A Frozen, White Central Park

When I went to the ice show on Valentine’s Day, I took a bunch of shots around the park during my walk there. Quite a few people out, especially by the ice rink, but not much sleigh riding as there was in past years. Since I’ve covered these areas before, let’s just get to the pics! On a photography note, you will notice that the snow is not tinted blue as I have been working with white balance and the new camera is much smarter than the old one when dealing with it.

Coming up on the Gapstow Bridge. I think the addition of this tree really makes this image.

Coming up on the Gapstow Bridge. I think the addition of this tree really makes this image.

Lampposts, a bridge, and water. Plus snow. Lots and lots of snow.

Lampposts, a bridge, and water. Plus snow. Lots and lots of snow.

The northern side of the Gapstow and pond.

The northern side of the Gapstow and pond.

A lamppost on the side of the rock stair.

A lamppost on the side of the rock stair.

The dairy looks so quiet in the snow.

The dairy looks so quiet in the snow.

Looking up the Mall.

Looking up the Mall and playing with color..

Looking out at Bethesda Fountain. Getting this view without people was impossible that day.

Looking out at Bethesda Fountain. Getting this view without people was impossible that day.

Birds and snow.

Birds and snow.

Lots of people on the terrace.

Lots of people on the terrace.

People were taking pics all over the place here, including numerous engagement and couple-type things.

People were taking pics all over the place here, including numerous engagement and couple-type things.

A creepy tree behind the bandshell.

A creepy tree behind the bandshell.

Art with snow on benches.

Art with snow on benches.

The sun has set and night falls on the Mall.

The sun has set and night falls on the Mall.

Walking towards the ice rink again.

Walking towards the ice rink again.

The lights from the ice rink light up the Gapstow.

The lights from the ice rink light up the Gapstow.

Looking back up the night paths to the Gapstow and the bright lights of the ice rink.

Looking back up the night paths to the Gapstow and the bright lights of the ice rink.

Night paths.

Night paths with some snow.

You can see the snow falling along the trampled paths.

You can see the snow falling along the trampled paths.

Next week: A walk through the snowy Prospect Park rounds out winter.

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The Frozen Fountain in Bryant Park

It was a very frigid February here in NYC. I think the best thing that exemplified this weather was the Elizabeth Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain in Bryant Park. It froze over. Here are a bunch of images I got one day I was in the area. The fountain was winterized back in 2009 so they could keep it running in the winter. This is what happened.

The frozen fountain has attracted a small crowd.

The frozen fountain has attracted a small crowd.

It's still on.

It’s still on.

Seriously, how cold does it have to be to get it to freeze like this?

Seriously, how cold does it have to be to get it to freeze like this?

The fountain still exists under the ice.

The fountain still exists under the ice.

It's interesting that there are gaps on certain sides (namely where the sun hits it).

It’s interesting that there are gaps on certain sides (namely where the sun hits it).

There is a carved fish under that ice, trying to spit out more water.

There is a carved fish under that ice, trying to spit out more water.

Only a thin layer of ice is formed on the pool of the fountain.

Only a thin layer of ice is formed on the pool of the fountain.

This side was more interesting due to the gaps in the ice.

This side was more interesting due to the gaps in the ice.

A view from the east side of the fountain, where the sun has a lot more opportunity to melt the ice.

A view from the east side of the fountain, where the sun has a lot more opportunity to melt the ice.

Water falling over ice that is slightly blue.

Water falling over ice that is slightly blue.

People still throw in coins. Frozen pennies!

People still throw in coins. Frozen pennies!

Looking up at the top.

Looking up at the top.

Is there a way to make it look like this year round?

Is there a way to make it look like this year round?

The whole fountain from the east.

The whole fountain from the east.

Next week: A snow covered Central Park (namely the Gapstow and the Mall).

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A Cold Afternoon around the 9/11 Memorial

At the end of my walk around the Wall Street area, I stopped off at the 9/11 Memorial. I hadn’t been to it as it had been fenced off and they were charging admission to everything. That has changed now. The park is free to walk around as most of the fences are now gone. Only the museum charges. I only wanted to see the park, so I ignored the museum (it looks a little strange to me). The park was pretty empty due to the cold and only one of the fountains was running. I’m curious as to how it will look during other seasons, so more trips may occur. The memorial is titled Reflecting Absence and was designed by architect  Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker.

The fountain surrounded with names.

The fountain surrounded with names.

Close up of the water down one side.

Close up of the water down one side.

People leave all kinds of keepsakes and flowers on the names of loved ones.

People leave all kinds of keepsakes and flowers on the names of loved ones.

The field of vision is vast when you're close to the fountains.

The field of vision is vast when you’re close to the fountains.

A different angle.

A different angle.

Another flower placed on the names.

Another flower placed on the names.

Even in winter, the oak trees are brown instead of leafless.

Even in winter, the oak trees are brown instead of leafless.

Looking up at the Freedom Tower.

