I want to go back! Now, the more I look at my photos of New York, the more the city appeals to me! A few people asked about the settings for the night shots from the last post. All I did was really boost the ISO to 3200, use a f2.8 on my 20mm lens, and WITH THE STRAP AROUND MY NECK, propped the camera on the edge of the railing, and shot at 1/13 in manual mode. In camera raw, I increased exposure .4, contrast +14, clarity +14, vibrance +23. In photoshop, I reduced the noise, used a radlab action to sharpen and add a little more contrast. I think the most important thing was using a wide lens (20mm), ISO at 3200, shot wide open (f/2.8) and using the ledge to prop the camera. Of course a tripod would have been great, but I liked going to the Empire State Building with nothing in my hands but my camera.
This top part of the building is the Mooring Dock. It was intended to be the platform for blimps. Imagine that as a tourist excursion, boarding the blimp from the Empire State Building! I heard that it was lit up, in all its "blueness" for a week after the Giants won the Superbowl.
Did I mention we got to see King Kong at the Empire State Building? He was affable.
And by 1 am, I decided it was a great time to get to sample one of the famous New York Hot Dogs, not something normally in my general diet. It was surprisingly good! Not exactly a street vendor, but a store that opened onto the street, a couple of blocks from our hotel.