As promised here is ANOTHER Top of the Rock Sunset pic shot. This one was shot on July 4th. I was eating dinner with my family at Max Brenner's "Chocolate By the Bald Man" restaurant (Highly reccommend if you fancy death by chocolate) and it suddenly occured to me that the best way to see the Macy's Fireworks would be from the Top of the Rock. I hurried back to my apartment and quickly grabbed my gear. The annual pass came in handy because regular tickets had been sold out for the night by 7:30. I made my way up to the top level and posted up on one of the flat cement railings. I managed to grab this shot while waiting for the fireworks. Anyways let me get back on topic...
Top of the Rock NYC Sunset
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8
F Stop: f/9
9 RAW Exposure HDR
****This one is a MUST see large to appreciate the details
What I really like about the post processing here is the globe-like horizon. It was inspired by the "Paris Crew" (These guys work MAGIC with the fisheye) with their use of nikon fisheye lenses. I tried to use the fisheye lens filter in photoshop (As I dont have the real thing) but couldnt achieve the results I was looking for. I messed around Transforms (i.e. Free Transform, perspective, skew, distort) and even googled "globe horizon tutorial" but couldnt find anything. I finally came across the "warp" transform and it was as simple as clicking on the horizon and dragging the cursor straight up. Give it a try on some of your wide angle shots to see if you like it. Let me know what you guys think.
Here's the interesting part... as you guys can see the photo was uploaded today on 7/9/2010 but it was explored on 7/8/2010. Has this happened to any of you before? strange!