Friday, January 02, 2009

Manhattan Snapshots

Manhattan Snapshots

These are a few more pictures from my trip to Manhattan last weekend. Trying to learn the controls and variables of this camera is a little daunting. It wasn’t easy shooting with prime lens in the sea of humanity by Rockefeller Center. It was just a crush of people. Karen wants to go down and see the tree so if we go I am going to try and reshoot some of these. Maybe next week some of the tourists will clear out of town.

Taking a picture of a theater marquee is something that is hard to resist for me. Foot traffic had to come to a halt for a second while this picture of Radio City was snapped. People didn’t really seem to mind but there was literally only seconds to get the shot.

These pictures of tree didn’t come out very well but I thought I would post them anyway. Since it was around 3 o’clock in the afternoon it wasn’t dark but wasn’t twilight either. I am posting these just so you can see kind of what the tree looked like. It was quite beautiful this year.

The fountain shot is next to the ice skating rink. I was quite far away and the few shots that I took with the 70-300mm lens came out ok. It will be really nice to use the lens when the sun is out. The statue of Prometheus was sculpted by Paul Manship in 1934. The quotation in the back reads, “Prometheus, teacher in every art, brought the fire to Earth that hath proven to mortals a means to mighty ends.” The fountain is almost 18 feet tall and weighs 8 tons.

These next two photos were test shots. The photo of my lunch mates in the park was taken with the 60mm. The auto focus on the D700 is amazing. I was holding the camera away from my face and down along the ground. The remarkable thing to me is that this photo was shot in the portrait orientation and was cropped to the landscape format. The cropped picture is almost as big as a D70 photo. The second picture was a snapshot I took in the big hallway that connects Wall and Pine Streets. You can enter the subway inside there too. Well at least you used to be able too, before 9/11. When I took this picture I remember saying to myself there’s no way this will come out since it is dark in here. The camera really surprised me when I got home and it had figured out the exposure pretty well.


Walker said...

Terrific pictures. Brings back some great memories.

Les said...

Looks like you are having fun with your new camera. I particularly like the shot of your lunch mates.

alice said...

Fantastic -- you're doing a great job! The bird photo at the bottom is my favorite! ;-D

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Thanks for the comments. I can't wait to get the new camera and some flowers together.

i beati said...

th e upshot from the sidewalk skeptics hahah