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NYC Reflections

The city that lives in glass houses! Still at Bryant Park but looking the other direction…up as opposed to down. I am always fascinated by the abstractions caused by buildings reflecting in the glass facade of other buildings. Don’t know why, but there it is. I have some shots closer in, of the reflections themselves, but this wider shot has a lot of interest for me.

Canon SX20IS at about 38mm equivalent. F4.0 @ 1/250th @ ISO 80. Landscape program.

In Lightroom, a bit of recovery for the sky, Blackpoint just right, added Clarity and Vibrance, and Sharpen landscape preset.

From NYC 2010.



Bryant Park Color

I had a few moments between the training I am doing and a dinner engagement, so I walked over to Bryant Park, a few blocks from our hotel. It was a beautiful spring day in the city after a hard winter and the park was well populated with New Yorkers enjoying. They are in the middle of a restoration project that includes the lawns and flower plantings. This little juxtaposition was played out in varieties all around the boarder of the park under the trees. Of course, what caught my eye here was the contrast in color and shape.

Canon SX20IS at 28mm equivalent. F2.8 @ 1/30th @ ISO 80. Programmed auto.

Light processing in Lightroom. Added Clarity and just a little Vibrance. Sharpen landscape preset.

From NYC 2010.



Park Ave at 39th South

Though I still have a stock of recent Maine images to share, I am in NYC for three days. I am training staff at B&H Photo and Adorama in my real job. I was pleasantly surprised to see the full length of Park Avenue in bloom when we came up out of the tunnel and headed for Grand Central. It was a gloomy day, but still, the trees are beautiful, and somehow more beautiful in this setting. This is, as the title says, Park Avenue looking south from 39th Street.

Canon SX20IS at 28mm equivalent. F4.0 @ 1/80th @ ISO 80. Landscape program.

Because of the distortions of the Canon zoom at 28mm setting, and the perspective of the shot….looking up….the first step in processing had to be opening the image in PhotoShop Elements and correcting for both perspective and distortion. Mostly perspective. The Correct Camera Distortions filter works wonders and is both quick and intuitive. Then, in Lightroom, I used Recovery for the sky, thou there was not significant detail there, and then Fill Light for the foreground, with added Clarity and Vibrance, and the Blackpoint to the right just slightly. Sharpen landscape preset. Finally I cropped slightly from the bottom to include as little pavement as was practical. Still had ot leave the man in the lower left room to stand. 🙂

From the so far brief set of NYC 2010.