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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Pool Table

The Pool Table
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
Billiards anybody?

This model from Queens, NY shows her skillz "on the table", here at a local bar in Philly

(clik on the image to see the larger versions of this shot)


Model and cigarette

Model and cigarette
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
As I was taking this picture of this model, I specifically told her that I was going to convert it to a Black n White image.

She really didn't seem to mind .... as she slowly enjoyed another drag.......

You can see the larger version by clicking on the image.


Monday, March 30, 2009

Planting Thoughts

This shot was taken during the Mix n Mingle portion of a Calendar Model Shoot last evening
I had a chance to "mingle" with some of the beautiful models in attendance there.
These two beautiful models traveled from Queens, New York, just to be in the house...here in Philly
I assured both ladies their trip would not be in vain.... and I would feature them here in THE URBAN PERSPECTIVE .... to which they agreed :)
Click here to VIEW ON BLACK

or ....... if you need something more ....click here for the Model & Cigarette

Had enough ? ......

GO....... " Get A GRIP!! "

...images that plant thoughts in your head :)


Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
This image was shot yesterday.
There was a sudden hail storm in the Philadelphia area .
I had just enough battery power left in my camera, from constant use this past weekend on various gigs.
I snapped this one shortly after everything had subsided.
It was the sunset peeking through the stormy clouds that caught my eye as I walked into the back room of the house.

Be sure to click right on the image to see this larger.


It's OK to Pick at it !!

..... if you play the guitar LOL!!

We ...."pick" things apart here!! LOL!!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Get A Grip !!

Get A Grip !!
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
I wanted to BLOG a few shots from last evening's event at Scruffy's Irish Pub
in N.E. Philadelphia.
It was a Brooks Group/Franklin Bridge Productions for a Calendar Model Search. Do contact them to produce your event as well.

These are just a couple of the images from the evening's event
Click here to VIEW ON BLACK, or click on the other two images to see the larger versions
Everybody had a blast !!

Now GET A GRIP !!! unless you need
more Ideas (click on)


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Get On Board

Get On Board
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
(click on image to see the larger versions)
Aspiring Model Stefan Andre contacted me via one of my Craigslist Ads I posted online for my photography services
He explained that he needed to start building a portfolio now that he's back in the modeling industry.
Stefan is from the West Chester , Pa area.
We coordinated a shoot out in West Chester, Pa, and our first location shoot was in the old railyards of the West Chester Pa Rail co.
The gentlemen in charge there gave us unrestricted access to shoot in the railyard.
This is one of a couple hundred shots we photogged that day. Other location was in one of the well known parks out in the area.
I wanted to start uploading some of these images, not only to give Stefan greater exposure, but also to showcase some of my talent for any prospective clients.
From a photog's point of view, Stefan is a great guy to work with and would be an asset to your fashion campaign. So do consider hiring him. Contact him by clicking on his link here :
Model : Stefan Andre
I will upload more images and try to keep this post updated with newer shots as time permits.
View the larger version of this image here : VIEW ON BLACK

psst......need some half way decent shots?

Why not Get on Board here......... THE URBAN PERSPECTIVE

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

His Blog Just Took Off :)

Click on the image if you want to see the larger versions

My lens is naturally attracted to class

This could be a GOOD THING ...... if ya got it :)

How u like it so far?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Thing a majooger

A Thing a majooger
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
(Remember to click on the image to see the larger versions of this)
It looks just like how you thought it would......

A Thing a Majooger

It's that thing where you know you need it for something....

It has a name for it, BUT can't be categorized ...cause it really DOESN'T have a name for it...

it's A Thing A Majooger ...........

categorized and tagged here.... ...in THE URBAN PERSPECTIVE
(Dats Gangsta)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Philly's Own : Nadjah

Last month I had the pleasure to hear up and coming
R&B artist Nadjah. Nadjah is from the Philadelphia region and is slowly building a loyal following.

