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New York 7

New York 7
Copyright ©2010, Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤ $

When I pulled this image up to post, I noticed some familiar buildings in the center and remembered that New York 5 and 6 were taken from this same vantage point--the top of Rockefeller Center looking toward the Empire State Building. So many photo opportunities from one little spot!

Photographer: Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤ $
Folder: ES Miscellaneous
Uploaded: 2010-Sep-25 10:14 EDT
Current Rating: 9.64/11 (Weighted rating: 9.20)
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Camera: Olympus E-30
Lens: Olympus 11-22mm f2.8/3.5
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 400
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
Focal Length: 22mm
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: No
Critique Level: Dead Honest Critique

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Great conversion and detail, Elizabeth. I like the way the background fades into the smog. Not being an expert on NYC, weren't the World Trade Center Bldgs. towards the background on the right? I miss them in all the NYC skylines - and the tragedy still brings tears to my eyes. :-((

Doug Hale ¤1 at 13:37 EDT on 2010-Sep-25 [Reply]


Elisabeth - that is again a fantastic image of Manhattan. The humidity (?) in the air helps to give this image extra depth. Your processing again just could not be better. Precision all around. Of course those buildings each have a distinct character and architecture but your processing enhances the character of each building with great subtlety. My favourite building of Manhattan, the Grace Building, stands in wonderful contrast to the other buildings. You have also placed the Empire State Building just perfect in this composition (like the Olympic Gold Medal winner). I also want to mention how you framed this shows your incredible sensitivity to geometrical shapes. This image printed large I would love to have on a wall. I think this image would sell very well.

Klaus Er HoF Win ¤1 at 14:44 EDT on 2010-Sep-25 [Reply]


What Klaus said :)

And, yes I think printed large this would quite simply be stunning.

The sheer size of NY is almost rendered as a diorama.

Quite brilliant!


Andy Collin HoF Win ¤ $ at 15:01 EDT on 2010-Sep-25 [Reply]


Elisabeth, this is my favorite view of the city. DKNY used this view in an adverisement that came with a small sample bottle of something. I gave away the something but kept the small 1 1/2"x3" photo on my desk. Seeing this in large is candy to my eyes. I love the way the bg fades away in the ever present haze surrounding NY. Were you able to get a clear view or did you have to shoot this through glass as well. If so, your processing is fantastic being able to pull out all that detail. Thank you for posting this image. I would love to have seen this in the calendar.

Marianne Decker Win ¤ at 08:31 EDT on 2010-Sep-26 [Reply]


Simply surreal somehow!!! And I mean in POSITIVE way. It's like a view from some old B&W movie. I can almost hear the T-mode Fords underneath... ;)

Pasi Hakala ¤ at 14:45 EDT on 2010-Sep-26 [Reply]

A classical one ...

in classical b+w and also composition. Very impressive. The BG in haze works well and gives this the right depth.

Best wishes,

Horst Schmier HoF Win ¤ $ at 15:39 EDT on 2010-Sep-26 [Reply]


Now that's one amazing three dimensional bar chart!

Yes I just love the processing too.

Chris Cooke HoF ¤1 at 18:21 EDT on 2010-Sep-26 [Reply]


Thank you, everyone, for the very nice comments and generous ratings on this one. I knew taking this shot would be very cliche, but I couldn't resist.

Doro--thanks for that "wow," LOL.

Doug, I'm not sure about the exact location of the WTC towers, but I agree completely about how something seems missing from all the skyline shots since that terrible day. The Empire State Building (where my husbands grandfather once worked) seems somehow poignant as it once again carries the mantle of the tallest building in the city.

Klaus, I loved reading your comments and I also learned what the Grace Building looks like (had to look it up, but now I know!). I don't know about ever selling an image, LOL, but I might print one of these up to see how it comes out.

Andy, thanks to you, too. And I love your reference to a diorama...that thought kept echoing through my mind as I worked on many of my shots from the trip, and there is a more intimate street scene I'll post later on that I was actually going to title "Diorama."

