Mike Kobal

May 24, 2009

NYC Spring Day: Nikon D90

NYC Spring Day from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

After many days of rain we finally had a nice spring day. The urge to go outside was irresistible, I grabbed my D90, a few lenses and headed towards Union square late in the afternoon. Lots of people enjoying themselves. I was lucky that day to be invisible. Unfortunately I don’t have control over it, some days it works, some it does not, and on those days when it does not work, I don’t get anything. CAUTION: In case you are offended by nudity in abstract form – please close your eyes at 0:34 sec you can re-open them at 0:39 sec.
Lenses used: 70-200mm 2.8, 75-150mm 3.5, 17-35mm 2.8 and 58mm 1.4 (voigtlander). Most shots from Union Square, a few other clips mixed it. jazzanova – the remixes 1997-2000 – 06 – karma – high priest. Enjoy!

Filed under: City Life — mike.kobal @ 11:45 am


  1. Great work. I must say that your clip impressed me. Very talented!

    Comment by Patrick — May 24, 2009 @ 2:28 pm

  2. thanks Patrick!

    Comment by mike.kobal — May 24, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

  3. Superb! It really was photography in moving form!

    Comment by Nick — May 25, 2009 @ 3:39 am

  4. Mike Kobal,
    I stumbled across your site while on a search for video footage for the D90.
    I must say your videos were the best I found.
    Your work is so very inspiring and gorgeous.
    The shots and footage with the lensbabies are remarkable.
    Thanks for taking the time with descriptions and the D5000, D90 comparison.

    –I’m quite the dedicated fan!

    Comment by Jera — May 25, 2009 @ 10:19 am

  5. Simply amazing work, very inspiring – you footage form the d90 is some of the best that I’ve seen. AWESOME!!!!


    Comment by Aaron — May 25, 2009 @ 11:10 am

  6. thanks guys, and girls!

    Comment by mike.kobal — May 25, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

  7. Great stuff Mike. What were your color settings?

    Comment by Mike — May 25, 2009 @ 8:50 pm

  8. Great mixture of life in the city, Mike. I don’t know how you got so much of it in so short a time. Really well done. Nice to see Nikon’s video mode come to life.

    Comment by John Byrne — May 26, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

  9. What shots were taken with the Viogtlander? Talk to us about that lens. Whats your feeling.

    I was thinking about that or the 50mm Zeiss F1.4

    Comment by Sara — May 26, 2009 @ 6:42 pm

  10. thanks for all the comments. magic bullet and 3way color correction on the pp.
    the 58mm is very nice, a bid difficult to focus at 1.4 but when you hit the focus it is beautiful, the guy with the cellphone, the silhouette w hat, the little girl and the guy reading “chronicle ..world”-all shot with 58mm wide open.

    Comment by mike.kobal — May 26, 2009 @ 6:52 pm

  11. Great work!! I love the music too!

    Comment by GT — May 26, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

  12. This was more interesting, even without the model. And it has nothing to do with the brief abstract art nudity. It’s simply…more real and has more to look at overall. I’m not a fine art critic. It shows doesn’t it? lol. But I like it. The music works well too.

    Comment by Marshal — May 29, 2009 @ 3:21 pm

  13. I agree with the others: your work is superb. It just “works”.

    Comment by ZoetMB — May 30, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

  14. thanks guys, yeah, its fun to shoot “street” sometimes :O)

    Comment by mike.kobal — May 31, 2009 @ 6:36 am

  15. Did you handheld any of these shots?

    Comment by anton — June 1, 2009 @ 4:42 am

  16. everything was shot from a tripod.

    Comment by mike.kobal — June 1, 2009 @ 5:59 am

  17. that was AMAZING

    how do you manage to be invisible? is it all luck?

    Comment by pedro — June 2, 2009 @ 11:11 am

  18. thank you, the invisible part? that’s a secret!

    Comment by mike.kobal — June 3, 2009 @ 7:08 pm

  19. fair enough!

    gotta say i’m addicted to that video.

    truly inspiring!

    the girl on the phone, when she turns around to give her friend (in italics?) a hug.. looks like a movie, but I guess nothing beats real life.

    plus i got to discover what seems to be a really cool book, the one that guy is reading; ‘change the world without taking power’. deep stuff.

    oh the things we get from art!

    Comment by pedro — June 4, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

  20. Brilliant work. Saw you fashion stuff first over at Vimeo but this is great. I’m just starting out with a bit of video so thanks for sharing the work!

    Comment by Mark McNulty — June 6, 2009 @ 4:16 am

  21. Nice Work, nice ambiant, nice colors, From the best videos that a viewed sinc that video mode can exist on reflex camera…


    Comment by Fu — June 11, 2009 @ 7:23 pm

  22. thanks guys, appreciate your comments, glad you like it!

    Comment by mike.kobal — June 16, 2009 @ 5:33 pm

  23. http://the189.com/all-authors-post/nyc-spring-day-mike-kobal

    nice work. posted it up on my blog – hope you dont mind, Cheers Daniel Benning.


    Comment by Daniel Benning — July 9, 2009 @ 7:38 am

  24. very nice work

    Comment by steven — August 23, 2009 @ 1:46 am

  25. love the video!

    Comment by Patrick Tumalad — May 16, 2011 @ 10:47 am

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