I BLOGGED another image of Nadjah earlier last month and will provide the link to that post.
In this image, I captured Nadjah and executive music producer extraordinaire J Anthony Thompson of JATWorld Productions.
I spoke with Mr. Thompson last evening upon picking him up from the airport , and he informed me of his newest CD project about to drop , featuring a couple tracks from Nadjah.
Please be sure to check out his MySpace to contact him about your musical endeavors.
Also, Nadjah is always looking to showcase her talents, so her management team may be contacted via her MySpace .


Sunday, March 22, 2009

More Bars in More Places

click on the picture to see the larger versions

If you're familar with the AT & T wireless commercial
they always show how many "bars" in some form or another.
Anyways, I shot this the other week in Conshohocken, Pa .

If you know the commercial I mentioned, this will make more sense. I included the link, so click on AT&T to view

Welcome to my network ..... THE URBAN PERSPECTIVE

The Lil Engine .....that Couldn't

Great day out in the West Chester, Pa railyard.
In addition to my client's model shoot , which was shot on location,
managed to take some personal shots.
I want to give a public THANK YOU to the good people working at the West Chester Railroad
They granted us unrestricted access to shoot in the Rail yards.
I'm waiting for my client to update his MySpace, and other social networking accounts, so I can start uploading pics from that day's shoot, and link over to his page(s) so others know how to contact him for hire.


It Tolls for Thee

It Tolls for Thee
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
Shot this in the West Chester, Pa rail yard

I liked the symbolism of the shot... in this old rail yard
(Be sure to view the larger versions by clicking on the mage)

Here's where trains are resurrected...........


Friday, March 20, 2009

'Scuse me While I Kiss the Sky"

Guess I had Jimi on my mind while strolling the bike trail one afternoon at lunch.

Sometimes I like to push the limit in photography, so I'll adjust light metering as well as other parameters to evoke a mood.

Be sure to peep this one in the larger versions by clicking on the image


Traffic Nightmare

Traffic Nightmare
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
Clik the image to see the larger size

Doesn't it look just like this in a nightmare?
It seems as if reality is distorted and you cry out in your sleep for "normalcy" to awaken from the nightmare...and you can't...........
I wanted YOU to experience that moment ..again

but in the comfort of THE URBAN PERSPECTIVE

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Cut To the Chase

Cut To the Chase
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
First things first... or should I say..lets Cut To the Chase.....
You can see this image larger by clicking on it. Gives you more impact when viewed large
Street shot , crouched down on an overpass in Conshohocken, Pa.
To the left of the railing ........ Schuylkill River about 50-60feet down. To the right.... a steady stream of traffic that makes said overpass sway somewhat from the weight of the traffic, and a teeth chattering rumbling that courses the body.
Now throw in a little vertigo... yes, that would be me crouched down on knee composing this shot.
Keepin my equilibrium in check from "nothing" on the left, drone of traffic on the right, and looking to infinity straight down the lens....

"When a clear path is necessary to achieve success, the astute individual will clear the path ...by any means necessary." (Zen chess philosophy..... grasshoppa)


cut to the chase
To get to the matter at hand.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

One on the Ledge

One on the Ledge
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
Guess this is what somebody thought about "ONE" a beverage
distributed by Pepsi.

Still looks almost full (see there, I think optimistic)

You can see the larger versions of this by clicking on the image

I was walking from a parking garage and looked over and saw it
sittin there..

** CLICK **

Its what's going on here ........... THE URBAN PERSPECTIVE

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Google "Gaggle"

Google Gaggle
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
Another one of those playful titles I came up with for this image.

(Be sure to click on the image to see the larger versions on black background)

A "Gaggle" is a group of geese on the ground (I think river or body of water counts as ground as well) I Googled it for you, and provided the link "Gaggle" for more information

I was walking over an overpass in Conshohocken Pa....trying not to let vertigo get the best of me...... and saw small riffs on the river.

Upon zoomin in ..... this is the image I captured...

