NEW YORK CITY, may 2016
Posted on 21 September 2016 by Maxence Boyer
For the second time of my life I went in the United States of America, to visit this time one of the biggest of the world : New York.
From Brooklyn to Central Park, via Time Square and the 5th Avenue, I walked down New York during a week to create beautiful photos.
The first day began with a walk in the Brooklyn's district which allowed me to look for spots photos of the skyline, along East River. I returned in the evening on the scene that I had left in the morning.
The photography session began with the Manhattan Bridge with on background the Empire State Building. It gave an image of a giant metalic structure in the middle of the street. Unfortunately it was too early and the light wasn't great.
Then I went to the riverside of East River and I stayed there since the sun lies down. I spent approximately 3 hours on the riverside to make 213 photos to bring out the photos below. I began with a panorama taken at sunset. In Lightroom I tried to two different atmospheres, awarm version and a cold version.
Then I tried to make a panorama which included the Brooklyn Bridge.
I moved towards the Pier n°2 to incorporate wooden blocks into my foreground.
Technical point : I used my filter Lee Big Stopper to be able to smooth the water of the river and give movement to clouds. If no correction is made, this filter gives a blue aspect to photos, like the one below.
Then I returned to my previous spot, waiting for the blue hour and contining my photos of the skyline of New York City.
I returned a last time to the Pier n°2 to have some photos with the wooden blocks during the blue hour.
The day ended with this last photo taken at the very end of the blue hour and at the beginning of the night.
The next day, I climbed at the top of the Empire State Building in the beginning of afternoon, I returned there in the evening to capture New York by night. Go to the 86th floor to discover the view below. We can see the Flat Iron in the intersection of Broadway and the 5th Avenue, in the background the One World Trade Center and on the right if you are attentive, one of the bright spots is the Statue of Liberty.
I spent 30 minutes at the top and made 100 photos, most have motion blur due to the fact that tripod are forbidden but I managed to have 2-3 sharp photos.
The next day I didn't make a photo. There are days where we are happy to be able to walk through the city without having a bag on the back all day long.
The next day I went to the 70th floor of the Rockfeller tower to capture the sunset. I preferred the view because it allows to photograph the Empire State Building and there is many big buildings near the tower, which is usefull for the foreground of my photos. And on the north face of the building there is a beautiful view on Central Park.
This time I made 187 photos and stayed 1 hour at the top of Top of Rock. The fatigue of the day and huge amount of tourists made that I didn't stay longer to wait for the end of the bue hour.
Here is the view on Central Park.
The following evening I visited Time Square with its shops, its taxis and its huge advertising panel.
I ended the evening with a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge to capture a last time the buildings of the business district of New York before returning to the hotel.
The next day I visited Little Italy, Chinatown and Flat Iron.
The light wasn't great in the beginning of the afternoon, but it was the last photos which I was able to make in New York and I couldn't leave NYC without making the photo of every good tourist visiting New York do : a partial desaturation by keeping only the yellow taxis!
During the post processing of the photo I created two versions, one in sepia and the other one in black and white.
The last day I go back to the airport, taking with me very good memories of this week in New York and cards SD filled.
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