Photographing the Big Apple

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If someone asked me to compile a list of my favorite places for photography, the number one spot on the list would be filled quickly. It’s New York City, without a doubt. It’s the subject of my featured gallery for February.

What’s not to like? There are iconic locations like the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall, Grand Central Station or the New York Stock Exchange. There’s Central Park, with its variety of photo treasures.  There’s Times Square at night, with its lights and crowds. And there are multiple places to get shots of the city's skyline, shooting across the East River from Brooklyn, shooting across the Hudson River from New Jersey, or shooting from the Top of the Rock (the observation deck on top of Rockefeller Center).

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Each neighborhood has its own uniqueness: Chinatown, the Financial District, Greenwich Village, Little Italy, the Garment District.

When I’m in New York with free time for photography I like to hop a subway and get off at a random stop, just to see what’s there. I often find interesting things to shoot.

This gallery includes some of my favorite photos of the city.

I usually carry three (and sometimes four) lenses when visiting a city: an ultra-wide-angle zoom (my Canon EF-S 10-22mm), a wide-angle zoom (the Canon EF 16-35mm) and a normal zoom (the Canon EF 35-70mm). The fourth, if I pack it, is the Canon EF 70-200 normal to telephoto zoom. Having lenses that cover everything from 10mm to 200mm gives me a lot of flexibility when composing shots of the city.

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Travelers rush through the main concourse, Grand Central Terminal, New York City.

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The November midday sun casts long shadows from a fire escape, New York City. 

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Sunset behind Empire State Building and skyline, New York City.