• Hotel Sherry-Netherland
  • Bloomberg Tower. Beyoncé lives here. I wanted to get this in frame. A few steps to the left and it goes behind the building next to it.
  • GM Building
  • Sony Building
  • The Plaza
  • Solow Building. Apparently identical to the Grace Building at Bryant Park.
  • The Goose! is the prize your Tokina 12-24? :)) - [mementosis]
  • Haha, got it! I'll think of something.
  • It was a little breezy out.

The Pond at Night, Central Park, New York City

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Remnants of a front passing through tonight. The color of the sky was pretty awesome. I had to desaturate it quite a bit. The foreground was lit by a street lamp nearby. This was from the path in Central Park just over Gapstow Bridge, looking southeast, a rare comp. A raccoon was eyeing my gear before opting for a nearby garbage bin.

p.s. First to spot the Canadian goose in the foreground gets a prize.

Single exposure / f/8 / 15s / 12mm (18mm=) / ISO 200

Huge 2000-pixel-wide version.

patilbhau2001, Willlllake, PM_NYC, and 66 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. bytegirl24 49 months ago | reply

    excellent.. love the tones, light and those cool lines reflecting in the water

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  2. robert.hamilton 49 months ago | reply

    Another great city night shot. Tack sharp.

  3. Mark Youlden 49 months ago | reply

    Great shot Andrew

  4. romvi 49 months ago | reply

    great night shot, beautiful city

  5. Sonja Blanco 49 months ago | reply

    Perfect exposure.

    Beautiful night shot!

  6. dizbosphotos 49 months ago | reply

    Another excellent cityscape!

  7. Amir Jahan 49 months ago | reply

    very nice photo for the beautiful color in the sky and good looking reflections. barrel hurts though.

    [ via Amir Jahan's contacts on flickriver  --Amir Jahan ]

  8. andrew c mace 49 months ago | reply

    Hmm, yeah, I'm going to read up on how to reduce this. One option is to go full frame, but I don't have plans to do that any time soon.

  9. Ivan Sohrakoff 49 months ago | reply

    Another nice one, Andrew. The foreground is a bit chaotic, but the top half is killer. I think the bottom half just is difficult to decipher exactly, and there is a lot going on in there, plus a goose. The barrel distortion is even worse on a full frame, since more of the exterior limits of the lens are recorded. The only way I've been able to correct it is warping in Photoshop. Let me know if you find a better way! -oh, you should have a tilt-shift lens...doing all that cityscape stuff, and they you'll whip the distortion for good!

  10. andrew c mace 49 months ago | reply

    Yeah, I hear you on the foreground. I was waiting for someone to point it out. I wanted to get the reflection of the buildings, but the water seemed a little low. I also wanted to limit the tilt of the lens to minimize keystoning, which tilting up more would have aggravated. I was looking at tilt-shift lenses just the other day, but I don't have a reason to drop that kind of money on one. I was thinking full frame would help because I'd only need 18mm and not 12mm, but I don't know if that makes any sense. I'll try warping in PS, though I hate the idea of thrashing pixels like that.

  11. guillaumeo 49 months ago | reply

    nice angle and colors !

  12. leonem 49 months ago | reply

    Beautiful sky, and nice wide-angle. I agree with Ivan on his foreground critique but I don't think the foreground clutter is as distracting, and the image works well.

  13. pamhule 49 months ago | reply

    Spectacular image. I agree with the comments above but overall--maybe the ideal spot for this photo is out in the pond somewhere.

  14. la fille photographe 49 months ago | reply

    I see the goose! What's my prize?

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  15. andrew c mace 49 months ago | reply

    la fille photographe: I regret that [mementosis] beat you to it. Since my challenge was ambiguously worded, I will think of something for you, but remember that sometimes the journey is the reward.

  16. Greg Knapp 49 months ago | reply

    Nice shot, I'm heading back to NY this summer. Would like to take shots like this but have always read Central Park at night is not a good idea (from tourist guides), let alone with all my camera gear.

    Does that hold true for the whole park or just the north end?

  17. andrew c mace 49 months ago | reply

    G4EGK: My opinion is that the entire city is pretty safe, particularly south of maybe 86th St. Many people would disagree with me, especially when it comes to Central Park. I guess if I were you, I wouldn't stray north of the reservoir, but most of the more recognizable landmarks are toward the south end of the park anyway. I guess one thing to remember is that sunset is later during the summer, so you might find yourself out there quite late.

  18. TheFella 37 months ago | reply

    Great shot Andrew!

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