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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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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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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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Foggy Empire

I had a great view of the Empire State Building from my hotel room on my last visit to New York City.  One evening while I was there the fog rolled in during the evening and the Empire State Building,  illuminated in blue, lit up the fog as it was rolling into Midtown Manhattan.  I was able to capture this log exposure of the famous landmark through my hotel window.

Have a great weekend!

Foggy Empire - Fog surrounding the top of the Empire State Building at night as it's illuminated in blue.

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Empire State of Mind

Today I thought I would give you a view of New York from the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center).  I captured this 6 shot panorama as viewed from the top of the Rockefeller Center looking directly toward the Empire State Building.  The Empire State Building happened to be lit up in red, white and blue this evening adding to the view.  To the right of the Empire State Building is the Bank of America Tower and Condé Nast Building , to the left in the distance is the Chrysler Building.

View of New York City from the top of Rockefeller Plaza (Top of the Rock) looking at the Empire State Building in the Center in Red, White and Blue.

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To add to the mood today I give you a little Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind

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Central Park Reflection

The weather while I was in New York was amazingly warm.  I took a walk around Central Park and decided to walk around Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.  The reservoir, which is also known as the Central Park Reservoir used to provide the city of New York with water, but was decommissioned in 1993.  In 1994 the reservoir was named after Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for her contributions to the city and because she loved the jogging area which was just below her 5th Avenue apartment.

The evening I walked around the 1.5 mile running track I was expecting a cool breeze to come up off the water, but I was pleasantly surprised by warm air coming off the water.  I stopped at the Northeast side of the reservoir and captured this image across the water of the Manhattan Skyline.

View of the Manhattan Skyline from across the reflection of the Jaqueline Onassis Reservoir in Central Park.

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View from Brooklyn

I gotten to know a couple of very nice photographers through Google+  that live Brooklyn.  I took advantage of the opportunity when I was in NYC a couple of weeks ago for them to show me around.  Jose Vazquez and I walked around Brooklyn for a bit and then had the opportunity to shoot from Myrna Weinreich’s apartment balcony which has a great view of the Manhattan skyline.

This is the view from Myrna’s balcony of Brooklyn Heights/DUMBO, the Brooklyn Bridge, East River and the Manhattan Skyline.  Thanks Myrna for letting me capture this view.

A view of the Manhattan Skyline with the Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn Heights, New York.

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East River Glow

I’ve made a decision to blog a few less days a week.  I was starting to feel as though my work was forced and hurried and I just didn’t feel comfortable with sharing hurried work.  My schedule has become hectic, especially as the portrait side of my business is starting to move forward.  I still have a strong passion for landscapes and cityscapes, but learning portraits and doing studio work has really sparked another creative chord in my brain. The portrait and studio have given me a better understanding of light and how to control it, whether it is artificial light or natural light it’s all the same concepts. Once  you learn to control light then you can use that to make great photography.

I’ve also learned to be more detailed in reviewing my photographs. Photos for the web don’t necessarily translate to images that show well on a 60″ X 40″ metal print.  I never thought I would ever be the one manipulating pixels at 1000%, but sometimes it makes all the difference in the world in a large print hanging over someones couch. It’s given me a different perspective when I publish images on my blog. My photography is creating memories and smiles for people and that’s what truly drives my passion.

Last week I had the opportunity to visit New York City again. I always enjoy traveling to New York. I don’t have to rent a car and visiting sites is just a short walk, subway ride or taxi ride to my destination.

I made the short trek over to Brooklyn one evening and down along the banks near Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights there are pilings along the pier.  The sun was setting, but still enough light for me to use my B+W 10-Stop filter to smooth out the water.  The added benefit was that the filter gives a warm hue to images.  This gave the water of the East River and the Manhattan Skyline a warm sunset glow while creating drama in with the clouds in the sky.

If you ever get to New York City, take a short walk over the Brooklyn Bridge or one of the subway trains to Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. The neighborhood is clean and has plenty of local restaurants, fantastic park and pier area and to top it off, one of the best views of the Manhattan Skyline.

The glow of the sunset during stormy skies over the East River and Manhattan, New York

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Storm Clouds Over The Brooklyn Bridge

I met up with NY based photographer Jose Vasquez last Monday and he gave me a little tour around Brooklyn Heights.  Jose, thanks for being so hospitable.  Be sure to check out some of Jose’s work.  He does some amazing things his iPhone.

Just as the sun was about to set, the storm clouds came over so the sunset was a little disappointing so I decided to turn lemon into lemonade.  The sun was still peaking through the clouds so I was able to do some high contrast work which made for some interesting black and whites. I used my B + W 10X filter to create give the clouds some movement and add some drama to the scene with a long exposure.

One of the most interesting details of the Brooklyn Bridge is the suspension webbing and the interesting patterns it creates.  I was able to capture the detail in contrast as the sun made for an amazing contrast highlighting the webbing of the bridge.

Late Afternoon sun peaking through storm clouds over the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

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The Brooklyn Bridge

Today I thought I would share with you the pedestrian walkway on the Brooklyn Bridge. The walkway is wooden planks for both bikes and pedestrians. It’s truly something you have to walk down once to understand the uniqueness and beauty of being able to walk down the center of one of the oldest suspension bridges in the U.S. as cars are passing under you on both sides of the bridge. The suspension webbing is truly unique leading up to a center tower with the American Flag waving in the wind and the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop to the bridge.

Have a great weekend!

Brookly Bridge - ©2012 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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