A perfect example of how depth of field can completely make a background become insignificant. The statue is clearly the dominant figure in this photo. Having a fast lens allows this to happen.
Taken from while at the Bronx Zoo, this is a very close up of a piece of architecture found near the main area of the Zoo.
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On one of my excursions to the Bronx Zoo, I found this very visible stone statue of a Rhino.
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People enjoying the peace at Lincoln Center, New York. My intention of this piece was to utilize the brightness of the illuminated water and the night to establish a high contrast black and white photo. I wanted to capture the feeling which would allow the viewer to feel as if they could be one of the people there or one of the people approaching the fountain.
Photo taken by Daniel Russo with a Leica M4 and a Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm F1.4 lens with ILFORD HP5, 400 speed Black and White film
This photo was taken with a Canon AE-1 with Illford 400 Delta. The Buddha is approximately 3 feet tall. It's located in a super huge monastery, in Kent, NY.
I once heard something which made me think of taking this photo. It was said by a blind man. He said: "I can see better than sighted people. If they can see better than I, why do they trip over things right in front of them."
I've wrote before (in the previous version of danrusso.com) about happy accidents. I say embrace accidents. While wondering near some construction, I spied a pigeon walking out of the darkness into the light. I took a couple of photographs of the pigeon, then realized exactly what the pigeon was walking into. A mosaic of shapes caused by light, shadow and tile. I re-focused my lens and framed up the shot. In the end, I captured the below photo. As far as the pigeon... idk another day I suppose.
Another beautifully created piece of the Hoboken Terminal are its chandeliers. They are suspended gracefully, from it's high ceilings. Very ignored, the chandeliers have an extraordinary amount of detail. If you have an opportunity to go to the terminal, take a good look at them.
The Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey, keeps a well known secret. It was designed by Tiffany. Yes the light blue box that every woman appreciates, Tiffany's. The terminal is absolutely beautiful. And every day people disregard the splendor and luxury which surrounds them. Why? I would guess it's mostly because the terminal hasn't/wasn't taken as good of car as it should have been taken care of. Finally age has an impact.
If you get the opportunity to go there, look around. You'll clearly see Tiffany's influence. This is the first of 4 photographs which will make their way onto the site. It is a photo of how people ignore a beautiful not-so-famous Tiffany lamp.
Some of the people who's photo I take are self conscience for some reason or another. Their hair is a wreck... No makeup... Not dressed to impress... blah blah blah. Some of the best photos I've taken, the subject has not had a hair and makeup session.
After I showed this beautiful woman her photo, she said it looks horrible. I told her she looks beautiful. (Am I the only one who see's beauty in this photo?) She said, "... my freckles." I told her they are beautiful. I don't know what her response was. I turned to look at her photo on the computer display. But my ears heard, a subtle but clear lightening of her voice... ahhh the sound of gentle approval.