Boating in Central Park

Boating in Central Park

A boat on the lake in Central Park, under cloudy skies on a glorious Fall afternoon...

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Central Park colors

Central Park colors

I found some incredible color in Central Park on my recent trip to New York - my timing was excellent.  And I covered about 20 miles on foot while photographing it - isn't it crazy how much walking you can do in that city?

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Fall in Central Park

Fall in Central Park

Central Park in New York is pretty gorgeous at any time, but it really shines in the Fall when the leaves start changing colors.  Read about my recent trip there, see 6 different photos, and listen to me musing about using my new Sony camera and a small, nimble prime lens.  It's all good!

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Sunset silhouettes

Sunset silhouettes

When you find yourself in a fabulous city like New York, and it's sunset, and you have your camera with you - it's time to fire away!  (hey Jim, that's obvious!)

But sometimes you get home and think about the shots you didn't take.  That's ok, and it does happen.  But it's also rewarding when you decide to change your habits and do something you never really do, and it works out great.  Here's 6 pics from Central Park where I changed things up and it worked out great.  Have a look!

 

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After dark in Central Park

After dark in Central Park

I just got back from NYC, and brought home a few images as well.  It's a great town for that, though you can read my thoughts on NYC in this post.  In short, I like it, but don't love it.  However, I really enjoyed wandering in Central Park and firing off a bunch of photos!  Check 'em out!

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The architecture of Central Park

When I was in NYC on business, I ended up with some free time at the end of the day and decided to meander towards Central Park.  I had been in New York City before, but had never been to Central Park.  I had a very basic map in hand of the city, which gave little detail on the Park itself, so I was rather happy and surprised when I stumbled across the area around the Bethesda Fountain.  It is a beautiful fountain and I was very intrigued when I found this little area under a bridge.  It has all these nice arches and the ceiling was alive with all these beautiful orange lights - it just screamed HDR to me.  While I was setting up, there was this young guy standing around with his guitar, playing some Beatles songs and chatting with me.  He was pretty good, and the acoustics here were excellent. 

The back entry to the Central Park Zoo

I like NYC, it's a really cool place.  I walked through Central Park, and though the exhibits at the Central Park Zoo were closed you could still walk through it.  After cruising around there for a bit, I ended up at the back side and found this nice little bridge with this cool orange light.  I liked the arch of the bridge, the stonework, the lighting, and the idea that there is something interesting just around the corner...  

The Mall in Central Park

 

This is The Mall in Central Park, NYC, near the Literary Walk area if you are familiar with it.  It is quite a nice place to take a stroll, with the beautiful elm trees and their shady canopy.  You can see some slight ghosting on the right side of the frame - that was a bicyclist cruising by.  This was a single frame shot, long exposure, about 20 seconds.  Originally I had this all bright green since this was taken in early summer, but once I converted it to B&W I decided that I preferred this look.  Your feedback is appreciated.  Do you like the B&W look?  What would you have done differently?