Nature and Landscapes
Urban and City
Get it? Ice.. On the Rocks... Top of the Rocks? No? Ok - the place where this picture has been taken from is the so-called Top of the Rocks, which is the top of the Rockefeller Centre in New York.
When I planned the places I wanted to visit, I kinda had to make a choice. Rockefeller Centre or World Trade Centre? When the planning was complete, I realized that I can get the sunset behind the World Trade Centre if I climb the Rockefeller Centre... which sounds great, until you read that you have to pay 34 Dollar up and you can not use a tripod. Sad days, but missing the chance would have been worst.
So I rocked up there (no pun intended), found a spot - and then I became one of these super annoying tourists that just do not move for hours. I had a perfect spot, a perfect angle, a little pillar in front of me on which I could 'rest my tripod' (hehe) - so I behaved like I own this place. I stood there for about 3h until it was dark, but got the whole sunset and all the winds the world has to offer.
The inspiration for this particular version came ... from my phone. During the sunset, I took a picture with my iPhone to send it to people, but because I had a fingerprint on my lens, it came out all hazy... and I loved it! After this, I went for a stroll through the city... Good Times.
Traveling is great. But sometimes, it is also great not to move much, hehe. Every now and again it draws me to the zoo, a place where I can just take the whole day in a great environment, take my zoom lens, and ignore the rest of the world.
This time, I got close to the tigers which were active that day. After maybe 20 waiting, I got this shot. Happy as happy can be.
Read more about the processing of this image over at http://letsimage.com/2017/03/irelands-tigers-how-to-use-photoshop-to-edit-animals-beginner-tutorial.html
So here is the thing. I think Mt. Fuji is a myth! While in Japan, there were 4 separate occasions during which we were supposed to have a superb view on that massive landmark - but I never saw it. This image here took a bit of preparation; we planned out the day with the intention to end up on this particular spot to see the sun sink just behind Mt. Fuji. We arrived about 1h before the sun would reach the mountain, but of course it was so hazy that it wasn't visible yet.
Over time, an army of photographers arrived with heavy-duty tripods. We hoped that the haze would go away and the mountain would be beautifully visible once the sun is behind it. Well, that didn't happen of course - the shadow that you see is as much as I should ever see of Mt. Fuji. 10 min later the sun was gone and the mountain disappeared into the realm of legend. 40 sad people left unsatisfied at this evening.
Of course I know the mountain is there. I just wanted to see it!