One World Observatory NYC – a Disappointing Photo Op

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The next time you are in New York City and in the mood for something very touristy, you can try visiting One World Observatory. The view is spectacular! In fact the whole experience is very cool … it’s practically a Disney ride. Just keep in mind – you will need to plan ahead and purchase tickets.

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But, as a photographer, it is very disappointing. There is no outdoor observatory. The staff insists that the building was designed as an office building and not a observatory. However, this building took over 10 years to plan and build. Are we really supposed to believe an observatory never came up? The Empire State Building, and Top of the Rock have outdoor observatories that generate quite a bit of money. Even the former Twin Towers had an outdoor observatory. More likely, the builders decided to follow the examples of more recent buildings like The Willis Tower and keep the tourists contained inside.

The BIG problem is glare! Every single window and every single view has glare! Glare! Glare! Glare! You just can’t escape it. Even using a polarizer did not help. Take a look.

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All photos taken with Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 17-55mm EF-S and/or Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 Pro DX

As long as you go as a tourist, you will enjoy it. At $35 to $65 per person, it is not cheap. And, you do need to purchase tickets ahead of time. If you want to take beautiful skyline shots of New York City, visit Top of the Rock instead.

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Adobe is Planning to Charge Monthly For Apps Now

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Adobe has a very good track record of briefly surveying something before they implement it. This year, they decided to test different pricing structure to their current Adobe Cloud Plans.

But, the new piece is a Smart App (Android & iOS) code named “Marvel”. There would also be a web-based version which would run […]

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Photos – Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks NYC 2015

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The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks was again on the East Side this year. Even though I shot from the same Brooklyn vantage point this year, it was a different experience. Macy had changed the show. Instead of replicating the same program from each of the barges, Macy’s had the larger blasts in the […]

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Canon 7D Mark II Tutorial – How to Photograph Fireworks 2015

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Once a year, Macy’s holds the biggest 4th of July party over the East River — the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. The crowd lines up along the East River (or the Hudson on alternating years). Think New Year’s Eve in Times Square x 40 blocks spanning both NYC & Brooklyn! It’s pretty crazy, […]

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Times Square NYC with Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 Pro DX

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There are so many places in New York City where you can really use a wide angle lens to capture the full experience. This weekend, I spent some time in Times Square with my Canon 7d Mark II and the Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 Pro DX. Take a look at some pictures shot at […]

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