One of my favorite places to visit in New York City is the Rockefeller Centre. It never seems to be as busy or manic as the Empire State Building and the fact you get views of the ESB and Central Park win me over every time. The shots from this visit were taken at completely the wrong time – midday – and the light was harsh. This coupled with the haze and smog didn’t make for great pictures, but after some jiggery pokery in Aperture, a few of them have turned out OK!
It has to be said that Grand Central Terminal in NYC is one of the most impressive stations I have ever been inside. In fact many of the stations that I have visited in the USA are grand old buildings including Union Station in Washington D.C., and 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. If the rest of the mainline stations are like this across the USA, then I might have to try and travel by railroad more frequently.
In November, Louise and I took a trip to Chicago and NYC. Before we had even left Manchester we were told that due to a particularly strong jet stream we would be diverting to JFK (NY) to refuel. Whilst this wasn’t a major issue, it did mean that by the time we landed at JFK, got refueled, and airborne again, we were going to be arriving into Chicago a few hours later than scheduled. However, since we did not have kids in tow on this trip we didn’t need to stress about how we would entertain them for the extra few hours! The plane we were on, crappy as it was, had amazingly clean windows which meant that I could get some good shots during the flight. The shots posted are a mixture taken not long after leaving Manchester Airport, and arrival and take-off from JFK. I particularly like the one that gives the full view of Long Island.
I’ve been playing around with the smart albums function in Aperture a lot recently, and one cool thing that you can do is generate albums based on all sorts of weird and wonderful criteria. I’ve been making albums of shots taken with specific lenses and it has amazed me at the variety of photo that you can get with a single lens. The shots above and below were all taken using the Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens mounted on a Canon 30D. The previous post was photos taken using the Canon 50mm f/1.8, and when I get time I’ll post a few taken with the Canon 10-22mm super wide angle lens. Enjoy!
For more of my photos taken with the 24-105mm lens check out my flickr site.