New Prime Lens

I grew up using a prime lens of 50mm (nifty 50) and recently decided to go back to it on my DSLR. Having a lens that doesn’t zoom, forces you to think more critically about how to frame your shot and a prime lens (for the most part) are faster and lighter than a zoom lens (unless you buy an ultra expensive fast one). I love the 50mm but NYC streets can get a little tight in my shot and decided to check out another favorite of mine, the 35mm lens. It’s almost as fast as my 50mm at (f/2, the 50mm is f/1.8) and the lens lightens the load on my shoulder. These are some test shots in very low light. 

Just another night in NYC (the snowstorm stood me up)

I am a late fall child and I remember when snow would fall in NYC more often than it does now. My memories are filled with playing in it and whenever it snows now, I still get excited like that little kid. It was supposed to snow this weekend and I waited until after 7pm for it, but I was stood up by the snow. It was for the better that it didn’t snow because it now feels like -7 degrees (with the wind beating on faces like they did something to it). Despite no snow, the rain eventually showed up to keep me and my camera company.

These are some of my night time NYC cold rainy pics.

Conservatory Garden at Central Park

I can’t believe that I have managed to never enter the Conservatory Gardens behind the Vanderbilt Gate on 106th and 5th Avenue in Central Park. I am a native New Yorker and have recently passed by on my morning commute via the express bus and made a decision to go this weekend.

This is probably one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited in Central Park and I’m saying that in the Winter with no snowfall yet. I’m sure this is an amazing place to visit and explore in warmer weather (especially during Fall). If you have never been here as a New Yorker or a visitor, please do yourself a favor and visit. There are museums (El Museo del Barrio & Museum of The City of New York) across the street if you want some art after nature or a short bus trip downtown to the larger museums as well.

If you are a birder or are thinking about becoming one, this place (actually all of Central Park) has different species of birds. I was greeted by a Mourning Dove, and then some Bluejays (you know a blue jay by that very beautiful but very powerful voice), a pair of Cardinals (I’ve never seen a female one before) and another bird that I have never seen before and couldn’t track because it flew away.

This secret but not so secret place is a must visit place at least once. I shall be back to stare at more birds in the near future.

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