NYC Photographers 4th Anniversary Challenge: Prime Black and White

UPDATED: MARCH 29,2014

Due to the forecast of 80% chance of rain,  this event has been re-scheduled from Saturday 3/29/14 to Saturday 4/5/14.  The time and location remains the same.  Please adjust your RSVP if needed.  Thank you.

Please note that this is NOT a contest and there is no prize.

It's NYCP's 4th Anniversary!!  Our very first meetup event was at Central Park on March 27, 2010 and I would like to continue our tradition of hosting a photowalk on the last Saturday of March.  

This year, weather permitting, we will meet at the Central Park entrance at 59th Street / Columbus Circle in front of the statue, and we will walk uptown.  There is no planned route, so make sure you are at the meetup point on time!!!  The nearest subway station is 59th Street / Columbus Circle (A, B, C, D, 1). If you are driving in, DO NOT use the meetup map.  Use Google Map instead.

Here is the challenge: bring only a prime lens, whether it’s a 35mm, 50mm, 60mm, 100mm -- it doesn’t matter as long as it’s a prime lens.  Using a prime lens will limit you to that one focal length and test yourself to compose your photographs without depending on a zoom lens - and then, post-process your images in Black & White. I thank our fellow photographer and my talented friend, Boris Gorelik for this idea.

Please note that this is NOT a contest and there is no prize.  This is just to help you improve your skill as a photographer.  For references, I’ve posted the two links below:

Link to article: http://www.lightstalking.com/how-photographers-can-use-a-prime-lens-to-improve-their-technique

Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opNz68nRWuo

If you do not have a prime lens and would like to rent one, you can visit Adorama on 18th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, or at B&H Photo on the corner of 34th Street and 9th Avenue. 

If you don't have a prime lens and don't want to rent one, just select one focal length on your zoom lens (I suggest 35mm or 50mm), and use non-sticky tape to secure the barrel of your lens - which will prevent you from zooming in or out.  Remember -- you are only allowed to shoot at one focal length throughout the entire meetup.  Otherwise it would defeat the purpose of the challenge. 

Also, Fidel V. mentioned below to “crop with your camera” - meaning when you’re shooting with a prime lens, you are forced to physically move towards or away from your subject to compose your image.  Therefore, avoid cropping while you’re editing.  This would also defeat the purpose of shooting at one focal length, as well as losing pixels / resolution in your images. 

There are 16 public restrooms in Central Park: http://www.centralpark.com/guide/general-info/restrooms.html 

As usual, please be on time.  Give yourselves plenty of time to travel.  There is no planned route.  I will not wait for latecomers and will not answer my phone after 11am.

Pack light, but bring snacks and bottled water, unless you want to pay an arm and a leg for these within the park.  Dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfy walking shoes, bring charged batteries and empty memory cards.  

Details of this event may be added or changed at any time, so please check in periodically on this page.

I hope you will join me. If you have any questions, post it on this event page, call or text me a message before the day of the event, or you can email me through my meetup profile. Please make sure you identify yourself in your message so I know who you are.  

~ Sally 347.878.NYCP (6927)

Disclaimer: Participation in these events requires that you assume all risks associated with these activities, and that the Organizers, Co-Organizers and Event Hosts are in no way liable for any loss or injury as a result of your participation. In other words, you are attending these events at your own risk!! 


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  • Pablo T.

    It was a great exercise to initially compose the image when taking the shot. Often times if not always we rely on the ability to crop our images during post-processing to justify taking shitty and lazy shots. I'll definetly make it a habbit to initially compose better shots.

    2 · April 6, 2014

    • Sally

      I’m so glad you took this challenge to heart, Pablo. I honestly believe composing an image with a prime lens makes a better photographer. This exercise should be practiced a lot.

      2 · April 6, 2014

  • Kathleen

    Me too Laurence I'm so jealous ! Great shots

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Laurence E. S.

    i looked at a bunch of the posted photos really good suff . Wish I could have taken part. Next time, hopefully.

