Thursday, November 03, 2016

Michel Richard 1948-2016

Michel Richard in Citronelle, Washington DC 2005
October 16, 2016--The French Embassy in Washington, DC hosted a Joie de Vivre Michel, Memorial Celebration of the beloved Chef Michel Richard.  One of the most joyful persons around, Michel provided a fun and incredible food experience for his patrons and friends.  He learned his trade as an apprentice pastry chef in France.  Desiring to go beyond pastries he learned, experimented, sampled and trained himself  for 10 years.  From pastry restaurants on the west coast and east coast, he finally came to Washington DC in 1994.  Michel's welcoming personality provided many opportunities to participate in the community as well as his charitable contributions.

Michel was one of the original chefs participating in Best Buddies Virginia, Life is Sweet Event.  He developed a friendship with Jenny Holden over the years.  They shared many meals together as well as served desserts at the Life is Sweet Events.

It was always a great privilege to photograph Michel and Jenny.  Michel was full of personality and energy.  His generosity was incredible.  He signed and donated book for auction, he did so much and didn't ask for anything.  Spending any amount of time with Jenny & Michel or eating one of Michel's entrees always brought a smile to your face.   Making sure he left you smiling and happy was his greatest gift.

Jenny and Michel, 2006
Jenny and Michel, 2009

©2016 Laurence L. Levin

Thursday, June 23, 2016

They "Like" My Photos, Social Media Successes

June 23, 2016--Social Media provides not only another outlet to show photography and gain more attention for your cause, but it give you a sense of gratification when a viewer "likes" your image.  An important item to this delivery is the channel or page your image is posted to, not only does it need to be a good photo but something of interest and a sports superstar will help too!

2014 Kyrie Irving at the Best Buddies Leadership Conference photo was posted 75 weeks ago on the Best Buddies Instagram Page.   It received 2,130 likes.

The same photo was posted last week, celebrating the NBA Championship and so far has 1,362 Likes

This photo made at the 2016 Best Buddies Tom Brady Football Challenge and was posted on the Best Buddies Instagram Page.  It received 1,708 likes, 28 comments and countless shares.

The best liked photo so far with over 67,000 likes posted on Kyrie Irving's Instagram page is Kyrie and Joey Shriver at the 2014 Best Buddies Leadership Conference.  Kyrie has only 5,900,000 followers on Instagram.  It's all about placement!

All Photos by Laurence L. Levin
Instagram @larrylevin
Instagram @bestbuddies 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Three Years of Concerts with The Bazel Group

Recently was asked to compile photos made at the closing night party for an annual conference.  The Bazel Group booked and managed these three acts.
Dr. Otis C. William, an original member of The Temptations
In 2011,  The Temptations

2014,  Huey Lewis & The News 
2014, Huey Lewis

2015 Frankie Valli
2015, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
#thebazelgroup #celebrityconcerts #corporateconcerts
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Copyright 2016 Laurence L. Levin

HDR Washington DC Landmarks

The Lincoln Memorial
June 01, 2016--The National Mall,  Washington, DC--Armed with a camera, tripod and cable release it was off to make images at midnight of landmarks.  Using a technique called High Dynamic Range (HDR). it combines the same image taken multiple times using various exposures.  Combining each of the exposures in either Photoshop or Lightroom, the resulting image provides a photo with details in all ends of the exposure, you see details in the light areas and the dark areas. This is a great technique to use when there are extremes of brightness and darkness.

Made between the columns of the Lincoln Memorial
The Viet Nam Memorial  
The Viet Nam Memorial Wall shot around midnight.

Copyright 2016 Laurence L. Levin

2016 Hyannis Port Challenge

Buddies Ambassadors at the Harvard Stadium, (homage photo Phillipe Halsman who did a "jump" series), Tori, Kellie, DQ, Katie, Sam, Christina, , Rachel, Ashley
Game Time with Tom Brady
Michael Chiklis selfie with Tom Brady & Julian Edelman in the locker room before the big game.  
Covering The Best Buddies Hyannis Port Challenge for 15 out of the 17 times, is challenging.  Each year, the basic elements are similar.  Trying to find an image that is new and fresh can be,  to say the least, perplexing.  Weeks prior to the event, discussions are underway to brain storm ideas and concepts.  There are phone calls, shot list preparations, and just a lot of thinking to figure how to make this year's event memorable.  Fortunately, there is a wonderful team of staff and volunteer photographers who can concentrate on the must have shots.

This year the plan was for me to shoot less, which meant not having to cover everything, because it would be well documented.  Thus the goal was to find five specific situations, as well as not be shoulder to shoulder with the others.  Additionally, in the "staged" situations find angles that were different and true moments.

It's great to be part of a team of devoted and talented Best Buddies staff and photographers.

Katie Meade with her buddy Tom Brady.(shot from the side of the stage, lucky to get this situation)

A wonderful moment on stage with Chef Guy Fieri with his buddy Michael Jaxtimer Barry.  

At the last second, jumped into the lead car and made this photo at the beginning of the ride. 

After his presentation at lunch Buddies Ambassador Sam Piazza is congratulated by Tom Brady 

Best Buddies Performer Tori Ackley on stage with the Beach Boys.  In addition to this performance, Tori sang the National Anthem at the start of the Football game and 50 mile start

#BestBuddies #HyannisPortChallenge #larrylevinphoto @larrylevin #TomBrady #MichaelChicklis

Copyright 2016 Laurence L. Levin

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2016 Blizzard

Washington, DC--Time Lapse, From My Window, the 2016 Blizzard.  From January 22 5:43pm to January 24 9:49 pm.  Although started the camera after the first snow flake, captured the "eye' of the storm.  Interesting colors and fun to watch some of the clean up.  Individual still images, 3,124 photos, shot at a 1 minute interval, shot with a Nikon D810.

