Album Non-Backcountry Photos

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Vegan.Hiker, Jan 10, 2016.

  1. Vegan.Hiker

    Vegan.Hiker TR or it didn't happen

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    While Mother Nature's architecture is unmatched, my geographic location unfortunately limits my access to her work. Now that BCP has gotten me hooked on learning about photography, I've started to look at New York City and it's man-made wonders with a different eye (actually I look at everything a little differently now). I've lived 20 miles from NYC my whole life but never thought about photographing it until recently.

    Even though this is a backcountry website, I thought it might be cool to have one catch-all album for all things not in the backcountry.

    Here are a few I took over the holiday break.

    A black and white looking up from the ground floor of the Guggenheim Museum
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    This place just has really cool lines
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    Grand Central Terminal
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    The Empire State Building
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    The Flat Iron Building at the confluence of 5th Ave and Broadway
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    New York's version of a deep slot canyon
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    Looking toward the Empire State Building right before and after sunset from the top of 30 Rockefeller Center
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    The Guggenheim from across the street. I wanted a long exposure with cars and no busses since the busses sort of block the building but a bus passed by in every attempt
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  2. Chuck the Mauler

    Chuck the Mauler Formally known as "kcwins"

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    Awesome above tree-line views. Probably some good wildlife if you're patient enough to catch it on film.
     
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  3. Yvonne

    Yvonne I lava it!!!

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    I went to the Big Apple for the first time end of November.
    Needless to say, I was glad to back a few days later. It will probably my one one and only visit ever to a big city.
    I'm a small town girl.

    At least I ended up with a few nice skyline shots.

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  4. gnwatts

    gnwatts Member

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    Nice shots. The Guggenheim especially.
    Here are a few.

    Pantheon, Rome:

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    A bridge near Vernazza, Italy:

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    La Sal Junction, Utah:

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    Cisco, Ut:

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    School above Woody Creek, Co, with Aspen Highlands in the distance:

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    New Jersey Empty Sky memorial:

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  5. Vegan.Hiker

    Vegan.Hiker TR or it didn't happen

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    I really love those low cumulus clouds behind the schoolhouse @gnwatts. Interesting to see that you were in my neck of the woods. I assume that was actual wreckage from 911 in the foreground.. There's a small memorial in a park in my town with a torn and twisted steel beam from the WTC. It's tough to look at.

    Yvonne, that's the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn side looking towards Manhattan right? Great shot.
     
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  6. Nick

    Nick Post 'em if you got 'em!

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    Nice shots, all. @Vegan.Hiker, have you tried playing with perspective correction adjustments in lightroom? It makes it so you can straighten out lines as if you had an expensive tilt shift lens like @gnwatts has. I use it a lot doing architectural and real estate photos. Not always the effect you want for this kind of stuff as your photos show quite well, but another fun tool in your arsenal.

    The only cityscape I've shot for fun in recent memory was from my balcony in Vegas in Oct 2014. It was way up high. I can't remember what floor but I think like three or four hundred feet up. I was so stoked to find out I had a balcony with no glass to block my shot so I shot this time lapse one night. Enjoy in 4k if your display has enough pixels.

     
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  7. Vegan.Hiker

    Vegan.Hiker TR or it didn't happen

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    Nope but I just googled it after reading your post. I can definitely see why I really should. I don't use Lightroom, but I think it's called Keystone in my program. Will experiment! Thanks for the advice.
     
  8. Nick

    Nick Post 'em if you got 'em!

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    What do you use? As a guy who didn't use lightroom for years, I just have to say, make the switch. You'll thank me later. I've been punching myself for the last year for not doing it sooner.
     
  9. Vegan.Hiker

    Vegan.Hiker TR or it didn't happen

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    I've been using Cyberlink Photo Director. I bought it because I use Cyberlink Power Director for video editing and they sort of interact, but that's not really a good reason to use an inferior product I guess. I can get a good discount on Lightroom from my job so I'll look into switching.

