Behind the Scenes Look with Photographer Marcus Lewis

To The World Trade Center

To The World Trade Center

After a few photography trips to the Brooklyn Bridge, I realized how easy it was to also explore Manhattan. More importantly I realized how close the World Trade Center was to the bridge. This opened up so many different outlets for me to grow as a photographer.

I only wish I would have started to these adventures while growing up as a teenager. But, there’s no time for regrets they say, starting somewhere is always better than not starting at all, right?

This little trip definitely helped give me a better perspective on what the city can offer you. There’s something special about all the loud honking horns, sirens, foot traffic, smell, you name it. The city takes a serious hold of you. But in a good way. As overwhelming as it seems,  it’s still so addicting.

The chaotic nature NYC provides, allowed me to view the city in a hole new light. It was one of the first times I’ve taken a walk around the city alone. I found myself near the Financial District and World Trade Center, poking my head around corners, staring up into the sky trying to find some fun lookup shots of each building.

To my surprise, depending on where you stand under the One World Trade Center you’ll notice the building looks like a modern day metal pyramid. We should thank the architects at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. They did an incredible job designing and building such a structure with great depth and dimension.

Hope you enjoy some of the images I took while walking the city.

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No Time like the Present to Take Photos

No Time like the Present to Take Photos

They say it’s hard to capture a good photo midday when there’s so much harsh light. Who’s to judge really? Who makes the rules? I say you do! It’s your art, don’t let the next person tell you how it’s suppose to look.

I got to test this theory out in Dumbo Brooklyn. Met up with a friend to take some photos around 12pm, sun shinning, almost no clouds in the sky, but who cares … photography is about having fun and the enjoyment of capturing moments.

We have to remember, moments do not only happen at dusk to sunset, or golden hour. Yes, lights kisses surfaces at the perfect angle during these hours, but it doesn’t mean it’s the only times we’re able to create incredible or memorable images.

So take your camera out wherever and whenever you feel. There’s millions of people out there who will love your style and perspective so don’t worry about the ones that don’t.

Take a look at the extra images from the test to see what fun you can have if you forget about what other people think are good images or not.

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The Storm of Storms

The Storm of Storms

I got to witness my first legit lightning storm and I didn’t even have to go storm chasing for it! A quick walk out onto the balcony, set up my tripod and put my camera on self timer / long exposure’d away.

Never before have I had the opportunity to be in such a great place to photograph a lightning storm before. I got so lucky with timing and place. The storm went on for about 45 minutes, streaks of lightning crawling through the sky, thunder vibrating the walls. So insane how incredible nature can be. Maybe I’ll become a storm chaser for a bit? What do you think?

It might be a great way for me to travel even more and build up my photography skills. The experience would be priceless!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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A Burning Sky in Montreal

A Burning Sky in Montreal

I’ve always said Montreal has some of the most amazing sunsets. Almost every night you will find the skies burning with light in the most peaceful way. For some reason the sun loves to paint the sky with these incredible colors. I’m sure it has something to do with being up north, but my goodness, you’d be hard pressed to walk outside and not find the sun burning through some amazing cloud cover.

In the photo, I headed over to Parc de la Cité-du-Havre right across from the Old Port of Montreal and found this amazing little place where you can see the entire cityscape of downtown. Such an great view as the sun started creeping down towards the horizon.

Hopefully as I continue my journey into travel photography I will end up in the north and everywhere in between to find more of these beauties. Would love to know more top spots where I can witness more of mother nature like this.

Enjoy the extra photographs I captured during this adventure around the park!

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Sunsets with Lollipops

Sunsets with Lollipops

We really don’t need to travel far and wide to capture photographs that speak to us. It could be as simple as taking a walk in your neighborhood park, or even your backyard. We need to start viewing our surroundings in their most intimate forms, up close and personal, finding the romantic details of every scene. Eventually it’s easy to find any type of beauty to capture with our cameras.