A "Gaggle"....... Googled...........


Krain View

Krain View
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
A little play on words with a concept
(you'll have to click on the image to see the larger version )
I snapped this one from an overpass in Conshohocken, Pa


Monday, March 16, 2009


Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
"Scene" at the St Patty's Day Parade in Conshohocken, Pa.......

(Click on the image to view the larger versions of it)


There!! .....How's that Ale You !?!

....street shot .... Conshohocken, Pa.

This is a well known (clears throat) "establishment" in that area.

Shot during a St Patty's Day celebration this past weekend.
(view the larger version by clicking on the image)


Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Goose on the River

A Goose on the River
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
I shot this from an overpass this past weekend in West Conshohocken, Pa

I was walking across a bridge that I normally drive over daily.
I looked down and was mesmerized by the reflection of the building on the water.

Now keep in mind I get vertigo really bad when there's water involved. This shot was taken about 50feet above the river on some narrow "path" also served by joggers, bikers, and pedestrians in general .

So once I got my bearings and regained equilibrium , I was able to comp this shot.

The nice surprise was finding the lone goose on the water ,after I downloaded the image from the camera. I would have been content with just the reflection , but the goose is the cherry on top of the cake for this shot .
You can click on the image to see the full impact in various sizes and on a black background.

Yesterday was one of those photog days where everything was "clicking" (no pun intended)

Sometimes me and my lens get in a zone.......

Welcome my friend.... Welcome to THE URBAN PERSPECTIVE

The Irish Flag

The Irish Flag
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
Street shot ... St Patty's Day Parade in Conshohocken, Pa

clik on the photo to see this larger


Beware The Ides of March

Beware The Ides of March
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66

Today is March 15th !!

It is also THEE day known as THE IDES OF MARCH

It is the day synonymous with the soothsayer's infamous warning to Julius Caesar

I shot this a few days ago and had that title already in my head

Beware The Ides of March...........

VIEW ON BLACK (click on it to see it larger)

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Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
I had wrapped up a shoot with a client and pre planned to drive into Conshohocken, Pa for some personal photogging.
Everyday when I drive into work, I see things I wouldn't mind photoggin, but can't being that I'm in a moving vehicle
So yesterday, I thought it would be one of those days where I could drive up there, park, and then walk around in the area.
Lo and behold...... what do I stumble into....
A St Patrick's Day celebration with parade and all!!
This was "music to my eyes" and the potential for some nice shots.
It was a festive occasion, the streets teaming with presumably folks proud of their Irish heritage.
One thing's for sure, and I say this "lovingly" .... The Irish know how to throw a party !!! :)
Be sure to click the image to see the larger versions of this shot
Happy St Patrick's Day to all (even though I'm a couple days early)



Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
Dichotomy... Websters defines it as: a division into two especially mutually exclusive or contradictory groups or entities
That's the first word that came to mind when I framing this one up in my lens
Clik the image to see the larger versions
I was in the area of West Philly known as "The Bottom"
I looked up and saw this....... it kind of looked "out of place"
And then I thought to myself.... maybe it's somebody sending out an SOS to get out of there.

... Welcome my friend ...to THE URBAN PERSPECTIVE

Je Ne Sais Quoi 5

Je Nais Se Quai 5
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
Check out one of my previous posts about "Je Ne Sais Quoi".
You'll hear how it's prounounced and the definition.
Click on the image to see the larger versions and view on black
I was sitting in my car waiting for a client per a contract with THE URBAN PERSPECTIVE and my lens "landed" upon this image
There's a certain "Je Ne-Sais Quoi" (Jay-Nay-Say-Kwa) about it.......

