“Freedom Tower” – Manhattan

The events of the 9th of September, 2001 are permanently etched in the memories of us all who were witness to a dastardly act of terrorism. In place of the previous twin world trade centre towers now stands the colloquially termed “Freedom Tower“. One World Trade Centre, as this new building is called arose from the ruins like the mythical phoenix from the ashes to reclaim the Manhattan skyline. The spire on top of the tower makes the height of the building 1776 ft, symbolic to the 1776AD US declaration of independence.

The Manhattan skyline. Click on photo to see a larger version.
With the spire, the new world trade centre building reaches an impressive 1776ft. Click on photo for a larger version.

These photographs were taken from the NY-Liberty ferry as 3 bracketed shots at -2, 0 and +2. Processed as HDR in Photomatix Pro. The day was overcast and grey and this is reflected in the rather unimpressive sky tones.

Manhattan – HDR

This photograph of the iconic Manhattan skyline comes from a rocking ferry returning from the Statue of Liberty. 3-shot bracketed HDR at -2, 0, 2 processed in Photomatix Pro. Slightly overblown highlights but the sky was dull and overcast and I had to increase brightness and luminance to get anything useful out of the picture.

Click on the picture to see it on Flickr

The Four Seasons – Autumn

The next in the series of sculptures by Philip Haas is Autumn. Autumn is characterised by ripe fruit (grapes, apples, blackberries) and vegetables (pumpkins, barley) ready for the picking.

Autumn by Philip Haas

These sculptures are inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo‘s paintings of “The Four Seasons”. Arcimboldo used fruits, vegetables and grains to creative identifiable and imaginative portraits.

Technical Details
Photographed using Nikon D7000 with a 18-250mm F4.5/6.3 Lens
Autobracketed at -2, 0 and +2 in aperture priority mode (f/6.3 ISO 200)
Processed in Photomatix Pro and Adobe Lightroom

Manhattan at Night

Originally uploaded by Jaws1.

One of my better pictures. Downtown Manhattan as seen from the Rockefeller Center (Top of the Rock). The empire state building is in the foreground. On the right, along the Hudson bay, Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty can be made out.