26 Jan

The Details

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These are the kinds of photographs I enjoy taking the most.

NYC is a huge, complex, busy place and it requires a wide angle view to capture a sense of the place and space. Being that it was my first visit, I mostly focused on the wide view, but photographed a few finer details too. 

Sherman Monument - Goddess of Victory

This is Sherman's Monument, Goddess of Victory, about to undergo badly needed restoration.

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24 Jan

City Parks

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There are over 8 million people living in New York City, mostly in apartments or condos without yards. Public parks are therefore an important necessity.

The parks are lush and colorful, with a power to transform the city landscape.

Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park was named after George Washington, and became a public park in 1827. Daily visitors include the rich, the poor, the homeless, NYU college students, tourists and everyone in between.

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21 Jan

People

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I am not in my comfort zone photographing people. It feels too voyeristic.  Though I enjoy meeting new people, especially those who are different than me, I am never interested in someone else's business unless they invite me into it. 

New York is full of all varieties of peple, and I did try to capture a few of them. Mostly I photographed people from a comfortable distance where I could observe how they fit into their environment.

High Line Park on the phone

I found this woman casually talking on her phone in the High Line Park. I'm guessing she is a local who has spent hours here, perhaps most of them on the phone. I was very comfortable photographing her because she was completely unaware of me.

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17 Jan

Taxi Cabs

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New York City is colored golden yellow with spots like a Seurat painting.

NYC Taxi Cab

The NYC cab may be as iconic as the Statue of Liberty or the Brooklyn Bridge.

NYC Taxi Cab

There are so many taxis on the road that all other vehicles feel like visitors in a foreign land.

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12 Jan

Statue of Liberty

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Liberty Island suffered significant damage from Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012. The Island was closed for repairs until July 4th, 2013. We were fortunate enough to visit five days after the island reopened. Everything was clean, and polished, and looking brand new. Even the grass looked perfect. Lady Liberty shined in the morning sun, not showing a day of her 100 plus years.

NYC Skyline

The boat ride over to Liberty Island is a treat in itself. The view back towards Manhatten is spectacular, even with a little morning haze.

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31 Dec

It's Crowded in NYC

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Yes, it is crowded in New York City. Everyone knows that.

I must have been mentally prepared for the congestion, because I never really thought about it, and never felt the crush of people when I was there. Maybe that was because I was on vacation, or because I was so excited to be in a place I had wanted to visit my whole life. Maybe it was because I spent so much time looking at my surroundings through the camera lens. Whatever the reason, I just didn't recognize the crowds until I got home and looked at my photographs,

NYC Crowd

... and then I was pretty shocked.

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27 Dec

Brooklyn Bridge

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We did the touristy thing and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Selfishly I wished there weren't so many other tourists doing the same thing, because they got in the way of my idealistic concept of the photographs I wished to take. Walking the bridge is a "must do" for anyone visiting the city for the first time, and the bridge is so overwhelmingly stunning that no photograph could really do it justice, with or without hords of tourists. These are the best of what I captured. Hopefully some day I can return to take more.

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NYC Brooklyn Bridge

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03 Dec

Reflections

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I love to photograph reflections. I think it is the abstract qualities that I like most. I am also drawn to the contrasts between subjects, shapes and colors. Reflections offer a surprise element too. Some reflected details just aren't noticeable until the editing process starts. Editing becomes even more fun when I discover things in my images.

NYC offers an over abundance of reflections to photograph. I saw so many incredible images reflected in the glass buildings, that at times I'd forget to look at the actual buildings and people around me.

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This is one of the first images I photographed after arriving in the city. I shot this from inside of our hotel room on the 8th floor, looking straight out to the buildings behind us. Amazingly the image doesn't have any glare, which often happens when photographing through glass. This picture is proof that in digital photography, every interesting shot is worth a try, despite the apparent obstacles.

NYC office building reflections

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23 Nov

Looking Up In NYC

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This was my first time in NYC, so I guess it's no surprise that I spent a lot of time looking up.

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Ernst & Young Time Square

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11 Nov

Washington DC

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Monuments and Memorials

These are the monuments and memorials I saw while in DC. The Lincoln Memorial deservedly gets it's own photo blog. Lincoln Memorial images can be viewed here.

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World War II Memorial on a hot summer day.

WWII Memorial

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