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Coney Island street photography of lovers taking a selfie on the boardwalk
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New York City Through a Prism

NYC street photography using a prism

Today I took a walk through the city, but with a different view.  A few weeks ago, I had ordered a set of prisms online.  Wedding photographers have started using prisms to add an abstract edge to their photos and enhancing the bokeh.  While I tried the look at my last wedding, the small prism and large lens of my camera made the process of getting a decent image difficult.  I kept getting my fingers in the photo, and needless to say, this did not add the right artistic touch.  To use a prism with my large DSLR will require a larger prism to cover the entire lens.  In the meantime, I thought to use my tiny prism with my cell phone.  There is no magic to using the prism: I simply held it in front of the lens and moved the prism around until I got the look that I wanted.  Here are the images I created today.

NYC street photography using a prism

NYC street photography using a prism

NYC street photography using a prism

NYC street photography using a prism

NYC street photography using a prism

NYC street photography using a prism

NYC street photography using a prism

NYC street photography using a prism

NYC street photography using a prism

NYC street photography using a prism

If you would like to see more photos from my portfolio, please visit my website — www.Kelly-Williams.com

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Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

I was really tired this morning, and did not want to get up for today’s Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival. I’m glad I made it however. It’s been about two years since my last Easter day parade, and I think the crowds were bigger than ever. In case you’ve never been, the parade is more of a sashay rather than a legit, organized parade complete with floats. People with crazy bonnets, tourists, and native New Yorkers all gather together to walk up and down fifth avenue showing off their outfits and having their photos taken. I was there for about 2 1/2 hours, and threw myself into the mix. Here is what I found.

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Street scenes from the 2017 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

If you would like to see more examples of my street photography, then please visit my website — www.Kelly-Williams.com

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Coney Island Opening Day

An amusement ride on Coney Island opening day 2017

Yesterday I took a trip to Coney Island.  It had been about a year since my last visit, and I assumed the amusement parks would all be closed.  I was wrong.  Yesterday was, in fact, opening day at Coney Island.  The weather was beautiful, and the crowds were plentiful.  It was as if all of New York got to finally go play outside after a long winter spent indoors.  Here is what I saw.

An amusement ride on Coney Island opening day 2017

An amusement ride on Coney Island opening day 2017

A family eating on Coney Island opening day 2017

Kid eating a snowcone on Coney Island opening day 2017

Kids playing amusement games on Coney Island opening day 2017

Kids playing amusement games on Coney Island opening day 2017

Parent and child on Coney Island opening day 2017

Parent and child on Coney Island opening day 2017

Man sunning on the boardwalk on Coney Island opening day 2017

Lovers on the boardwalk on Coney Island opening day 2017

People on the boardwalk on Coney Island opening day 2017

People on the boardwalk on Coney Island opening day 2017

People on the boardwalk on Coney Island opening day 2017

People on the boardwalk on Coney Island opening day 2017

Strong man on the boardwalk on Coney Island opening day 2017

People on the beach on Coney Island opening day 2017

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The Statue of Liberty: Through the Eyes of a NYC Resident

Statue of Liberty gift shop

I’m in the process of going through a lot of my past work towards the goal of creating a larger photo series on tourists and exploring the concept of how people react to a given environment.  The plan is to tackle several iconic tourist destinations and look at these locations with the eyes of a documentary photographer.  One of the places I visited (as a tourist myself) not too long ago was the Statue of Liberty.  I have lived in New York City going on 16 years, but until two years ago had never been to the Statue of Liberty.  Indeed my only view of Liberty Island had been sailing past on the Staten Island Ferry.  Here are the photos from my trip.  It’s amazing what you fixate on when NYC is your home base and the statue itself is present everywhere.

Tourists at the Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty gift shop
Scenes from the Statue of Liberty gift shop

Statue of Liberty gift shop

 

 

Statue of Liberty gift shop

Statue of Liberty gift shop

 

Statue of Liberty gift shop
Tired kid in the gift shop

Statue of Liberty gift shop

Kid in the stairwell leading to the Statue of Liberty crown
Kid in the stairwell leading to the Statue of Liberty crown
View from the Statue of Liberty crown
View from the Statue of Liberty crown

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Far Rockaway & Jamaica Bay

Railroad tracks in Jamaica Bay in Queens

Scenes from today’s trip to Far Rockaway and Jamaica Bay in Queens.

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The High Line: March 8

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Yesterday I went out with the mission to make a photo, not take a photo.  All too often I find myself snapping and running vs. taking the time to wait for the shot.  I want my street photography to push beyond the limits of simply being in the right place at the right time.  This is what I found along the High Line.

The ultimate goal is to combine these photos into a series called ‘Tourists.’  I am fascinated by society’s constant need to document everything, yet the photos that result say absolutely nothing.  Why do we take so many selfies?  I feel no such need to take selfies, so what am I missing?  I brought only my Canon 16-35mm wide angle lens.

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

Tourists on the High Line in NYC

 

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Flushing, Queens

Sign board man in Flushing, Queens

Chaos, everywhere.  A different country.  That’s what it feels like to step out of the subway at Roosevelt and Main and into the world of Flushing, Queens.  I have visited countless times before, but yesterday I went with the express purpose of street photography.  Here is a glimpse of my day in Flushing.

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Photos of Governors Island

Governor's Island photos by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

I took a trip to Governors Island on Saturday (and again on Monday).  Here is my story:

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Trip to Dead Horse Bay

Dead Horse Bay photos by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Wednesday provided a much needed break from the rain and humidity, so I decided to celebrate with an adventure to Dead Horse Bay.  Not your typical way to spend a day off, but a fascinating lesson in NYC history nonetheless.  Find out how this beach got its name and enjoy photos from my trip that started in the Far Rockaways and ended in Coney Island.

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