Sunday, May 1, 2011

Retro Lake

The Lake in Central Park

I've been to Central Park several times with my camera.  There's a lot to capture there. As with any place that catches your eye, you can go back time and time again, different times of day, different seasons and see it in a whole new way.  

In the above photo, I was walking around the lake after having strolled through The Rambles. Out of the corner of my eye, the sun hitting the water got my attention.  The first thing I knew I wanted to capture was, the sparkly light on the water.  The minute I held the camera up to my eye, I was hit with the notion of trying to use the sun to make the shot look retro.  I stood there looking through my camera trying to capture the feeling of light leak, blown exposures, flaring ... all of the things that make toy camera photography fun.  Of course, I wasn't using film or a toy camera; I was using digital. Normally, to get a look similar to this, I'd have to head to my editing software or just get lucky in my capture.  Not this time.  I didn't do anything fancy other than adding contrast and I didn't use any fancy gear.  The light and dark bits in the upper right that I think captures the whole retro vibe is the sun interacting with my filter and lens hood.  At any rate, the image makes me happy.