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'A Matrix of Lights', South Street SeaPort, Financial District, NYC

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Below is an excerpt from my travel blog. Cheers.


Yes, another night shot. I did get out this weekend so I will put up a few day shots when I get around to a little post production action. This shot was taken in January at the South Street Seaport looking back at the Financial District. This area is usually filled with tourists who come for the shopping and sightseeing. You can see the Peking Schooner on the left. This old relic is iconic of the shipping era which made New York City what it is today. I like the juxtaposition between the ship and financial buildings. AIG's headquarters is the tall black building just behind the ship. The FDR Highway is the white elevated expressway running across the photo. What's amazing is how many people are still in their office at 7 pm. That or a lot of people forget to turn off their lights before leaving.


TIP - I have a Canon 50D. I really like it a lot. I recently notice on the menu that it said AI Servo in the 'focus' box. I know I was used to seeing something else but had no idea what I normally had it set on or what AI Servo meant for that matter. For those unfamiliar with this focus setting on your camera this might help;


One Shot - For things that don't move


AI Focus - For things that aren't moving but MIGHT move when you try to take their picture (like young children). I presume AI stands for Artifical Intelligence because in this mode the camera senses movement of the subject and then acts like its in servo mode.


AI Servo - For things that are constantly moving. If you try to shoot something that is still it will keep hunting for perfect focus. (I've also noticed that a lot of people do not recommend this setting as the AI Servo function often becomes confused).

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Taken on January 27, 2010