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My New Years Resolution: Start Blogging

January 01, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

What better way to start than by sharing some images of how I spent my New Year’s Eve?

But first, some background info.

A little over a month ago I received an email from a photographer and friend, Steve Jordan, asking if I would be interested in shooting New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Steve is responsible for creating the amazing key image of the event that is used extensively for promotion by the city and a number of corporate sponsors. Check out the official Times Square website to see what I’m taking about. I had assisted him during the 2010 New Year’s Eve, up on the 4th story roof setback of 2 Times Square, directly below the famous Coca Cola sign. I immediately knew that the event was definitely something I did not want to pass up. This time, however, I wasn’t going to be up above the crowd, watching over all of the chaos; I was going to be in it.

Sounds good, sign me up.

Once all of the details were worked out, we headed down to Times Square for a production meeting to iron out the shot list and go over scheduling for the night. Because of the complex nature of the assignment, I decided to do things a little differently to help ensure that I stayed on schedule and knew exactly where I was supposed to be at all times. Using Apple’s “Reminders” app on my laptop, I was able to enter in every single shot that I needed over the entire event and notes on where to go and what to get. Once it was all copied over from the paper shot list, I was able to tell the app when to remind me to get there. Since my accounts are all synched up between the computer, iPhone, and iPad, I was able to access that list at all times throughout the event and constantly get a reminder from my phone whenever the next shoot was about to happen. No more paper to keep track of and a super solid way to stay on track.

Here’s what my shot list looked like -



After the meeting, we headed up to the roof to check things out from the ball’s perspective (which was under wraps for the day because of weather). It was a cold, wet, and foggy day in NYC, but the view was absolutely amazing nonetheless.

Times Square, New York is photographed from above the roof of 1 Times Square after a production meeting on December 29, 2012.


After that, it was time to head home and use the next day to prepare all of the gear and miscellaneous stuff I needed.




In addition to my main body (Nikon D4), I packed along a D5100 as a super lightweight backup. I had never shot with it before but ended up using that quite a bit throughout the night. I paired the D5100 up with the 70-200 for extra reach and I was really blown away with how well it handled the relatively low light from a distance.  This shot of Carly Rae Jepsen is at 3,200 iso, 1/4000th @ 2.8 and is is surprisingly clean.


Carly Rae Jepsen performs on the Nivea Countdown Stage in Times Square, New York during New Year’s eve 2013.


That’s all the sneak-peak I’ll give you for now.  Stay tuned for my next post and I’ll share some highlights from “How I Rang in the New Year 2013″.


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