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New York City - Snow - Morton Street - West Village

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There is nothing quite like

winter evenings

in the city

when the trees reach over

cars dusted

with confectioner’s sugar snow

and lights twinkle in windows

like eyes full of wonder.

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This was taken on a recent winter afternoon in the West Village with my Sony QX100 just as evening was about to take over. The street is Morton Street which is home to some of the first land in New York City settled by the first wave of European immigrants. It’s one of my favorite streets to walk down in the snow especially when all of the lights start to come on for the night.

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View: "New York City - Snow on a Winter Evening in the West Village" in my photography portfolio here, Gear List, Travel Blog, On G+, email me, or ask for help.

New York City - Snow - Morton Street - West Village

—-

There is nothing quite like

winter evenings

in the city

when the trees reach over

cars dusted

with confectioner’s sugar snow

and lights twinkle in windows

like eyes full of wonder.

This was taken on a recent winter afternoon in the West Village with my Sony QX100 just as evening was about to take over. The street is Morton Street which is home to some of the first land in New York City settled by the first wave of European immigrants. It’s one of my favorite streets to walk down in the snow especially when all of the lights start to come on for the night.

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View: "New York City - Snow on a Winter Evening in the West Village" in my photography portfolio here, Gear List, Travel Blog, On G+, email me, or ask for help.

Mobile Photography with the Sony QX100. Imaging Edge Magazine

Super stoked to announce that my photography was featured in a double-page spread in the January 2014 edition of Imaging Edge Magazine. Imaging Edge Magazine is a print and digital magazine that is published by Popular Photography Magazine, American Photo Magazine and Sony. They were kind enough to publish a double spread of my New York City seasonal photography in their autumn issue so I was beyond flattered to work with them again for the January issue.

This particular photo spread revolves around another photography subject near and dear to my heart: mobile photography. I had the honor of giving a presentation at PhotoPlus Expo recently about the changing face of mobile photography. More specifically, I spoke about my experience using the Sony QX100 along with my iPhone to complete client photography projects.

All of the photos displayed along with this article were taken with my iPhone 4S and the Sony QX100.

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Gallery Key (corresponds to the order of photos in the photo-set):

1. An aerial view of midtown Manhattan from above. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York City Skyline from Above - Skyscrapers and Sunlight

2. Street photography and mobile photography go hand in hand. This is one of my favorite sections of Broadway in Soho. The architecture makes a perfect backdrop for the frenetic activity in the streets. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York City Street - Broadway - Soho - Afternoon Bicycle Ride

3.It can be a pain to capture low-light moments via mobile photography. This was taken as the sun dipped below the horizon overlooking the Empire State Building and skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York City Skyline - Sunset Over Midtown Manhattan

4. Afternoon light and shadows on a Soho street. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York City Street - Soho Cobblestones in the Afternoon

5. Basking in the heat of the summer sun at the iconic mural wall in the East Village as two cyclists make their way past the colorful art. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York City Street - Houston and Bowery Wall - Summer

6. Taking in the last bits of afternoon light in Prospect Park on a moody day in Brooklyn. View this photo in my portfolio here: Prospect Park Tunnel - Brooklyn - New York City

7. Cobblestones and Soho’s beautiful architecture on Mercer Street in Lower Manhattan. View this photo in my portfolio here: : New York City Street - Mercer Street - Soho

8. Traveling and taking photos can present challenges especially when space is limited. This was taken on a travel photography trip to the Pocono Mountains in the autumn. View this photo in my portfolio here: : Autumn Lake - Pocono Mountains - Pennsylvania

9. Page one of the photo spread in Imaging Edge magazine.

10. Page two of the photo spread in Imaging Edge magazine.

I hope you enjoy the spread and photo-set!

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* If you are interested in looking through this issue, here is the download page that has the magazine available for reading on iOS and Android devices as well as PDF.

** Want to see other photos I posted taken with my QX100 including non-edited photos straight out of the phone? Here is the set (click on each photo to enlarge): Sony QX100 Photos

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Vivienne Gucwa with Sony at PhotoPlus Expo 2013

To say that last week was a transformative week on many different levels would be a bit of an understatement at this point.

I have spoken at smaller conferences before but I had never spoken at a trade show or done any public speaking on that level. When Sony asked me if I would give a presentation on the Sony Stage at PhotoPlus Expo earlier this year, I said yes without hesitation. And when I was asked if I would also be on a panel about Disruptive Technology, I said yes without hesitation as well. While the thought of both the panel and giving a presentation all three days of the Expo terrified me beyond belief, I knew it was something I wanted to do.

Something I believe in wholeheartedly is embracing whatever it is that you fear the most. It’s the only way to come to peace with yourself and allow yourself to live fully without regret.

My life has been such a roller-coaster ride of epic proportions. There have been so many deeply disheartening lows peppered with a few interesting sparks of awesome. “Vivienne, you should write a book” is a phrase I hear often (still trying to determine if that is good or bad?) if you catch me on a good night and I start to talk your ear off about everything that has transpired in my life.

When I fell in love with photography a few years ago for the first time, I never would have imagined in a million years that I would be standing on a stage representing Sony talking about my photography to an audience of incredibly inspiring photography enthusiasts at a trade show attended by 25,000+ people. This definitely goes down as one of the best experiences of my life so far: one of the brightest sparks of awesome that has occurred.

My presentation was titled: Mobile Photography: A World of Possibilities. I spoke about my own traditional client workflow and how I conceptualize the places I photograph as well as how I merge that with client expectations. And then I spoke about how I have been able to incorporate my love for mobile photography with my client workflow using the Sony QX100.

The panel I was on was titled: Disruptive Technology which covered photography and new media and included Rick Smolan: a former Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer, best known as the creator of the “Day in the Life” book series; Matt Kloskowski: the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine; Brian Smith: a Pulitzer Prize winning celebrity portrait photographer; and Alex Garcia: whose time at the Chicago Tribune as a photographer has earned him many accolades and awards deeming him “one of the world’s best photojournalists” by HarperCollins.

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I want to give special thanks to Sony for making all of this possible. Even that seems inadequate somehow. If I could somehow hug Sony collectively, I would.

Thank you to everyone who spoke with me after my presentations as well. You have no idea how inspiring all of you are and how great it was to hear your feedback.

Additionally, there were so many inspirational conversations I had and so many inspirational people I met last week. I am grateful for all of it.

I have a bad habit of thinking that good or even great things that transpire in my life will somehow immediately diminish and disappear in a puff of smoke. I am learning to embrace these moments of transcendence and wrap myself in them for a longer amount of time. Thank you to my friends who have been there for me and who help me to relish the good moments that occur for all of us. You know who you are.

A good friend and colleague, Me Ra Koh, gave me great advice about embracing public speaking that she had gleaned from elsewhere and it was to: “fill the space” in a physical and metaphorical way. At the time, I didn’t fully grasp what that meant until I started to give my first presentation.

And when I realized what that meant while finishing the first sentence of my first presentation, I smiled.

I hope I keep filling the space in the best way I know how.

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Photo Credits (in order of photos as they appear in the photo-set:

Scott Wyden Kivowitz Sara Collaton Michael Bonocore Frank Storm

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