The View From Above | 30 Rock

New York City is an intense place.  Here’s a softer view of all the skyscrapers from the Top of The Rock in Rockefeller Center.

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New York City | Lower Manhattan

New York City

I had the pleasure of going on a harbor cruise around Lower Manhattan this past weekend.  I loved the opportunity to see such a historic city that has seen incredible change since it was first settled, and dramatic change even in the past decade.  The Freedom Tower can be seen in the frame, illuminated for the evening with red, white and blue interior lighting, among the other massive structures of Lower Manhattan.

The Chrysler Building

This is my favorite building in New York City – The Chrysler Building.  There is a fascinating story behind how the crown was secretly constructed inside the building, and then erected once the spire was completed, so it could become the tallest building without its competitors being aware of its final height.

I love this shot because it was taken on the fly.  Sometimes you don’t have enough time to hit the spots you want to in order to keep on schedule with an appointment.  That led me to shooting this building repeatedly through the sunroof of my wife’s car as we blazed down Lexington Avenue.  I love a good challenge, and am pleased with the clarity and the presence in this shot, despite not having either of my feet on the ground and without having a tripod.  I look forward to getting back to the city for a more traditional shoot.

A New York Scene

Today’s image is a guest post from the streets of New York City.  This was shot on the fringe of Bryant Park…we were in town to check out Rockefeller Center and I was pleasantly surprised when we got out to the streetscape from the subway, and The Chrysler Building was there to greet us.  I love the movement of the cab and the stoic presence of one of the most iconic skyscrapers in the US.

The Iconic

The Chrysler Building is probably my favorite structure in New York City.  Its gorgeous art deco crown and spire just blow me away….so when I was down in the city this weekend with family and friends to see the tree in Rockefeller Center, I was thrilled when we got off the train at Bryant Park and had a gorgeous unobstructed view of the building.  I thought today would be a great day to feature this shot, following up on a similar angle on Portsmouth’s very own North Church steeple.  I hope to get back sometime soon with a more dramatic sky and a better lens…but in the meantime, I’m happy to share this shot from sunset with you all.

Central Park | New York City

Sunday was the first day I’ve spent much time in Central Park in the heart of New York City.  I was in Manhattan to cheer on my fiance and future father in law in their big adventure running the New York City marathon (which they successfully did, crossing the finish line together!).  It was a gorgeous fall day in the city, with some gorgeous light in the park late in the day.  Looking forward to getting back home to do some shooting this week…but I hope you enjoy a taste of something a little different for the day, and that you get out for a stroll in Central Park sometime soon!

Bridges | New York City & Portsmouth

Today I wanted to feature a few of my favorite bridges on this planet we share.  Above, is one of my shots of the Brooklyn Bridge from a recent trip into the city.  I wanted to get a somewhat fresh take on the bridge that thousands of people have photographed thousands of times..it’s definitely one of those shots on every photographer’s bucket list.  I plan to get back and shoot more, but this was another one I’m happy with in the meantime…and I thought I’d give a bit of an antique treatment to honor the age and timelessness of the structure.

Below you can enjoy one of my simple shots of a beautiful late evening over the Piscataqua River.  I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the view…I enjoyed the deep blues in the evening sky with the faint hint of orange from the setting sun.  The freighter and the lights on the bridges and the reflections add a peacefulness to the shot that keeps me coming back.