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Photographing the Big Apple My photos, my words

If someone asked me to compile a list of my favorite places for photography, the number one spot on the list would be filled quickly. It’s New York City, without a doubt. It’s the subject of my featured gallery for February.

What’s not to like? There are iconic locations like the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall, Grand Central Station or the New York Stock Exchange. There’s Central Park, with its variety of photo treasures. There’s Times Square at night, with its lights and crowds. And there are multiple places to get shots of the city's skyline, shooting across the East River from Brooklyn, shooting across the Hudson River from New Jersey, or shooting from the Top of the Rock (the observation deck on top of Rockefeller Center).

30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan, shown at dusk, towers over the flags that surround the ice skating rink in Rockefeller Center. The 70-story tower, built in 1933 and originally called the RCA Building and then the GE Building, is now the Comcast building and is home for NBC Television.

Each neighborhood has its own uniqueness: Chinatown, the Financial District, Greenwich Village, Little Italy, the Garment District.

When I’m in New York with free time for photography I like to hop a subway and get off at a random stop, just to see what’s there. I often find interesting things to shoot.

Travelers rush through the main concourse inside Grand Central Terminal, New York City.

This gallery includes some of my favorite photos of the city.

The November midday sun casts long shadows from a fire escape, New York City.

I usually carry three (and sometimes four) lenses when visiting a city: an ultra-wide-angle zoom (my Canon EF-S 10-22mm), a wide-angle zoom (the Canon EF 16-35mm) and a normal zoom (the Canon EF 35-70mm). The fourth, if I pack it, is the Canon EF 70-200 normal to telephoto zoom. Having lenses that cover everything from 10mm to 200mm gives me a lot of flexibility when composing shots of the city.

