NYC’s Central Park — a street photographer’s dream!

January 30th, 2012 by John Batdorff
A New York City dancer thinking

Always on point

New York City is a street photographer’s dream come true with photo ops around every corner. I’m all about maximizing my time when traveling, and lucky for me there’s something to be said for the old adage… in a New York minute. Like most of my trips, I generally have a few images in mind that I plan on capturing, and then leave a bit of free time to allow for things unforeseen. The thing about street photography is you need to be quick to move and always be on the lookout for new photo opportunities. High traffic locations like NYC Central Park are great locations to maximize your time and efforts. In the matter of a few hours I had a chance to shoot a landscape, people, portraits, macro, etc.

A New York City Dancer- Street Photography

If only I was this flexible…

Being flexible and always on the lookout can pay dividends. Case in point: I was setting up to shoot the Central Park’s famous walkway known as “The Mall” when I noticed off in the distance a young man posing in what looked like a wrestling singlet. Now typically this wouldn’t strike me is odd (being the big city and all) but since it was a damn chilly 10 degrees, it piqued my curiosity. So I picked up my gear and headed his way. Come to find out this young lad was a dancer (thus, the singlet) and his buddy was taking a few pictures of him for his portfolio. We chatted for a few minutes and asked if I could take a few photos. The whole exchange was 10-15 minutes tops, but this is what I love about street photography — the rush, the challenge and the occasional payoff.

NYC Street photography of a dancer

New York City Style

New York City dancer in Central Park


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