07.07.19: NY reflection

Buildings in the World Finance Center are reflected in the surface of a neighboring building in New York City. 


Technical information

Aug. 28, 2017,
10:55 a.m.

40°42'41" N
74°0'49" W
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EF-S 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 (50mm) 


1/6400th second


I'm a sucker for photographs with reflections. Some of my favorite shots have reflected elements - buildings or other structures reflected by glass or still water, sunrises or sunsets reflected by water or glass, ducks reflected in a frozen lake, etc. Reflections make interesting images.

I know when I see a photo where a reflection is the primary subject, like this shot of a reflection of buildings in New York City’s World Financial Center, it tends to cause me to stop and study it. Maybe it’s because the photo shows a common scene in a somewhat distorted, uncommon way. I just find it interesting.

We had spent part of the morning walking through the World Trade Center site in New York City, standing quietly to read some names of victims of the 2001 and 1993 attacks on the World Trade Center, before continuing our walk south.

After crossing Liberty Street we climbed the stairs to Liberty Park, a small, elevated park that overlooks the World Trade Center memorial site. I took a couple of photos of the memorial and turned to leave. That’s when I saw the buildings of the World Finance Center reflecting in the base of 4 World Trade Center. I liked the abstract nature of the scene — treetops and streetlights at the bottom with distorted buildings against blue sky and clouds at the top — so I took a photo before moving on.

It turned out to be one of my favorite photos of the morning.

I guess that’s to be expected. It is a reflection, after all.

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