Customer Spotlight – Harriet Bowen Mahabir

 

Welcome to our fifteenth Bergen County Camera Customer Spotlight. This monthly posting features a customer who’s made an impression on us. They might have grown in their understanding of photography, gained a mastery of the craft and / or have become a strong advocate of our way of doing business in the world of photography. During the next month you will see this customer’s images displayed on our digital signs in store, in our emails, blog posts and social media.  

Harriet Bowen Mahabir is our customer spotlight for the month of August. We hope you both enjoy and are inspired by this new addition to In Focus and look forward to your comments and suggestions. Below you will find a word from Harriet, followed by some of her images in the gallery below.

I have lived in the state of NY my entire life, the first thirty years in Harlem and currently in Rockland County. I am retired and living the good life visiting with family and friends and exploring new activities and places that I did not have time for when I was younger.

My love for photography happened in the era of Kodak brownie cameras and flash cubes and film SLR’s. My interest in Photography waned for a few years.

Then it happened, I had a casual conversation with a someone and I was complaining about the lack of small camera store that would answer questions about photography. They recommend that I try Bergen County camera in Westwood, NJ. That first visit changed a lot. Though not a beginner some of my skills were rusty. I took a couple of their courses in photography and I was revitalized. They also offer Trips, Free focus sessions and have a wonderful staff.

The last three years have given me such joy. I get to explore new places and share with others.

Free Saturday Focus Sessions – August Schedule

Focus sessions are Free and take place in our store from 9:30 am – 10:15 am. Focus Sessions are mini classes and discussions and classes about photography. All sessions will allow for questions and answers. Please bring your camera and any images along that you have questions about. Please share your thoughts for future focus sessions in the comment box below.

No RSVP necessary – Free for everyone – Please bring a friend!


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Here’s our upcoming Focus Sessions:

August 4th – Urban Backyard with Alan Schwab

August 11th – Take a Walk with Skweegee

August 18th – Car Shows with Keli

August 25th – TBA

 

These are free events – bring a friend along if you’d like.

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Customer Spotlight – Herb Benkel

 

Welcome to our fourteenth Bergen County Camera Customer Spotlight. This monthly posting features a customer who’s made an impression on us. They might have grown in their understanding of photography, gained a mastery of the craft and / or have become a strong advocate of our way of doing business in the world of photography. During the next month you will see this customer’s images displayed on our digital signs in store, in our emails, blog posts and social media.  

Herb Benkel is our customer spotlight for the month of July. We hope you both enjoy and are inspired by this new addition to In Focus and look forward to your comments and suggestions. Below you will find a word from Herb, followed by some of his images in the gallery below.

I became excited about photography in 1960 when my brother came home from Japan with a Nikon S2. It was the most beautiful piece of technology I had seen. 

I went on to study photography at Brooklyn College, and received a Masters Degree in photography. I taught art and photography at an Art and Design High School for 5 years, in the early 70’s. When I became dissatisfied with the New York City bureaucracy, I left to attend Dental School at NYU. I later became an Endodontist, but I also never retreated from the pursuit of photography. 

I moved into Bergen County in 1980 after starting a practice in Fort Lee in 1978. I then began my second teaching career at Hackensack University Medical Center, where I still teach Endodontics to the 18 dental residents there each year.

The early 80’s is also the time I found Bergen County Camera. There I was able to surround myself with enthusiasts that were passionate about photography. Between the employees and dedicated clients who hang around the store, I have found a source of inspiration, as well as a vendor for great cameras and supplies. 
Today, I count all those of the Bergen Camera family as friends.

