Sunday, July 27, 2014

More Images from NYC Pride 2014

Grand Marshals Laverne Cox, Jonathan Groff; Fireworks and More

August is almost days away, and for those who may not know, August is Pride Month in New Jersey. So, with that in mind, I thought to post a few more images from New York City Pride, 2014, and give a short summary of my Pride Day.

I took off early, in order to make it on time, register, get my media pass, and be there for the press conference that preceded the March. Grand Marshals Laverne Cox [Orange Is the New Black], Jonathan Groff [HBO's Looking, The Normal Heart], among others, spoke at the press conference.
Grand Marshal Laverne Cox speaks at the NYC Pride 2014 press conference. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Grand Marshal Laverne Cox speaks at the NYC Pride 2014 press conference. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Then the March started, on a glorious sunny, summer day. The image below captures my view down on Fifth Avenue, from 35th Street, right before the start of the 2014 New York City Pride March.


Rainbow, American and other flags on Fifth Street, right before the start of the 2014 NYC Pride March. View from 35th Street. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Rainbow, American and other flags on Fifth Street, right before the start of the 2014 NYC Pride March. View from 35th Street. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

 It's always exciting to photograph the Grand Marshals. Usually they are celebrities, well-known and admired individuals. This year, Jonathan Groff of HBO's series Looking (he also appeared in HBO's The Normal Heart) was one of the Grand Mashals.

NYC Pride 2014 Grand Marshal, Actor Jonathan Groff (HBO's Looking and The Normal Heart), waves at the crowd. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
NYC Pride 2014 Grand Marshal, Actor Jonathan Groff (HBO's Looking and The Normal Heart), waves at the crowd. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. 

For more images from this year's Pride, check out my previous post, or my Flickr album.

This Pride Day I got together with a few friends and people I admire, and spent some time with them after finishing taking pictures. A wonderful way to reconnect, and a fantastic repeat from last year. Maybe Pride Day will become our annual gathering....

Also, this year I got to go to the Dance on the Pier. Pictures from that event coming up soon.

I made it back to Jersey just in time for the fireworks. Yes, dead tired and worn out from a full day photographing in the city, fortunately I still found some energy to take me to the waterfront, to shoot the fireworks display, and the Empire State Building beaming in rainbow colors.

Fireworks display ends the NYC Pride Day 2014 in an explosion of colorful lights. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Fireworks display ends the NYC Pride Day 2014 in an explosion of colorful lights. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.



Fireworks display finish Pride Day NYC 2014 with a true Bang! Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Fireworks display finish Pride Day NYC 2014 with a true Bang! as a party boat sails up the Hudson River. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Empire State Building in rainbow colors for NYC Pride Day 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Empire State Building in rainbow colors for NYC Pride Day 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


Until next June, there are more events to cover, such as Pride Month in Jersey. But Empire State Building doesn't get to shine in rainbow colors but once a year. For that, we have to yet until Pride Day 2015.

As always, thanks for stopping by!
Alina Oswald
Writer/Photographer/Author



Monday, June 30, 2014

NYC Pride 2014

Photographing the NYC Pride 2014

I spent the evening before Pride Day with dear friends. Let's just say that I had a blast. They are, indeed, friends in need.

Today, after spending yesterday, Pride Sunday, in New York City, I can feel it, all of it, in my bones and muscles. But it was worth it. I got to reconnect and spend some time with great more friends and people I admire very much. And I got to photograph quite a lot.

Weather was superb, with some spots in the shade, where I could park myself now and then, to photograph. I'd like to share with you a few of the images. More to come, for sure.

Volunteers help setting up the balloons before the beginning of the March. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Volunteers help setting up the balloons before the beginning of the March. B&W Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Orange is the new sunscreen...and t-shirt. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Orange is the new sunscreen...and t-shirt. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
 I noticed this bottle of Banana Boat sunscreen on a table, under a volunteer tent. It just happened that the t-shirts available on the neighbor table were also orange. And while Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) was one of the Marshals, well...let's just say that the orange was the color of the day.
Walker dressed in white feathers ready to march in NYC Pride 2014.
White Feathers. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Over the many years of my photographing the Pride parade (the March), I've noticed fewer and fewer awesome outfits. It's sad for me to say this, but that's my observation. This guy (above) with his hair dyed white and humongous white feathers on his back was the exception, yesterday. I had to take a picture. 

When night came, Manhattan turned on its rainbow colors.

Manhattan cityscape with Empire State Building in  rainbow colors for Pride Day NYC, 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Empire State Building turns on its rainbow colors for Pride Day NYC, 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
More pictures to come soon. Until then, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald
Writer/Photographer/Author

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day! - Photographing Fleet Week

Happy Memorial Day!
Fleet Week New York Photography

Happy Memorial Day everybody! It's a beautiful day today, here, in New York City area, but a few days ago, during Fleet Week, the weather wasn't that great. But, that did not stop me from trying to snap a few shots of the ships coming up the Hudson River. And so I did.