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Laura

    fun!

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Adriana P.

    Sally it was a pleasure meeting you it was an awesome day, and pleasure meeting new people ....

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Michele

    Thank you for a great afternoon, Sally. Had a wonderful time and look forward to future meet ups.

    2 · April 5, 2014

  • Verena

    It was great seeing old faces and wonderful meeting new members. Thank you all for coming out today!

    3 · April 5, 2014

  • Paul Q

    What a pleasure. Glad I was able to make it..

    2 · April 5, 2014

  • Ramona G.

    I had a great time for my first time looking forward to future meet ups

    3 · April 5, 2014

  • Michael G.

    So happy to see that long winter come to an end. Great time again, thanks Sally!

    2 · April 5, 2014

  • Stan R.

    nice day, nice weather,nice people and the large group
    mostly stayed together

    2 · April 5, 2014

  • Curtis G.

    Great time as always. Sorry I had to leave so early.
    Very well organized as usual. Thanks!

    2 · April 5, 2014

  • John D.

    Great group, great meet-up, great organizers. Thanks Sally!

    2 · April 5, 2014

  • Rose B.

    Great Day at Central Park

    2 · April 5, 2014

  • Donder

    Great beginning for my first time. Got good advice, got lost in my little Canon G11, and then got lost from group. Enjoyed.

    2 · April 5, 2014

  • Chris L.

    Nice day out with good company. Thanks Sally.

    2 · April 5, 2014

  • Sally

    Thank you to those who came out on a breezy, beautiful Saturday afternoon. Looking forward to seeing some great black and white images... :)

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Edward K.

    Had a good time walking around with the group in Central Park & got lots good photos of bridges & refreshment carts & horse drawn wagons & more.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Wallace F.

    Fantastic! Good turnout. Large. Great to see so many new people and returning friends.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Laurence F

    I made it, but I'm all the way up by North Meadow, I'm hoping to find the group on the way down

    April 5, 2014

  • Laurence F

    Still hunting for parking, but I'm not giving up

    April 5, 2014

  • Verena

    moving east to the pond with the stone bridge.

    April 5, 2014

    • Greg P

      Started from the wrong side of the park, where are you now?

      April 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still stuck in Brooklyn. Ahh. Sorry. Won't make this one :-(

    April 5, 2014

  • Sharlene

    Oh no I thought this was at noon! I won't be able to make it :(

    April 5, 2014

  • Sally

    I am here at the meetup point with a group of people. I'm wearing a gray jacket, blue jeans and cranberry cons (converse)... and sunglasses :)

    April 5, 2014

    • Laurence F

      I'm gonna be about 15-20 min late so I'll keep an eye out for the cranberry cons (should be easy to spot)

      April 5, 2014

  • Laurence F

    Running way later than I'd like, but I'll meet up as soon as I get there.

    April 5, 2014

  • Ronda

    Sorry. Am not going to be able to make it. Was really looking forward to it, but have been fighting a bug that has been going around the office and am not feeling well this morning.

    April 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll catch up. Will run late.

    April 5, 2014

  • Michelle Stephanie H.

    Had to pull out. Too many things to do, and taxes no less!

    April 5, 2014

  • Sandra F.

    As much as I have been hoping, can't make this due to my left foot still not allowing me to walk to far or long. Still planning on indoor event Sunday. Planning to set my own challenge tomorrow if I can get out to local Clove Lakes Park or Snug Harbor to do same prime B&W challenge. Question for Sally, if I do, can I post my pics on site? Hoping you say yes! :)

    April 4, 2014

    • Eileen R.

      Hope to see you on Sunday at the MET, Sandra. Feel better. :)

      April 4, 2014

    • Sandra F.

      Planning on Sunday if I can find a parking garage or express bus that doesn't involve a large walk.

