Water’s Soul

Water’s Soul

a preview A new sculpture has recently appeared on one of Jersey City's piers. Representing a giant, very white and very bright head of a young woman with her index finger touching her lips, in a shhhh-like gesture, the 80-ft sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa was, until recently, surrounded by cranes and other construction [...]

SnapBridge

SnapBridge

A free app for Nikon remote photography As I've mentioned in a previous post, here are a few notes (personal observations that is) on Nikon's SnapBridge app. Again, this is in particular for Nikon photographers, but hopefully for others, too. SnapBridge app for remote Nikon camera accessing. SnapBridge is a FREE app that allows Nikon [...]

Deconstructing a (Self)Portrait Photo Shoot

Deconstructing a (Self)Portrait Photo Shoot

Prepping, Posing & Possibilities Fall is here. A new school year has just begun. So, let's talk portraits, self-portraits, and the need to update profile pics. In this post I'll talk about self-portraiture, but this can apply to any portrait photography session, too. Before you begin thinking about a portrait or self-portrait photo shoot, or [...]

One Night in September

One Night in September

Photographing the 9/11 Tribute Lights I was going to call this post "One Day in September," but I'm still working on images from this past Saturday (the 20th anniversary of 9/11), hence, for now, here are a few shots I captured the night of September 11, 2021. September 11 Tribute Lights illuminate the Lower Manhattan [...]

World Trade Center

World Trade Center

Photographing the World Trade Center area in New York City Tomorrow is the first day of September. For twenty years I've looked at this date, September 1, as the beginning of a countdown to a sad day, September 11. For almost twenty years I’ve photographed the 9/11 ceremonies and commemorations, and plan on doing the [...]

“I’m Still Standing”

“I’m Still Standing”

...at least for now https://www.instagram.com/p/CQ6lXYdjMzh/ ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. This #tbt image shows a fireworks display turning into a wave of thick, dark smoke about to engulf Lady Liberty. Yet, she's still standing, facing the threat head on. Her torch, while seemingly insignificant next to the wave, reminds of a flicker of hope showing [...]

Learning from Photographers

Learning from Photographers

What I've learned about photography and life from award-winning photographer Kurt Weston In 2005, I came across an award-winning photograph posted online. It was called "The Last Light" and featured a man with a drawn face and ghostly eyes. He was sitting in a chair with his back at a tall window. He appeared as [...]

Ask a Photographer

Ask a Photographer

Interviewing photographers

Under the Covid-19 Dome

Under the Covid-19 Dome

The story behind the image Today I'd like to share with you the story of an image I made last summer, during the Covid-19 quarantine. It's an image I called "Under the Covid-19 Dome" and one that was included in The Pandemic Archive Project. So, here it goes: I was out on the balcony, sipping [...]

Hindsight Is 2020

Hindsight Is 2020

And other lessons learned from this Covid-19 year Hindsight might be 20/20, and yet, through the Covid lens, it's more like 2020. Plagued by multiple, multi-layered crises, this year has provided us with indispensable lessons in and about life, as one of those defining moments that divide our world, our life into a before and [...]