Favorite Spot

 

I’ve discovered this place long before I started taking my photography serious. I remember when my sister moved up here and I was excited to show her around the place. The Promenade immediately became our favorite spot and also one of my favorite places to take pictures. The view of lower Manhattan is breath taking.

 

a city skyline at night

7:44pm

 

a city skyline on the water at night

8:54pm

 

 

a lit pier at night

9:05pm

 

a city skyline on the water at night

9:23pm

 

a walkway

9:28pm

 

a city skyline at night, behind a sculpture

9:54pm

 

 

 

a pier at night in front of a city skyline

10:21pm

 

Festival Of Colors

 

It was that time again for a feeling of euphoria. The Holi Festival, one of many was held last Saturday at the NYC Bhangra. Every year around the spring season there are at least  two Holi festivals in New York City. Holi is an Indian festival which is usually known as the festival of colors or the festival of sharing love.

The dry colors are washable so you don’t have to worry about your clothes being discolored

Man in sunglasses, covered in colored paint

4:42pm

 

Man covered in colored paint

4:43pm

 

a young woman covered in orange paint

4:45pm

people covered in paint

4:49pm

people covered in paint

4:58pm

 

a boy holding a dog, both covered in splashes of paint

5:00pm

Four young women covered in paint splashes

5:02pm

a young girl covered in paint

5:19pm

plastic cups on the ground

5:22pm

man covered in paint

5:24pm

Man with long hair, covered in paint

5:24pm

hands getting painted with henna

5:25pm

clouds of color over a crowd

5:40pm

people in a crowd of colored smoke

5:42pm

two young women taking a selfie in a crowd covered in paint

5:46pm

a young man covered in paint, smiling

6:04pm

Night Display

It’s¬†always fascinating seeing the bridges at night, its like a Christmas tree. Most times, on the said holiday like Memorial Day and Fourth of July the bridges are lit in colors relating to the holiday.

Personally, I love seeing those bridges lit up at night. Thirty minutes after the sun has set blue hour emerges, giving it a spectacular view, while the colors from the bridge reflects on the water.


a city bridge at night

 a city bridge at night

a city bridge at night

a city bridge at night

a city bridge at night

a city bridge at night

NYC Landmarks

It’s always an accomplishment for tourists when they visit NYC’s landmarks. You can easily spot a tourist by the way he or she is dressed to having a camera, and most definitely an NYC guide map in their hands.

Did you know there’s over one hundred landmarks in NYC? Yup, you heard right. That’s why when people tell me there’s nothing to do in NYC, I look at them like if they’re crazy. There’s always something to do here. From inexpensive to free activities.

I’m sure I meet the requirements of being a tourist(lol). At least that’s what my friends told me. They see that¬†I always carry my camera with me or I may use my phone as a replacement. I think what really annoys them is that I suddenly stop at the most random places to take a picture.


a fountain with a statue of an angel a statue in front of a Gothic building tall city buildings a city skyline from a rooftop a large bridge The 9/11 memorial fountain pit the flatiron building the interior of Grand Central Station

Exploring Manhattan Bridge

When I resided in New York one of my goals was to walk on all the bridges that is pedestrians accessible. With my love for photography, I was even more determine to complete my goal. Which I have. I often ask myself which is my favorite bridge and my answer is always Brooklyn Bridge but I’m not entirely sure because I love them all; each are unique in its own way.

Of all the bridges I’ve walked, My first time walking the¬†Manhattan Bridge was a bit¬†scary but still exhilarating at the same time. I used the term scary because while walking on the bridge you can actually feel the tremors from the wind and whenever the trains passes by.

Question: Have you been on any of the bridges? How was your experience?


 

a city skyline

6:45pm

a wire mesh-fence enclosed walkway on a bridge

7:03pm

a river backed by a city skyline, and white fluffy clouds in a blue sky

7:06pm

a city skyline and river's edge, as seen through a hole in a wire mesh fence

7:12pm

a young man of color in a white hat, kneeling in front of a sidewalk drawing of a black floral shape, on a bridge walkway

7:17pm

 

a city skyline with a bridge over a river

7:25pm

city traffic at sunset

7:30pm

 

 

Dream Car

 

At some point in our lives we all thought about our dream car/jeep or at least imagine what it will look like. Every year around spring time, the Jacob Javits Center accommodates the New York International Auto Show. Its only there for a week but attending it is always worth the while.

Whatever your type of car maybe, they are in the exhibition. They range from Dodge and Lotus, to Bentley and Lamborghini. It really amazes me to see how far technology in auto mobiles has advanced; from stick shift to hydro charging to self driven cars. As intriguing as these cars maybe, I’m not so sure I’ll want my car to do the driving for me. However, ¬†I’m open to test driving one.¬†I mean like who, wouldn’t right?

