Do you ever see a scene that looks so perfect, take the photo, and then when you upload it to your computer you see “unwanted/distracting objects?” Darn those blasted cattails!
This is the Atlas statue outside Rockefeller Center in New York City. It was sculpted by Lee Lawrie and Rene Paul Chambellan and installed in its present location in 1937. The statue is 45 feet tall, and includes a 15-foot figure of the Ancient Greek Titan Atlas holding the heavens on his shoulders. The North-South axis of the “bent or twisted” armillary sphere on his shoulders points towards the North Star as seen from New York City.
Jane’s Carousel is located in Brooklyn between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and reminds me of “the good old days” when as a little girl my parents would take me to Warner Park in Chattanooga, TN to ride the carousel. Jane’s Carousel is a 1922 carousel originally installed in Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio. In 1984, it was purchased by Jane and David Walantas, who spent years restoring it to its original condition. Encased in a glass structure, it was commissioned by the Walantas’ and architect Jean Nouvel and placed in the Brooklyn Bridge Park on the East River in 2011. If you find yourself in New York, do yourself a favor and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and see, or take a ride on, this beautiful carousel.
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love Starbucks Latte and have one practically every day. No, I am not a shareholder … just addicted. I thought we had an abundance of stores in Sarasota, but in NYC there are stores practically on every corner. Lucky for me I had my camera today and was able to grab a shot of the “tools of the trade.”
I have unsuccessfully searched for months for a photo that would satisfy this theme and thought I might be a failure. Never give up! On a recent trip to New York, I stood in the bedroom observing a “quaint and quirky” condominium high rise just a few blocks away at 56 Leonard Street in Tribeca. With 145 units and 60 stories tall, its top 9 floors are penthouses. If you’d like a fabulous view, this might be for you but as for me I would feel most uncomfortable living in one of the penthouses, which to me resemble building blocks erected by a 3-year-old.
As I walked out on Pier 15 in lower Manhattan, I spotted the sailing vessel, Wavertree, and anybody who has ever listened to Jimmy Buffet will understand why I began singing a “line from a song” entitled, “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor.” (Click here and I’ll bet you will begin singing too.) Ship Information: It was launched in 1885 in Southhampton. It is 325 feet (99 m) long including spars and 263 feet (80 m) on deck. The ship is the largest remaining wrought iron vessel. Initially it was used for transporting jute from east India to Scotland, and then was involved in the tramp trade. In 1947 it was converted into a sand barge, and in 1968 it was acquired by the South Street Seaport Museum. In 1978 the ship was entered in the National Register of Historic Places.
Sometimes photographers simply must “break the rule of thirds” and we are taught that it is perfectly okay to do so. A good example is the below photograph taken in the financial district which, by the way, I had to climb up on a ledge in order to get my camera high enough to reach over the crowd. Yes, I was able to scurry down before the nice policeman walked over. I waved and smiled and he gave me a thumbs up.