Curt Rosner Photography: Blog en-us (C) Curt Rosner Photography (Curt Rosner Photography) Sun, 22 Apr 2018 17:50:00 GMT Sun, 22 Apr 2018 17:50:00 GMT Curt Rosner Photography: Blog 87 120 "Piering" At The Pacific I'll admit....I am fascinated with piers. It doesn't matter the size, shape, color or location, I simply love photographing piers. The image below was made on Manhattan Beach in California in the late afternoon as the sun was setting. I took a bunch of shots where I set up alongside of the pier but my favorites, by far, were the ones captured underneath. I generally avoid symmetrical compositions but this is one of those instances where symmetry is a must. The photograph below is from that afternoon of shooting. I really like the ethereal glow of the sun against the supports of the pier and how it highlights the texture of the columns.


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The Essence of Youth...... In my mind, there is no other image in my portfolio that captures the essence of youth like the one below. This is another instance of serendipity entering into the photographic experience and I just love when this happens.  This image was captured on the tiny island of Burano, which lies just off of the coast of Venice, Italy.  While walking along a street of brightly colored buildings, I noticed 2 very young girls playing and laughing in front of me. With camera in hand, I focused on these kids hoping for a nice composition to develop in my viewfinder. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, another young girl skips past me and turns down the alleyway that is right next to me. As she turned, I followed her with my camera and only had enough time to click off 3 frames. The photo below is the only one that came out and boy did I feel lucky when I viewed the photos on my computer later that evening. The negative space of the shadow and the blue wall create a frame of the girl. The light beautifully accentuates the flowing dress and what a coincidence that the color of the dress actually matches the blue wall perfectly. The crumbling area of the wall adds a dimension of timelessness. The skipping and bouncing hair of the girl creates such a wonderful carefree vibe. Whenever I view this image, the feeling always be young again!!!


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When Serendipity Strikes..... Decisions need to be made when contemplating making a photograph....where to shoot, what to include in the composition, the angle, best time of the day, etc. Making photographs requires planning and thought.....OK, there's a big BUT coming! BUT, most of my favorite images in my portfolio were not planned at all but rather the result of pure serendipity...just plain being at the right place at the right time. The image below is a perfect example. I had planned a shot in New York City. I wanted to photograph the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan as the sun was setting and then into the "blue hour". I also wanted to shoot at this time so that my photograph included the lights on on the bridge and in Manhattan. In order to capture the image the way I had envisioned, I needed to shoot from halfway across the Manhattan Bridge. I began my walk across the Manhattan Bridge very late in the afternoon so that I had enough time to set up and be prepared as the sun dipped below Manhattan. I wasn't more than 100 yards into the walk when this remarkable scene appeared to the right and below me. Wow! I was not expecting this composition. It turned out that the sun was in the perfect spot as well, bathing the scene in perfect lighting. I've titled this image, "Rooftop Graffiti" for obvious reasons. Here you go:



Here is the photograph that was actually planned for that evening:


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Tranquility at Matheson I woke up early this morning and decided to make good use of this great time of the year in Miami. I headed out to Matheson Hammock Park with Tracy for some sunrise shooting. I have photographed here so many times that I decided to find something with a little different perspective. While walking around the edge of the water, I found this palm frond which I thought might make an interesting foreground, especially once the sun cast its glow across the water. The palm frond gave off a beautiful warm ethereal glow as the sun peered over the horizon casting its light across the water. I also like the curve of the water's edge as it creates a long leading line bringing you through the image.


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A Morning of the Equinox This is the weekend of the Equinox. During the Equinox, the sun rises through the middle of the boat basin at The Charles Deering Estate. This was sheer genius on the part of the architect of the Deering Estate if you ask me! I got up early this morning with Tracy and ran over to Deering for a sunrise shoot. It was a beautiful morning as the air was crisp and there was beautiful color on the horizon. Here is one of the images from this morning's shoot and I hope it helps to make your day.

A Morning of the Equinox

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Historical Courtroom 6-1: A Miami-Dade Landmark While aimlessly searching the internet recently, I came across an article that discussed the Miami-Dade County Courthouse. It caught my attention and I began to read about the fascinating history of this building. It was first opened to the public in 1928 and towered over every other building in Miami at that time. In fact, it was the tallest building south of Baltimore when it was built. As I read further, I became intrigued with the most famous courtroom that resides in the building, Courtroom 6-1. This courtroom was the venue for some very notable trials in the history of our country. In 1930, Al "Scarface" Capone was tried for perjury and was found innocent. In 1933, Guiseppe Zangara, who attempted to assassinate  President-elect Franklin Roosevelt at Miami's Bayfront Park, was tried in this courtroom and sentenced to 80 years in prison. Judge Collins, who presided over these two cases, was tried in Courtroom 6-1 in 1935 for bribery and embezzlement.  As I read further, I learned that a restoration project took place several years ago and 6-1 was restored to its original regal appearance.  Well, this is all that I needed to read and I put the wheels in motion to visit and photograph 6-1. The courtroom is open to the public, but in order to photograph...well, I found there were a number of hoops that I had to jump through for this opportunity. It took some time to go through the right channels to gain access to the courtroom for photographing, but I was able to do so last week and off I went. Here are a few images from my trip to Courtroom 6-1:




