NEW YORK CITY

New York City is one of the most photographed areas in the United States. I am adding many of my images over the past few years. No matter how much time you spend photographing this city, there really is no end. Bear with me as this site continues to expand and evolve. There isn't any place I would rather be than trying to photograph this city. Since I live near Philadelphia, it takes planning and patience. There are many obstacles, a few are listed -


1. Getting to the location
2. Carrying heavy and cumbersome equipment
3. Being at the location at the right time.
4. Having a visual image of the final result.
5. Having the right equipment to do the job and the knowledge of how to use.


These are just a few, not to mention "shady" people with their eye on your mission, forgetting a key piece of equipment, watching equipment you are not currently using, etc.


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Brooklyn Bridge in Silhouette

This image is probably the most viewed in the world and it is only two hours from Philadelphia. I am sure most of you have been to NYC, what a place, where American History is happening by the second. 

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Brooklyn Bridge

I can't tell you how many times I have tried to photograph Lower Manhattan framed with the Brooklyn Bridge and I am still learning. This image was created on Christmas morning about 6am under the Brooklyn Bridge with part of the East River in the foreground. The light you see from the city is all reflected from the rising sun behind my camera position. It is not from the building lights you see at twilight. To make this image more interesting, I waited for a boat to come through the bridge. 

 

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The Great Bridge

Title is what the Brooklyn Bridge was called in 1883 upon its completion and also the title of David McCoullough's book "The Great Bridge". Bridge was designed and built by John A Roebling, a German born American civil engineer. Upon its completion in 1883, the bridge was "light years" away from anything accomplished in the world and inspired people to dream a little bigger, especially after the post Civil War economic and "healing" problems. This image (and I have tried hundreds of them) I think is my favorite so far. The bridge was five years before the Eiffel Tower, 50 years before the George Washington Bridge and Empire State Building and 60 years before the Golden Gate Bridge. Las Vegas was a desert dirt town. To the people living at that time, it was the Wright Brothers flight and the Apollo Moon Mission all wrapped into one. It is still considered the best scene in America and the most iconic image in the world.

 


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The Great Bridge Framed

Take a look at the same image presented with a simple but impressive digital museum style frame which you could have hanging in your home. We will print up to 54" long. 

 


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Gotham City in Black & White

 This image of the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan is without a doubt the best one I have ever created. this scene is one of the types that looks very dramatic in Black and White and is also available in color.

 


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Rainy Night at East River

March 19, 2014, I was in NY for a few days. It was starting to drizzle and I decided to try another image of Lower Manhattan in the rain. It was a big decision, because it was cold, and a mile walk with a tough hill (each way). I was soaking when I got back, but glad I went. This is a one second exposure (that is why the boat with the trail shows movement) on a sturdy tripod. Glad I went.

 


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Brooklyn Bridge in August

This view is very close to the bridge. You owe it to yourself to travel here sometime and just look and listen. The area is safe and pleasant in daylight with a beautiful carousel. Many people in summer bring a blanket, wine, bread, cheese and whatever pre-twi-light and just enjoy the city dissolving into night. To the left, under the bridge, you will notice a rectangular structure that contains a Carousel. This Carousel was built in 1922 by the Germantown Toboggan Company and was beautifully restored by a woman named Jane Walentas, hence Jane's Carousel (go to picture above, Brooklyn Bridge, and look for the carousel).

 


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Brooklyn Bridge, New Years 2012

Crisp cold air and lots of sun illuminates Lower Manhattan, about 12:30pm.

 


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Times Square

This might be one of the most exciting places on this planet. When visiting, take the subway to 42nd Street and get off. Walk down Broadway and 7th Avenue and just enjoy the excitment. Avenues go from the East River (1st Ave) to the Hudson on the west (10th Ave). Streets start with the low numbers in Downtown (near Wall Street) to the high numbers into the 170s beyond Central Park, which is 59th Street.

In this image, I am standing at the top of a relatively new Grand Stand on about 44th St, looking towards 42nd street. I like this one. By viewing my other Times Square image at ground level, the viewer can compare the two.

 


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A Times Square Christmas

There is nothing quite like Christmas in New York. The window displays are, without a doubt, the best in world. This view from Broadway and 50th street looking south towards 42nd street is so crowded it is difficult to walk comfortably on the sidewalks and some people dare to drive. It is Christmas night at TIMES SQUARE!

 


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Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall 1260 6th Ave. at 50th Street is where people throng to the Christmas Spectacular. This image is Christmas Evening with sidewalks difficult to navigate, let alone create images. This one I like and you can clearly see the Christmas Tree on top of the marquee. Visitors buy their tickets a year in advance for the fabulous performance including the famous Rockettes.

 


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Rockefeller Center at Christmas

There isn't a more spectacular site than Rockefeller Center at Christmas, located between 49th and 50th Sts. In the foreground is one of two bugles from the angles and in the background one can see the fabulous Christmas Tree with THIRTY ROCK in the background. In front of the Christmas Tree (out of view) is the famous ice skating rink. A beautiful image for anyone who loves NY.

 


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Empire State Building at Christmas

On Christmas Eve, the Empire State Building is lighted with Christmas colors. This one was created on Washington Street in Brooklyn framed by the supports of the Manhattan Bridge. I had seen this image and finally found the spot to produce, with a bonus of Christmas lighting and Christmas Eve.

 


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View From the Promenade

The first image I posted from NYC ("Lower Manhattan") is one of the best views in the world! (see image below). This image is the same view with a different lens. It was a brutally cold Christmas Eve day with beautiful clouds. My FISH EYE LENS was able to capture the scene in black and white. Best wall portrait for this print would be 40" long.

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Lower Manhattan, as I visualize it, starts at the Brooklyn Bridge (to the right), to the lower tip of Manhattan Island. Lower Manhattan is the headquarters of Wall Street, the ferry boats that take you to and from Staten Island (the greatest bargain in America, because is is absolutely free), and the Canyon of Heroes (where all the great ticker tape parades occur). If you take the ferry(visible in this image) from Staten Island to Manhattan, you, the visitor, will experience one of the greatest views in America. Included will be Manhattan(the island), the Brooklyn Bridge, Governor's Island to the right and Ellis Island to the left. and, of course, you will pass the great Statue of Liberty on your left, all this for free! The view above is from the Brooklyn side, looking across the East River towards Lower Manhattan.

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To the extreme left you will see Governor's Island (a strategic command post during the American Revolution during the 1770's), traveling right is the Statue of Liberty, and if you look closely you will see the Staten Island Ferry traveling from Manhattan to Staten Island. Continuing to the tip of Lower Manhattan, you will see a ferry in the dock unloading passengers and waiting for the next trip to commence. This print can be made upwards of 10 feet long very sharp. There really are very few limits. If properly positioned in your home or office, this will be a "show stopper."