The title makes no sense with this photo, right? Well, there is a fun little bit of info that ties it together…
I’ve been lucky enough to have a small handful of pictures that offer a birds-eye perspective, which Noel has attributed to me hovering above in a balloon chair, just like the house in the movie “Up.” Love that analogy, and I wish it were true…I’d have so much fun photographing the world below while lounging in a chair…and who wouldn’t? :)
So, with that wishful thinking in mind I’ve decided to burst my balloons and descend for a picture using the same type of concept, but this time with an inverted viewpoint.
Long before I acquired a wide angle, I had a cheap screw-on lens which produced some interesting fish-eye type of effects…unfortunately though, the image quality left a lot to be desired!? It was fun to experiment with though, and sure worked great to pull together some of Manhattan’s buildings for this particular shot. My goal was to try and showcase the well known NYC skyline in a different way, and one that used the negative space of the sky as a shape of its own.
Anyway, hope you enjoy the view…and whenever you may be in the city, don’t forget to look up…even if it does make you stand out as a tourist. lol
Thanks for stopping by.
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macjake (58782) 2014-03-04 21:38
At first glance i thought you stole some of my Las Vegas photos lol
Certainly not as old as Gert's photos, or some of Jean Jacques recent shots, but perhaps for you and I 2004 is an oldie :)
I'm looking around trying to recognize some of the buildings, but none of them stand out to me...do you remember exactly where you were when you took this shot?
Or perhaps Brenda will recognize some of them, she's been everywhere in NYC!
I like the spaces inbetween the buildings too, if you think about it not very many of these UPwards skycraper shots have that spacing.
Somehow makes it look more airy.
very cool, keep them coming!
mcmtanyel (14917) 2014-03-04 21:54
Yes, your project yielded good fruit. And yes, i can see the limitation of the screw-on lens. The result id pleasant nevertheless. Congratulations and TFS!
danos (88819) 2014-03-04 22:55
excellent the creative perspective as the convergence of the high buildings with the sky above.I like the excellent and well chosen POV as the beauty of the scene.
jemaflor (87291) 2014-03-04 22:59
excellent pov, graphical result with these buildings, good sharpness and light capture, tfs.
HimalAnda (10003) 2014-03-04 23:27
The composition is very good, the light is nice. I like this kind of picture.
carlo62 (36065) 2014-03-05 0:33
un ottimo colpo, questi grattacieli compongono un bel disegno proiettato nel cielo, creato da un ottimo pov.
Molto bella anche la luce, si apprezza maggiormente sul palazzo a destra. Forse manca leggermente di qualità, ma nel complesso è un ottimo risultato.
Noel_Byrne (26101) 2014-03-05 0:38
Love it! This is some view, and as you say, the fish eye effect is very cool here. As soon as I seen this, I did think that it had that look one might see as they hurtled to the ground from above, and it made me smile to think of the balloon chair popping to achieve the result, very nice idea :)
This pic is a perfect example of why I love skyscrapers, this scene is wonderful. As well a fine architectural shot, its also a great abstract scene too. Cool shot, and love the note!
All the best from soggytown.
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-03-05 1:48
I´ll just write-WOOOW!
Love this!and love your upward perspective here.
It captures perfectly vertical character of "Big Apple" and simultaneously create its unique,urban atmosphere.
The view speaks for itself,so I have one word for it-Brilliant!
Happy Hump Day
lousat (79772) 2014-03-05 2:04
Hi Jason,a reverse vertigo effect,truly beautiful,i like the surround effect made by these buildings on the sky,spectacular details everywhere in the best exposure.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
holmertz (43275) 2014-03-05 3:08
This gives me a strange feeling of vertigo, like I would have to cling to something, or I will be pulled up in the air. It's a fine shot and to me its greatest asset is definitely the light blue space between the buildings. I love its jagged contours. For some reason I get an uneasy feeling that an airplane will appear dangerously close to one of the skyscrapers :-(.
Royaldevon (31763) 2014-03-05 6:07
You have certainly produced the desired effect. The negative space creates a near cross and relates the buildings via this space. It's one of those interesting perception shots, first you see the cross in the sky, then you see the buildings stretching upwards. It's possible to keep changing between the two perceptions.
It may be an old shot but it still carries the message you hoped it would, a new perspective of the N.Y skyline.
Have a great day,
Sergiom (63901) 2014-03-05 6:08
J'aime beaucoup cette composition. Il faut plusieurs éléments essentiels pour les réussir. Ici, la lumière est très belle sur toutes les parties des immeubles et le ciel est d'un très beau bleu comme arrière plan.
ikeharel (60317) 2014-03-05 7:47
Just by looking strait upwards on your photo, one can get some dizziness... but a marvelous sight in the big apple.
