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I took this photo years ago while visiting New York. I clearly remember that day because that was my first experience to be harassed as the photographer for taking pictures.
I was in the Financial District in the morning with the camera around my neck and no tripod. While working along State Street, I found myself in front of this famous building with the curved facade. I saw it on many postcards and famous photos and I knew right away that I had to take a few pictures of the beautiful sky reflections.
Standing on the sidewalk I pointed the camera up and started shooting. This is when I saw a security guard running towards me. He was very polite, but he said that the building was private property and I was not allowed to take pictures of it.
I was very surprised, but I did not argue and just walked away.
Shooting & Processing
The shooting was simple. I stepped down the aperture to f10 in order to increase the depth of field and took a series of single shots. I used the shortest focal length (17mm) to get the widest perspective. I was aiming up, trying to get both buildings into the composition.
I am having fun processing older New York photos using Lightroom Rapid Editing for Cityscapes, the one I described in the following tutorial: Lightroom Rapid Editing System for Cityscapes.
First I applied Lightroom preset Sunblast from my Cross Processed Collection and later I used TOOLKIT to adjust increase the contrast and the saturation.
The Lightroom Editing Formula: Sunblast (21, 24, 30)
The final step was to add a Radial Filter with a yellow overlay to emphasize the sun’s reflections.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
- Camera: Canon 60D
- Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
- Focal Length: 17mm
- ISO: 800
- Aperture: F10
- Shutter: 1/800
- Bracketing: single shot
- Tripod: hand-held
Processing: Lightroom Rapid Editing