New York Skyline with One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower)

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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 Manhattan.

As a Canadian living in the 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:

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 a couple of years ago it would be boring and uninteresting capture but with One World Trade Center as a focal point, it looks impressive.

HDR Photography - Processed in HDR Expose
New York. Lower Manhattan
Loc: 40°42’3″ N 74°1’11” W

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Travel Photography Blog: 4 Bracketed Shots ( -2; -1; 0; +1)
  • Camera: Canon 60D
  • Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
  • Focal Length: 48mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Aperture: F6.3
  • Bracketing: 3 shots ( -1, 0, +1 )
  • Tripod: Handheld


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
Photoshop Plugins:

  • Peter Kershaw says:

    Viktor your images are excellent .

  • Edward Nowak says:

    Viktor, I’m also a fan of HDR Expose 3 and agree that it is powerful. I have a couple of questions about your workflow. HDR Expose produced a 16 bit tiff file that was exported back to Lightroom. After straightening and cropping in Lightroom you exported to Photoshop as a PSD file. From Photoshop you edited in a couple of Topaz plugins. First, why did you export to Photoshop as a PSD file. Does this have advantages compared to a 16 bit tiff file? Second, why did you call the Topaz plugins from Photoshop? I call them from Lightroom so I’m wondering if there are advantages to calling the Topaz plugins from Photoshop rather than from Lightroom. I love your Manhattan skyline image, btw.

    • Edward,

      I do not see any advantage of using TIFF over PSD. With PSD you have options to use it as 8 bit or 16 bit. When I do not expect heavy Photoshop editing I use 8 bit and in extreme cases 16 bit.

      I use Topaz plugins at the very end of the editing so it makes more sense for my workflow to run them from Photoshop. But it is a minor variation of the entire process.

      • Edward Nowak says:

        Thank you, Viktor. I appreciate your taking the time to reply.

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