Midtown | Luthier Music Corporation

Posted: February 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Flamenco, New York City, Nikon

The cathedral of cypress, ebony, spruce, cedar and rosewood in Midtown.

Luthier Music Corporation, Midtown; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Luthier Music Corporation, Midtown; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim


Luthier Music Corporation, Midtown; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Luthier Music Corporation, Midtown; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim


Luthier Music Corporation, Midtown; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Luthier Music Corporation, Midtown; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim


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Central Park | Some October Trees

Posted: February 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, New York City, Nikon

October, Central Park; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

October, Central Park; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

October, Central Park; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

October, Central Park; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim


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Brooklyn | RetroFret

Posted: January 27th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Flamenco, New York City, Nikon

An amazing and dangerous place to visit is RetroFret in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. A used and vintage collection of stringed instruments, RetroFret is a museum, a retail space, a place to learn and an occasion to silently crunch numbers in your head in the corner as you figure out if you can really afford the five string handmade banjo that is cradled in your hands like a newborn.

Guitars, mandolins, banjos, electrics, flamenco, classical, violins, ukes, amps; they have it all. I learned so much in my hour long visit about the history of some instruments and was able to play a lap steel solid body Gibson, the first electric guitar.

Call and make an appointment today and leave your credit cards behind. They also offer repairs on guitars, violins and your church’s organ.

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

This was an early 70′s Ramirez, a flamenco blanca. I have played numerous Ramirez flamencos and as is true with this famous maker, you have to really search for the authentic gems amid all of their clunkers. All of the previous Ramirez’s in my hands were incredibly heavy and dead with a thick and boomy sound, so deep and ponderous.

The one pictured below was a dream. It had a rich, throaty and deep voice, sonorous and woody and dark. Playability was a dream and the guitar was incredibly light and responsive. We were putting the guitar down on the workbench to get the dental mirrors out to identify the particular luthier at Ramirez that had created this one.

I can still hear this blanca. And I did not buy it.

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim


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St. Maarten | Twelve Metre Regatta

Posted: May 20th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Nikon

Sailing on mutli-million dollar America’s Cup boats in the Caribbean is a dream opportunity. Unless you’ve been hired to shoot the event and because of the gear, you cannot participate. I love sailing and have spent some time on boats and it was tough to be on these incredibly crafted boats, cradling my gear and watching others grind and tack.

These photos were from St. Maarten on board the Stars and Stripes, racing against the Canada II. The water glimmered, the sun was bright, the winds were brisk, our boats skimmed the surface of a jewel all afternoon long.

The one downside was that I was sprayed several times and the salt water damage to my D300 and D200 still exists, even after several visits to the Nikon Repair Service. Nothing kills gear like salt water.

Oh, and we lost to Canada II. Bastards.

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Grinders! 12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Grinders! 12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim


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Brooklyn Heights | Blizzard 2010

Posted: February 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, New York City, Nikon

The view from my window.

Brooklyn Heights © Doug Kim

Brooklyn Heights © Doug Kim


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Chelsea | 14th Street

Posted: February 13th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, New York City, Nikon

As my friend Karl put it, “Even bounty hunting has been hit hard by this economy…”

14th Street © Doug Kim

14th Street © Doug Kim


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Park Slope | 4th Avenue

Posted: February 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Nikon

4th Avenue © Doug Kim

4th Avenue © Doug Kim


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Blizzard 2010 | February 10th

Posted: February 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, New York City, Nikon

Met a bunch of shooters walking around town today. A Nikon shooter with a D40 and the great 50mm f1.4 lens. In Washington Square, there was a Leica M6 with an early version of the 50mm Summicron.

My gear was caked with snow early on today. Need to take better care when I’m out. But I never will. Use it or lose it.

Very few people out today, except at Pilgrim Hill which I guess is the only sledding game in town.

Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor, 35-70mm Nikkor.

Hunter College © Doug Kim

Hunter College © Doug Kim

Pilgrim Hill, Central Park © Doug Kim

Pilgrim Hill, Central Park © Doug Kim

Pilgrim Hill, Central Park © Doug Kim

Pilgrim Hill, Central Park © Doug Kim

Pilgrim Hill, Central Park © Doug Kim

Pilgrim Hill, Central Park © Doug Kim

Pilgrim Hill, Central Park © Doug Kim

Pilgrim Hill, Central Park © Doug Kim

Diego, Washington Square Park © Doug Kim

Diego, Washington Square Park © Doug Kim

Washington Square Park © Doug Kim

Washington Square Park © Doug Kim

The Mall, Central Park © Doug Kim

The Mall, Central Park © Doug Kim

The Mall, Central Park © Doug Kim

The Mall, Central Park © Doug Kim

Pilgrim Hill, Central Park © Doug Kim

Pilgrim Hill, Central Park © Doug Kim

Snow Pig, Washington Square © Doug Kim

Snow Pig, Washington Square © Doug Kim

Pilgrim Hill, Central Park © Doug Kim

Pilgrim Hill, Central Park © Doug Kim

Hunter College © Doug Kim

Hunter College © Doug Kim

Pilgrim Hill, Central Park © Doug Kim

Pilgrim Hill, Central Park © Doug Kim


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Hassan Hakmoun | Le Poisson Rouge

Posted: February 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, New York City, Nikon

Hassan Hakmoun performed last week at that great space, Le Poisson Rouge in the Village. The occasion was the Global Music Double Fundraiser which raised funds for the victims of the Haiti earthquake. Also performing that night were Falu, Basya Schechter (Pharaoh’s Daughter), Luqmon Brown (Funkface), Malika Zarra, Haale, Bill Bragin (DJ Set) and Amon Drum (DJ Set).

It was a great night of music. And if the guy with the mesh back shirt is included, a great night of dancing too.

Shot with a Nikon D300, 35-70mm Nikkor, 12-24mm Nikkor.

Falu @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Falu @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Falu @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Falu @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Falu @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Falu @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Luqmon Brown @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Luqmon Brown @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Luqmon Brown @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Luqmon Brown @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Malika Zarra @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Malika Zarra @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Hassan Hakmoun @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Hassan Hakmoun @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Hassan Hakmoun @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Hassan Hakmoun @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Brahim Fribgane @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Brahim Fribgane @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Hassan Hakmoun @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Hassan Hakmoun @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Hassan Hakmoun @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim

Hassan Hakmoun @ Le Poisson Rouge © Doug Kim


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Merce Cunningham Memorial Event | Park Avenue Armory

Posted: January 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, New York City, Nikon

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

This past October, The Merce Cunningham Dance Company organized a memorial for Merce who had passed away this summer. In attendance were many notable figures in the New York scene including Jasper Johns and former Company members, many of whom also performed. It was a celebration of his amazing career and contribution to the world of modern dance and performance.

It was truly a pleasure and a gift to be in attendance and to capture the night for the Company.

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim


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