Well, I was inspired once again, and this time its Serghei's fault :)
As I think most of you know, Serghei has been in New York City lately, and he has posted several photos of the city skyline with its iconic sky scrapers. I just couldn't help but get in on some of that action.
This photo was taken at the top of the Rockefeller Building, not the Empire State Building.
Both offer amazing and unforgettable views, but without a doubt they differ in their experiences. If you're wanting a more relaxed atmosphere with more space to move around and less congestion, than the Rockefeller is your better option.
Tripods are not allowed, but of course i got away with using my tripod :)
They don't allow you to use your tripod with its legs extended outwards - which i understand as it takes up alot of space. So what i did was I used my tripod as a mono-pod. Braced it tightly up against the wall infront of me to keep it steady for this 5 sec long exposure.
And I know that the horizon line isn't exactly 100% straight, but if i corrected that, than the tall vertical spire would be tilted, so its just a matter of personal choice I guess.
Hope you like it
Have a great weekend
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snunney (72834) 2013-11-02 6:41
Great shot this. Ideally exposed whilst the bookmark crop suits the subject perfectly. Love that pink tinged sky as a backdrop. Would dearly love to go back to the Big Apple, but can't see it happen, too many other things going on and new places to visit.
dkmurphys (42633) 2013-11-02 6:49
Very good idea for this image. I like the result, spectacular image.
Have a nice weekend.
Kamilutka (3738) 2013-11-02 7:22
I like it! At the first sight the sea of lights can be little bit confusing but then one discovers the shapes. There is good depth in here and very pretty horizon which counterbalances the strong foreground.
Good colors and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!
worldcitizen (5635) 2013-11-02 7:49
Very nice! I love the colors of the sky at dusk, and the lights in all the windows. I instantly recognized the Bank of America Tower; it's the tallest one with the green spire on top. It's a fairly new building, completed in 2009. I like the way the scene climbs vertically.
timecapturer (37236) 2013-11-02 8:11
inspired is the word here especially using your mono-pod! ;-). NYC at night is a memorable experience and one that I did a long time ago when I only had my analogue SLR and with slide film. The shots are still wonderful but lack the quality of this amazing image. Must really get over the pond and experience it again, Serghei has got me thinking too.
Enjoy the weekend - Brian.
Romano46 (11653) 2013-11-02 8:23
a momenti non bastava la pagina per contenere la tua bella foto.
Il tyaglio č appropriato al soggetto e la ripresa perfetta come tutte le tue proposte. Una New Yorksplendida anche per la ricca definizione della tua foto ed una luce che illumina una notte che si avvicina colta nel suo momento migliore.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
ktanska (22712) 2013-11-02 9:14
Fascinating blue hour cityview. I see the talles one is even higher than your viewpoint. Good balance between natural light and office illumination. Obviously a good destination for the blue hour!
npecanhuk (56392) 2013-11-02 9:14
Excellent and attractive NYC photograph, with special regards to its level of sharpness, slim vertical format, exposure and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
krzychu30 (12793) 2013-11-02 9:30
back to the roots,huh?:)
I think I donīt have to tell you how much I love such views.I just write it looks really great in your tight frame.Itīs the city that really never sleeps:)
Superb perspective,details and delightful sky.
Great you were able to use tripod though.Why is actually not allowed to use it?I had the same problems in Chicago(in Hong Kong there was no restrictions).
I thought the tripod becomes a dangerous weapon only in Lisaīs hands:)
Have a great weekend
Noel_Byrne (13458) 2013-11-02 9:39
Stunning result on this, the shot is an instant eye catcher. Not only for the perfect choice of frame, but the colors are really outstanding in that setting sun. Once more, I would sit for hours looking in all of those little windows, its like nosing on a million different people at once :) Great idea with the tripod too, its worked a treat to produce this beauty.
All the best
Mics (198) 2013-11-02 11:13
It's an awesome view of the skyline and the skyscraper :-)You do sure have a knack in getting sneaky and still able to get this wonderful shot. Thanks for sharing.....your tip.;-) Nice day to you!