To see more of my images, you can click on this link: https://vsco.co/konycafrancis/grid/1


 

 

a white sports car with aqua trimThe Toyota future hydro car  8:06pm

 

a silver sports car on displayThose two cars go hand in hand. The hydro charges the other one  8:12pm

 

a mint-green sports car on displayKia  8:16pm

 

a blue sports car on displayDodge 8:36pm

 

a Kermit-green sports carLamborghini  8:52pm

 

an old-fashioned white car on an elevated platform8:53pm

 

a white sports car with a black stripe down the frontKoenigsegg  8:54pm

a metallic brown sports car on displaySpyker  8:54pm

a blue sports carBentley  10:05pm

several sports cars in a showroomHyundai Genesis  10:07pm

a red sports carMaserati  10:08pm

The Hornblower

A couple months back I went to an instameet with a few friends. Usually when there’s a global or borough meet, they have an after party by the sponsors. This time around, the Hornblower was our sponsor. Not only is the view amazing but so are the food and the drinks. This was probably one of my favorite instameets(I know, I always say that lol). I mean what more could I have ask for? Food, drinks, music and of course the lovely view.

The Hornblower caters for different private events as well as nightlife entertainment and sight seeing attractions. You guys should check it out, you would not be disappointed. They run from different locations including Pier 40 in the West Village and Pier 15 in the South Seaport.


a city skyline“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ¬†2:38pm

-Theodore Roosevelt

a river“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desires to beat others.” ¬†2:45pm

-Ayn Rand

the Statute of Liberty“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid roots.” ¬†3:04pm

-George Washington

 

a city shore line“Beauty consist of what goes on beyond the imaginable eyes.” ¬†3:16pm

 

a city bridge over the water“The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.” ¬† 3:25pm

-Mignon McLaughliln

Empty Spaces

As busy as the subway train station¬†can be at times, sometimes there’s a split second or maybe a few minutes when you can actually hear a pin drop. It’s between those moments I take full advantage of and pull out my camera or my phone. I’m not sure what it is about empty spaces that intrigue me but I’m always eager to capture that scene. Not that I don’t like when there is people but sometimes too much will be a distraction as to the kind of image I’m looking for.


 

lights in a beehive pattern on a station ceiling

“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations” ¬†Bleeker St Station, 12:04am

-Orson Welles

 

a subway platform with tile art

“Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.” ¬†Jay St Metro Tech Station, 12:15pm

-Frank Lloyd Wright

 

a train in an outdoor subway station

“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” ¬†New Lots Station, 2:49pm

-George S. Patton

 

two orange seats on a subway train

“In order to be creative you have to know how to prepare to be creative.” ¬†New Lots Station, 2:54pm

-Twyla Tharp

 

a subway platform with a "No Exit" sign

“Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm.” ¬†21st St Van Alst Station, 7:11pm

-Robert Schumann

 

 

 

Favorite Spot

 

Sometimes its best to take pictures on your own, don’t get me wrong you learn a lot from your peers when you shoot together and it makes things a bit more interesting. However doing it solo always allows your mind to be more creative and you can stay out for as long as you like.

Some of my most favorite places to shoot came from doing it solo. Gantry plaza state park is one of them. Located on the East River in Hunters Point in Long Island City.¬†The park is located in a former dockyard and manufacturing district, and includes remnants of facilities from the area’s past.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gantry_Plaza_State_Park


 

a park at the edge of a river and a city shore line“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life” ¬†2:43pm

-Muhammad Ali

 

 

a large, red Pepsi Cola sign“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.” 3:00pm

-Democritus

 

a city skyline on the water “The past always looks better than it was. It’s only pleasant because it isn’t here.” ¬†6:30pm

-Finley Peter Dunne

 

a city skyline at sunset “There are no facts, only interpretations.” ¬†6:43pm

-Friedrich Nietzsche

 

a city skyline on the water at night“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” ¬†9:12pm

-George Bernard Shaw

Ringling Brothers

It was like deja vu all over again seeing the Ringling brothers circus. I recall as a child going to the circus back in my country which was a big deal for me. Besides seeing the animals do tricks, what made the experience amazing was sharing it with my school friends, I mean who wouldn’t love to spend the whole day away from school?(lol)

Over the weekend I took my niece and nephew to the circus; I know, I’m a good aunty(lol). ¬†Two hours of non stop entertainment was worth it and of course I got to take pictures. Not only did the animals put on quite a show but also the circus masters.

What was my favorite act? I’m still trying to decide. However the elephants did stand out the most for me and since they will be retiring the elephants by 2018 after 145 years of performance, they really did put on a show.


 

circus acrobats

 

a large glowing globe

 

four elephants performing

an elephant doing a handstand

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a row of tigers standing up a horse surrounded by fog DSC_0267 a man leading a pig and a dog three dogs performing circus performers circus performers in blue, jumping through a ring trapeze artists a person riding with one foot on one horse and the other on an adjacent horse