Thursday, February 17, 2011

New York - from the "Top of the Rock"

We visited (very cold) New York a few weeks ago. It has been many years since I've visited the state where I grew up, and even longer since I saw snow (at least twenty years!). We suffered the sub-freezing temperatures and in exchange, I got some amazing shots.

Before we went to Rockefeller Center, I read somewhere that tripods and monopods were not allowed. Once the sun starts going down it makes it harder to get a clear shot without a tripod. After doing a little research, I saw someone post that you can bring one of those Gorillapods up there and put in on the railing.  So after searching through some of the camera stores I finally found one that didn't cost a fortune. Sadly, I was not able to visit either of the famous photography stores, B&H Photo or Adorama, as BOTH of these stores are closed on Saturdays! I was so looking forward to it... oh well. Anyway, the little tiny flexible tripod worked GREAT and I'm sure I'll find plenty of opportunities to use it now.

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We went to the Top of the Rock for sunset. It cost quite a bit but it was worth it. I insisted on going up far in advance of the expected sunset time so I could secure the perfect location. I did get the perfect location, but I swear the sun never took so long to set. The 4 degree windchill factor was quite intense up there.

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Thanks for sticking with me Gregg!

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