Alan’s Guide to Shooting Fireworks

How to Shoot Fireworks

  1. Use the bulb setting available in manual (M), see tip 17 for the finale’!
  2. Use a low ISO 100-200
  3. No long exposure noise reduction, high ISO NR can stay on, but it’s not needed
  4. F8-F11
  5. Use auto white balance
  6. No mirror lock up
  7. Use infinity focus, switch to manual focus, tape the lens focus ring @ infinity. Some lenses are not marked. Test focus in manual at farthest subject your lens can resolve sharply.
  8. O D lighting or auto lighting optimizer, these control contrast and brightness.
  9. Vivid color mode, leave saturation at normal, landscape (picture style) for Canon uses.
  10. IS-VR off, since you will be on a tripod.
  11. Metering: use matrix or evaluative
  12. Note: you will not have to meter anything for shooting (F11, ISO 100, bulb = done)
  13. Tripod, short zoom lens 18-70mm, 24-70mm, 18-105mm and a cable release (no need to lock)
  14. Tripod will possibly need to be repositioned (tilted etc) once the show starts. I’ll shoot vertical more often than horizontal.
  15. Vary zoom length for composition
  16. Fire the shutter (with a cable release) hold rather than lock. Hold for multiple bursts 2-8 or maybe more. Check the monitor, exposures should average 2-4 or 4-7 seconds, and can even be as long as 8-15 seconds. Disregard the histogram.
  17. Finale’ shots need to happen quickly in manual mode, burst or continuous 1 second, ½ second, ¼ second, 1/8 second, 1/10 second, 1/25 second, 1/30 second. These shorts can be blown out if taken for longer time periods (such as with bulb). Still maintain the F number 8-11.
  18. JPEGS or Raw? Raw is not necessary unless you feel a need to recover highlights. Shoot JPEG or raw together, or JPEG alone. Use a fast card for recovery of write speed times. Raw will offer a bit more color information too.
  19. Bring extra cards, batteries, and a mini flashlight. The show may be 30 minutes to an hour long. Be careful about inserting memory cards in the dark.
  20. Add an element of scenic interest in your picture. Bridges, skylines, crowds, etc

Free Saturday Focus Sessions – July Schedule

Focus sessions are Free and take place in our store from 9:30 am – 10:15 am. Focus Sessions are mini classes and discussions and classes about photography. All sessions will allow for questions and answers. Please bring your camera and any images along that you have questions about. Please share your thoughts for future focus sessions in the comment box below.

No RSVP necessary – Free for everyone – Please bring a friend!


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Here’s our upcoming Focus Sessions:

June 30th – Skyline Meetup Trip Photo Review

July 7th – Beach Photography

July 14th – Photo Assignment (Due July 28th)

July 21st – Focusing Hints

July 28th – Photo Assignment Review

 

These are free events – bring a friend along if you’d like.

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Customer Spotlight – Nicki Bosch

Welcome to our thirteenth Bergen County Camera Customer Spotlight. This monthly posting features a customer who’s made an impression on us. They might have grown in their understanding of photography, gained a mastery of the craft and / or have become a strong advocate of our way of doing business in the world of photography. During the next month you will see this customer’s images displayed on our digital signs in store, in our emails, blog posts and social media.  

Nicki Bosch is our customer spotlight for the month of June. We hope you both enjoy and are inspired by this new addition to In Focus and look forward to your comments and suggestions. Below you will find a word from Nicki, followed by some of her images in the gallery below.

Nicki Granata Bosch is a natural light photographer specializing in fine art dance portraiture. She learned photography as a journalism student at Ohio State University but didn’t start shooting regularly until she had children. 

Though she started working professionally in family photography, she developed a passion for shooting dancers while photographing her daughters in ballet class.

She now shoots pre-professionals and professionals regularly in New Jersey and New York City including dancers from American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey, Boston Ballet, and other companies.

Nicki credits Bergen County Camera’s knowledgeable staff for always steering her in the right direction in terms of equipment and techniques for capturing the shots she has in her head. “I come in with a vision, and after discussing it with the staff at BCC, I always have the right tips and tools for bringing that vision to life with my camera,” Nicki says. 

Her dance work can be found on instagram @nickiboschphotography and Facebook at Facebook.com/nickiboschphotography and her website www.nickiboschphotography.com

Free Saturday Focus Sessions – June Schedule

Focus sessions are Free and take place in our store from 9:30 am – 10:15 am. Focus Sessions are mini classes and discussions and classes about photography. All sessions will allow for questions and answers. Please bring your camera and any images along that you have questions about. Please share your thoughts for future focus sessions in the comment box below.

No RSVP necessary – Free for everyone – Please bring a friend!


Hit the “Like Button” to let your friends know. Have suggestions for future focus sessions? Feel free to leave a comment.

Here’s our upcoming Focus Sessions:

 

June 2nd – Mirrorless Day and Panel Discussion

June 9th – Metering Modes Explained

June 16th – Highline Trip Photo Review

June 23rd – Botanical Gardens Trip Photo Review

June 30th – Skyline Meetup Trip Photo Review

 

These are free events – bring a friend along if you’d like.

