I shot this in New York City back in 2013. Just one of those things that caught my eye and made me smile.
The Cloisters. The name itself makes me think of medieval mystery and European Monks.
When I saw a post on Facebook by photographer Karen Hutton of the Cloisters in New York City it became a must see for the next time I was there.
We happened to go NYC on the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and scheduled a visit to the Cloisters on the Sunday morning. The grounds are beautiful and the architecture amazing.
This is a description from their website:
The Cloisters museum and gardens, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, was assembled from architectural elements, both domestic and religious, that largely date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century.
The building and its cloistered gardens—located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan—are treasures in themselves, effectively part of the collection housed there. The Cloisters’ collection comprises approximately two thousand works of art.
Here are just a few of the shots I took there.
Angel of the Water
Blessing the Pool
Purity of the Water
Brings healing powers
This shot of the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, New York was taken last summer. It’s history is very interesting.
“Rising from Bethesda Terrace is Bethesda Fountain, with the famous Angel of the Waters statue atop. The statue references the Gospel of John, which describes an angel blessing the Pool of Bethesda and giving it healing powers. The fountain commemorates the Croton water system, which first brought fresh water to New York City in 1842. The angel carries a lily in her left hand — a symbol of the water’s purity, very important to a city that had previously suffered from a devastating cholera epidemic before the system was established. The piece is the only statue that was commissioned for the Park. Created by Emma Stebbins, it also marked the first time a woman received a public art commission in New York City. ”
Quoted from the official Central Park website http://www.centralparknyc.org/visit/things-to-see/south-end/bethesda-fountain.html
Yesterday I posted a portion of this picture showing just their shoes and wondered if you could guess what their profession was. Now that you can see the rest of the shot it still is not clear. I shot this in Central Park New York and I waited around to see what they would do but they were in a long conversation with someone just off camera so unfortunately I cannot give you a definate answer. My assumption is that they were street performers. They definitely had interesting costumes.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year. This is a shot of Times Square I took this summer.
This bike was outside a little shop in New York City. I love the colours and fun watermelon looking wheels!
They say if one door gets shut another opens.
Before going through that door –
Check to see who opened it!
I shot these beautiful doors in New York City but I can’t remember which building they are on.
Frozen in Time
Orbiting to the Music
By a Child’s Touch
This carousel horse can be found on Jane’s Carousel – Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York
This was taken from the High Line in New York City. There is all sorts of interesting architecture to be found while strolling along this elevated old rail line converted into a park. This Bernheimer Architecture building is a 54,000-square-foot residential tower in the Chelsea arts district of Manhattan and contains nineteen apartments and two galleries.
My daughter and her husband on the subway in New York City. Are we there yet?
Today we remember all who lost their life in the World Trade Centre tragedy. I visited the 911 Memorial at Ground Zero this summer in New York City. All around the reflecting pools are the names of those whose life came to an abrupt end that day. So what is in a name? I did not know any of these people. I know nothing about their lives. But – like all of us they had a name. Like all of us they lived a life with a circle of influence in which that name does mean a great deal. Those who did know someone who lost their life there that day will circle the reflecting pool looking for that one name that has meaning for them. Looking at it. Touching it. A flood of memories will come back to them. So what is in a name? More than you can imagine.
This was taken from the 19th floor of our hotel in SoHo New York.
Grimaldi’s Coal Brick Oven Pizza is said to be the best pizza in New York City. I must say it was very tasty! Here is what they say on their web site.
“Designed and built by hand, the coal-fired oven at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria delivers a unique flavor and consistency that is just not possible from wood or gas ovens. Weighing in at 25 tons and heated by 100 pounds of coal per day (cleanest burning fuel available and environmentally tested), the oven heats up to 1200 degrees. We also purchase special coal from Pennsylvania called anthracite. It actually burns cleaner and more Eco-friendly than gas or wood-fired methods. The intense heat of the oven and coal evenly bakes the pies to create Grimaldi’s famous crispy and smokey crust that Zagat has voted BEST PIZZA year after year.
Combined with our freshly made dough, fresh mozzarella (delivered daily), and fresh, crushed San Marzano tomatoes, Grimaldi’s Pizza is the best in all of New York City.”
They are always busy and get this – No Credit Cards – No Reservations – No Slices – No Delivery!
Whenever I am in New York I try to visit Ground Zero. The enormity of this tragedy never fails to move me. This is one of the shots I took this year with the museum in the background.
3 Exposure HDR, Photomatix, Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz adjust
I grabbed a shot of this guy in the subway in New York.
I used the Photoshop Fractalius plug in filter and then the oil paint filter to create the effect.
This is classic Manhattan. Locate at 1 Centre Street in New York City, the Manhattan Municipal Building is a 40-story building built to accommodate increased governmental space demands after the 1898 consolidation of the city’s five boroughs.Wikipedia
I shot this as a vertical panorama stitched together with CS6.
We were able to walk the Brooklyn Bridge during our New York trip this time. It is an amazing structure.
HDR 3 exposure – Photomatix, Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz adjust.
This building in in Brooklyn at the corner of Washington and York. It is tough to get the whole building in one shot so I took four shots and merged them in Photoshop.
This building is along the High Line in New York. Covered with mirrored glass and rusting steel plate it creates an interesting visual treat.
This is a 3 exposure HDR using Photomatix, Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz Adjust.
This was shot on my last trip to New York from the High Line. I am reminded of Simon and Garfunkel’s lyrics:
When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you
I’ll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
This was shot from the 19th floor terrace balcony of our hotel in New York City.
The number 1 Line speeds into the 42nd Street Subway station in NYC. New York’s subway system can be a little intimidating for a small town guy like me but it didn’t take too long to figure it out. So long as I had a map of the system with me I found it to be a pretty efficient way to get around the city.
One of the last places we went to see in NYC was Grand Central Station. It truly is a magnificent building.
This is a 5 image HDR panorama with each image made up of 3 exposures. Shot handheld. Processed in Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop, and Topaz adjust.