I find myself down around the general City Hall area on a semi-regular basis, as several shopping destinations I frequent are around there. Often when I'd walk through City Hall park on these sojourns, I'd look around and think how cool it would be to get a nice sunrise shot there, with the morning sunlight gleaming off of the front of the attractive large skyscraper to the left of City Hall. But after coming here mid-morning several different times throughout the year, I felt it was very likely that the sun might never rise far enough to the southeast to shine off the front of that particular edifice. My last visit here before taking this picture then confirmed that suspicion beyond any doubt, so that desired shot could never be.
Now seeing as that final comfirmation was sinking into me at about 5am on a Sunday morning, (the only time of the week I could place my tripod partially onto the road and not get run over by a passing car), you can imagine my mood. But I decided I wasn't going to have dragged all this equipment on my first day of summer vacation here for nothing. So I swung my camera over here and there then looked through my viewfinder to see what other scene might tickle my fancy. "A shot almost dead center of the famous fountain of City Hall park would create a fantastic shot" I mused, however that would mean lifting up my tripod and stepping far over to the right, and instead of having one leg perilously close to the road, I'd have to have most of the tripod right IN the road. Well for sure I chose this particular morning - Sunday even better than Saturday specifically because it would have the least traffic. Still this is the city that never sleeps, and sure enough twice I had to pick up my tripod to keep from getting hit by one of our city buses.
But looking through the viewfinder of my camera for just a split second at this new position sold me on getting this shot come hell or high water. After capturing the last of my images I packed up my gear and headed off to Central Park to look for nice candid's to add to my collection. This scene however sat on my computer for over a year and a half until I finally had enough money to purchase PhotoMatix HDR software, (there was no way I could afford Photoshop and its' HDR program) and even though I didn't take a large enough exposure range to get this image perfect, now it is at least good enough to take it out of hiding and join its' brothers and sisters here in my scenic gallery. A better shot of it is coming - someday...
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