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BKC’s Summer Print Sale feat. prints by Shavon Meyers!

On June 22nd, Brooklyn Central is hosting its first annual summer print sale featuring photography by yours truly!  Select prints of mine will be available for purchase directly from BKC on Thursday June 22nd at the BKC headquarters at 33 Washington Street Brooklyn, NY.  Stop by, check out some great photography and purchase a print or two!

 

Travel: Puerto Rico

I took a much needed vacation to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and I even succeeded in not turning my entire trip into a full on photography assignment!  I decided to take one camera (my camera “B” aka Nina) and one lens (Canon 50mm f 1.8).  While I did get to  spend days on the beach soaking up the sun, explore the island and R-E-L-A-X, I also spent an entire day in Old San Juan snapping away.  Puerto Rico is a beautiful island filled with rich culture, delicious cuisine and beautiful (and colorful) architecture.  Check out the photos below!

Travel: Niagara Falls & Watkins Glen State Park

I decided to squeeze an end of summer getaway into my extended weekend and I’m so glad that I did!  Having never been to Niagara Falls or Watkins Glen State Park, I was taken aback by the magnitude and beauty of both destinations.  Here are a few pics from the trip and some video of my journey on the famous “Maid of the Mist” boat ride which takes you as close as you can get to the falls, with the added bonus of a refreshing shower along the way…

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And for the sake of experimentation, I decided to add some HDR effects to this picture.  What do you think?

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I stepped in the ring with boxer Henry DeLeon

I photographed Brooklyn boxer Henry DeLeon as he trained for the Golden Gloves here in NYC.  It was actually my first time in a boxing gym and inside the ring but it was a great experience.  I haven’t gotten the opportunity to see Henry fight yet but if he fights anything like he trains, he’s already a champion.

 

 

 

 

Henry boxes out of the Mendez Boxing Club here in NYC.  He got his start at this very same club a few years ago and has even worked there as a trainer.

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Just watching him train made me tired, but he kept going, non stop.  As a matter of fact, everyone did.  The entire gym was filled with men and women training, boxing, and running to the sound of a timer that signified when they should start and stop for breaks.

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The atmosphere in the gym was great.  I thought people would stray away from my camera but it was the opposite.  People seemed comfortable around it and opened up to me a bit.  Henry’s trainer Moses has been with him since the start and continues to help him train today.

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This was a great challenge for myself as I haven’t really tried sports photography.  Capturing Henry’s speed was a bit of a challenge and after a few of his training sequences, I realized that I had to get out of my comfort zone (all manual everything) and for the first time I actually took advantage of my camera’s auto sports photography setting.  Blasphemy, I know.  But I re-learned a lesson that I keep in the back of my mind when photographing.  You must learn the rules first so that you can break them.  I know how to capture fast moving objects in manual and make the outcome look the way I want it to look, however I appreciated the option to not have to constantly readjust my settings and let the camera do it for me.  Having never really used any of the auto settings on my camera I must admit, it was a delight…but I couldn’t wait to get back to my manual settings!

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I wasn’t sure what to expect walking into a boxing gym for the first time because let’s be clear, I don’t do gyms.  I just don’t.  I am an “outsider” with a camera.  However, I was warmly welcomed by Henry and his training team for the day as well as the other gym members.  I asked Henry “What are you fighting for?”.  To paraphrase, he said it was the passion and love for the sport.  The feeling and the attention that he gets when he enters the ring.  “I love it…” he states, and it certainly appears that way.

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I love the sport of boxing and really appreciate Henry DeLeon and the Mendez Gym for opening their doors to me.  Good luck to Henry as he fights his way up to that Golden Gloves championship!

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Over 14,000 views!

Thank you to everyone who actually made the time to come out to a festival screening last year, promote the film or watch it online.  My short film Corazón now has over 14,000 views and counting!   If you haven’t seen it yet, you can do so now here and here and here and on the Roku box!