Hansaphotos (6113) 2013-11-02 11:43
Yes, its a sad fact that tripod are not allowed. You managed perfectly to get a sharp and clear view with the skyscraper with the spire (I remember well that one from my visit on the top of Rockefeller building) Lots of details to study on this excellent night shot of the Big Apple. My son Fredrik is there now to participate in tommorow`s NYC Marathon. Great shot, Craig:)
Enjoy your WE.
mesutilgim (73080) 2013-11-02 13:02
Wonderfull "bookmark" from NY the big Apple !
A capture with perfect pov and layout; good graphical effect.
TFS and have a nice weekend
Gigidusud (10316) 2013-11-02 15:33
Wow! Splendid shot of NY city at blue hour. Excellent vertical format and great farming. Love it!
Have a nice Sunday,
carlo62 (19543) 2013-11-02 15:46
un taglio verticale molto evidente, ma che si presta benissimo a questa immagine, bello e suggestivo.
Eccellente esposizione, un bel mix tra le luci artificiali e la luce del cielo dalle sfumature rosa.
lousat (64327) 2013-11-02 16:11
Hi Craig,the details of this pic are fantastics,and what a exposure too,to show us the electric lights and the beautiful sunset in the best way,great choice of the bookmark format,another top class work,i like it!!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
bukitgolfb301 (32688) 2013-11-02 17:45
Hi dear Craig
Good idea for bold vertical farmework, but juts fit with this intersting object. NIce illumination via perfect exposuire as usual as your high skills and techniques.
Thanks a lot for your sharing and have a beautiful Sunday! Takero
jjcordier (67366) 2013-11-03 0:28
Remarquable photo dans un format original et tout ā fait adapté ā l'image. Excellent!
CLODO (26490) 2013-11-03 1:29
We can't miss the thumbnail, being 3 or 4 times biger than he horizontal pictures!
A good cityscape, with the illuminated windows (what about the global warming!?) at every floor of the many skyscrappersand the sea at the background. It was not yet the blue hour.
Fis2 (77084) 2013-11-03 4:05
Interesting vertical frame.
Much windows ;)
Excellent colors and light.
I like it.
Have a nice day
ChrisJ (91342) 2013-11-03 5:28
I had the same problem with the Eiffel Tower. It was almost impossible to get both the horizon AND the tower level in the same shot without placing the tower bang smack in the middle, which is the most boring position to put it. Same applies here and anyway the skyscraper is far more dominant than the small patch of bg sky so deserves the better placement imho. Tfs!
delpeoples (48734) 2013-11-03 6:41
Ooo weee what a shot. I'm not a big fan of the bookmark cut, but can guess why you used it here and must say you've done so to great effect. I nearly spat my cuppa out laughing so hard at you and your monopod. See what you really need is a big forehead! Anyway, you fooled the authorities and got a razor sharp image to boot. Love the colours and contrasts. The light is exquisite. Well, I'd better get to sleep, it's 1:40am and the rest of my critiquing will have to wait.
Have a lovely Sunday, thanks for sharing
rychem (13770) 2013-11-03 8:57
Excellent presentation, perfect light management, compliments
holmertz (31408) 2013-11-03 9:43
At a first glance the well lit buildings seem to merge into one huge complex. A closer look makes me figure it all out. It's a very well exposed photo with a perfectly visible city area in the far background. The upper part with the pink sky and the green spire is just as eye-catching as the skyscrapers below. And like you I prefer a slightly tilted horizon to a tilted spire. That would have looked really weird.
Schnappilic (9088) 2013-11-03 12:23
Congratulation for this superb picture taking in difficult condition. Splendid light management!
emka (64266) 2013-11-03 22:50
fantastic shot and great view from Rockeffeller Buiding. I was also on both places but I didn't use tripod (strange, isn't it). But you will be surprised that I have a monopod! I haven't used it yet, I think it can be usuful for shooting from above, in the crowd for instance. The bookmark format works here wonderfully. The colours are great too.