Marianne, that's a wonderful story about the DKNY ad. It makes me smile to think of your saving that little photo. If I print this up, I'd be happy to send you a copy if you like! I did take this through the wall of glass at Top of the Rock; I'm amazed at how clean the glass was and how little it seemed to distort/interfere with the pictures I took.

Pasi, thank you, too. I'm glad it gives you that feeling.

And Horst, very nice as always to get your thoughts and appreciation. :-)

Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤1 $ at 18:42 EDT on 2010-Sep-26 [Reply]


A classic B&W image Elizabeth, the fog is back far enough not to interfere with the Empire State.

Charles Bonham ¤ $1 at 09:43 EDT on 2010-Sep-27 [Reply]


Elisabeth, can`t say which of your New York images I like more. They all are a feast for the eyes - an exceptional richness of details and a fantastic depth.

Wolfgang Dorl-Emden Win ¤ at 15:03 EDT on 2010-Sep-27 [Reply]


The BW conversion is just perfect. I like the gradual increase in lightness toward the distance and the amount of details. One can look at it over and over again without getting tired of it. I suppose that is why this shot can be considered a classic.

H. K. Tang ¤ at 03:01 EDT on 2010-Sep-28 [Reply]


That's a cracker of a shot Elisabeth. I'm sure it would make a great poster or large print. I would love to go there some day.

Eugene Donohoe HoF Win ¤1 $ at 19:05 EDT on 2010-Sep-28 [Reply]


Thanks very much, Charles, Wolfgang, H.K. and Eugene. I'm gratified by the responses. Charles--I'm not sure that's fog, LOL. Wolfgang--I appreciate you looking at the series so far! H.K.--I was just hoping this view wouldn't seem to trite or commonplace; very glad you like the conversion. And Eugene, it's so nice to hear from you, too, esp. on a B&W. I would heartily recommend a visit to NY. I'd go there every vacation if I were able!

Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤1 $ at 07:39 EDT on 2010-Sep-29 [Reply]


A very powerful B&W... especially like how it fades in the BG mist... great image..

Robert Melnyk HoF ¤ $1 at 14:13 EDT on 2010-Sep-29 [Reply]



Fed ® 連銀 Win ¤ at 14:30 EDT on 2010-Sep-29 [Reply]


Thank you, Fed and Robert. :-)

Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤ $ at 20:07 EDT on 2010-Sep-30 [Reply]

straight lines

Hi Elisabeth,

One question comes up immediately when looking at your excellent pictures of New York: how come all these lines of buildings are really horizontal or vertical. Is this really due to the quality of the lens (11-22mm) you use? (I use the ordinary 14-42 mm 3,5; and I never manage to get things this "straight"). Can you please help me out? René

René Wolbers ¤ at 09:05 EDT on 2010-Oct-04 [Reply]


Interesting how New York is such a well known sight. Even without the tittle I would have known what it was, and I have never actually been there. By the way, is it mist in the background as others have assumed, or just air pollution?

Jimmy Swiggers ¤ at 10:43 EDT on 2010-Oct-04 [Reply]


René, well, the 11-22 lens is almost faultless with regard to lens distortion (e,g., barrel or pincushion) but there's no escaping perspective effects such as leaning verticals if the camera isn't positioned truly straight-on to the subject. Perspective effects, if not too great, can be straightened pretty easily by various methods; I like to use the Perspective tool that is part of Crop in Photoshop. Sometimes I might need to use a bit of Skew or Warp in the Edit/Transform menu to fine tune things. (The only problem with straightening things is that there can often be a disconcerting optical illusion effect, where, for example, all the verticals are straight but it looks as if a building is too big at the top vs. the bottom.) Anyway, hope that explanation helps!

Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤ $ at 12:17 EDT on 2010-Oct-04 [Reply]


Jimmy, thanks for the comments. Unfortunately, what looks like fog is really just pollution. It was a very hazy, hot, humid morning under a cloudless sky. I would LOVE to be able to take pictures in NY on a truly foggy day--I'm getting heart palpitations just thinking about it, LOL.

Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤ $ at 12:33 EDT on 2010-Oct-04 [Reply]