City Hall Park

Top Left: Nikon D700, 90mm, 1/6 sec at f/16, ISO 200 Top Right: Nikon D700, 90mm, 1/6 sec at f/16, ISO 200 Bottom: Nikon D700, 90mm, 1/10 sec at f/8, ISO 200

I just love New York City and this was one of many reasons why. It’s nice and cloudy today in NYC and much cooler than the past two days. As you all know, cloudy days are the best time to photograph, it’s like having a gigantic soft box.

Today, Sunday, I ventured downtown, I started in China town had some dumplings and then headed south. I’m not familiar at all with downtown Manhattan, specially around city hall and financial district I have no idea what’s there. But low and behold right in front of city hall was City Hall Park. It’s such a beautiful park. It was surrounded with sculptures and the fountain was just awesome.

The fountain was lit by gas lanterns on each corner just like in the olden days. I felt like I was walking through a time warp, I can imagine this park back when there was no electricity and the city was lit by gas lanterns.

You can see the details of the fountain, the most obvious was the gas lanterns and the not so obvious were the tile work around the middle structure. It was just beautiful. I love the contrast of the gas lit lantern surrounded by tall buildings lit by electricity.

I hope you guys have a chance to see City Hall Park in person. If you have any questions, comments and suggestions please email me. Thanks and see you next week.



D80, 50mm, 1/800 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100

Here’s another photo from the B&H Lensbaby Urban Photo Safari workshop. The instructor gave us a list to photograph in Central Park and this is one of them. We have seen many photographs of Bethesda fountain and I wanted to create a different view or perspective. I have seen similar photograph of the fountain but not with the same effect as with the Lensbaby. I knew I wanted to photograph the fountain but I wanted a different view or angle. I was happily surprised to see the cellist playing and I knew I wanted to incorporate him in the picture. I took several shot of him but I wanted the angel and the fountain to be part of photograph. So I came up with this photograph of the fountain and a silhouette of the cellist. I was hoping to just photograph the fountain and the cellist but it was summer and in the middle of the afternoon in NYC, but I think the picture still worked out. Let me know if you have any comment and/or questions.


Town Square Gatlinburg Tennessee

Town Square Gatlinburg Tennessee
Nikon D80, 50mm, 1/1250 sec at f/1.8, ISO 200

I love going to places that I’ve never been. And this picture was no different. This was my first time visiting Tennessee and the picture was taken in a little town called Gatlinburg. This town was located at the foot of The Great Smoky Mountain National Park. There were lots of little shops and restaurants in town and it was also minutes away from Dollywood. I took this picture mid to late January that is why there were no people around but the great part was the Donut Friar was still open. They made fresh donuts every morning and it was yummy. Gatlinburg was a great little town to charge up for a full day of hiking at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. I love the lines and the color combinations in this picture. I also like the movement of the water in the fountain and the red color of the The Donut Friar sign in the background. I hope you like it. Please leave me some comments and/or questions. Happy viewing!