A sunny week in New York in November, visiting “all” the famous spots and getting lots of awesome shots!
Let’s begin with the Instagram pictures I posted while I was there. I would have shared more but I was too busy taking pictures ?
Horizontal or portrait?
I’ve recently started using Instagram again after a few years off. I need to get used to shooting in portrait orientation, my favorite is horizontal. I understand that it’s easier with portrait on cell phones, that’s how most people hold their phones after all, but with a real camera it’s horizontal that rules!
Horizontal orientation looks better when viewed on a big screen, but for mobile browsing portrait fills the screen more and provides a better viewing experience.
Which orientation do you prefer? depends on whether you’re reading this on your phone or your computer, right?
Not so dark at night
We enjoyed nighttime strolls around Time’s Square, and we weren’t the only ones. Lots of foot traffic as well as cars, buses and pedicabs. Everybody around me wanted selfies with the colorful lights! I didn’t feel like the only tourist in town…
For night time shots, I preferred the Rokinon 12mm to bring in more light and get the wide angle view. The manual focus is easy to use with focus peaking.
A wide view of the world
I enjoyed playing around with my wide angle lens (Rokinon 12mm on Fuji Xt2) for some cool perspectives. Working with the images in post production, I found that the vertical orientation worked better in a city setting, and that horizontal was cool to get a wide view of the city sky line.
In the two images above, which one works better, the cropped or the original? I think the cropped vertical is tighter and more powerful.
New York is great to explore with a wide angle lens; the tall buildings, everything being so close and intense. I get more interesting perspectives and contrasts.
For instance the Vessel, that’s the only way to see (all of) it through a lens!
The zoom lens had to come out to get closer to distant subjects. This was especially fun on the Ellis Island ferry. On the streets in the city, I didn’t like using it at all.
Finally, golden hour!
Luckily I had a whole week to capture the city on different locations at this time of the day for some great colors and mood.
Movement and darkness
I’ve experimented with objects in movement before. While in San Francisco, the BART stations were equally dark and noisy. New York provided a different atmosphere but there are similarities!
A bird’s view
Of course we had to get to the top of the tallest buildings. It was interesting to see the world through either the zoom or the wide angle, and I couldn’t make up my mind as to which I preferred. They were both such different expressions.
To use a wide angle and see the whole city unfolding below me in one shot?
The result was often blah, there’s almost too much detail. The only time I liked the wide angle shots were at golden hour when the city started to light up and the dwindling light bathed every surface in warm yellow and pink colors.
Or zoom in to have a detail highlighted?
That worked well as long as I didn’t zoom in on far away places, like the Statue of Liberty. She was too far away and just bathed in a grey atmospheric cloud.