Posts Tagged ‘cityscapes’

The Empire State Building from the Top of the Rock

This past December, my wife, son, and I visited New York City for a wonderful mini-vacation of three days and two nights.  Although I was born in New York and have gone back for many a wedding, Bar Mitzvah, and funeral over these past many years, this was the first time I had gone back as a tourist.  We visited Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Bronx Zoo.  Not bad for just three days!  Late one night on the Brooklyn Bridge–near midnight, as I recall–I crossed paths with a friendly young jogger on  the Brooklyn Bridge.   When I mentioned being a native New Yorker who was visiting after a long absence, his quick but warm reply was, “What took you so long?”

Nikon D90, iso 400, 52mm focal length, 1/2 sec., f4.2, matrix metering, 1/3 stop underexposed

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2010. That’s about 29 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 7 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 42 posts. There were 8 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 14mb.

The busiest day of the year was November 12th with 592 views. The most popular post that day was Arches National Park’s Double Arch.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were search.aol.com, en.wordpress.com, maggiescamera.wordpress.com, obama-scandal-exposed.co.cc, and mail.yahoo.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for boston skyline, arches national park, boston, little rock arkansas, and new hampshire.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Arches National Park’s Double Arch October 2008


Boston Skyline 2 January 2009


Boston Skyline from the Charles February 2010


Little Rock, Arkansas Sunset February 2009


Cathedral Ledge in New Hampshire’s White Mountains November 2008

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Dubrovnik, Croatia at the Magic Hour

This is an evening scene taken just as we were leaving Dubrovnik, Croatia to reboard our Windstar ship, the WindSurf, the largest sailing yacht in the world, carrying only 308 “pampered guests.”  I love this time of the evening–about an hour after sunset–when the sky is a deep azure blue, just before it turns an inky black.  We visited three cities in beautiful Croatia, Rovinj, Split, and Dubrovnik, called by Lord Byron “the Pearl of the Adriatic.”    I’ll try to post one or two more from Dubrovnik, and then later, I’ll add one from each of the other two towns. 

Note:  I love the way my D90 deftly handles noise in low-light photos, even at an ISO of 3200.

Nikon D90, 18 mm, ISO 3200 (handheld!), f 3.5, 1/25 with 18-200 VR stabilized lens

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A View of the Tall Ships Against the Boston Skyline

A View of the Tall Ships Against the Boston Skyline

On July 10 this past summer, my photography club (North Quabbin Viewfinders—www.nqviewfinder.org—) visited Boston to see the tall ships.  The fact that it was also my birthday made it doubly enjoyable as my wife and son accompanied us, and we met my daughter later near Boston.  It was a perfectly glorious New England summer day—sunny, dry, temps around 82-85 degrees.  The sky was a deep blue, and Boston was alive with excitement!   This was one of my favorite shots from that day.

Settings:  Nikon D90, 18-200 Nikkor VR lens, 27mm, ISO 500, f9.5, 1/350, 1/2 stop underexposed.

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Little Rock Arkansas Sunset

Little Rock Arkansas Sunset


I thought I’d download a few more photos from my cross-country trip this past September.  This is a view of Little Rock.  When I got there, I spent the first couple of hours finding this bridge and getting ready for what I hoped would be a glorious sunset.  I think I lucked out.  

Data:  Nikon D200, ISO 1000, focal length 33mm, 1/20 sec.

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Boston Skyline Featuring Zakim-Bunker Hill Bridge

Boston Skyline Featuring Zakim-Bunker Hill Bridge

This, again, is the Boston Skyline, but this time you can see the Leonard P. Zakim-Bunker Hill Bridge on the right.  That’s also Boston’s  famous Old North Church behind the bridge.  Finally, off to the left is Boston Garden (actually named the TD Banknorth Garden.)  This is my second attempt at an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image, but it’s actually only one image with a faux HDR look, courtesy of Redynamix, Photoshop Elements 6.0, and Picassa 3.1.  I know that it’s a bit on the artistic/creative side, but the original was rather plain, and not too inspiring.  I enjoyed creating this version.  The original data is as follows:

Nikon D200, ISO 100, exposure of 8.0 seconds at f5.6, +2/3, focal length of 170 (255–35mm equivalent)

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Boston Skyline

Boston Skyline

This was my first attempt at HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging. I used Dynamic Photo HDR (3.43) –from Mediachance.com to combine two photos which I took on a weekend at the Hyatt Regency Harborside in Boston.  One photo was taken at a low Kelvin temperature (and came out mostly blue–with a bit of purple).  The other had a high Kelvin temperature and came out with a pinkish-orange glow.  This is the result. 

Data:  Nikon D200, ISO 100, f 7.1, 48mm, 3 seconds, 1/3 stop underexposed

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