Citicorp Building

Underneath Citicorp (3)

Underneath Citicorp (3)

53rd. and Lexington, New York.

This was taken near the south west corner of the intersection to get both buildings in it. In the past I started on a series in New York I called “sky cutouts” because of the shapes these tall buildings left in the sky as they took up space. I might get back to that someday, I like the idea.

When I took this shot I lined up the bottom of the Citicorp building on the left with the left edge of the frame. I like to have some part of a building “grounded” to an edge of the frame. It’s just something I do, not some formal technique. What you might notice is that it’s not square anymore. That’s because in looking at the image in Lightroom I felt that the center lines were more important so I rotated the image counterclockwise to get the top of Citicorp and the edge of the building on the right close to vertical.

Also notice that the bottom of Citicorp and top are not in the same plane, but the building doesn’t twist, so why is that? In this case it’s the distortion that comes with using a wide angle lens.

There are other optical distortions in images like this that don’t come from the camera, like foreshortening (the sides of the building seem to be converging as they go up).

Lightroom has corrections for various DSLR wide angle lens distortions but alas, none that I know of for a lowly Ricoh GR wide angle lens attachment.

Underneath Citicorp (2)

Underneath Citicorp (2)

53rd. and Lexington, New York.

I’ve always been attracted to the Citicorp building (now called the Citigroup building). Less for its “shed” roof, more for the fact that it’s a big monolith up on pillars. I like standing under it and looking up at it floating above the space under it.

It’s an interesting building with an interesting history and this too attracts me to it.

I took many images of this cluster of buildings with the Ricoh GR and wide angle adapter and it was fun to look at them through this new setup. In the past I’ve shot it with a Canon 5D and various lenses but I was glad to return with a bit more experience and some different (and lighter) gear.

Underneath Citicorp

Underneath Citicorp

53rd. and Lexington, New York.

I’ve always been attracted to the Citicorp building (now called the Citigroup building). Less for its “shed” roof, more for the fact that it’s a big monolith up on pillars. I like standing under it and looking up at it floating above the space under it.

It’s an interesting building with an interesting history and this too attracts me to it.

I took many images of this cluster of buildings with the Ricoh GR and wide angle adapter and it was fun to look at them through this new setup. In the past I’ve shot it with a Canon 5D and various lenses but I was glad to return with a bit more experience and some different (and lighter) gear.

Citicorp through a canyon

Citicorp through a canyon

New York City. The light was waning and just as I left the Seagram Building (built by Mies van der Rohe on the right here) I turned and caught the Citicorp tower (Hugh Stubbins) lit up by the setting sun. Because this part of the city is packed with glass boxes forming canyons, it’s nearly impossible to isolate a single building so I decided to use these two darker buildings to add even more contrast to the starkly white Citicorp Building.