308 posts tagged landscape
New York City - Skyline at Dusk
There is something really extraordinary about the shift between day and night in New York City.
It’s gradual and at the same time abrupt in its magnitude.
The lights on the skyscrapers flicker on as the night sky pulls itself over the city while the sun is still dancing with the horizon.
It’s this sort of in-between time that seems to suit a city full of people who feed off the frenetic energy and constant shifts that occur on a momentary basis.
New York City rarely dwells in absolutes.
Its landscape and structures only seem to remain still.
This is a view from the Top of the Rock (also known as 30 Rock and the top of Rockefeller Center) taken with the Sony A99. The skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan sit in the foreground leading up to the Empire State Building and further in the distance sits the Freedom Tower and lower Manhattan.
New York City Skyline at Sunset on a Stormy Evening
The sky was on fire that night
as the sun rode down towards the horizon
leaving a trail of glowing embers in its wake.
And our hearts were beating
to the rhythm of the skyline:
heart beats that traveled
up and down the
rising crescendos and diminuendos
of the tops of skyscrapers
on the trailed off sentences
as our lips met.
This is an older photograph of the New York City skyline during one of the most spectacular sunsets I have seen in the city. You can tell it is an older skyline photo due to the state of 1 World Trade Center which was in its infancy stages. It is interesting how architecture can date an image particularly when your subject matter is one of the most evolving and popular skylines in the world.
Prior to taking this photograph, I had gotten caught in a torrential downpour while walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. As soon as I crossed the bridge, the rain stopped and the skies opened in a tremendously dramatic fashion to reveal a decidedly fiery sunset with a tiny hole in the clouds perfect enough for a plane to traverse. It was one of the most perfect moments.
New York City - Winter - Central Park in the Snow
This is the always iconic Bow Bridge in Central Park, New York City. This is an alternate edit of one of my most popular photos (ever).
It never even occurred to me that I had never shared this photo online on my New York City photography blog until this past week when it was tweeted by a very, very popular Twitter account: Earth Pics (with over 1 million Twitter followers). I have been hyper-focused on my Twitter lately and have been having an awesome time getting into the various discussions that occur on there revolving around NYC and travel, two subjects I am passionate about.
A Twitter follower of mine notified me that she noticed that a photo of mine had been shared without any credit and linked to the tweet. I scratched my head for a good 5 minutes or so trying to figure out how this popular twitter account even came across this particular edit when I noticed the unmistakable Stocksy watermark all over their share of my photo! You see, some of my photos belong to a rather exclusive (and gorgeous) stock collection over at Stocksy. It appears that whoever shared it went to my profile and yanked the photo directly from there to share it. The tweet got well over 2,000 re-tweets and 3,000+ favorites which is no small feat but I was really bummed that I wasn’t credited at all especially since my Stocksy profile actually shows all of my social media links including my Twitter!
In any case, I e-mailed them and they removed the tweet, apologized and asked me to re-submit to their site in the future and they would gladly tweet with proper credit.
So here I am officially sharing this photo that seems to have ended up in quite a few places already (it appears people on We Heart It and Pinterest also had a field day passing it around without credit at some point…). Ah, the internet!
New York City - Winter - Central Park’s Most Beautiful Views
One of the best places in New York City to revel in winter’s finest landscapes is, without a doubt, Central Park. A few winters ago, New York City was buried in mounds of snow multiple times during the winter season. During one of the blizzards that hit the city, I bundled up and climbed through Central Park with my camera in tow to try capture the magic.
At a recent presentation I gave at Apple (in Grand Central here in New York City), someone asked me why I chose to edit my Central Park snow photos in the style I chose to edit them. Without hesitating I explained that I had grown up in Queens and that I always day-dreamed of winter wonderlands when I was younger but I never quite found the winter wonderlands of my daydreams in Queens. Central Park’s landscapes embody the wistful hot-cocoa-in-hand-wrapped-in-a-comfy-blanket winter dreams I lost myself in all those years.
There is something undeniably magical that occurs as the snow falls, swirling and twirling in the air until it hits the ground heavy with the weight of a thousand promises: exultations and dreams held close to the earth in the stillness between wintry pauses like a snowglobe resting between giddy shakes of joy.
Gallery Key (corresponds to the order of photos in the photo-set):
1. There is nothing more magical than Bow Bridge in the winter during a snowstorm. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York Winter - Central Park Snow
2. The Romeo and Juliet statue sits outside of the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. The Delacorte Theatre is surrounded by Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden and is the central hub for Shakespeare in the Park. View this photo in my portfolio here: Central Park Winter - Romeo and Juliet in the Snow - New York City
3. Castles and snow. Nothing else really needs to be said. This is Belvedere Castle in Central Park. You can actually climb the towers and I was able to climb them during the same blizzard that this photograph was taken in (but I will save those photos for another set!). View this photo in my portfolio here: Central Park Winter - Poet’s Walk - New York City
4.When snow falls in large quantities, the Lake in Central Park gets covered over with snow which lends itself to some of the most fairy-tale-esque views of the castle-like buildings that line Central Park West. This is a view of the towers of the San Remo apartment building. View this photo in my portfolio here: Winter - Central Park- Through Winter Trees - New York City
5. The muffled sound of your own steps while walking through the snow creates such a profound happiness especially when you consider that you are in the middle of Manhattan surrounded by endless winter landscapes. View this photo in my portfolio here: Central Park Winter - Snow in the Afternoon - New York City
6. It’s rare to find Bow Bridge devoid of people in the middle of the day. This may have been the only time I have been the only person standing on the bridge. The buildings in the distance line Central Park West. View this photo in my portfolio here: Central Park Winter - Snow on Bow Bridge - New York City
7. The labyrinth-like path leading from Shakespeare’s Garden lined by a wooden fence twists and turns in the snow winding its way under trees whose branches reach out to each other like eager arms awaiting the warmth of an embrace. View this photo in my portfolio here: Central Park Winter Path
8. This is a view of Bow Bridge from another angle. The Lake is frozen over and covered in a few feet of snow in the foreground. View this photo in my portfolio here: Serenity Memory - Bow Bridge in the Snow - Central Park
View these photos (and more) of snow in New York City larger and in a set here (click on each photo in the set to enlarge):
Interested in viewing these directly in my online portfolio? Here they are along with other New York City winter photos: