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.
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