My take: Although I'm not an attorney, I was certainly able to appreciate the beauty and elegance of the courtroom. The attention to detail sets this apart from most courtrooms in Miami-Dade County. The plaster walls, candelabras, ornate beams and detailed millwork all fuse together to create an impressive judicial setting where one can just feel that justice will prevail. Don't you love the juxtaposition of the computer monitor on Judge Jennifer Bailey's bench which is surrounded by the very traditional classic motif?


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8 Most Instagram Worthy Spots In Miami Sunrise in Pink at Deering EstateSunrise in Pink at Deering Estate


I was recently contacted by The Loews Hotel on Miami Beach to collaborate and provide them with content for a post to their blog on the most Instagram worthy spots in Miami. I was flattered by the offer and went to work right away. The post was just published so check it out..... 

The Loews Hotel Miami Beach--8 Most Instagram Worthy Spots in Miami

Enjoy Veterans Day Weekend!






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In the Words of the Beatles...Here Comes the Sun..... I felt motivated this morning and headed over to Deering Estate to shoot the sunrise. Today was not an ordinary sunrise, though, as this is the time for the September equinox. Magically, the sun rises right in the center of the boat basin in the back of Deering Estate (something tells me this is no coincidence....) during the equinox. Here is one of my images from this morning. You just can't beat a great sunrise to start your day..... 


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Acorn Street at Dusk While in Boston this past July, I sought out a few photo opportunities that were off the beaten path of most visitors. I've posted one of my favorite findings below. This is Acorn Street.... a narrow cobblestone residential street in the Beacon Hill area of Boston. You certainly don't find streets like this in my hometown of Miami! I think that the yellow cast from the incandescent street lamps creates a beautiful ethereal glow. Shooting this image from a low position and keeping the cobblestone street in the center of the image brings your eye all the way down the street. Shooting this during the blue hour provides a cool feeling that plays off of the artificial lighting quite well. Those are my insights about the image. What are your thoughts?


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Samuel Beckett Bridge in Colors One of the first images on my list to capture in Dublin was the Samuel Beckett Bridge during the blue hour. Well, what you see in this post is the result. The Liffey River runs through the eastern part of Dublin and there are a series of bridges along the river that connect both sides of the city. The Samuel Beckett Bridge is one of the most unique of all of the bridges. The bridge itself is a very modern structure and I think that a photograph of this bridge must also include the very modern convention centre. The convention centre is the building with the neon lights seen through the support structure of the bridge. I slowed down the shutter speed and timed the picture so as to capture the streak of the car lights, and, in doing so, created a sense of motion in the image. As far as timing that night...well, let's just say I didn't quite do my homework. Sunset was at around 10 PM that evening so I arrived at location around 9:00 to set up. It was in the month of June and not only was sunset late, but the blue hour was even later than normal. The blue hour finally arrived about an hour and a half after sunset and I began shooting well over two hours after arriving.....I think it was worth the wait!


Samuel Beckett Bridge in ColorsSamuel Beckett Bridge in Colors

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Manhattan Painted in Blue This is a photograph that was on my bucket list to capture for many years. I was finally able to cross it off of the list in the summer of 2016. The evening was perfect with a very gentle breeze and no one in my surroundings. When I see this image, I am immediately reminded of the tranquility of that evening. I set up the shot and began clicking away and I recall feeling that this was the only place to be on earth at that moment in time. I think that the blue cast in the photograph really helps to create this incredibly peaceful mood. This is one of my favorite images of Ne York City. 



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The Long Room-Magic in Dublin, Ireland As I entered this remarkable place, I had to put down the camera gear and just gaze at the grandeur of my surroundings. I had seen many photos of The Long Room prior to my visit but, quite frankly, photos just don't do this space justice. This is simply one of those places that one must experience in real life. The first thing that impressed me wasn't actually the length of the room but rather its perfect symmetry. The beautiful warm side lighting from each row of bookshelves was the next thing that made this such a special room. The Long Room did present some challenges as far as photographing. The length of the room, the dark ceiling, the strong side lighting all contributed in making this a difficult image to make. 

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