Anyone who lives in, or spends a good deal of time visiting, New York City likely has their favorite neighborhoods. This home city of mine offers something, somewhere for everyone. For me, there are three places in particular that I love to roam when I’m visiting: the Lower East Side (LES), Union Square, and most recently, The Highline. While the first two are neighborhoods, or areas, The Highline is an attraction of sorts that provides so much fodder for creativity. What was once an elevated train track is now a converted walking park brimming with nature, art, and an exquisite view of the city. It’s one thing to photograph people, architecture or taxi cabs from street level. It’s another thing altogether to be directly above them at this particular height. This height also offers pedestrians some really unique vantage points of the city and its icons, like the Empire State Building. At street level, there is no way I could get this particular photo. I was stopped in my tracks as I marveled at the complexity and layers of my city. The best part is how the regal Empire State Building just barely juts over the other buildings flanking it. It’s really a wonderful place and I strongly urge everyone to visit The Highline if you have an opportunity.
I took this photo with my Sony A7r and Sony FE 24-70mm lens. I wanted to travel light on this trip so I brought my Really Right Stuff TQC-14/BH-30 travel tripod, which packs up super small and is very light. The winds were pretty strong this day, which meant that the clouds in the sky were moving fast. No better scenario to use my Formatt-Hitech 10-stop ND filter to drag the shutter. Stylization was done in Analog Efex Pro 2 and Lightroom.