Friday, December 14, 2012

An Epic Thanksgiving in New York City

Fond memories. A fresh roasted turkey with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving Day sticks to my ribs like numb fingers and watery eyes on a cold evening at the Trump Wollman Ice Rink at Central Park in New York City. Let the hectic holidays begin with a family trip to the Big Apple!

The huddled masses came in droves for prosperity and freedom in early days. The Soriano family came with stroller draped with diaper bag and my Canon EOS M bound for non stop NYC cuisine and tourist attractions. Most huddled masses come to an abrupt halt at the $12 toll at the Lincoln Tunnel and take mass transit!

The early bird gets the worm at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you are not hitting the streets at the break of dawn for a good viewing spot, you get to watch the parade from a block away like us. With good timing and a zoom lens, you can witness the larger than life balloon characters stroll down the Avenue of the Americas.

Explaining the unexplainable to your kids is a daunting task. The epic National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center reminds us about that tragic loss suffered from the acts of terrorists. The two cascading waterfalls surrounded by the names of people lost during the attacks makes a thankful Thanksgiving this holiday.

This breathtaking 1080p video of New York City was brought to you by the Canon EOS M digital mirrorless camera. The "Canon Rebel T4i/650D in a Powershot form factor" gives outstanding image and video quality in a very small package. The smaller body paired with a large APS-C sensor packs a big punch especially when attached to good glass.

My kids hit the books during our family trip at the New York Public Library. Of course, I mean that quite literally and there was actually no reading involved. We were all to busy gawking at all the ornate architecture and amazing artwork. My fisheye images are from my Rokinon 8mm T3.8 Fisheye Cine lens paired with the Canon EOS M with Lens Mount Adapter.

Like all good Catholics, we made an obligatory visit to St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC. Like most of New York City, the famous church was under renovation. Amidst the scaffolding, the Rokinon 8mm T3.8 Fisheye Cine Lens captured every moment with beauty and poise.

New York City's finest paid me a visit during my New York City Subway photography session. I did my homework of the Mass Transit Authority rules and regulations when it concerns photography that cold morning. After a brief confrontation with the NYPD about "no photography allowed", I quickly resolved the misinformation about the law with my own copy of the rules. As of this date, there is photography with no tripod or lights allowed without permit in the New York City Subway system. Enough said!

Bright lights meet big city at Times Square in New York City. Night becomes day in this wall of lights from ground to sky. It is like orchestrated chaos of people, traffic and illuminated skyscrapers composing a light and sound symphony.

Cherish the freedoms of Lady Liberty and be thankful this hectic holiday season. Two values worthy of unspoken explanation.

You can view more Central Park goodness in my Thanksgiving in New York City 2012 Gallery shot with the Canon EOS M digital mirrorless camera. The Canon EOS M was paired with the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM, EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS, EF 70-200mm f/4L IS and the Rokinon 8mm T3.8 Fisheye Cine lenses.

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  1. Great photos! Looks like a wonderful time. I once sat on some of those rocks in Central Park with my family :)

    1. Thanks for the compliment. My family had a great time and was looking forward to a real snowfall but missed it. Maybe next time...

  2. Thank you for the great Eos M video. I just picked one up for $299 and was just looking at video samples and came across yours. Can't go wrong with that price! Will use this till hopefully the replacement that uses the same sensor as the new EOS 70D comes out. :-) Do you use manual focus, servo or both? I'm sure the 360 pan of Times Square was on fixed focus but what about the ones with the wife and daughter walking in the park? Thank you.

    1. Ching Shih,

      Thanks for the compliments.

      I always use manual focus in all my videos. I also use a LCD magnifying loop to aid in critical focus when I shoot such as the CarrySpeed LCDVF on Amazon or the much more expensive Z-Finder Pro or Jr. with the stick on LCD mount.

      So my clips in the park with wife and daughter were all manual focus. The EOS M has horrible continuous AF Servo IMHO. I just downloaded and installed the firmware in my EOS M but have not tested the AF Servo just yet...

      I hope this helps.

      Sincerely, chad soriano