The World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial park is one of the most beautiful and moving spots in New York. It is also one of the most popular tourist attractions: there are timed tickets (payment is voluntary) and long lines to get in, especially on weekends and holidays. You will hear every language in the book. Go at dusk when the lighting is gorgeous. I took this with a Nikon D90 and a wide angle lens. Click on photo to enlarge.
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The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, New York, with Christmas tree. Lincoln Center is at its most beautiful at night, especially as the Met’s glorious Chagall paintings are illuminated. I shot this handheld at 1/50 second at f/4.5 and Hi 0.7 ISO (6400 equivalent).
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Christmas decorations in the lobby of the Time Warner Center, with Columbus Circle visible outside.
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Just off the madness of Times Square is this rather eerie street
(44th). I was struck by the odd mix of colors. I had lunch at Cafe Un, Deux Trois not too long ago. They serve rather good French food. AKA is a luxury apartment hotel at rather moderate prices (for New York). Check out their Web site. Of course Virgil’s is famous BBQ steak place. Yum!
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Have a very bokeh Christmas, everyone! And may these 30,000 lights brighten up your holidays! IMHO the tree actually is better shot in bokeh (out of focus) than in focus. I’m luvin’ Rockefeller Center at this time of the year. Except for the hordes of tourists!!! Yikes!
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This was taken with the “bokeh” method, ie using a wide aperture (here at f/1.4 on my Nikkor AF-D 85mm lens) to make the background off focus, and focusing fairly close on the subject, here the larger than life toy trumpeter. The brightly colored orbs here are of course the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, now gorgeously lit for the holiday season.
OK, here is Rockefeller Center with the tree lit. (see below for unlit tree). Somehow the tree lights are muted in the photo. In reality they were dazzling. Must have something to do with the kind of lighting. Anyhow, the center was a mob scene. It really is almost impossible to take a perfectly framed photo without someone inserting a cellular phone in the picture.
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Abstract created by zooming my Nikkor 18-105mm lens on Christmas-lights sculpture, on Avenue of the Americas. No. 6 in my Christmas in New York series.
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