and it's images like these you'll see in THE URBAN PERSPECTIVE

Saturday, March 14, 2009

How IT looks in Tha Bottom

I was in the section of West Philly today known as "THA BOTTOM".
Now all residents...or at least those that "really know" Philly, know that ... it's not a joke down there ......
This is that section of the city where .... even uneasiness is felt from the surrounding buildings..or what remains of them lining the streets
Here's where "Swagga" means... I'm "bout it bout it" or "I'm not"......
Grimy... as the young folk would say.
I was transfixed by this image I snapped....and trust me, I was transfixed by ALOT of things I saw "down there"
clik on the image to see the larger versions


Seaside Chicks

Seaside Chicks
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
Shot down on the Atlantic City Beach last month.
This is one of those shots I originally "overlooked" while sifting through my images.
I tend to photog as many images as possible when I'm out and about...for times like these (when I haven't shot any new images in awhiles...which is a rare occurrence in my world)
I guess this image could fit into a piece of the story I started when I first started posting this series of images.
It was some pseudo Twilight Zone episode ... about a seagull I was photoggin on the beach , and the Bermuda Triangle.
You can click the link (HERE) ..... if you care to follow.


Friday, March 13, 2009

Internet Security

Found an article this morning about Facebook scams at MSN tech reports
I took the following image a couple months ago of one of my old laptops to accompany the story.
This is my solution to the problem of internet security.
You can click the "Internet Security" title of this post (if you're viewing this from my Blog)
to read the story.

I submitted the following image to accompany the story. Yes, this is one of my old laptops, and my solution for Internet security. No hacker ever attempted to break into it again after that ! LOL


Thursday, March 12, 2009


Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
Life can get stressful sometimes.....

...... But I snap right out of it .....

......... once I GET A GRIP !!! ( LOL !! )

you can view the larger version of the image by clicking on it

.... Welcome... to THE URBAN PERSPECTIVE

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Philly Skyline After Dark

This shot wrapped up my day of photoshooting in the city that day.
The Philadelphia Flower Show was in town, and parking was at a premium.
Even my favoritie garage when I go into the city was almost full.
I ended up parking on the rooftop level around 7th & Arch.
What photog in his/her right mind would pass up a shot like this?
Practically unobstructed view of the skyline
If you view the larger size...or even the ORIGINAL size of this image, (by clicking on the image) you will even see ole "Billy Penn" atop of City Hall (the building with the yellow clock in the foreground)
Guess which one is the COMCAST building? Wasn't too hard huh? How did you know automatically... even if you've never been to Philadelphia... which one it was? LOL
Anyways, I had already packed in my camera and lenses.... until I got off the elevator and started walking to my car.
I guess there was a reason I was meant to park on the rooftop that day....... and I finally understood why when I snapped this image.


Da Vinci

Da Vinci
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
His influence was felt even at the Philadelphia Flower Show 2009. The theme this year was Italy.
Here's a replica of the famous Mona Lisa that was displayed there. clik on it to see it larger

It dawned on me after I downloaded the image, that there's an art exhibition going on at the Art Museum , featuring authentic works of renown French artist Paul Cezanne.

I'm starting to sense a trip over there and get crafty with some photography in there. Not often we get world renown exhibitions like that in town.

I'll be sure to bring it to you .......... in THE URBAN PERSPECTIVE

Philly After Dark

Philly After Dark
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
Metro Urban Philly.......

Shot this one on arch street over the weekend.
This is in the Chinatown district . Check out the larger vesions by clicking on the image.

If you're a Philly native..... residing in some other Metro district ... or in some foreign land... CAUTION........

My photos could make U homesick :)

........... Welcome to THE URBAN PERSPECTIVE

Water Fountain Scene

Water Fountain
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
So as I was framing up this shot at the Philadelphia Flower Show, I thought I heard somebody trying to get my attention.
Now I had my Sansa MP3 player on, with earbuds snug in my ears, so I was sort of in "a zone" while trying to frame this one up.
Anyways, a lady next to me was asking if I could email her this particular image. She tried to tell me her email addy, and asked if I could remember it . hahahhahhahahahahhahahahahaha
Luckily , I --- "just happened to have" (ROFL) "several" business cards I just ordered with my new logo on them.
So I assured her that even if I couldn't remember her email from memory , I'd remember which image it
A Water Fountain "Scene"..................