Looking up at the Freedom Tower.

The nearly finished museum still looks like a spiny dinosaur to me.

The nearly finished mass transit hub still looks like a spiny dinosaur to me.

The sun was harsh and coming in at an angle to the park.

The sun was harsh and coming in at an angle to the park.

This one does not have the water running.

This one does not have the water running.

Looking across the park.

Looking across the park.

A map of what the area will eventually look like (including a performing arts center).

A map of what the area will eventually look like (including a performing arts center).

Some letters are missing ...

Some letters are missing …

Some light snow on the ground.

Some light snow on the ground.

That sun is just brutal.

That sun is just brutal.

A covered sidewalk on the other side of the Freedom Tower.

A covered sidewalk on the other side of the Freedom Tower.

Next week: How cold it’s been in NYC this year leads to a frozen fountain in Bryant Park.

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Wall Street in Snow

I had some time to kill downtown in the Wall Street area, so I pulled out my camera and took a bunch of images of the area covered in snow. I stopped off in Bowling Green since I had done a tv shoot there earlier. It’s a wind tunnel and always feels 20 degrees colder than anywhere else in the city. After that, it was off to the Financial area, then around to Zuccotti Park, and finally to the World Trade Center (which will be covered next week).

Walking down Broadway into some brutal afternoon winter sunlight.

Walking down Broadway into some brutal afternoon winter sunlight.

Some construction between two buildings creates an interesting tunnel.

Some construction between two buildings creates an interesting tunnel.

Bowling Green - careful on the cobblestones.

Bowling Green – careful on the cobblestones.

The National Museum of the American Indian can be found on the southside of the park.

The National Museum of the American Indian can be found on the southside of the park.

There is no shoveling in this park.

There is no shoveling in this park.

The buildings tower over the tiny park.

The buildings tower over the tiny park.

One of the more interesting subway entrances.

One of the more interesting subway entrances.

Welcome to the Stock Exchange.

Welcome to the New York Stock Exchange.

Federal Hall: where George Washington was sworn in.

Federal Hall: where George Washington was sworn in.

Washington statue and Trinity Church in the background.

Washington statue and Trinity Church in the background.

Plaque below the statue.

Plaque below the statue.

Looking through Zuccotti Park at the World Trade complex.

Looking through Zuccotti Park at the World Trade complex.

Zuccotti Park covered in snow.

Zuccotti Park covered in snow.

An interesting statue at the west end of Zuccotti Park.

An interesting statue at the west end of Zuccotti Park.

Next week: A walk around the 9/11 Memorial Park.

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Valentine’s Day Ice Show in Central Park

Valentine’s Day found NYC cold and snowy. It also marked the 35th anniversary of the Central Park Conservancy. I have attended the last two Ice Festivals, first at Belvedere Castle, and then at Bethesda Terrace. This year it took place in the Mall at the Naumburg Bandshell and once again showed off the talents of the Okamoto Studio. I arrived right at 3pm, but they had already started carving away as they had to be done by 5pm. This years centerpiece was a replica of the Romeo & Juliet statue found in front of the Delacorte Theater. Around the area were a few other ice sculptures for people to take pictures with, food to purchase, and free hand-warmers and roses (it was v-day after all). This year also included an interesting and educating item: part of the sculpture broke towards the end, so we were treated to seeing them fix it in front of our eyes.

My only critique of the event is that, in past years, you could walk around the carving sight and get different view points of the carving. This year, since they were inside the bandshell, you could only watch from one side, making it difficult to get unobstructed images of the sculpture (thank you camera phones and iPads).

The conservancy celebrates its 35th year in action.

The conservancy celebrates its 35th year in action.

A giant snowflake to take pictures with.

A giant snowflake to take pictures with.

The rough shape is already carved out.

The rough shape is already carved out.

Discussing how to move forward.

Discussing how to move forward.

Slicing away.

Slicing away.

Here comes the ice snow.

Here comes the ice snow.

Lots of calculating.

Lots of calculating.

Early stages.

Early stages.

What's over here?

What’s over here?

Greeting the crowd.

Greeting the crowd.

Early q&a.

Early q&a.

The crowd is growing in front of the bandstand.

The crowd is growing in front of the bandstand.

Time for some holes.

Time for some holes.

It's all in good fun.

It’s all in good fun.

Shooting some ice snow off the top and into the crowd.

Shooting some ice snow off the top and into the crowd.

Detail work.

Detail work.

From the back of the crowd, there is not much to see.

From the back of the crowd, there is not much to see.

Consulting the schematics.

Consulting the schematics.

Further along (with negative space).

Further along (with negative space).

Detail work has begun.

Detail work has begun.

Sometimes you need a stool because the sculpture is larger than you are.

Sometimes you need a stool because the sculpture is larger than you are.

Standing tall and above it all.

Standing tall and above it all.

More detail is done. Notice that support connection holding up Juliet's hair.

