High Line

Reflections on the High Line

Reflections on the High Line

High Line, New York.

I was in New York a few weeks ago and walked the High Line with an old friend who hadn’t seen it since it was first opened. It was packed as it is almost all the time now and incredibly, there is more new construction going on there than I’ve ever seen before.

At some point one would think that the city won’t be able to absorb any more high end rentals (think Shanghai) but who knows?

Cranes on the High Line

Cranes on the High Line

New York.

Approaching the north end of the High Line, Gary and I came upon a large construction site with lots of exposed ironwork and more cranes than I’ve ever seen before at a single site.

There are six cranes showing on the image above, seven on the one below (actually eight in the image blow if you count the one attached to the left edge of the building). Amazing.

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Bay Crane

Bay Crane

North end of the High Line, New York.

It’s amazing how much new construction is going on along the High Line. Who would have thought turning a rotting elevated train platform into a park could transform some tough neighborhoods?

This is right next to the Penn Station rail yard and a very large building is going up with many cranes working the site. This monster was parked off to the side and I could not resist taking a picture of it. It looks like a cross between a weapon and a space vehicle. There may be larger mobile cranes but I doubt they’re much larger.

Can you imagine trying to drive this rig around New York?

Along the High Line with the Ricoh GR

Looking east from the High Line

Looking east from the High Line

Along the High Line, New York. Gary and I walked the length of the High Line (he’d never seen it) and it was great. I’m just processing those images now and this is what I captured with the Ricoh GR.

These are all RAWs processed in Lightroom to emulate the high contrast JPEGs the camera makes.

I think the image quality from the Fuji X100S and the Ricoh GR is about the same on RAW files so for me, the Ricoh’s 28mm angle of view works better than the Fuji’s 35mm. I think it would good to have both cameras and no doubt I’ll revisit the Fuji X100 series but until then I’m still loving the Ricoh GR.

Along the High Line

Looking north along the High Line

Construction next to the High Line

Cone flowers on the High Line

Cone flowers on the High Line

Scaffold along the High Line

Scaffold along the High Line

Construction and crane alone the High Line

Construction and crane along the High Line

Along the Highline

Crane

Crane

Along the High Line, New York. Gary and I walked the length of the High Line (he’d never seen it) and it was great. I’m just processing those images now, three weeks after the fact.

This was my last walk with the Fuji X100S, sold it last week. I loved the camera but found it a bit big for hiking and walking around. Amazing since I used to lug a Canon 5D and assorted lenses around New York with me. I may revisit another version of the camera down the road but for now I’m content with the Ricoh GR and Sony RX100 III. The Fuji does take outstanding images though, no doubt about it. And, the hybrid viewfinder is incredible.

Evaporator

Evaporator

Terraces and flues

Terraces and flues

Another day in New York

Golden hour on the High Line

Golden hour on the High Line

New York City. My friend Edward and I went to Photo Expo and when we were done geeing out on cameras (Sony A7 looks like a winner) we went down to the High Line because he’d never seen it. This was my second time on this walk in the last few weeks and I enjoyed it just as much. Edward loved it too.

Chrysler through a maze

Chrysler through a maze

Amazing to see the Chrysler building through layers of building and reflection.

Two bridges?

Two bridges?

Both Edward and I saw this bridge reflection at the same time but it was tough to find the right vantage point to get this kind of shot. I had to stand in the middle of the street to get this angle and cars were coming up behind me. The risks we take get the shot, I tell ya, this amateur photography business is brutal.

Clean glass wall

Clean glass wall

I could have stood here for an hour watching for the right reflection but I took a few shots and moved on, hoping that one of them would work out.

Dudes geeking out

Dudes geeking out

Me and Edward reflected in a building, thinking about Photo Expo and geeking out.

A day in New York

Outside Grand Central

Outside Grand Central

Walk out the west entrance to Grand Central, look up and south and this is what you see.

I continue to be astounded by how much detail the APS-C sensor on the Ricoh GR picks up. I never thought I’d turn into a detail freak but I love seeing all the texture in buildings like these.

Building in building

Building in building

Walking across town from Grand Central to Chelsea, the reflections are everywhere.

$29.95

$29.95

Along the High Line

Along the High Line

Anne and I had never been to the High Line and we picked a tough day for our first experience: Saturday, nice weather. Both of us agreed, the High Line is a fantastic architectural and cultural achievement and it deserves all the accolades it gets. We’ll be going back there, often.

More information on the High Line.

This is a small amphitheater off to the side of the tracks where people can sit and talk, eat lunch, and watch New York through the window.

Along the High Line

Along the High Line

I can see that it’s going to take numerous visits to the High Line to see all the various views there are from this 20 + block rebuilt elevated train track. The High Line cuts through narrow slits between buildings and looking left or right is like being at an aquarium looking through the wall of a big tank except instead of fish you see pieces of New York. Amazing.

Along the High Line

Along the High Line

The variety of interesting buildings that the High Line runs next to or which have been built next to it (chicken/egg) is staggering.

Along the High Line

Along the High Line

Some of the buildings along the High Line are apartments. Not sure I’d want to be nancing around in my underwear on a crowded day.

Empire State

Empire State

Walking back to Grand Central after a great meal at a small Korean restaurant, I caught a last glimpse of the top of the Empire State building and attempted a shot. It was starting to rain or I’d have done some more messing around with the light meter but I’m happy with it as it came out.