I used to do this many times, found myself with head stretched to follow the buildings outlines tro the sky.
Cricri (109597) 2014-03-05 9:37
Hello cher ami Jason
C'est impressionnant, moi qui ne suis pas grande c'est des géants que j'aurai autour de moi:-)
le cadrage est top avec ces différents buildings sous le fond bleu, bien vu et réaliser
Belle soirée a toi
yquem46 (38746) 2014-03-05 9:46
An excellent shot indeed !
Good light, natural colors and of course above all the perspective of this pack of skyscrapers making a very strong graphical and visual impact
Bravo, love this one
PaulVDV (23409) 2014-03-05 9:52
I'm really not sure but I doubt that there are many places in NYC where you can look up and see so many tops of high buildings so close together.
I really like this composition.
Best regards, Paul
cornejo (33958) 2014-03-05 11:16
Hi Jason, I like this excellent photograph of this magnificent composition with the frame up, perfectly captured in this super interesting image with good sharpness, depth, light and beautiful color. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
rbassin (19165) 2014-03-05 11:18
une superbe photo en contre plongée, l'effet est magnifique.
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-05 16:45
Another real NYC winner, Jason - everything about this works to express the often dizzying height of the city, even the distortions around the edges that you mention in the note, which I think just add to the sense of vertigo. This shot is how I imagine tourists from, say, Kansas first feel walking through Midtown! Well envisioned and captured.
nikkitta (15718) 2014-03-05 18:12
It will be my only comment tonight, House of Cards is waiting for me
But boy, how very creative capture...following my steps, I also go that way in NY ( when alone) watching up, admiring and taking photos
I posted a similar one
Please go and watch
Don t know to insert a link, lol
The photo is good and personal, now the question, where was taken ?
If on the right is CNN building?, not sure if it is, must be Culumbus Circus, but such buildings so close, may be search from where I took my capture or near Plaza Hotel and 58 st.
Like to read your histories about the photo, always interesting or funny ones, from far the best, the one playing with your shadow
Seriously, well composed capture leaving space and sky to create good contrast
Saludos from the Far South
mirosu (15094) 2014-03-05 19:18
You are very creative photographer with excellent eyes for perfect arrangement (did I say this in the past? if yes apologize me for repeating). This view up between the modern high-rise buildings is superb.
I like the excellent lines and shapes as well as your superb central standpoint. There is also an excellent contrast against blue sky.
Very well done.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-05 20:45
Excellent creative capture of the beauty presented by the city sky-scrapers. In my eyes they are not beautiful subjects, but your use of POV and creativity has squeezed out whatever beauty they have. I like the cross in the sky created by the blocks of buildings. Very well thought out and executed shot. Thanks for sharing.
subhendu_bagchi (25935) 2014-03-06 2:29
incredible graphism obtained by your well chosen POV. Vertical lens position gives you to capture an interesting perspective created by there skyscrapers. Great idea, very well executed. Tfs.
serp2000 (41316) 2014-03-06 4:42
Hi, my dear friend!
I like it! Very creative idea and excellent realisation! Great choice of the point of view, perfect sharpness. Very interesting presentation of the cocrete jungle.
ourania (34357) 2014-03-06 12:24
a fascinating composition, framed in a very effective way that makes the most of the irresistible perspectives, the character of each building and the corners of the frame. I like very much how each skyscraper stands out with its individual characteristics and how all of them are strongly bound like a group. I also love the dynamic blue pattern extending in all directions. It's an amazing view upwards but they also seem to be looking down at/on us:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
worldcitizen (7295) 2014-03-06 14:44
I'm stumped! I keep looking at these buildings, but they don't ring a bell. If only I could make out the logo on top of the bottom right one...It's nice to get a skyscraper view without having to strain my neck this time. :-) I like the space between these buildings, and the different forms and windows.
siudzi (34119) 2014-03-07 4:29
Creative and original capture of this impressive modern architecture! Love your unique low POV and marvelous graphical layout of the picture. Very well done!
Didi (58042) 2014-03-11 8:08
Did you had an horizontal position on the ground ?
Very interesting convergence of perspective good frame quality of your subject
adores (39179) 2014-04-01 15:37
It's surely a very good idea:)! It's funny that we really feel surrounded by concrete, the buildings seem so high from here. I like the way you framed them. The light and the sky are also very good.
fritzi007 (7506) 2014-05-31 14:51
really a great perspective, exceptionally well!
Thanks for sharing,