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2012 NYC Tribute Lights

This is one of my favorite images from last year.  As you can probably guess from the Tribute Lights this was taken on 09/11/12.  I regret I never got an earlier opportunity to post them but it was the beginning of a new school year and I got wrapped up with other obligations.  So a little background on these images.  They were taken in Jersey City, NJ from the top of one of my best friend’s apartment building.  I had been there previous times and thought taking some pictures from his roof might produce some interesting results.  I got there about half and hour before sundown and I thought that was when I would get some of my coolest images.  I was so wrong.  There was just too much light and you could barely see the Tribute Lights despite the unique colors sundown has to offer.  Most of these images were taken approximately an hour after sunset.  My friend suggested that I relocate to his neighbors’ roof patio to capture more of Jersey City.  Amazing suggestion.  The first image is my favorite.  I used a long exposure to create a trail of lights from the passing cars on the street below.  What I really love about the trail is that it leads the eye right to the Tribute Lights.  The bright blues and yellows just makes it pop.  I am still not sure what the red swirling object is around the Tribute Lights but I like it.  All these images were long RAW exposures.  No high-dynamic-range (HDR) or blending of various exposures.  For the post-processing, I used Photoshop CS6 to remove any small marks or blemishes and repaired any distortion caused by the lens.  I then pushed the image into Nik’s Color Efex 4 and used my own special recipe to amplify detail and increase saturation.  The only major setback occurred when I was on the roof and I realized I forgot my ball-head (connects the camera to the tripod) at home.  I could still attach the camera to the tripod but I was limited to a horizontal position. Ultimately I would like to print out this first image on aluminum (probably use Image Wizard, who is far and away produce the best metal prints I have ever seen).  Enjoy and share!

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