U can click on the image to see the large versions

................ in THE URBAN PERSPECTIVE

Here comes some bride

Here comes some bride
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
Shot this past weekend at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

With popularity gaining in social networking, such as Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, I asked myself a question when I saw this image...

I wander if anybody ever "popped" the question....or should say "Twitted" the question to their prospective mate using Twitter.

You figure people use Twitter to promote their businesses, or for just social chit chat.... why not just pop the question that way as well .

U can click on the image to see the larger versions


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Homage to Iron Eyes Cody

 Trash and a Tee pee....

and  A BLOG
Shot this one afternoon in the backyard

Rememberin' Iron Eyes Cody
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66

The image above  was shot along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia
(click it to drive the point home/ View Larger)

The following public service annoucement ran in the early 70's . 

Looks like much aint changed........
Homage to Iron Eyes Cody

Bokeh..... Philadelphia Flower Show

I probably know how you're pronouncing this ... especially looking at this image I shot at the Philadelphia Flower Show

You're wrong .

This is how it's pronounced

Now that you hear how's it's pronounced, and know the definition of this word .....

The image now takes on a whole new meaning......
check out the larger version by clicking on the image


Urban Sunset... Eastern Standard Time

Snapped this series of shots last evening around sunset.

I finally got a half way decent tripod, so now I can start shooting with longer exposures, and lower ISO's

This is how a sunset looked last evening. I haven't Photoshopped any colors in or anything.
I'm still getting adjusted to losing that hour of sleep, so I was too tired to even retouch this image last evening.
Click on the image to view it larger

But this is how an Urban Sunset looks, now that we're in Eastern Standard Time


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Peacocks for Dummies

Peacocks for Dummies
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
Shot at the Philadelphia Flower Show 2009

Click image if u want to see the larger versions


Hands Off !!

And don't go "picking" at the monitor when you click on the image to see the larger version . (chucklin)


Everybody "looks" in Chinatown

I don't get to this section of the city (in Philadelphia) often.
I enjoy Chinese tea, so there's a small shop in Chinatown that I frequent, when i want "real" Chinese tea.
Anyways, just when I think I've seen everything in that area.... I look up ...
and saw this image.
Be sure to clik on the image and see the larger versions..if u choose.


The Economy

The Economy
Originally uploaded by RayBanBro66
I often hear about "it" in the news.
I was at the Flower Show today in Philadelphia.... at the Convention Center.
I was wrapping things up, when I looked out the window and then it hit me......

"We" are The Economy.......... (chucklin)

(Be sure to view this image in larger sizes by clicking on


Philadelphia Flower Show 2009

This is one of many that I snapped at the Philly Flower Show today.
The theme this year was "Italy".
You can view any of my images in the larger versions by clicking on them
Over the next few days I will BLOG a few of them here.
Once you click on the image, you will see that I started a SET of images called Philadelphia Flower Show 2009, it is there that I will upload the bulk of these images.
Had a successful "shoot" over there, and once I'm rested up from today's activities, I'll get to work on them right away
In the meantime, hope you enjoy this little 'number' that I've posted here.
It almost looks like an Aloe Vera plant gone Wild


Saturday, March 7, 2009

No Chinese Communist Party

(You can clik on the No Chinese Communist Party title "link" above to see the report I filed on NowPublic.com)

Today was a busy day photography wise for me.
I was on my way to the Philadelphia Flower Show, and walked right into the middle of peaceful protest in the Chinatown Section of the city.
It was an anti-Chinese Communist Party rally. I spoke with one of the organizers, and since I had my DSLR EOS Canon Rebel Xs with me, that was a golden opportunity to document such an event.
I assured her, that I would help "get the story out" and I filed a "report" with my Canadian friends at NowPublic.com
NowPublic.com is a social news gathering site based in Vancouver, Canada.


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