Warm regrads MAlgo
mkamionka (27121) 2013-11-04 2:35
spectacular view and a good idea to close up here. I would be even more tempted to focus on the very distant fragment near the horizon, the aspect of the river and amazing colors of the sky are fantastic and they would be emphasized more. Very original bookmark style frame.
serp2000 (33239) 2013-11-04 3:47
Thanks for your kind words about me ;) Excellnet blue hour shot, perfect exposure. You are lucky photographer, 'cause the security of the E.S.B. didn't let me take my tripod to the top of the building.
Perfect DoF, good exposure! TFS!
eldancer1 (20868) 2013-11-04 7:48
Awesome capture of NYC buildings but it's too bad even a vertical can't capture the whole building, you did a wonderful job though. Good lighting for a blue hour and wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
All of my airplane photos were taken from the ground. There's a web site, Milavia.net, that post schedule of air shows you may want to look into it for shows near you.
abmdsudi (32577) 2013-11-04 9:53
Terrific night shot which really shows off the light, enormous detail and brilliant colours, accompanied by a really interesting narrative. The gorgeous gradation of sky colours is so fantastic. Lovely shot, Congrats
Kugart (1776) 2013-11-04 13:26
Great shot from the Top of the Rock. I was in NYC in June of this year but I never got round to visiting this building. How I regret it now. Excellent slimline view across the city towards the Hudson with beautiful colour on the horizon. The buildings in the foreground really set the scale of this amazing city.
All the best
mjw364 (6142) 2013-11-05 4:04
Great shot. the crop adds to the frame dynamic which emphasises the height of the building and the light is perfect. Well judged exposure.
Don't worry - there are more shots of Barca to come - even I get sick of them from time to time though!
adramad (31003) 2013-11-05 6:35
I love this magnificent portrait composition, vertical format with this so long, wonderful framing, lit buildings we see in the foreground, they look sensational.
A beautiful POV, with a view of the city lost in the background, wonderful sky with those beautiful reddish sunset.
Very good image quality, sharpness is also great.
Very good job.
Enjoy a happy day.
bartekp (4662) 2013-11-05 9:36
Superb POV!!! Amaizing shot taken before sunset. I like long view and buildings, lights, bulidings, lights.
Have a nice evening
cornejo (22610) 2013-11-06 9:33
Hi Craig, lovely view from this high vantage point in an interesting moment of the evening, very well composed and captured with a great pov, in this great and beautiful photography. An interesting moment in a beautiful image with good sharpness, depth and quality. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy rest of week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
jemaflor (74166) 2013-11-06 10:58
great result, interesting pov and presentation in a big vertical format, perfect timing with a good moment to capture this view whith lights, perfect sharpness.
s_lush (16054) 2013-11-09 10:58
What a distinct, clear and sharp night shot with interesting modern architecture, bright lights and beautiful sunset sky! Excellent composition, lovely colors and ideal quality of the image!
josepmarin (56537) 2013-11-10 5:03
Hi, my friend Craig,
an awesome view from the Top of the Rock, with the subtle light and the gorgeous colours of the late afternoon.
This observatory of the TOR was inaugurated one day after the end of my trip, and I could not enjoy it. In my next visit to NYC this is a target, sure.
I like the beautiful glass architecture of the buildings with its nice lighting, and the horizon line with the pink tones, in a good contrast with the still blue sky.
I love specially the building in the background, at the shore of Jersey City, a beautiful work of Cesar Pelli.
A great work.
mcmtanyel (5355) 2013-11-12 21:12
A beautiful, sharp almost-blue-hour photo with lovely hues. A fresh look at a familiar city. Well seen and exquisitely rendered.
korbee (6557) 2013-11-18 13:55
Superbe vieuw,so much to look at,even peeping into the offices ;=],love the river in the background,god im glad you are keeping up the quality on TE.
ikeharel (44139) 2013-11-27 3:12
The many windows illuminated on the big city, marvelous sight I used to see daily in the 70th. Now, more modern scarapers "popped-up" in recent years over its skyline.
An exquisite clarity, and mingling golden tone of sunset with the blue on the horizon.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (45636)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-09-09
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
- Exposure: f/5.6, 5 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-02 6:23