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.
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.
The George Washington Bridge is a major link between New Jersey and New York. This double-decked suspension bridge was constructed between 1927 and 1931. Over 102 million vehicles use the bridge in a year, making it the busiest bridges in the world. The photo below is that of one of the two pillars that support the 1450m long bridge.
I took this picture from the roof of a moving car, and my friend obligingly slowed down to a crawl so I could try to get the best possible shot. Thankfully, it was not rush hour and traffic was sparse but slow-moving.
In the New York Botanical Gardens stand 4 imposing 15 foot tall painted fibre glass statues sculpted by the famous Philip Haas. Each statue represents a particular season of the year, and have been inspired by the renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The picture is of Winter, a foreboding season of creeping ivy, mossy scarred bark and bare branches.
This picture is a HDR composite of 3 bracketed photographs at -2, 0 and +2, processed first in Photomatix Pro and then in onOne picture perfect suite for final adjustments. Please click on the image to see the picture in large size.