As with San Francisco and Chicago (and any big city) I like to get my camera high up and look down on the busy streets below. In New York there are two great observation decks. The most famous is the iconic Empire State Building. The 86th floor offers impressive 360 degree views of the city. In my opinion a view of this famous city is incomplete without the Empire State. This is why I prefer the view above. Taken from the “Top of the Rock” on the 70th floor of the GE Building at the Rockefeller Center. When I first got out of the elevator the weather was dry but cloudy. In the day time this view seems to be more dramatic when processed as a black and white photograph.
Back in 2005 I first visited New York with a group from college. Whilst walking around Battery Park waiting for the ferry to take us across to the State of Liberty I noticed these two skyscrapers behind the older looking church. Back then I was only using a compact digital camera which didn’t have a wide angle lens. On my recent return to the city, it was high on my list to take my camera down to State Street. This curved glass skyscraper is 42 stories tall and opened in 1988. In front of this modern offices is the much older Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
With such a crowded space I was amazed to see so many people moving at various spends and in all different directions. Some stood still, waiting around looking at their phones. Others were almost running through the crowds to catch their trains. It was amazing how people avoided bumping into each other. In an attempt to capture the movement I had the camera resting on a wall and was able to capture this photograph with a ten second long exposure time. The people moving (which was the majority of people) have turned into weird ghostly blurs which is exactly what I was after.
Back in 2006 I was in New York with my college friends and we went for a meal at TGI Fridays at Grand Central Station. Going around in a big group of students made it difficult for me to wonder off and get some photographs of the station. This is actually my second recent attempt at this super wide angle view of the Main Concourse. The previous day I had taken a photograph from the exact same spot but in the day time. Being inside the time of day didn’t really bother me. That was until I reviewed the shots on the laptop that evening. The large windows on the opposite side of the concourse had so much light coming through them that they were all white and this reflected off the floor and basically ruined the first set of photographs. I was fortunate that I had another few days in the city to return in the early evening and capture it properly.
The DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighbourhood of Brooklyn has amazing views of New York from across the East River. After spending a couple of hours wondering around it with my camera I moved a few blocks south along the bank of the river and found myself in Brooklyn Heights. Much of this area by the river is a construction sight at the moment but I did find my way to the promenade which you can just see in the lower right hand corner of this photograph. When I’m photographing cities I often forget that the camera can zoom, wanting to capture as much as possible and so mainly shooting wide angle. However the advantage of a zoom lens can be seen here. The bridge in the foreground is the Brooklyn Bridge with the blue colour of the Manhattan Bridge behind. The tall skyscraper on the left of the photograph is the iconic Empire State Building.