New Image Release: Rockefeller Sunset

Last week I was in New York City for the day and decided I would go to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center to take a picture of the Manhattan skyline at sunset. I was lucky that I picked a night with excellent clouds and a colorful sunset.

You are not allowed to use a tripod at the Top of the Rock so I had to find  a way to stabilize my camera for a long exposure. I brought with me my Manfrotto Magic Arm connected to a Justin Clamp. I clamped the Justin Clamp onto one of the metal railings on the top most roof deck. I was first trying to use this set-up with my 70-200mm but the weight of the lens was too heavy to keep the camera stable when the wind was blowing. The rig however was stable enough for my 14-24mm lens which is what I used for the shot below. This enabled me to keep the shutter open for 20 seconds in order to capture the right amount of light for this shot. The image is one exposure which I developed in Lightroom. I was able to correct the distorted perspective that was created with the wide-angle lens using Lightroom's new vertical correction features. I also was able to bring back some details in the shadows and reduce the highlights in the sky so that I could make the image look like what I saw that night.

 

Taken with: NIKON D800, 14-24MM @ 14mm, f22, 8 seconds

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