It doesn’t always have to be about the big picture. Lets try to tell an elegant story with as little information in an image as possible.

So I went out with this in mind as I walked around Syracuse Reservoir during an awesome sunset. The colors through the sky reflected so nicely through the dandelions growing in the fields. Crouching down real close to the ground allowed me to enjoy an insects perspective on life. Makes you realize how small we are in this big world.

Enjoy the extra set of images to go along with the adventure we had on the hills.

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The Ever-Greens

The Ever-Greens

Many times it doesn’t even matter where you end up on your travels. If you look around you can easily find gorgeous scenery to take some photos of. We end up online most of the time thinking we have to travel far and wide for those incredible locations, forgetting there’s plenty to see in our own backyard.

Lake Placid is one of those places. Amazing rolling hills, nice road side places to stop off to get nature photography shots. There’s streams, rivers, and lakes all over the place. You’d be hard-pressed not to create some stunning images in a place like this.

Just remember, the grass is always greener wherever you decided to water it. Lets not spend all our time fantasizing over needing those far a wide travel vacations, when we haven’t exhausted on closer options.

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City Fairytale

City Fairytale

So, it’s possible for me to wake up at any time, but I don’t recommend it. It’s such a struggle for me these days to get up and going, especially when I don’t have anything urgent to get to. All-in-all I definitely need to at least do this for some amazing sunrise photography. While in Montreal I frequently went on some bike adventures way early in the morning to catch sunrise. Very much worth it. Leads me to thinking I should continue this trend.

One day it will become a habit of mine. But not just yet haha. I tried it a few times while visiting my cousin in Jersey City, for some cool rooftop sunrise shots. Forcing myself to get up so early was pretty easy, but was even easier to just jump back into bed once finished!

The view was absolutely incredible though, so I can’t complain one bit. You get up there and see a full 360 degree panoramic view from the Empire State Building over to the World Trade Center and Statue of Liberty. And all the way around. So amazing.

Take a look at some of the extra shots I took while up there. I hope you enjoy.

Do you have trouble getting up in the am to start your day, or are you so used to it already? Let me know in the comments.

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Clear as Day

Clear as Day

Mid-last year (2016), I took a trip back up to Montreal for a friend’s birthday and was lucky enough to book a hotel right smack downtown. Obviously I tried to take advantage, with a few really nice walks / photography trips through Old Montreal and the streets near McGill College.

There’s always tons of people enjoying the outdoors, even during the worst of weather. I guess they’ve gotten used the extremes already, haha. But yea, there are many amazing sites to see throughout McGill College Avenue, Saint Catherine, Saint Lauren, Mount Royal and so much more. It’s just a matter of  having the time to visit each place on your travels!

I can’t wait for the next time I’m back up there for some cool adventures and photo makings. Hope you enjoy this set of images as much as I do.

Ahhh, memories 🙂

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Manhattan: The City of Gotham

Manhattan: The City of Gotham

I suppose you can say this shot was on my “bucket list.” A shot we’ve all seen millions of times. It’s pretty easy to find (Located in Dumbo Brooklyn along the pier), but 100% doesn’t matter how many are out there. This one is mine! Allll mine!

But seriously, I traveled down to Brooklyn specifically for this type of long exposure shot of Manhattan. It was the first time I’ve visited this spot after finding out it existed a few weeks before. Timing seemed so perfect though. There were just enough cloud cover that would allow me to capture some amazing streaks without blowing it out of proportion.

Looking back, I totally would change a few things, as I was just learning how to use my 16mm FujiFilm lens, but I’m still 100% stoked about my results.

Enjoy the extra photos I took on my adventures there.

You can also check out the Phoenix of Manhattan variation.

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Respect

Respect

Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge is an incredible site to see. All the people, the panoramic views, the noise, you really can’t beat it. I was lucky enough to turn around and see a fellow photographer kneeling down to take a shot of the arches. It’s been a ton of fun just walking around for hours, finding cool images to make and people to see.

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