I made an early morning visit to Rockefeller Center to get some shots without the teeming masses. While there, I also took some shots of the Saks Fifth Avenue Winter Palace themed windows. Unfortunately the lights on the facade above the windows were not illuminated at 5:00 am, but the windows were all dressed up.
I haven’t done much holiday shooting in New York this year. New York doesn’t seem to go all out like other cities with grand holiday decorations. It’s also more crowded than usual this time of year in New York.
My friend Claire invited me to join her group for a day trip to Philadelphia to shoot the holiday displays and that got me back in the holiday spirit. Maybe it’s the newness to me, but it seems that Philadelphia has more holiday displays than New York. It also was much less crowded than New York from a photography perspective.
Here are some of the sights from my quick day trip to Philadelphia.
It’s not easy to provide a lot of explanation or discussion of process in Flickr. It’s mainly for showing images, which is fine. I figure this would be a good place to go into more detail about how I produced an image.
I’ve been shooting a lot of Olympus Live Composite shots recently for what I call Architectural Stars, which basically place an architectural element in the foreground with star trails behind. I’ve mostly used longer focal lengths for these shots, but I tried a wider focal length for the image here.
I chose a spot at the corner of William and Beaver Streets in Lower Manhattan right outside Delmonico’s facing 20 Exchange Place and pointed the camera up toward the sky.
The following images describe my process.
There’s a recently installed art piece in the North Flatiron Public Plaza called Nova by SOFTlab. It looks a bit like a kaleidoscope with jewel cut patterned plastic tiles and various colored lights coming through. I didn’t notice it when I was up close to the piece, but I saw in my photos later that the exterior has a brushed finish that reflects light in different patterns.
The installation will remain on display through the 2015 holiday season.
I last shot here two years ago at Hyde and Lombard and there was another photographer next to me who stood on a small platform with a tripod. It seemed very high by my recollection, but it wasn’t really high at all when I returned to that spot last month. I made my way up there with my tripod and got this Live Composite shot of cars going all the way down the curvy street.