A City So Nice. A very lucky shot , I had to turn in my seat and aim backwards as my plane approached LaGuardia Airport. Thankfully it was a crystal clear day. You can see all the way to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in the harbor, and the new World Trade Center “Freedom Tower” stands proud. The three bridges in the picture from left to right are the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg. If you are wondering about the Empire State, Chrysler and others, they are uptown of this view,
Truth be told, I prefer aisle seats so I can get up and stretch but if I’m going somewhere interesting I’ll choose a window seat and bring my camera (ok, I always bring my camera…but with a window seat I keep it handy). I’ve learned how to shoot out of the window to take best advantage of the view (there are some tricks to it) and some of these photographs are pretty amazing considering the altitude and speed. All of them were taken with one of my point and shoot cameras, the majority with my Nikon P7800, the New York City pics with my little Hasselblad. Let me know what you think of them!
East River Perspective. Shot the same day as the picture above, actually a few seconds before. My son’s apartment building, 20 Exchange Place, is visible. It stands just south of the Deutsche Bank Building (with the pointy roof) where he works. I suggested he string a zip line between the two to save a few minutes walk. He replied that he doubted it would save time…but he would get extra style points! You can also see how close to sea level Manhattan is; this is why there was so much flooding during Hurricane Sandy…and why global warming is a serious threat to America’s largest city.
Frozen Fingers. Boy, was it cold down there. But interestingly, the lake was either a sheet of ice or somehow was not frozen over this day.