With a camera bag over my shoulder, I was excited to travel to New York City for the first time! I went with Jon and a few friends—all veteran NYC travelers—who were happy to play tour guide. We were able to stay in a family member’s apartment right in the heart of Midtown, a location that could not have been a more perfect base for exploring Manhattan! We caught a play on Broadway, enjoyed a delicious dinner at Atera, marveled at the view atop 30 Rock, walked the Brooklyn Bridge, studied the beautiful architecture of Grand Central Station, and got lost in the chaos of Times Square. Not bad for just a weekend!
I totally get the love affair that New Yorkers have with their city. Just walking from neighborhood to neighborhood it’s easy to appreciate the unique charm in each little bite of the Big Apple. And there’s much to see and do! Manhattan is so densely populated that there’s no wonder why you can find a restaurant, café, shop, theater, food cart, or subway entrance without even trying. Never having been to New York, I was surprised at how easy it was to spot famous landmarks just by casually walking down the street. The Late Show? Right there. Radio City? Around the corner. Rockefeller Center? Look up, you just past it. It was fun to experience all the history and gain a little perspective, in person, after only ever witnessing NYC on TV and in photographs. Now I have my own photos!
My Nikon D600 and five lenses made the trip with me to New York. The 16-35mm and 24-120mm f/4 zooms were out during the day and my 24mm, 35mm, and 85mm primes went in my bag at night. I took a number of handheld HDRs which helped to control the harsh contrasts you often get with the bright sun and deep shadows in city shots. Wide apertures and high ISOs made the dark street shots possible. I only pulled out a tripod for the late night rooftop skyline images.