Random New York photos

My mom was in New York for a few days just before I moved to San Francisco. Here are some pictures I took that weekend from the Staten Island Ferry, Empire State Building, and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Make sure you click on them for the large sizes.



  1. Thanks, Brad.<div><br></div><div>I was shooting with a Rebel XT. Outdoor shots were using a 70-200 f4 IS, and indoor shots were 35mm 1.4.<br><div><div></div></div></div>

  2. 2 friends of mine shoot with an XT. I use a Sony Alpha 100. I have a Minolta 75-200 f4.5 and then the stock 18-70 so far. Ive tried shooting birds in flight with my zoom but I just could not get them to turn out the way I want. I know I have a slow lens.

  3. During the day, you can turn up the ISO and get the shot high speed shot — there’s lots of light then, and you’ll hardly tell it was at f/4.5. Plus you’ll have better depth of field too.

  4. One thing I noticed wrt shooting birds in flight is it doesn’t matter so much how fast the lens is because you’ll have enough light during the day to freeze the motion… The problem comes from how fast the lens is able to focus on the object. If the lens has to search for even a second to focus, you wouldn’t get a sharp shot.<div><br></div><div>I used to have the canon 70-300 which is a fine lens, but the main reason I switched to the 70-200 is focussing speed. Canon L lenses focus instantly and quietly.<br><div><div></div></div></div>

  5. Thanks Garry and Sachin for the advice. I’ll keep on shooting and learning. I have noticed with the Minolta zoom is that it at times fails to focus fast enough or at all but then sometimes it works just fine.

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