At first, I couldn't notice anything. Nothing and nobody was coming up the Hudson. But helicopters were hovering above me, and police boats were flashing their blue lights everywhere, it seemed. So, the ships were to make their presence, soon. And so they did. At least a few of them.

First came the U.S. Coast Guard. All in white, it made its way from New York Harbor, as ferries were taking commuters across the river.
U.S. Coast Guard meets ferry full of commuters. Fleet Week photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
U.S. Coast Guard meets ferry full of commuters. Fleet Week photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
There is something about the fog. It gives a feeling of mystery to the events happening in or around it. And although I would have preferred a clear sunny day to photograph Fleet Week, I didn't mind the grayness of the day, limited visibility and all.

In the picture below, a ship just passing under Verrazano Bridge, as a sailing boat seems 'parked' on the side, as if in waiting.

Ships cross Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during Fleet Week, days before Memorial Day 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Ships cross Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during Fleet Week, days before Memorial Day 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. 

 First one that I noticed was USS Oak Hill LSD 51, the giant gray ship that, in the picture below, crosses paths with the orange Staten Island ferry.

USS Oak Hill LSD 51 crosses paths with Staten Island Ferry, during Fleet Week NY 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
USS Oak Hill LSD 51 crosses paths with Staten Island Ferry, during Fleet Week NY 2014, a police boat by its side. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

 There was quite an activity on the Hudson, that morning, during Fleet Week New York, 2014. Everybody from commuter ferries, NYC Waterways, U.S. Coast Guard ships, bright red fire boats, police boats and the actual military ships were there.


Fire boat on the Hudson, during Fleet Week NY, 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Fire boat on the Hudson, during Fleet Week NY, 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


 Another boat passes by the Holocaust Memorial in Lower Manhattan.

Yellow ship with the American flag passes the Holocaust Memorial in Lower Manhattan, during Fleet Week 2014, days before Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Yellow ship with the American flag passes the Holocaust Memorial in Lower Manhattan, during Fleet Week 2014, days before Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

 While waiting for USS Oak Hill LSD 51 to reach Manhattan, I shot a few pictures of what else was happening around me, like the two images above. And then I saw it, the huge gray ship approaching, reaching the tip of Lower Manhattan.

USS Oak Hill LSD 51 reaches the tip of Lower Manhattan. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
USS Oak Hill LSD 51 reaches the tip of Lower Manhattan. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

 Up close (ok, through a telephoto lens), the ship looks even more imposing. Take a closer look at the helicopter and everything else on its deck....

A closer look of USS Oak Hill LSD 51, its deck shaped by men in white and black uniforms. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
A closer look of USS Oak Hill LSD 51, its deck shaped by men in white and black uniforms. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


Another closer look at USS Oak Hill LSD 51. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Another closer look at USS Oak Hill LSD 51. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


And now looking at the bigger picture of USS Oak Hill LSD 51 as it passing by the new Freedom Tower and Word Financial Center.

USS Oak Hill LSD 51 at World Trade Center, during Fleet Week 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
USS Oak Hill LSD 51 at World Trade Center, during Fleet Week 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Imposing, majestic, solemn...a lot of words come to mind when looking at these ships, these giants. Let us all remember the true meaning of Memorial Day, and have a safe one.

USS Oak Hill LSD 51 reaches Empire State Building and Midtown. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
USS Oak Hill LSD 51 reaches Empire State Building and Midtown. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your holiday weekend!
Summer is here.

Alina Oswald
Writer/Photographer/Author

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Photographing the Moon

Photographing the moon, the starts and other bright lights in the night

Ah...the moon and the starts. I've always been fascinated by them, by a universe beyond our own. I can only imagine it and try to capture it with my long (but not long enough) lens.

Hence, I was so looking forward to this past Monday's blood moon total lunar eclipse. [sigh] After all, I stood up all night on December 21st, 2010, and truly froze outside, to photograph the total lunar eclipse that took place that night. But, Mother Nature was not on my side this past Monday night.

Yes, I did stay up and yes, I did shoot a few pictures, but dark thick clouds stood in the way of an optimal view. [sigh again] While I could not wipe away the clouds, I photograph, secretly hoping that the second event of this kind, this October, the moon, the bloody moon I should say, will show itself to us under much clearer night skies. I posted a few thoughts and pictures taken that night on CNN iReport.

But one doesn't have to wait for a total or partial lunar eclipse, for a bloody moon or a super-moon to take pictures of this beauty illuminating the night sky. Here are a few pictures of moon-rises from across the globe.

