I just returned from my latest trip to New York. It was amazing to see how One World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower) changed the skyline of the Manhattan.
As a Canadian living in eastern part of the country, I visit New York fairly often. It is only 6 hours away from Montreal by car. Over the years I compiled the list of my favorite photography locations in different parts of New York. I also learned how to use New York’s famous landmarks in order to maximize the impact of my photography.
Here is the list of articles dedicated to my New York experiences:
- New York City – the Best Spot to Photograph Panoramas of Manhattan
- An Unconventional Way to Photograph New York
- Photographing New York from the River (Circle Line Cruise)
- Midtown Sunset Reflections (New York)
- Manhattan Skyline from Brooklyn Bridge (New York)
And last week I realized that completion of One World Trade Center changed everything. The structure is enormous and it can be seen practically from every corner of the city. Many of my old experiences became obsolete but at the same time, it opened new travel photography opportunities for me as a photographer.
The featured photo I took from Staten Island Ferry and couple of years ago it would be boring and uninteresting capture but with One World Trade Center as a focal point, it looks impressive.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: HDR Processed in HDR Expose 3
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to HDR Expose 3
HDR Expose 3: I used 3 images to tone map HDR image ( -1, 0, +1 ), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom.
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, contrast
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky and water areas ) – check my Topaz DeNoise Product Review.
- Topaz Claritywas used to increase contrast and clarity of the skies and buldings.