“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.

_DSC3098_099_100
The Manhattan skyline. Click on photo to see a larger version.
_DSC3092_3_4
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.

MiG 17F, Vietnam Air Force -HDR

Building upon the Korean War success of the Soviet MiG-15, this single seat MiG-17F had wings that were more sharply swept back and a longer fuselage. This aircraft’s maneuverability and cannon-armament proved legendary in dog fights. It could out-maneuver american missiles and out-fly larger american fighters. NATO gave the code-word “Fresco” to the MiG17. The Vietnamese called the painted versions of this plane “Snakes” (From the description on the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum).

_DSC3280_tonemapped-Edit
North Vietnamese Air Force MiG-17F. Click on the photo for a larger version

Photographed on the hangar deck of the USS Intrepid, now the home of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum in New York. 3-shot handheld bracketed HDR rendering.

Thanks for stopping by.  I welcome your comments and constructive criticisms on the photograph or the subject.

 

MiG-21 Polish Air Force – HDR

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum in New York is surely one of the many unmissable sights in the city. The museum is based on the now decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Intrepid. The photo below is of a Polish Air Force MiG-21 fighter aircraft on the hangar deck of USS Intrepid. Behind this is a PZL-Mielec Lim-5 (MiG-17F) plane from the Vietnam Air Force painted in blue. The photo itself is a 3-shot bracketed HDR rendering with the Manhattan skyline in the background.

_DSC3274_5_6
MiG21PFM. Polish Air Force. Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, New York. Please click on photo for a larger version.

Thank you for stopping by. Please leave feedback and constructive criticism on the subject or the photograph.

 

Bridge on the NY state route 59

A bridge on New York state route 59 out of Suffern, NY over the Norfolk Southern railway. The bridge itself is no more than a 100 feet across but the geometric patterns of the metal structure distributes weight beautifully.

_DSC2960_tonemapped
Road bridge on NY state route 59. Click on picture for a larger version

Processed in Silver Efex Pro. Photographed with a Nikon D7000 camera.

 

George Washington Bridge, New York

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.

_DSC2887-Edit-2
George Washington Bridge. Click on the picture for a larger version

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.

 

Urbine-ator!!

The latest design in wind turbine technology for urban settings appears to be the vertical turbine. I have read somewhere that these are called urbines (for urban turbines)!! The photo below is a composite of 3 shots taken in quick succession and then merged.

P1010964_5_6
Vertical turbine in action. Click on photo for a larger version.

Photographed at the BT Convention Centre, Albert Dock, Liverpool with a Panasonic TZ30 compact camera.

 

First Church of Christ, Scientist – Part 2

This is a related post to an earlier one on the First Church of Christ, Scientist, the mother church of the christian science movement. 3-shot bracketed HDR using a Nikon D7000 with a tamron 18-250mm lens. Merged and processed in Photomatix Pro.

_DSC3382_3_4
Click on the photo for a larger version

Ephemeral

One of the many wonders of the natural world! A dandelion seed head that requires nothing more than a puff of wind to set the winged seeds on a new journey of colonisation!

_DSC2560
Click on the picture for a larger version

Photographed in Staines, UK with a Nikon D7000 camera. Post-processed in Lightroom and Color Efex Pro.