More detail is done. Notice that support connection holding up Juliet’s hair.

Praying they can fix it.

Praying they can fix it.

Once the support for the hair was removed, the hair promptly fell off and broke into several pieces.

Once the support for the hair was removed, the hair promptly fell off and broke into several pieces.

Let's see if we can fix this!

Let’s see if we can fix this!

Inspecting the joint.

Inspecting the joint.

Starting to attach.

Starting to attach.

Using an adhesive spray to aid in bonding.

Using an adhesive spray to aid in bonding.

Please let this work.

Please let this work.

So how did that feel? Having to fix something that broke?

So how did that feel? Having to fix something that broke?

After carving q&a.

After carving q&a.

Talking to the crowd.

Talking to the crowd.

The sculpture and the nice lighting set up above it.

The sculpture and the nice lighting set up above it.

The sculptors and their work.

The sculptors and their work.

Happy v-day!

Happy v-day!

The completed sculpture with lighting.

The completed sculpture with lighting.

Next week: Downtown/Wall St in winter.

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Inside Trinity Church

Following up from last weeks entry, we continue our walk around Trinity Church by going inside the building. There is the main room/nave of the church and a smaller chapel in the back right of the building. As it is a smaller church (relatively speaking when compared to St. John the Divine or St. Patrick’s) in NYC, the atmosphere is much quieter and intimate. It is also much darker due to the architecture.

This was one of my first trips with the new camera, so I was still experimenting with the lower light settings. Some really nice results and working around camera noise.

In the doorway to the church, a commemoration of a royal visit.

In the doorway to the church, a commemoration of a royal visit.

The main room.

The main room.

The pulpet.

The pulpet.

A bird lectern, much like one you can find up at the Cloisters.

A bird lectern, much like one you can find up at the Cloisters.

Looking up at the organ over the doorway.

Looking up at the organ over the doorway.

One of many mausoleums inside the church proper.

One of many mausoleums inside the church proper.

Details of the pew.

Details of the pews.

The altar.

The altar.

Another tomb.

Another tomb.

The rear chapel.

The rear chapel.

A prayer cubicle.

A prayer cubicle.

A tomb on the side of the chapel.

A tomb on the side of the chapel.

The baptismal font by a prayer set.

The baptismal font by a prayer set.

One of the intricately carved doors.

One of the intricately carved doors.

Detail of the door.

Detail of the door.

Next week: The 2015 ice fest in Central Park.

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Locked Out of the Cemetery at Trinity Church

We got slammed with a lot of snow in the NYC area (well, we were supposed to. Anything under a foot isn’t really slammed in my mind). I had been wanting to go take snow pics of the cemetery down at Trinity Church for awhile now. So, due to the snow and a rescheduled TV show shoot, I went downtown to run errands and see if I could go take some shots. Surprise surprise, they had shoveled the pathways in the cemetery but were NOT letting people into the area. Disappointing and frustrating. So I grabbed a bunch of images through the fence. Then proceeded to go inside the church for more photo ideas. This week is just the exterior of the church, complete with some cemetery images.

The building and grounds are located at 75 Broadway, south of WTC and just at the west end of Wall St. This is actually the third Trinity Church as the first two were either burned down or dismantled due to weather damage. It was finished in 1846 and is an Episcopal church. Notable internments in the Wall St cemetery (the church is also affiliated with two more cemeteries nowhere near the church’s location) include Alexander Hamilton, William Bradford, and Robert Fulton.

Looking south toward the church itself.

Looking south toward the church itself.

One of the more impressive pieces in the cemetery. Nice and close to the street.

One of the more impressive pieces in the cemetery. Nice and close to the street.

Close ups of the architecture of this piece.

Close ups of the architecture of this piece.

Look how cool the snow looks around the stones. But they wouldn't let me go play out there.

Look how cool the snow looks around the stones. But they wouldn’t let me go play out there.

Another piece that the exterior fence wraps around.

Another piece that the exterior fence wraps around.

Some of these are pretty old and eroded beyond legibility.

Some of these are pretty old and eroded beyond legibility.

Looking through the fence.

Looking through the fence.

A statue on the south side of the church.

A statue on the south side of the church.

Flags are prevalent in the cemetery due to the American History represented in here.

Flags are prevalent in the cemetery due to the American History represented in here.

One of the wall doors located on the west side of the cemetery (and below it).

One of the wall doors located on the west side of the cemetery (and below it).

The western door to the grounds. Also locked.

The western door to the grounds. Also locked.

The front facade.

The front facade.

That pillar in the background is a popular lunch spot for people during warmer weather.

That pillar in the background is a popular lunch spot for people during warmer weather.

An obelisk as a grave marker. Kind of popular for the time.

An obelisk as a grave marker. Kind of popular for the time.

One last look at the church itself (the south side is being cleaned and restored).

One last look at the church itself (the south side is being cleaned and restored).

Next week: Inside Trinity Church and dealing with white balance and noise from lack of light.

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