NYC in Photos
I have just returned from six days in New York – one of my very favourite cities in the world – having taken LOTS and LOTS of photos, so I thought I would share a selection of my favourite images with you – along with the reason(s) why I like them/why I think they work…
The photo below is of a building which was opposite our hotel… I took it purely because I loved the brightly coloured images painted on the wall (I’m a big fan of street art)! I took a similar shot in the daylight but feel that this one taken at night has more impact…
Bustling Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station is a beautiful piece of architecture and was opened back in 1913. It has to be one of the most beautiful railway stations in the world – as well as being one of the busiest, with a whopping 44 platforms! I chose this shot as it not only shows the grandeur of the building but also the fact that this is a functional space with masses of people passing through it every day to catch their trains. I like the feeling of movement in this shot, which is achieved by the blurring of the people as they go about their business.
Bird’s Eye View of the Street
I always try to take photos from different angles in order to show a different perspective on day-to-day scenes. I find that street scenes often work well shot from directly above. This photo shows the busy New York street directly outside my hotel. From 31 storeys up, the cars look like toys and the people are just tiny dots!
NYC by Night
I love night-time photography and there are lots of interesting light displays to photograph in brightly lit NYC – particularly around Christmas time! Play around with your camera to make sure you get your settings right…
A walk over Brooklyn Bridge
I loved walking over the Brooklyn Bridge as it offers such great views over that part of the City – but it is also an interesting structure and offers lots of interesting architectural photo opportunities.
View from the One World Observatory
I enjoy taking photographs from high up (who doesn’t?). On our last trip we visited Top of the Rock, so this time we went up the One World Observatory. As they are at different ends of Manhattan they offer different vantage points over this part of New York City. The downside to the One World Observatory is that there is no outside viewing point, so any photos have to be taken through glass, meaning some reflection is unavoidable.
The Rockefeller Center by Night
I love this shot of the Rockefeller Center lit up at night. It’s such an imposing structure and I think this photo taken looking up captures the scale of the building as it towers over little old me down at street level! The coloured lighting adds further interest to the shot.
Unfortunately, the light was pretty flat (due to the sky being overcast) pretty much the whole time we were in New York, meaning a lot of adjusting of camera settings and even more post-editing was needed to give the images taken outside (in the daytime) more definition… but you just have to work with what nature throws at you I guess!
I think if I had to pick my favourite image from this selection it would be the Rockefeller Center by night – I just love the perspective and the colours in this shot.
Which is your favourite photo? Let me now below…
*Some of the photos above were taken on my iPhone 6 and the rest were taken on my Canon PowerShot SX60 HS.