    Now that you told me about the keystone thing. I'm realizing how bad it is in the pic of the flatiron building and also the columns in grand central terminal. Seems like a really important thing if you're shooting buildings. Really glad you pointed that out to me.
     
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  10. Parma

    Parma @parma26

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    One of the many perks of my job is that I get to go to a lot of college sports venues. Here are some just from this past year.
    Hopefully this doesn't ruin your non backpacking photos thread...but to me these are cool photos!

    Michigan
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    Indiana
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    Oklahoma
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    Arkansas
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    Kansas
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    Ohio State
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  11. Yvonne

    Yvonne I lava it!!!

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    yeah, I walked a few nights out to Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, so I could enjoy the Manhattan skyline from there. This was on my bucket list for years and I'm glad I did it. But it will definitely be a once in a lifetime trip.

    Love your Guggenheim shots. I was in the museum during my stay and really liked it a lot.
     
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  12. Nick

    Nick Post 'em if you got 'em!

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    Man, your photog skills have been great to watch blossom. You should be using nothing less than Lightroom at this point. Even at the full price $10/mo.

    Quoted for emphasis...
     
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  13. LarryBoy

    LarryBoy Hiker Trash

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    VH thanks for making my day with those urban shots. I'll likely be headed to NYC for a month this winter for work stuff and am really down on being far away from the outdoors
     
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  14. gnwatts

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    From the Brooklyn Bridge 2 winters ago. I don't think I have ever been so cold.

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  15. gnwatts

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    A few shots from the small show I am doing at CCAH in Carbondale.

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    Corniglia, Italy

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    Falling off Hoover Dam
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    Bills Music, Delta, Co

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    Bridge abutment, Thompson Creek, Co

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    Gable end, South Fork, Thompson Creek, Co

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    Pantheon, Rome

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    Roman carving, Fiesole, Italy

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    Drain, Vernazza, Italy
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    Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, Ca

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    The Black Nugget, Carbondale, Co

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    Me, 1985 (I am a lot skinnier!)
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  16. DrNed

    DrNed The mountains are calling and I must go

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    Good photos @Parma !
    First was the best. Last was the worst - had to scrub my monitor after scrolling past it.
     
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  17. Vegan.Hiker

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    All great pics but I really like this one. What's going on here though? Curious how this shot was taken.
     
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  18. gnwatts

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    Thanks. I was driving from San Diego to Colorado, and I thought I could make it to Hoover Dam, which I had never seen, before it closed. This was before they finished that bridge, and you could park relatively close. After an agonizing 10 minute search of my car at the entrance (a few years after 9/11) I got to the parking area, took my camera and tripod, and ran to the dam, as there was only a few minutes before it was closed. I was walking out on to the dam and the security guard saw me (you can see him when the image is enlarged) so I set my camera to a 10 second timer, and held it over the dam edge and lowered it down, as if you are falling off.
     
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  19. b.stark

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    It's not backcountry nor is it a cityscape, but I can walk out of my house and have views like this.

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    Sometimes you just can't get into the backcountry, so you set up your tent right next to your ultimate adventure Ford Focus.

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    And one from a fair while ago, back when I was in school at UNL. This is one of the entrances to the student union on the ag campus at night. Taken with my first DSLR, a Nikon D60.

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    A few more that may be interesting.

    Harvesting soybeans a few years ago. My uncle is driving the combine in the foreground and one of my cousins is driving the one in the background.
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    At one point that fall they had three going at once.
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    Gavin's Point Dam spillway gates during the Missouri River flood in 2011.
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    A strange building somewhere out in Southeastern Washington.
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    Scottsbluff, Nebraska as seen from a B-25.
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    The Platte River at Columbus, Nebraska in 2012, dry all the way across.
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    Main street at Ponca Nebraska, with the sky lit by an approaching thunderstorm.
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    A distinctly Plains style winter sport: Snow tubing!
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    Tornado damage at a relative's farm.
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    Sorry for the overload of photos, but I'm bored and looking up the first few got me looking through more, and I just started linking to ones that looked interesting enough to share.
     
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