea area
Some arty graffiti on a lamp post….
It was Halloween while I was there. The Pirates of
The New York Marathon went straight past where I was staying in Brooklyn.
And some people came out to watch as the 10,000 runners streamed past.
The view of the Empire State Building from Peggy’s flat.
‘The Ride’ is a bus tour with a difference: all the seats face sideways and are arranged as a terrace so everyone gets a view. They then stop in front of designated street entertainers who perform for them.
This was in Times Square. And it was several days after Halloween. I think he was emphasising the 50% cuts throughout the store.
My favourite journey was the East River Ferry. The nearest pier was just a 10 minute walk from Peggy’s apartment and it took about 15-20 minutes to get to south Manhattan. The views from the open back deck were amazing. These four photos were all taken as the sun sank into the autumnal sky.
As an East Lothian wedding photographer, it’s not often that I get a Saturday off. But today was one such day and I decided to photograph the chimneys of the local Cockenzie power station being demolished. After a bit of research using Google maps I picked my location – the old Blindwells open cast coal mine. The mine used to supply coal to the power station, but it closed in the 1970, has been reclaimed and is covered in grass.
The power station itself opened in 1967 and for 48 years the chimneys have been a dominant feature on the East Lothian coastline. It was being demolished as it is too polluting, and coal fired power stations are being fazed out across the country.
And next week I’ll be back at work as an East Lothian wedding photographer, at a wedding in North Berwick!
The other weekend I photographed a highlands wedding which I can’t write about, or show any photographs from! The couple asked that no photos appear anywhere on the internet, as an increasing number of my clients do nowadays.
However, since my friend Peggy was visiting from Brooklyn, New York, I decided to turn the trip north into a tour of the Highlands, and these are her and my photos. It was, of course, a typically Scottish summer, with no sun and lots of grey cloud, but Peggy seemed to love every moment!
I don’t really do landscapes. To paraphrase Joe McNally ‘I’ve never seen a good landscape that couldn’t be improved with the inclusion of a person.” In the almost deserted Highlands, that person was Peggy!
We travelled to Lochinver (where the wedding was) via Glen Coe, Loch Ness and Ullapool, and returned via Cromarty, the Cairngorms and Braemar.
And although Peggy was keeping a sharp lookout, she didn’t see the Loch Ness Monster, or a single Haggis on the hills! To make up for the disappointment, on our return I introduced her to my favourite ‘wild’ animal, Freddy.