Midtown Manhattan from above

Midtown Manhattan from above

This is the view from the observation deck at the Empire State Building. This is looking north, the intersection in the lower-right corner is 5th Avenue and 37th Street, the treetops in the upper-left corner are part of Bryant Park. Visiting New York City earlier in the year is a good idea. There are fewer visitors, so fewer lines and less elbowing to get a decent view. On the day I visited Empire State Building there was no wait for the elevator and the deck itself was fairly easy to get around. On top of that, the weather was spectacular.

I love this shot, the perspective and the sheer number of windows packed into this frame are incredible. Walking the streets can make you feel a little fenced in, towered over by endless blocks of tall buildings. From up here, it’s easy to see why.

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Technical Details

  • Camera: Mamiya 6 medium-format rangefinder
  • Lens: Mamiya 75mm
  • Filter: #8 yellow
  • Film: Fuji Acros 100
  • Developer: Rodinal 1+100
  • Development: Small tank for 18 minutes at 20 degrees Celsius. Agitation was for the first fifteen seconds of the first three minutes, then one inversion every three minutes.
  • Date: May, 2010
  • Location: 40.748702, -73.985466
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  • Copyright: © 2010 Chris Jones. All rights reserved. More information.

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