Walking down the length of Wall Street it surprised me how short the street itself was. Less than a mile (only 8 blocks) which in Manhattan terms is not a long street. The world famous entrance to the New York Stock Exchange seen here is on Broad Street. This photograph was taken with a 10mm wide angle lens and I used Lightroom and Photoshop to correct the distortions. It is a narrow street so I couldn’t get any further back than I was when this was captured.
One of my favourite parts of Central Park is the areas on the south east side near to 5th Ave and some of the taller skyscrapers that Manhattan has to offer. On the water you can see a few Mallard Ducks but this pond is more famous for Turtles. So much so it is also known as Turtle Pond. On the rock in the centre of the frame a photographed half a dozen turtles enjoying the autumn sunshine. It is home to five species of turtles. It is said that many of these lovely animals started out as pets in the nearby apartments, but outgrew their urban homes and were brought to the Park by their owners.
Walking around Central Park at the end of October on a sunny day is something I won’t forget in a hurry. The autumnal colours of the trees were fantastic. Even though I spend most of three days I was staying in the neighbour exploring this urban park I didn’t see half of the 840 acres! Whilst there they were setting up for the NYC Marathon which goes through the park. This meant that getting around to see all the various attractions was a little more time consuming than I had hoped but well worth the effort.
The main reason I took the elevator to the 70th floor of the GE Building at the Rockafeller Center was the capture this view of the city at night. This photograph was taken on the 31st October, hence why the Empire Statue building in the centre of the frame is lit up in orange. It was raining when this was captured but with the long exposure used it is hard to tell. After asking a security guard about tripod use I was able to set the tripod up on the very edge of the wall and point the camera down on the city below. The camera had my 10mm super wide angle Sigma lens which does cause some perspective distortion but in this case I feel it adds to the dramatic feel of the photograph. On the far left of the frame is the MetLife Building with the Chrysler Building. On the right you can see the bright lights of Times Square shinning up from behind the skyscrapers.