Copyright 2016 Laurence L. Levin
No publication rights granted without written permission

Monday, November 02, 2015

2015 Great Falls Time Lapse

October 31--Great Falls, VA--Sunrise time-lapse shot on the Virginia side.  A foggy morning, a little color and finally the fog burned off.  Shot over a 4 hour period with a Nikon D810.

Copyright 2015 Laurence L. Levin
No publication rights granted without permission

Friday, January 09, 2015

Tim Shriver: Fully Alive

January 08, 2015--Georgetown University, Washington, DC--Tim Shriver with Paul Elie talking about Tim's book, Fully Alive at the Riggs Library.
Over 200 friends and students attended the talk, Tim signed books afterward.

Photos made with Nikon D810 iso 5000
Photos Copyright 2015 Laurence L. Levin
No publication rights granted without permission 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Middle East Institute Annual Conference

Keynote Speaker Senator Tim Kaine
November 19-20--Washington, DC--The Middle East Institute hosted their 68th Annual Conference at the Grand Hyatt.  This two day reception and conference honored dignitaries in their quest to inform and make a difference in Middle East.  The conference entitled "Navigating the Storm: The Middle East in 2015" provided a variety of ideas, opportunities and transitions for peace, harmony and goodwill.
MEI Visionary Award Winner Shafik Gabr
Panelist Cenqiz Candar
Technical Notes:  Images shot on Nikon D810 and Df cameras.  So you think you can shoot these images on a camera phone?  You might get one or two usable images with your camera phone.  To get consistent usable imagery, I used quality Nikkor lenses, shot at high ISO, color balanced the files and adjusted for grain and sharpness. There were five panels with five panelists.  Each person was photographed as well as group and audience photographs.  Each person was photographed from various angles and hopefully at a good moment.  Over 2000 frames were made throughout the event but that number was edited to show only publication worthy images.

Copyright 2014 Laurence L. Levin
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Saturday, November 08, 2014

DC Special Olympics Fall Classic Basketball Tournament

Kennedy School 
November 06--Catholic University, Washington, DC--Passion, athleticism and friendships abound at Special Olympic events.  The DC Special Olympics Fall Classic provides opportunity for athletes to get out of class for the day and join in the competition.  As a long time basketball referee, I cherish these games.  The pure sportsmanship and players enjoying the game make it a enjoyable competition. In between the games, I made these team photos.

Teams from DC participated in the DC Special Olympics Fall Classic Basketball Tournament.  Teams played 3on3 and 5on5.  Hosted at Catholic University.  For more information

Ballou Senior High School
Sharpe Health
Photographs made on a Nikon D810 with two SB-800 in a Westcott Rapid Box.

Copyright 2014 Laurence L. Levin

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Family Photography: Laura and Khalad

July 04, Washington, DC--Three generations, bringing every one together to concentrate on sitting still and showing a good face.  Each personality shows through.  Sometimes one or two people might lose their concentration, so its my job to get them back on track and "look good for the camera!"

(technical notes)  Shot with my Nikon Df, two Speedlights SB-800, both in Westcott Rapid Boxes.  45 degrees angle and back light.  This lighting system provides soft and even lighting, easy setup and convenient.  It has provided a great solution inexpensively,  that helps to keep my overhead low!

©Laurence L. Levin
All rights reserved. No publication rights granted.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Basketball Athletes from the USA Games

Team Utah teammates, Travis White and Lindsey Atkinson
June 18--Princeton, NJ--The USA Games Special Olympics.  My involvement with Special Olympics  started when I officiated basketball games in Washington. DC.  Since that time, I have worked games locally, at the National Games and at the International Games.  At this years 2014 USA National Games, I tried to do portraits  to capture the inspirational and dedicated of the basketball athletes.
Team Utah, Joe Pratt
Team Maryland, Nora Nickle
Team Maryland, Munir Vohra,  J Megonigal

©Laurence L. Levin
All rights reserved.  No usage rights granted without the permission from Special Olympics, Inc.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Basketball: USA National Games Special Olympics

Florida vs. New York
June 20, Princeton NJ--For the third time, I was invited to officiate basketball for the Special Olympics USA National Games.  A great honor to be surrounded by remarkable athletes and volunteers for a week.  The competition is fierce from the highest level to the lowest level skilled athletes.  Sportsmanship is evident at all levels of play.  (Other athletes could learn a lot from Special Olympic athletes.)  The athletes had intensity, determination and showed an athletic competitive edge that provided exciting and great play.  Special Olympic athletes can do anything.  They just need an opportunity and these games proved to showcase their athletic skills, positive attitude and friendship.

Team Florida vs. Team New York, referee Joe Mitchell 
Team South Dakota vs. Pennsylvania
Team Washington, DC vs. Team New Jersey
Team Washington, DC vs. Louisiana, referee Joe Mitchell
(Technical Note) All these images were made with a Nikon Df.  This camera continues to surpass all my expectations.  The auto white balance handled all the various lighting conditions I encountered.  The vivid color, ability to focus quickly in low lighting conditions and using high ISO with excellent results are all outstanding qualities of this camera.  This camera is my second body and will continue to be a valuable asset in my arsenal.

©2014 Laurence L. Levin

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