Thursday, September 6, 2012

:: Jazz-Age Lawn Party 2012 (Outtakes)

Jazz Age Lawn Party 2012 (Outtakes)

I've posted a few images from the August 2012 installment of ”The Jazz-Age Lawn Party” on Governors Island, presented by Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra to my Flickr account. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I adored taking them.

This year was my first opportunity to attend what is now a Not-to-be-Missed semiannual summertime event that celebrates the music and dance of the Roaring Twenties.

Armed with a new Nikon D800 Camera, I ventured across the harbor to Governors Island for the third time this summer. The ferry ride was only a few short minutes but in reality I found myself thrown back to a different age.

It was great fun to see hundreds of New Yorkers dressed in elegant Art Deco Inspired clothing or the more casual Flapper attire.

I'm grateful to all of the wonderful people I meet and especially those who grated me the opportunity to capture these images. I can't wait to see you again next year...

Just a few words on my new Nikon D800; I've never had the occasion to shoot with a medium format camera but I now know what all of the hype is about. Not being a purely technically proficient photographer; the D800 poses a number of challenges that I'll have to learn to overcome but the image quality that comes from this camera is astounding.

Routinely when editing images in the past I have use the subject’s eyelashes to define focus, however this is no longer true. The clarity of image produced by the D800 allows for the use of the reflection held within the iris of the eye and not the lash to determine sharpness.

When looking at the iris reflection, what was a cloudy representation of the foreground is now a perfect mirrored reproduction of what the subject is seeing.

Roughly coinciding with the 1920s and Prohibition, The Jazz Age aka Roaring Twenties was the period when dance and jazz music combined to play a significant part in wider cultural changes during the early part of the 20th Century. While popular in Europe, it is the United States that is considered to be the father of this era.

Documented in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s collection of eleven short stories “Tales of the Jazz Age” (1922) and “The Great Gatsby”.


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