When in New York, we went to the top of the Empire State Building:
Our love affair with the city knows no boundaries. Ms externalexploration is off to Prague and I’m on my way to Porto, so make sure you check in for some of that action. Until then – New York, we love you.
The tip of a digger arm, with the Irish flag painted on:
The Last of the V8 Interceptors (just out of frame. Possibly.):
One of the Trump Towers – note the distinctive tinted glass:
Horse and cart faces pedal power in Central Park. Most boring race ever:
Hipster bassist, somewhere in Central Park:
The working man, symbol of America everywhere – silly hard had included:
All of these were taken with my Canon 1100D and the 18-55mm lens, and edited using my favourite piece if image-editing software, the brilliant GIMP: desaturated, tweaking of Curves, film noise added. Awesome stuff.
Stand by for more!
Fellow blogger Ricky Leong mentioned the other day that he was impressed at how quickly the construction of the Freedom Tower, which will stand where the World Trade Center once stood, was coming along. I mentioned at the time that I’d look for some more shots of the place. And here they are!
From Battery Park, with The Sphere close-up and the Freedom Tower in the background: the painful past and the shining, hopeful future:
I don’t know what they are covering the Tower with, but it is incredibly reflective!
It’s quite a building site. And I have a thing for cranes!
Quite an impressive sight. I was 20 when the 9/11 attacks took place and followed all of it live on television. It meant a lot for me to go there and see that America, as always, has turned its luck around.
Don’t forget to check Ricky Leong’s blog here.
The third and final part of my highlights to New York series of posts.
Walking up the steps at an entrance to the High Line Park we were climbing up next to one of the many novel car parks they have in New York.
Taken with Canon 450D: ISO 200, 50mm, f/5.0, shutter speed 1/320.
So much wall art, all over New York. This was taken around Little Italy.
Taken with Fujifilm X10: ISO 100, 19.5mm, f/4.5, shutter speed 1/550.
Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge provides some great views of Manhattan.
Taken with Fujifilm X10: ISO 100, 7.1mm, f/5.0, shutter speed 1/600
In the distance you can see the Empire State building.
Taken with Fujifilm X10: ISO 100, 20.2mm, f/6.4, shutter speed 1/600.
An nicely timed ship passes by as we look back at Manhattan from Brooklyn.
Taken with Fujifilm X10: ISO 100, 13.2mm, f/7.1, shutter speed 1/600.
And in the distance, you can still view the Statue of Liberty.
Taken with Fujifilm X10: ISO 100, 28.4mm, f/2.0, shutter speed 1/60.
And that concludes a short series of posts on some of the highlights of New York.
Part 2 of the highlights from our recent trip to New York. Part 1 covered, Times Square and the Statue of Liberty.
The Magnolia Bakery, one of my favourite places for cupcakes in New York. Fortunately, I had to pass the branch near the Rockefeller Center every day to get to the conference.
Take with Fujifilm X10: ISO 800, 7.1mm, f/2.0, shutter speed 1/52.
We managed to take a trip up to the top of the Empire State building. It was a bitterly cold, and extremely windy day so we didn’t stay outside too long, but long enough to get a few shots.
An impressive sight, in any direction.
Taken with Canon 450D: ISO 200, 18mm, f/10, shutter speed 1/200.
Jumping back again to Times Square…
These ladies advertise the musical Chicago (as if you hadn’t guessed) showing on Broadway. They even stopped to do a quick dance.
Part 3 of the New York highlights coming soon…
Ms eternalexploration has mentioned how we went to visit the Statue of Liberty; I thought I’d share some of my best shots for the day.
All of these were taken with my canon 1100D, using the 18-55mm lens. It was a cold, crisp and very sunny day, making for some over-exposure. I really wished I was shooting RAW at the time.
This seagull flew alongside the boat for a while. In the bottom right of the shot you have New York, in the bottom left New Jersey. Yes, technically it’s a shot of the Jersey Shore.
And here is the least-bad of the photos I got of the Statue itself. It really was too light for photography:
After we disembarked in Liberty Island (where the Statue is), it soon became apparent that the wildlife had learned that universal equation, human=food.
There were plenty of people touristing about the place. Ms eternalexploration may have a shot of me doing something similar to this, but I have the equivalent shot of her. MAE, Mutual Assured Embarrassment.
Inside Ellis Island, gateway to the Americas during the 1920’s and early 1930’s. Imagine that alley chock full of immigrants, hoping to be allowed into America, after weeks at sea. An image of hardship, but also a powerful reminder of what the American Dream stands for:
And here’s the New York coastline seen from the boat on the way back. A great day out.
This will be the first of three posts presenting some of my favourite images from our recent trip to New York.
In Times Square, everything is back-lit or surrounded by bright lights.
Taken with Fujifilm X10: ISO 800, 28.4mm, f/2.8, shutter speed 1/125
In my first trip to New York a few years ago, a friend and I would spend plenty of time on the second floor of this McDonalds, seated by the window, watching people pass through Times Square. It’s a great people watching spot, and the milkshakes aren’t bad either. On this trip, I only got to watch from the outside.
Letting off steam in Times Square.
Taken with Fujifilm X10: ISO 400, 7.1, f/2.0, shutter speed 1/100.
There’s usually a large police presence in Time Square.
Taken with Fujifilm X10: ISO 800, 7.1mm, f/2.0, shutter speed 1/120.
There are lots of transport options in NYC, even a water taxi.
The lady liberty herself watching over Manhattan. You can see the construction of the new buildings near the 911 memorial already standing out from the skyline.
There were beautiful skies on the day we took a trip to the Statue of Liberty Monument. Blue skies and wispy white clouds.
Looking up at the statue itself. In previous trips I have been able to go inside the base of the monument but due to renovations the monument itself was closed.
And the view looking back at Manhattan from Liberty island.
Taken with Canon 450D: ISO 400, 18mm, f/14.0, shutter speed 1/500.
More highlights of New York coming soon.
During our recent visit to New York City, we had the chance to visit the historical China Town. It’s a very traditional looking area, with plenty of stalls and vendors on the side-walks, and a prevailing smell of Chinese food.
We were shooting the Canon 1100D with our new Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens and the Fujifilm X10, and exchanging cameras throughout.
Some times, Black and White does carry the day. I like to add noise to my B&W stuff, eternalexploration is not too keen. In any case, note the effect of a very shallow depth of field:
Of course, you have the right to prefer colour; if anything, the effect of the low f/ is even more pronounced.
And, if you can’t decide between colour and b&w, try having both:
Finally, the Cat Outside The Fishmonger’s. Yup, this little fellow stood patiently outside this poignant-smelling fish stall for the 3 minutes we were there, had several pictures taken, and never once did he make any move towards the fish. Nobody seemed to care. I wonder if he is a vegetarian?
New York never ceased to amaze us. Check back later for more!
As you may have heard before, we’ve been in New York during last week – brilliant place it is too! Sadly, going through the 2000 odd shots (!) taken between both of us is proving a looooong task. So, here are a few pictures from the first two days, taken in Times Square.
Early in the first morning, an eerily quiet Times Square, a Taxi going about its business. How many Crown Victorias does Ford sell just to Taxi companies?
The all-prevalent US flag, in the Police Headquarters:
Taken with a Canon 1100D, 18-55mm lens. ISO speed 400, aperture f/6.3, shutter speed 1/200s.
More to come. Oh yes – much more.