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New York City - Sunset - Chinatown - East Broadway
when the sun
past the clouds
as light as
of the fuzzy
of a dream
just before eyelashes
open like a curtain
dawdling night sky.
In preparation for my upcoming trip to Paris this week, I am now in the possession of the Sony a7R with the Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 lens (thank you Sony!) which I took out for a walk and promptly fell in love with all in the span of the first few shots I took with it.
I walked over the Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge and it was a pleasure to capture the beautiful spring light that poured over East Broadway. It’s incredible how the sun’s light changes so drastically from season to season. Spring light is one of my favorites. After the brutal winter we had in New York City (I am in denial that it may snow again tomorrow), it was nice to bask in the spring glow.
New York City - Snow - Financial District
If you have been following along with my posts, it’s pretty clear that I have been pining away for a good snow here in New York City. Earlier this week I posted some photos of Central Park’s most beautiful winter views and a compilation of photos of a snowy night in Manhattan. Well, I am happy to say that today definitely delivered in terms of snowy goodness.
After a hearty breakfast, I headed out to explore a part of Manhattan I rarely get to enjoy in the snow: the Financial District. I have photographed the Financial District quite a bit but never during a winter storm. It’s actually one of my favorite parts of lower Manhattan. Between its historic streets and its gotham-like feel, it’s hard to not get swept up in the cinematic elements of the neighborhood.
Gallery Key (corresponds to the order of photos in the photo-set):
1. This is Stone Street. The street dates back to the 1600s and has the distinction of being New York City’s first paved street. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York City - Snow - Stone Street
2. City Hall Park surrounds Manhattan’s City Hall which is the oldest city hall in the United States that still is the seat of various government functions. The fountain is flanked by some of the last working glasslights in the city. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York Winter - City Hall Fountain in the Snow
3. Nothing is more iconic in the Financial District than the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. For 90 years there has been a holiday tree that sits in front of the stock exchange (it’s a traditional “Christmas tree” that is flanked by menorahs and serves as a mixed holiday tree). View this photo in my portfolio here: New York Stock Exchange Holiday Tree in the Snow
4.When evening falls in the Financial District, the neighborhood’s architecture stands out against the dramatic light and shadows that come into play in the evening hours. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York City - Winter - Financial District in the Snow
5. I have a penchant for narrow streets that can be misconstrued as alleys and the Financial District has several streets that meet this brief. This is one of them adorned with snow. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York City - Winter - Bicycling Down an Alley in the Snow
** All of these photos were taken with my Sony NEX-6
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:
New York Street Views - Greenwich Village
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This is my weekly blog post to PDN’s Emerging Photographer’s Blog.
New York City skyline from above at dusk
You took my hand
and we flew over the city
soaring above the streets
glistening with the lights of
a million urban stars.
As we soared
in our stomachs,
before our eyes.
And the sky
and the city
fused into one.
This was taken on a magical evening with the Sony A99 from the top of the Empire State Building. The sky was thick with fog and rain clouds. It was like peering through a bleary-eyed smile of a dream.
The view is looking north over the skyscrapers and rooftops of midtown Manhattan towards Central Park.
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