Last November I was on a business trip to New York City. I was lucky enough to stretch it out into a long weekend vacation and Keri even joined me for the last few days. Our good friends Dan and Sydne were gracious enough to let us crash at their place and with Manhattan apartment space so scarce, we were delighted to have them as hosts.
As far as photography goes, I decided to only take my 5d and my 50mm lens. No flash, no wide angle, no telephoto. I like to do this from time to time on vacation because it forces me to be a bit more creative with what I have. It makes me "zoom with my feet" which often leads to different angles and different ideas. If you've got a bunch of lenses, try leaving all of them at home but one prime lens on your next weekend vacation. It's a very freeing experience.
A day before Keri arrived, I enjoyed spending a full day with my friend Adam Radford. Adam and I go back to freshman year of college in Nashville where we lived in the same dorm 3 out of the 4 years. Along with a close friendship, he and I also played music throughout our time in college. At one point we started the terribly named duo "Acoustic Gluestick." Though we really only played two shows under that name, we still snicker at the cheesy-ness when saying it out loud. Adam has since moved on and graduated with a Master in Fine Arts in Acting from Columbia University. However, while still pursuing an acting career he's keeping his music alive. On stage he has a sincerely warm and welcoming voice with a talent for the acoustic guitar. Off stage, he leads a quiet life as an artist in Manhattan- though if you coax it out of him, his personality can be quite animated.
We had a full day involving recording sessions, a bass lesson (he just bought a sweet Fender Jazz Bass and wanted a few pointers on playing it), burgers and shakes, and a photo shoot. Seeing as this is a photo blog I figure I'd share some photos with you, rather than blather on. Adam and I were very pleased with the below photos mostly taken in the upper west side of manhattan, dispite many were shot in a cold drizzle on the Hudson river. It's amazing what you can do with a single 50mm lens in the dark. If only I were able to take pictures of my band while actually being in the photos as well...
Side note: This one was taken at Lincoln Center. Shortly after this was shot, Adam and I saw Jennifer Connelly hail a cab next to us.
I also put together a few potential web headers for him. I have no idea how to do web design, but I thought these could do something for him.