Shooting Hoops in NYC
Summer Saturday afternoon in the city. Not Madison Square Gardens but just as good if not better! Down on the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 4th St crowds gather to watch local basketball teams compete for points. The couple in the final shot called out to me as I walked past "hey take our picture, get some crazy New York people!" How could I possible say no! And here's to crazy New York people everywhere, thank you! . . . . .
Great pics. Gotta take the camera out.
Yes please Tom! You gotta take your camera out, can’t wait to see but meanwhile your words more than make a good picture!
you’re so lucky!
Yes, I am lucky! Your visit here took me back to yours – Wow!
. . . .and thank you!
I mean you was in right place and right time to got invited to shoot these guys, incerdible
Don’t you just love it when that happens! 🙂
Fantastic shots, Patti! The fourth is particularly brilliant – really iconic.
Thank you Richard, he definitely stood out! I’m not even a big basketball fan but the energy and excitement there might just have converted me!
the expressions adds more power to the images 🙂
Thanks Joshi! They had the passion to go with the power!
So much action going on moment by moment!
That couple shot…..priceless!
I felt so feeble in the shadow of such action . . .
and that couple, they were great fun!
These are fabulous, PK! I went there when in NYC expecting to see people playing, but it was the middle of winter and the court was covered in snow. Derr! What a dunderhead I am sometimes!
Your shots have filled a gap for me. They are excellent. x
Well Ms Evans, you are just going to have to come back again! A big hat, under the shady trees, out of high summer . . . you can do it!
Extraordinary work, shots that capture interesting faces, has a good eye to find the best pictures of NY.
Carlos, I love that you call this “work” (I wish, let alone extraordinary -thank you!) but I have to be honest about how much fun it is and how much I appreciate the kindness of strangers in putting up with me!
I once wrote: We bloggers are of the same wood, we like art, photography, literature and try many things to show.
Some great faces in there Patti … intensity and experience both.
They love their basketball!
Great set of photos!
Thank you CG, it was a fun time!
Wow Patti… these shots are fantastic!!!!
Thank you Paula, they were such good sports!
great sport shots, Patti!
Frizz, this is as close as I get to sport . . .
Amazing shots Patti! The intensity is palpable!
They were all playing to win! Thank you Madhu!
I seen mixed emotions here Patti , Great choices of subject about photography Thanks for sharing 🙂
Mixed emotions for sure Jake, they don’t like losing!
This is why NYC is a cool place to be. Great shots. You captured the exciting moment , even the amazing smiles!
Thank you IT! We get our cool where we can!
Brilliant work, Ms. K! These really make me miss basketball… when I was back in ND my friends and I used to play all the time! We weren’t really very good, but that was all part of the fun (unless I was loosing at the time, of course)! 😉
Oh, it’s always sad when change brings an end to a fun routine, even if we aren’t aware of it being such a routine at the time. Thanks SiG and I hope you get to bounce the basketball again soon!
Great shots, Patti. It’s wonderful when you can wander around with your camera and become so unobtrusive people forget they’re under the lens. Love the couple’s invitation – did they take you for a tourist, do you think?
Thank you WLG! I am surprised, over and over again, at how willing people are to be photographed, unobtrusively and otherwise. Plus the digital camera has the advantage of being able to show the shot to someone straight away.
As for the couple’s invitation, they were having a crazy time together before I came along so whether or not they took me for a tourist I shall never know. Maybe they did but I didn’t talk to them, not with the mouth full of dental dressing that was in place at the time. Or perhaps, it has just occurred to me now, they thought I didn’t speak English!!!
That’s a thought!
First shot; phenominal!
These players gave true meaning to that word – awesome!
I just had to come back to see this shot.
Excellent sports shots Patti – love the facial expressions you’ve captured 🙂
I take this as a personal accolade from you Martin – the sports shot maestro! Here’s to an excellent season for Wingate & Finchley FC with generous best wishes from someone who once lived in the armpit of …. mighty Wimbledon! Now Wimbledon AFC!
Thanks Patti – I have my fingers crossed. We will be visiting Wimbledon AFC’s ground during the season because they share with Kingstonian 🙂
These are fabulous! Really pro —
The faces! The character shots tell a whole story in the one moment. Concentration, dedication, grim resolve —
And that adorable couple! Their smile lights up the world —
You have even outdone yourself.
Thank you so much Judith, you have summed up the story beautifully! And they were all such great fun!
Love the facial expressions on #3 and #4. Good stuff.
Thank you Jim, they were serious about their fun!
A handful of very nice shots, Patti. I really like seeing how you play with all kinds of different subjects on this blog. But I guess New York is a great place for exactly that – which is one reason why I have always enjoyed spending time there. The last picture is so typical of the energy in New York. Great work – as always.
Thank you Otto for your very kind words! I read a post recently, How to Define Your Photography Style and my immediate reaction was “ouch” . . . surely there is a world of difference between a personal blog and a professional portfolio?
I would love to see what your keen eye makes of NY and I am so pleased you enjoy time here in this city where you never have to venture too far for diversity.