So this will be the last post from my vacation from the US. I’m already at home for 3 days now, and between sleeping in and visiting all my friends and family I managed to find some time, to start sorting and editing all the (almost 1.700) pictures from our journey. I started my travel journal with a picture of the sunrise over the Manhattan skyline so what better end would there be than a picture of the same skyline at sunset ;-). During our last 2 ½ days in NYC, we went to the Top of the Rock to enjoy the breathtaking view with hundreds of other tourist ;-). Fortunately, it was no problem at all to bring and set up a tripod there if you manage to find a place for it. At first, Marie managed to get hold of a great spot on the upper most floor right in front of small column where I could place my gorillapod. I took most of my pictures from there, because I didn’t want to give in the place. But in hindsight, I think it would’ve been even better to shoot from one of the lower floors. On the lower floors there is this giant glass wall with very small gaps in it and when I first checked these floors for the perfect spot, I thought that my lens doesn’t fit through these gaps. But as it turns out, the gaps all have a different width and some of these gaps are indeed big enough for my lens. From the viewpoint of perspective, that doesn’t change so much, but on the lower decks, it is much less crowded and it was no problem at all to set up my regular tripod which was absolutely impossible on the uppermost deck! So I would recommend that if you head there photographing the skyline, you settle on one of the lower decks at one glass-wall-gap which is big enough for your lens and shoot from there, without someone bumping into you every 10 secs. The picture here is an awesome 80MP HDR Panorama shot (4 x 3 pics) with my gorillapod. I would recommend to take a look at the panoramas at original size. I’m very happy how detailed it turned out.
We also headed to the promenade in Brooklyn for sunset skyline shooting. I still haven’t viewed all of my pictures in detail, but up to now, this is my favourite pic of the whole trip! Not much editing was necessary here. And I plan to print out at least one of these NYC pics on acryl glass and put it on my wall. Up to now, I never printed one of my pics that way but I’m pretty curious how this turns out!
So all in all we Marie and I had a great time in the US and I also enjoyed it very much to basically go out shooting every day. Can’t wait till I come back again. But this also concludes this trip to landscape photography for a while now. I hope you enjoyed this little change as much as I did. Next week I’ll be back with portrait shooting again.
JFYI: This weeks pics are all edited in PS again.
So long – Florian