“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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

 

Sunset at the Seven Lakes

Seven Lakes drive is a road in the Hudson valley in New York state.. As the name implies the route passes by seven lakes in this forested region of the Harriman state park. This picture records sunset at Lake Tiorati.

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Lake Tiorati. Click on the picture to see a larger version in flickr

Photographed with an iPhone 4S and processed in Adobe Lightroom.

 

The Four Seasons – Winter

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.

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Winter – by Philip Haas

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Winter – by Arcimboldo

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.