Night traffic moving in Times Square, New York City.
30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan, shown at dusk, towers over the flags that surround the ice skating rink in Rockefeller Center. The 70-story tower, built in 1933 and originally called the RCA Building and then the GE Building, is now the Comcast building and is home for NBC Television.
Travelers rush through the main concourse inside Grand Central Terminal, New York City (base photo).
The November midday sun casts long shadows from a fire escape, New York City.
Sunset behind Empire State Building and skyline, New York City.
A panorama image of lower Manhattan, taken from across the East River in Brooklyn while standing south of the Brooklyn Bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge is on the right. The Manhattan Bridge can be seen beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. The Financial District and the South Street Seaport are across the river. This panorama was created from seven vertical images.
Visitors silhouetted against the flames of a video billboard atop the ruby red steps in Times Square, New York City.
Fire escape casts shadows across red bricks, New York City.
A New York taxi drives east on 50th Street past Radio City Music Hall on a January evening, New York City.
A rose honors the memory of a victim of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. The rose was inserted in a letter of a victim's name engraved in the bronze panels surrounding two reflecting ponds at the memorial site.
A view of lamps and arches on the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City.
Atlas in front of Rockefeller Center’s International Building, New York City.
Skylight in the roof of Guggenheim Museum is framed by the spiral walkway, New York City.
The interior of Trinity Church, located on Broadway at Wall Street in New York City. The church building, completed in 1846, is the third on this site. The first, completed in 1698, was destroyed in a fire in 1776, The second, completed in 1790, was weakened by heavy snows and torn down in 1839.
Walkers silhouetted near the end of Playmates Arch, Central Park, New York City.
A quote from "The Aeneid" by the Roman poet Virgil spreads 60 feet across 2,983 blue watercolor squares in the Memorial Hall of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. Each watercolor square in the work by artist Spencer Finch represents a victim of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and an earlier attack on Feb. 26, 1993.
Visitors walk inside the giant atrium of the Oculus. The Oculus, a futuristic structure designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to look like a dove in flight, is the centerpiece of the World Trade Center transportation hub in Lower Manhattan in New York City adjacent to the 1 World Trade Center building. The massive Oculus includes train and subway connections, retail space and restaurants.
The setting sun silhouettes sailboats moored in the Hudson River between 27th and 28th streets in New York City.
The red brick facade of the Knickerbocker Hotel contrasts with the reflective glass on the Conde Nast building on the corner of West 42nd Street and Broadway in New York City.
Visitors stroll through the Bethesda Terrace Arcade in Central Park, New York City.
Cubed Curve sculpture and buildings, Sixth Avenue and W 50th St., New York City.
People and stories in a street scene, East 42nd St. between 1st and 2nd avenues, New York City.
One World Trade Center viewed from Broadway and Park Row, New York City.
The clock mounted above the information booth in the center of Grand Central Terminal's Main Concourse is often referred to as the the most recognized icon in the busy New York train station. The clock has four faces, each made from opal, and serves as a frequent meeting place ("I'll wait near the clock").
Rush-hour traffic flows on the West Side Highway in New York City's Financial District just before 5:30 p.m. on a weeknight. On the left are the buildings of the World Financial Center. The streak in the sky is a plane that flew just north of the city during the exposure. This image was taken looking north through a window on the 35th floor of the Marriott Financial Center.
A summer carnival fills Wollman Rink, the ice skating rink in Central Park, beneath the New York City skyline.
Buildings in the World Finance Center are reflected in the surface of a neighboring building in New York City.
Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty seen from the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City.
Walkers stream past one of Macy's holiday window displays while others stop to take a closer look, New York City.
Streetlamps in front of brick building, Beekman Street and Park Row, New York City.
A panorama image of lower Manhattan, taken from across the East River in Brooklyn while standing in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Brooklyn Bridge is on the left. The Manhattan Bridge is on the right. The Financial District and the South Street Seaport are behind the Brooklyn Bridge. This panorama was created from 10 vertical images.
Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park with lower Manhattan in background, New York City.
Overcast sky and buildings reflected by the reservoir in Central Park, New York City.
30 Rockefeller Plaza, commonly referred to as 30 Rock, extends 70 stories toward the night sky above the marquee on West 50th Street, New York City.
The setting sun reflects in windows of the World Financial Center, New York City, as seen from the 35th floor of the New York Marriott Downtown, 85 West St
1 World Trade Center rises above the open wings of the Oculus. The Oculus, a futuristic structure designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to look like a dove in flight, is the centerpiece of the World Trade Center transportation hub in Lower Manhattan in New York City adjacent to the 1 World Trade Center building. The massive Oculus includes train and subway connections, retail space and restaurants.
30 Rockefeller Plaza stands bright against a January night sky, New York City.
Pedestrians approach Columbus Circle and the Time Warner Center while crossing Eighth Avenue at W. 59th Street in New York City.
The skyline of Jersey City can be seen from the 34th Street end of The High Line, a 22-block long public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side, New York City.
Sunset reflecting in windows of the World Financial Center, New York City.
The Empire State Building stands above the New York City skyline in this photo taken from the Brooklyn Bridge.
Names of victims of 9/11 are engraved in bronze around the south reflecting pond at the 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan. 1 World Trade Center towers in the background.
Older architecture reflected in new, W. 57th Street, New York City.
Grand Central facade with Tiffany glass clock, New York City.
Buildings reflected by One World Trade Center, with "ribs" of transportation center in foreground, New York City.
Equipment at the ready in front of the fire engine, Engine 6, Station 49, Beekman Street, New York City.
New York City's Pier 17, as seen from the Brooklyn Bridge, extends into the East River on the lower east side and holds restaurants and shops.
Radio City Music Hall at night, as seen from the corner of 50th Street and Avenue of the Americas.
Travelers walk up the ramp leading to the main concourse of New York's Grand Central Station.
Fall leaves reflected in the pond in Central Park, New York City.
Fire escape casts shadows across colorful windows, New York City.
The view from above Times Square as seen from a window in the Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York City.
Cubed Curve sculpture and buildings, Sixth Avenue and W 50th St., New York City.
Traffic on Brooklyn Bridge with lower Manhattan in background, New York City.
The Arthur Ashe statue stands outside Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York City.
1 World Trade Center towers over nearby trees in New York City.
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