Central Park foliage photo-walk, Nov 2009 - 10
This was a 3-image, handheld HDR shot -- taken from an area near the southwest corner of Central Park, looking east towards Fifth Avenue.
Note: this photo was published in a Dec 13, 2009 blog titled "How to Get the Perfect Composition in your Digital Photography."
It was also published in an undated (Jun 2010) blog titled "New York City Parks Worth Visiting." And it was published in an Aug 16, 2010 blog titled "CENTRAL PARK IN NEW YORK COULD SUPPORT 100 BIG DINOSAURS." It was also published in an undated (mid-Oct 2010) blog titled "The Best of Autumn in New York." And it was published in an Oct 20, 2010 blog titled "The Top 5 Places to see Fall Foliage in Central Park."
Moving into 2011, it was also published in an undated (mid-March 2011) Kathika travel blog titled "Visiting Central Park in New York City." And it was published in an Aug 15, 2011 blog titled "The Central Park Conservancy: a model for park conservation around the country." It was also published in an Aug 17, 2011 "Photography Digital World" blog titled " Interested in learning about digital photography?" And it was published in a Sep 2, 2011 blog titled "5 business travel tips for the fall," as well as a Sep 22, 2011 blog titled "Biophilic Cities." It was also published as a home-page illustration in an undated (mid-Oct 2011) blog titled Where to Live Next?
Moving into 2012, the photo was published in an undated (late Jun 2012) blog titled "20 Great Pictures of Central Park NYC." It was also published in a Jul 17, 2012 blog titled "New York Picnic Spots," as well as a Sep 20, 2012 blog titled "OTOÑO EN NUEVA YORK." And it was published in an Oct 29, 2012 blog titled "The Top 5 Rooftop Bars in New York," as well as an Oct 29, 29012 blog titled "Incredible Fall Foliage Shots" and an Oct 30, 2012 blog titled "Famous TV and Movie Landmarks to see in New York." It was also published in a Dec 3, 2012 blog titled "Parks to Visit in New York City."
Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 21, 2013 blog titled Timekeeper "Blog Tour: Alexandra Monir on Central Park + giveaway!"
Note: A large percentage of my "landscape" photos (including the ones in this set) are now copyright-protected, and are not available for downloads and free use. You can view them here in Flickr, but if you would like prints, enlargements, framed copies, and other variations, please visit my SmugMug "NYC HDR" gallery by clicking here.
On Nov 6, 2009 a group of roughly 150 members of the NYC Digital Photography Meetup Group (which comprises some 2,556 members, according to its website) assembled at the southeast corner of New York's Central Park for a "meetup" that consisted of a walk through Central Park to capture the fall foliage. A few people knew each other from previous meetups, but most of us were there for the first time, and knew only that we were in the midst of a lot of people with "serious" cameras. Introductions were made, hands were shaken, cameras were compared, but with rare exceptions, names were quickly forgotten -- except for lyman91, who served as the organizer for the afternoon's activities. After all, it wasn't a college mixer; we were there to get some nice photographs...
Once we got started, we walked past the pond in the southeast corner of the park, up to a picturesque bridge, and then along the southern edge of the park until we reached another picturesque bridge by the southwest corner of the park. From there, we ventured north, past Tavern on the Green, past the Sheep Meadow, up to the 72nd Street entrance (where many photos were dutifully snapped of Strawberry Fields, and the Dakota apartment building where John Lennon lived at the time of his death). We then walked around parts of the boat pond, and a little further north into the Ramble ... at which point, the late-afternoon shadows were dark enough that I decided to call it a day and head on home.
As someone observed early in the walk, "fall foliage" in New York City is not the same as it is up in Vermont and New Hampshire. There are no fiery reds, no mountainsides of bright orange trees. Our trees are more subdued: there were a few bright yellow ones (don't ask me what kind they were; I have no idea), but most of the trees were "rust-colored" at best.
Still, it was a pleasant walk; the temperature was a little cool, but the skies were a brilliant blue, and there wasn't a cloud to be seen. I took fewer photos than I would have expected -- only about 300 -- and I'll upload the "keepers" throughout the week, as I edit them and put them in reasonable shape... and I'll look forward to another photo meetup sometime in the future. Next time, hopefully I will remember a few names...