      April 5, 2014

  • Sally

    Hi! If you cannot make it, please be courteous and change your RSVP from YES to NO. Thank you :)

    April 4, 2014

  • Kathleen

    So sorry had to cancel last minute bday for 99 yr old aunt ! Can't miss that , have fun !

    April 5, 2014

  • Elena M.

    I must apologize I will not be able yo make it.

    April 4, 2014

  • AJ

    Something has come up! Sorry to miss it!

    April 4, 2014

  • Margarita

    Dammit!!!!! This would have been a perfect challenge because I haven't been using my prime 50 mm lens that much, and I want to start using it more. Unfortunately, I'm working tomorrow, and won't be able to attend. PLEASE make this meetup happen again!!!...

    April 4, 2014

  • S. W.

    Can't make the new date, hope everyone has a great time.

    April 2, 2014

  • Christine N.

    Sorry, can't make the new date, but you will be seeing allot of me love this group. See you all soon.

    1 · April 2, 2014

  • Sally

    So far the forecast looks good for Saturday. I'm looking forward to seeing some new faces, as well as familiar ones :)

    1 · April 2, 2014

  • dannylo

    Changing my rsvp to no due to weather. I'd things drastically change between tonight and tomorrow morning I may reconsider.

    April 2, 2014

  • Laurence E. S.

    WIsh I could go however I have NYSUT teachers convention the same weekend also in NYC. My weekend is full. Next time, hope to join all of you on a future photo event.

    April 2, 2014

  • Mark T.

    Unfortunately can't make the new date. Hope to meet a lot of you at the next event. Best of luck for Saturday

    April 1, 2014

  • Sandra F.

    Sorry, but joining drop outs due to weather, and still unable to walk well on good weather days. Only 6 weeks post foot surgery. Was hoping to join, and Sally, I know how much planning you put into this even. Was hoping to see some old photo friends, and meet finally some new ones.

    March 28, 2014

    • Sandra F.

      Thanks Eileen. Changed my Sat podiatry appt in hopes walking improves enough by Sat. But invite sounds like fun :)

      1 · March 31, 2014

    • Eileen R.

      Hope weather cooperates on Saturday but the MET is indoors so Sunday should be a go regardless. Soon! :)

      1 · March 31, 2014

  • marcie d.

    Changed my rsvp. Won't be able to make the new date. Hopefully we can have a re-do of this event. Can't wait to see the pics anyway. Have fun guys.

    March 31, 2014

  • Fidel V.

    Can't make the new date. Previous commitment.

    March 31, 2014

  • Kathleen

    Hey !! Where is everybody ??? !!!!lol

    March 29, 2014

  • Kathleen

    Sorry, can't make the new date—family commitment.

    March 29, 2014

  • Scott R.

    Have fun people. The rain didnt stop me from going...the mrses did lol .....apparently im going to New Haven for something....ill catch the next photo walk

    March 29, 2014

  • Sally

    Due to the forecast of 80% chance of rain, this event has been re-scheduled from Saturday 3/29/14 to Saturday 4/5/14. The time and location remains the same. Please adjust your RSVP if needed. Thank you.

    2 · March 29, 2014

    • ismail

      Thanks for all you do

      1 · March 29, 2014

  • ismail

    I have been coming to this group and although I can't make all of the group events
    I just wanted to thank Sally and the gang for all they do
    I'm truest appreciative
    Thanks

    2 · March 29, 2014

  • Laurence E. S.

    As much as would like to go to this and break in my New NIkon D7100 replacing my D90, because of weather concerns as well as having to go into Saturday acadamy this week a program a the school I teachin in, I co- chair a yearbook club, It will be to hard to get from The Bronx to Midtown West. Next Saturday I will be at a teachers convention. Hopefully I will get to go to an event in the near future.

    March 28, 2014

    • Sam

      Can we meet off-line ? [masked]

      March 29, 2014

    • marcie d.

      Nikon d7100 is great. I just upgraded to that myself from a d3100. There are more features but it's worth it. Enjoy it

      March 29, 2014

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