Top of the Rock New York

Top of the Rock New York

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.

Chicago L Train

Chicago L Train

“L” or sometimes written as “el” is short for elevated, as you can see from this photograph. The first L train began running in June 1892 making it one of the oldest networks of its type in the world. It is one of the many iconic features of the city and has appeared in a number of tv shows and movies including Batman and Spiderman. Because of the age of the network I felt that this photograph looked best converted to black and white to give it an almost vintage look. This was taken from the back of the Hostelling International Chicago building looking north. The train was coming towards the camera turning from above South Wabash Avenue to over East Van Buren Street in the heart of the Loop area of the city centre.

Digital Orca

Digital Orca

Walking along waterfront of Vancouver Harbour I came to this sculpture near the Vancouver Convention Centre. This was one of the first photographs I captured in Vancouver, Canada. After two weeks of cold but sunny weather whilst travelling up the west coast of the US, the city was foggy and overcast. Seeing this massive “Pixel Whale” I knew that it was time to get the camera out. Due to the low cloud and the black and white nature of this art it made sense to process the photograph in monochrome, it was practically black and white straight out of the camera anyway!

Fremont Troll

Fremont Troll

Also known as The Troll or the Troll Under the Bridge this is one of the larger sculptures I have photographed. He lurks under the George Washington Memorial Bridge, clutching an actual VW Beattle, as if he had just swiped it from the highway above. Made in 1990, the sculpture is 18 feet (5.5 metres) high and weighs about 6 tonnes. He’s made of steel, wire and of course concrete. Made from such materials the sculpture isn’t particularly colourful so a processing to black and white seemed to be most fitting. I think it makes him look more intimidating. Happy Halloween everyone.