The Bridge in the Heights

George Washington Bridge

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HDR-ing Down the Hudson

I couldn’t resist my HDR photo addiction and decided to head south this time. As always the scenery as you bike down the West Side Highway is amazing, the weather was perfect and the clouds due to the passing showers took my photographs to the next level.

George Washington Bridge (South View)

Rusty Metal House

Thirsty?

Soho Contemporary Building

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While some of us may have the luxury of buying expensive jackets and coats, others…

Are simply forced to wear what they find on the streets. Some may say, yes we worked hard for it, therefore we deserve it. The reality is that not everyone had the same opportunities growing up, or simply they didn’t have a voice to guide them. We don’t really need to give someone money in order to help them; a kind word will just may do the trick, a smile can easily turn someone’s day downside up and a warm hug could be just what someone needs today!

Homeless guy wearing a homemade plastic rain coat

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Art in the Park!

Once a year there is an art exhibit in Brooklyn Bridge Park. This particular piece caught my attention.

Sculpture by the Manhattan Bridge

Sculpture by the Manhattan Bridge

Sculpture by the Manhattan Bridge

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HDR-ing Uptown

High Dynamic Range + ing. HDR is a set of techniques that let the photographer achieve a greater range of luminance between the darkest and lightest tones of the image. By bracketing the exposure of a picture taken different times, each having a different exposure, plus the combination of software like Photoshop, allows the photographer to achieve this HDR effect.

Playing with my new camera, I realized that it gave me the option to bracket the exposures between the shots, making the HDR process much easier for me. I have known about HDR for a few years now, I tried it in the past with my older camera getting really nice images. However the process was a bit difficult, and getting three shots with different exposures each, meant having to play around with the shutter or aperture in between each shot. Which meant moving the camera slightly, not great when you are trying to capture the same photograph. Even with a tripod, it was never quite the same.

I tend to bike downtown on the West Side Hway, this time I decided to go up for a change. I had been to the Cloisters many years ago and remember it was a pretty high mountain; The view as I had remembered was amazing leaving me with great HDR photos.

Harlem River. NYC

Uptown View. The Cloisters

George Washington Bridge

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