Monochromia: The Big Apple

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Top of the Rock view of Empire State Building and Lower ManhattanFuji X100T, fixed 23mm f/2.0 lens, 1/125 sec @ f/9.0, ISO 2000

A hot, humid, hazy mid-afternoon in New York City, and it was the final day of four that I spent last week in this wonderful metropolis. Shortened tourist lines found me 70 stories above street level atop the GE Building in Rockefeller Center, the 10th tallest building in NYC. The Top of the Rock Observation Deck offers spectacular views of Manhattan, which include the Empire State Building (a big selling point for spending $24 to ride the elevator here as opposed to visiting the top of the ESB). Plus the 70th floor deck is completely open-air at the top, with no security fences to shoot through. It’s a great place to take photos.

Despite the oppressive haze, Lower Manhattan was still a wonderful sight. In the distance stands Freedom Tower, at 1776 feet tall, and though barely visible this day, just off to its right on the tip of Liberty Island in Upper New York Bay, Lady Liberty extends her welcome.

39 thoughts on “Monochromia: The Big Apple

    • Ha! Thanks, Laurie! Sorry for the late reply. Though I knew I was behind, trying to play catch up makes me see just how far. Yikes! The fog and haze looks much more ominous in the color version and really didn’t make for a great color image. I love when black and white can really make an image come to life!

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  1. Great Photography Stacy! Now this fall I need to do blog post on “THE BIG APPLE” perhaps a shot of a BIG “EMPIRE” apple. for sauce or a pie! (feel free to delete if you want. 🙂

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  2. I recognize this spot! The B&W is a good approach, nice going. By the way, the new update to Photoshop CC and Adobe Camera RAW includes a De-Haze function. I haven’t tried it yet. This would be a good test, but I’d still keep this the way it is. I think the haze adds an interesting element with the B&W.

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    • Thanks, Robin! I learned about the dehaze slider after I had posted this. It would have been nice to test the application with this one, but I think you’re right, I wouldn’t have completely removed it. It’s certainly appropriate for a summer photo of the city 🙂

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  3. I just can’t imagine seeing (and photographing) a city that large. Way out of my scope of experience. I’ve been to LA plenty when I was younger, but that is so spread out. Amazing photo.

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    • Cee, it’s such an amazing city to experience. It’s funny, because I have trouble photographing things on a smaller scale. You are able to “see” things when you shoot your wonderful photos that I just don’t. Ah, the fun of photography – seeing things (or appreciating things) from new perspectives 😀

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  4. I love it, Stacy! There are so many layers. I mean different degrees of darkness. Very nice. And thank you for the tip. Now I know where to go when I visit there 😉
    Have a great weekend.

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    • Ha, you’re very welcome, Helen 😀 Next time, I’d like to go up there at night too. I went to the top of the Empire State Building my first night there, before realizing the benefits of this vantage point. So I guess I just definitely have to go back. Hope you DO get a chance to visit!

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    • Thanks, Laura, and you absolutely must! I actually did go to the top of the Empire State Building as well (at night) – they’re both very cool experience, but I think I like this view much better 🙂 And you also get a spectacular view of Central Park from here. I’ve seen fabulous photos taken in the fall with all the brilliant autumn colors looking like an oasis in the midst of the city.

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