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Channeling Atlas Statue - New York

Hello Everyone!

Another one of my “must hit” recommendation for those visiting New York is a stop to Atlas Statue and St. Peter’s Cathedral. I’ve come to this spot specifically for pictures 3-4 times in the past couple of years and still can’t seem to get enough of it. I managed to get a few captures of it during some weekend shooting with one of my buddies from Miami.


Now you may be asking yourself what kind of post processing tricks I’m playing around with here….. None. Here’s the secret: To achieve this technique set your camera up on your tripod and set up the composition. Take a long exposure and turn your zoom… that’s it. Play around with this… you’ll get a different effect for zooming in and zooming out.


Here’s some interesting background info about the statue itself:

In Rockefeller Center, directly across the street from St. Patrick's Cathedral, is this two ton statue of Atlas, and the largest sculptural work at Rockefeller Center. Atlas carries the heavens upon his shoulders as punishment for defying Zeus. Designed and cast in 1936 by Lee Lawrie and Rene Chambellan, the statue's exaggerated musculature and stylized body are characteristic of the Art Deco style.


The north-south axis of the armillary sphere on his shoulders points to the North Star as viewed from New York City. Laid across Atlas's shoulders is a wide, curved beam that displays a frieze of the traditional symbols for Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Adjacent to Earth (over Atlas's right forearm) is a small crescent symbolizing the Moon. Affixed to one of the sphere's rings are symbols for twelve constellations through which the Sun passes during the year.


Camera Data from this shot:

Camera: Nikon D3

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm

Shutter: 1 Second

F Stop: f/22

ISO: 20

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Taken on July 24, 2010