Moonrise and the palm trees. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Moonrise and the palm trees. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Moonrise and the palm trees. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Moonrise and the palm trees. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Blood Moon Eclipse in the early hours of April 15, 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Blood Moon Eclipse in the early hours of April 15, 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Moonrise over Manhattan. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


Blood Moon. Total Lunar Eclipse. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Blood Moon. Total Lunar Eclipse 2010. Photo by Alina Oswald.
The picture on the left was shot a few years ago. I was lucky to catch the moon just starting to rise above the Manhattan skyline, and the highrises that define it.

A few years ago, I also tried to snap a shot of the super-moon. While I did not get enough details in the moon, I captured its watery reflections.

Lunar Eclipse, 2010. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Lunar Eclipse, 2010. Photo by Alina Oswald.
And, finally, the last image is a shot of a blood moon I photographed during the total lunar eclipse of December 2010. Link to a composite capturing the eclipse is posted here.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald
Writer/Photographer/Author



PS: An update: thanks to a wonderful friend with a telescope, yet no adapter for the camera/lens, I had the chance to look at Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the moon, more closely. Here are a few images of the moon as seen through the telescope:

Blurry Moon: Photographing the Moon through the Telescope. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Blurry Moon: Photographing the Moon through the Telescope. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.



The moon seen through the telescope. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
The moon seen through the telescope. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.










Friday, April 11, 2014

Seeing Red...and Other Colors of the Rainbow

Seeing Red...and Other Rainbow Colors

A stack of sunglasses and colorful reflections in the sunglasses. Self-Portrait by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Through My Eyes. A Self-Portrait by Alina Oswald.
Spring is finally in the air! It's been a long wait. But now, that it seems that we won't get anymore snow, I guess it's time to enjoy milder temperatures, flowers, and colors.

Let's start with red, the first of the rainbow colors. That brings me to red dirt, the famous Hawaiian red dirt used by locals to dye their equally famous red dirt Hawaiian t-shirts.

Although the dirt is, indeed, red--more like a very bright, red-orange-y color--the red dirt t-shirts can actually be red/orange, Hawaii blue or any other colors. How does the red dirt look in nature? ...Something like in the picture below. And it can be found on any of the Hawaiian islands.

I do recommend to check out at least one of those red dirt t-shirt stores, if you happen to visit Hawaii. Who knows, you may even get to try the also famous Hawaiian shaved ice, for free, while in the store. Hawaiian shaved ice is what it says it is--shaved ice, in the colors of the rainbow.


Red Dirt Against the Green of Waimea Canyon, aka the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Red Dirt Against the Green of Waimea Canyon, aka the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.




Aerial shot of a rainbow on the green backdrop of the Waimea Canyon. The river next to it is the Waimea River that crosses the canyon. Image taken from a no-door helicopter.
 ...And talking about rainbows, here's one I captured when flying over Waimea Canyon, in a no-door helicopter. By the way, if you plan on taking a ride over any of the Hawaiian islands, do check out the no-door (or open-door) helicopters, especially if you want to snap a few pictures. You'll get better views, less reflection, and a more awesome experience overall.


For more Hawaii images, click here.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald
Writer/Photographer/Author
Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day: Photographing the Color Green

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GREEN, a set on Flickr.
Bud. Green Nature. Photographed by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Bud. Green Nature. Photographed by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
The Meaning of Green: Photographing the Color Green or Green Photography


Happy St. Paddy's Day! Wear something green today, and luck (of the Irish or luck in general) will be with you. Or so they say....

Not sure if that's true or not, but I'll try to remember to wear something green today. And also, I wonder what's the symbolism of the color green: rebirth (of nature), spring, new beginnings, luck, hope?




Green grass and trees at the Bauhaus Museum, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Green grass and trees at the Bauhaus Museum, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


Green grass and trees at the Bauhaus Museum, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Rainbow Column at the entrance of Bauhaus Archive Museum, Berlin, Germany. Green grass and trees at the Bauhaus Museum, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Flagging using a green hand-made flag at the premier of A Flow Affair, a film by Wolfgang Busch. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Flagging using a green hand-made flag at the premier of A Flow Affair, a film by Wolfgang Busch. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Green Hilo seen from the sky. Aerial Photography of Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii, by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Green Hilo seen from the sky. Aerial Photography of Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii, by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.





Green plants growing on a black lava beach in Hawaii Island, Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Green plants growing on a black lava beach in Hawaii Island, Hawaii (Volcano National Park). Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.



Green Storm, a Clifi novel by Bud Santora
Green Storm, a Clifi novel by Bud Santora

Nene, on green grass in Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Nene, on green grass in Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

While trying to find an answer, I'd like to share with you a few green images, that is, images that contain the color green.

I keep this short and wish you all a wonderful and safe St. Patrick's Day!!! And I'd love to hear from you: what does green mean to you?

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Alina Oswald

Writer/Photographer/Author