Photographing Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall has been extensively photographed so it was my aim to depict the space not from the view of a benefactor but from the perspective of the Average Joe’s seat. This presents a number of challenges seeing as though the stage is brightly lit and the seating is almost completely darkened during a performance. Great care was taken to blend multiple exposures in such a way that preserves the look and feel of concert lighting while still highlighting details throughout the image.

Photographed on the Sony A9 and Sony FE 24-70 f/2.8.

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Photographing Mikowsky Hall

Manhattan School of Music is a conservatory located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood in New York City. We begin a project to photograph many of the spaces within the campus beginning with the intimate Soloman Gadles Mikowsky Recital Hall, named after a revered professor of piano at the school who donated money for the space.

Located high on the SE corner of the building, the room receives natural light throughout the day. There is a serenity to the space which is unable to be captured in a single exposure as depicted by the second image below. Through a process of combining a number of frames, we were able to generate a final result which preserves the concert goers impression of the lovely hall.

Photographed with the Sony A7r III & Canon 24mm TS-E.

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