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Free Saturday Focus Sessions – May Schedule

Focus sessions are Free and take place in our store from 9:30 am – 10:15 am. Focus Sessions are mini classes and discussions and classes about photography. All sessions will allow for questions and answers. Please bring your camera and any images along that you have questions about. Please share your thoughts for future focus sessions in the comment box below.

No RSVP necessary – Free for everyone – Please bring a friend!


Hit the “Like Button” to let your friends know. Have suggestions for future focus sessions? Feel free to leave a comment.

Here’s our upcoming Focus Sessions:

 

 

April 28th – Dr. Daniel Spitzer Presents “Time and Motion”

May 5th – Eastern State Penitentiary Trip Photo Review

May 12th – Making Mom Famous

May 19th – Shooting in Manual

May 26th – Walk Westwood with Your Camera

These are free events – bring a friend along if you’d like.

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Customer Spotlight – Leo Collins

Welcome to our twelfth Bergen County Camera Customer Spotlight. This monthly posting features a customer who’s made an impression on us. They might have grown in their understanding of photography, gained a mastery of the craft and / or have become a strong advocate of our way of doing business in the world of photography. During the next month you will see this customer’s images displayed on our digital signs in store, in our emails, blog posts and social media.  

Leo Collins is our customer spotlight for the month of March – April. We hope you both enjoy and are inspired by this new addition to In Focus and look forward to your comments and suggestions. Below you will find a word from Leo, followed by some of his images in the gallery below.

Leo F. Collins, a River Edge resident, has held senior executive corporate positions at leading Aerospace and Technology firms for over 50 years.  

He now consults to technology start up firms throughout the tri-state area.  He serves on the Technology Advisory Board of the New Jersey Economic Development Agency and is active in many different roles as an alumnus at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Photography has always been a passion for Leo starting with his help in forming a Photography Club in high school.  The passion has provided him with the opportunity to capture extraordinary images in many different settings from living and extensive travel all over the world.  An important role in recent years is photographing the Bergen County Police Pipes and Drums. Also, a major part of his work involves photographing the gardens in Vermont developed by his good friend Dr. Robert Forte and FDU basketball .

A major stimulus for Leo has been the guidance, encouragement and support provided by Bergen County Camera in Westwood.  Paul Carretta, Bob and Tom Gramegna and staff have embedded in Leo a love of photography that encourages him  to take on new and important challenges all designed to make you a better photographer. – Bergen Camera creates opportunity to improve your skills-  and Leo is very thankful the interaction with Bergen Camera has become  an important part of his life with new friendships and providing increased confidence that you have  the Bergen team with you as you face new photographic adventures. The support, encouragement and friendship provided by the Bergen County Camera organization is of immeasurable value and never to be forgotten.

I am very thankful of  having Bergen Camera a part of my life and for this recognition . I certainly am striving to be a better photographer and still have a long way to go but have with the BCC association the support and assurance to achieve that goal.

 I tell my stories in photography- In doing so I fulfilled one of my important dreams. I have much to be thankful for.

 

I thought it would be interesting, to tell a brief story through my photography  related to the  tragic day of September 11th, 2001.

The photos displayed were taken from the New York Waterway’s vessel, Yankee Clipper in the company of my daughter, Lisa O’Keefe and grand daughter Katharine  O’Keefe, en-route to a New York Yankees Game .

It was a beautiful Friday evening  in September, and I was enjoying the joy  of being with family while taking in  the beautiful view of our national treasures  here in our magnificent city.  I was fortunate to capture some great photos of the World Trade Center and sailboats on the Hudson.

 I took many photos that evening, but one sailboat grabbed my attention, and  I took a photo of it with the Towers in the background.   I noticed the USCG  sailboat number  and  able to trace its ownership,  I found out it was a retired U.S. Navy racer named Grilla.

I shared the photo with its owner, as it was a photo taken on the Friday evening of September 7th, 2001, four days before our peace and joy

were shattered, to never be the same again.

And now rising  majestically is the Freedom Tower in honor of those lost that faithful day and displayed  here in a photograph taken  on a quiet Sunday morning in the spring  from the grounds of Castle  Point at Stevens  Institute of Technology.

Views  that will never grow old and stay in our memories forever.

   

 

Leo F. Collins   February , 2018