Category Archives: New York

Fire Over the East River

Here’s a cityscape to change things up a bit today. I was visiting New York City a couple of years back and Mark Garbowski was showing me around the area. I took this image with the Fuji X-T1 and used the Panorama feature. It stitches in camera a wonderful panorama and produces a nice jpeg and other than boostiing a little saturation and cropping slightly the image was ready to go!

Sunset over New York City

Bright fiery orange sunset over the East River and the NYC skyline.

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A Fuji X100T View of New York City

I had the opportunity to visit New York City on business back in October of this year. Since I was staying over on a weekend my wife decided to head out for the weekend and do her first visit to The Big Apple! We didn’t try to do everything but just get a flavor of the city for my wife’s first trip to NYC. I didn’t want to carry around a bunch of equipment with me, but just have a small portable camera to capture some details of the city and get good quality images I could post process if needed and also transfer some to Instagram while walking around the city.

The Fujifilm X100T fit the bill. It’s has a 23mm f/2 fixed lens (35mm full frame equivalent) but a fantastic APS-C 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor. It has some great low light, high ISO performance and since the viewfinder and menu system are much the same as my Fujifilm X-T1 it was second nature to use.

Fujifilm X100T

Fujifilm X100T

Since this trip, it’s my go to camera when I’m just heading out for a quick trip and hanging out with friends. I don’t have to think about what lens to bring because it’s already been decided. Creatively this now frees my mind to decide on the composition. Are there times I miss having a telephoto zoom or a wide-angle?  Yes there are, but then I find another composition and that thought about “I should have brought my other camera” goes away. I did use the pano feature while I was at the Top of the Rock to capture a city view so while it has a fixed lens the pano is a sort of stop gap for capturing a wide angle view if needed.

Are there quirks with the camera? Yes there are but I’ll go over my likes and dislike in a future post. In the meantime, here a gallery of images from my NYC trip. Click on an image and you can view it in large image slideshow view!

All images process from Fuji RAW Files in Photoshop Lightroom CC using VSCO Film packs.

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Manhattan Views

It has been a while since I’ve been back to New York City, but always find it a pleasure to get out and shoot a new view of the skyline. I had the pleasure of meeting up with good friend Mark Garbowski and he took me over to Gantry Plaza State Park which produced a wonderful view from Long Island City. I didn’t take my Canon 5D Mark III on this trip and left all the heavy equipment at home. I just brought my Fuji X-T1 mounted with a Newer Arca Swiss L-Bracket along with a 18-55mm f/2.8-4 and the 35mm f/1.4 Fuji lenses my small Gitzo Traveler 1542t Tripod.  It was such a pleasure to fit everything into a small bag.  It was such a pleasure walking around New York City with just a small bag.  The nice thing about having the Fuji is the size and weight and you don’t mind carrying it and I found I would take more images and didn’t feel so obtrusive.  It may have been me, but people just didn’t seem to notice me as much. I just looked like a standard tourist with a small point and shoot.

I’ll share some more images from the trip in future posts, but here Manhattan Views from Long Island City taken just after sunset leaving a nice blue hour hue on the East River.

View of Manhattan, New York City, NY from Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island, New York across the East River

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Towers of New York

It has been a while since I’ve done a cityscape so I thought I would take you back to New York. I guess I was in a New York kind of mood.  There is something about the bright lights of the city and viewing it from the Top of the Rock is just an amazing site. Here’s a shot at sunset on a semi-cloudy day with the lights of the city and the towers of NY in clear view. The city lights are a nice contrast to the blue and orange tones of the sky as a backdrop.

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season.  Starting tomorrow my posts I’ll be taking you back for a review of the year and some of my favorite images.  Have a great weekend!

Towers of New York by Rick Louie Photography

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Bow Bridge Central Park

One of my favorite places to visit whenever I go to New York is Central Park.  It is such an oasis within the city.  There are many bridges that go over the different parts of the lake. Bow Bridge Central Park is the first cast iron bridge in the park and the 2nd oldest in the country.  Bow Bridge is one of  New York’s most romantic setting for lovers and most definitely very photogenic. You might recognize it from its starring role in many movies, television shows, and commercials.  You may have seen it in such movies as When in Rome, Made of Honor, Spiderman 3, Night at the Museum, and Autumn in New York.

I captured this image just as the fall colors were starting to break in the park.  It was quite beautiful offset by the rich fall colors.

Bow Bridge Central Park

Bow Bridge Central Park, NYC, NY – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Empire State

I’m in a monochrome mood this week and I bringing you back to New York.  This is a view of the Empire State Building through one of the trestles of the Manhattan Bridge (DUMBO). I gave this an old film plate feel to simulate a timeless feel to this landmark.

Empire State Building View from Brooklyn Bridge

Empire View – Click to Enlarge

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Financial District

It’s hard to believe that two weeks after superstorm Sandy hit the shores of Manhattan that their is still 1/3 of the Financial District that is still without power and fixes are not in the near future.  It’s estimated that some buildings will be without power for another month to two months. The 14-foot storm surges flooded the streets and basements of the heart of the finance district and leaves its occupants looking for other places to live and work. It really makes you questions whether this area is the right place for these companies.  But knowing New York, it is a resilient city and I’m sure it will bounce back soon.

I thought I would share with you the Financial District as I know it.  Full of lights and life!  Here’s the Financial District as viewed from Brooklyn across the East River.

Financial District, Manhattan, NYC

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The Hallway

A little change of pace today and so I thought I would do a little HDR.  The is one of the hallways in the New York City Public Library’s main branch, the Stephen A. Building.  The architecture in the building is fantastic and gives you some wonderful opportunities to bracket some shots!  This is a 5 image HDR that I just ran through Photoshop HDR Pro and then brought back into Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4 to final touches. If you are ever in NY this building is a fantastic piece of architecture both inside and out.

The Hallway - Hallway in the NYC Public Library's Main Branch - The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

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New York: Monochrome

I always try to walk around NY and just take in the people and sites and just capture scenes. I find it refreshing to walk around with just a 50mm take in the various scenes while in NY. I thought I would share a monochrome (black & white) view of NY with you today.

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Long Shadows

I was looking through my images from my last trip to New York and came across some images in Central Park.  I remember seeing this scene in Central Park next to the Mall area.  Long shadows filled this grassy opening. When I saw the scene I had to shoot it, but just couldn’t come up with the look I wanted on the LCD, but I thought I might see something when I started processing. Well this evening I started looking at the images and decided to process this in a high-key fashion to give it that dreamy feel that I had when I was in the park. It just seemed surreal the way the light was shining through the trees and leaves with the late afternoon sun. It’s my artistic interpretation of the scene that late afternoon in Central Park.

Long Shadows - Long afternoon shadows in Central Park, New York, New York.

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