Croton Gorge Park

Summer officially starts mid to late June here in NY.  Last Friday was my first “summer friday off” from work. It was a perfect day, low humidity, a little cool and cloudy.  It’s an ideal day to do some waterfall photography, I’ve been to Croton Gorge Park before however this is the first time i’ve photographed the falls.  The park was about one hour north of NYC in Cortlandt, NY.  It was a nice drive through single lane bridges and some great neighborhoods with interesting houses.  I highly recommend going to this park it has picnic tables, a few BBQ grills and some great hiking trails. Here are some photos of the falls, enjoy!

 

Croton Gorge Park
Croton Gorge Park
Croton Gorge Park
Croton Gorge Park
Croton Gorge Park
Croton Gorge Park

 

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Gantry State Park and 9/11 Memorial

After the rainstorm last friday here in NYC, I went to my favorite place to photograph NYC Skyline during sunset. Gantry State Park located in Long Island City has one of the best vantage point of NYC skyline. It was very windy and it got very cold, I had to hang my camera bag on my tripod to stabilize the camera on the tripod. We’ve been having a mild winter here in NYC I figure it’s best to take advantage. The following day I went to 9/11 Memorial which I have never been since it opened months ago. Here are the photographs from that weekend. Enjoy!!!

LIC NYC Skyline
LIC NYC Skyline
Gantry State Park LIC Pepsi Cola
Gantry State Park LIC Pepsi Cola
Gantry State Park NYC Skyline Sunset
Gantry State Park NYC Skyline Sunset
Gantry State Park LIC Pier NYC Skyline
Gantry State Park LIC Pier NYC Skyline
Gantry State Park LIC Pier S Bench
Gantry State Park LIC Pier S Bench
World Financial Center
World Financial Center
Freedom Tower Reflection on North Pool 9/11 Memorial
Freedom Tower Reflection on North Pool 9/11 Memorial
Freedom Tower Reflection on South Pool 9/11 Memorial
Freedom Tower Reflection on South Pool 9/11 Memorial
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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.

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Spring at The High Line

I went for a walk at the High Line this week after a workshop at the Apple store. My DSLR is currently being serviced so I have my little Lumix LX-3 which is a great little camera that shoots RAW pictures. It was a sunny but chilly day, a great day to fly a kite. The High Line was full of spring flowers and people having lunch and just enjoying the nice chilly spring day. Hope you enjoy the pics. Let me know what you think of the pictures. Have a good one.

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