New York, the city with the millions of lights and people that never sleep. or so it seems. There is always activity in the streets of this wonderful city.
Today we swing by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for what I have titled "A Night at the Museum". It was getting late in the day on this visit and the crowds were thinning out, which is a great time to drift about and go where the people are not for some clear shots. I found myself alone and with tripod in hand (by permit) so I quickly setup and grabbed a few bracketed shots of the scene. This exhibit is part of the Greek and Roman Art gallery where there are all sorts of really interesting artifacts. One cannot help but marvel at what's on display when you consider the history surrounding this display.
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I felt that this image would make a fairly nice monochrome with all of the marble and stone work. Since this type of photography involves a wide range of gray tones some dodging and burning was required to keep the image from looking too drab with dingy gray color dominating the scene. One of my 2013 goals in to do more of this style of imagery so I am still feeling my way a bit. :-)
Below we have the color version of this 3-bracket shot (+2 to -2). This is the result of being processed in Nik's HDR Efex Pro 2. The image above was converted from the one below.
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Should you ever find yourself in NYC with a day (8 hours) to spare, take a trip to The Met, you will be so happy that you did.
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Welcome to the start of another great week! I hope you enjoyed the weekend. It was a really nice one for me, as I managed to complete some business strategies on my list of projects that I've been both wanting and needing to get done. When this year began, like many of you, I had a vision of where I wanted to take things and some ideas on how to get there. Of course that's only the beginning of the task. The real work is in the implementation of a plan.
With that in mind and to out-maneuver the usual time deficits that seem ever-present, I will reduce my posting schedule here ever so slightly. As a temporary measure I will post 3 or 4 times weekly instead of the usual Monday thru Friday schedule. The extra day or two will allow me to undertake some initiatives and blaze a new trail or two. :-) It also provides a little more time for site visits, one of my favorite pastimes.
In any case, much fun lies ahead (and hard work too), and I so look forward to it. One of the many projects that I'll be tackling is a revamping of my Facebook Page, which I have gutted to some degree. You can help with this effort by clicking by and dropping a few "Likes" on me, should the mood strike you. I thank you in advance. :-)
On to today's image... taken during one of my 2011 trips to NYC, I stopped out front of "The Met" (Metropolitan Museum of Art) before entering for a day to remember.
I remember arriving here after a very long walk, having left my hotel on 41st and The Avenue of the Americas (6th) and a stroll through neighboring Central Park. Next was the marathon required to cover the museum, where I spent the entire day. Afterward, the trek back to the hotel and with camera gear and tripod to boot. An urban hike, as it turned out. One I'd gladly do again. :-)
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Today we take a trip back to NYC where the 9/11 Memorial is being completed. Part of this sacred site is now open to the public but the surrounding area is under heavy construction, as you'll see in the background of a couple of images below. Visiting a site like this carries a special meaning, one obviously shared by everyone who enters. There is a tremendous sense of respect and honor to be here, not the somber mood that some may expect. The fact that I was walking on sacred ground provided an uplifting experience for me. When the perimeter construction is complete, this will be truly a sight to behold.
I'll let the few images below speak for themselves.