Top of the rock & the F Plate

Empire State Building ~ Top of the rock

Empire State Building ~ Top of the rock ~ New York City at twilight ~ HDR ~ ©2011 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

I recently got a little break from work and got together on this clear night with family and good friend & photographer Clarence Holmes to photograph the New York City skyline from Top Of The Rock. Although I am a native New Yorker I had never visited the observation tower in Rockefeller Center until Clarence brought it to my attention. After viewing his images from 70 floors above, it went right into my things to do list. 
I have arrived at the conclusion that I am always in a New York State of mind… I have photographed the New York City skyline and the NYC area more times than I can remember. But it keeps on drawing me back and I always find that after each shoot I return with a different view or perspective than the time before.

Tripods are not allowed at Top of the rock and I knew I wanted to do some HDR (high dynamic range) images from up above, so I had to improvise. I had recently purchased an F Plate in order to be able to place a camera or flash unit and pocket wizard in a strategic position and be able to fire the camera remotely while photographing events. Little did I know that I would be using it for anything else and I honestly have to say it worked like a charm.

I screwed on my Really Right Stuff ball head on the plate and my camera on the ball head. The bottom of the plate has a non slip surface which is great for stability, even on un-even surfaces and helps protect delicate flooring if need be. Best of all it is compact and lightweight. It allowed me to angle my camera precisely, just as I would if I was using my tripod. I am very pleased with the results and more so because I found another beneficial use for it. For more info and images you can visit the website here.

New York City Skyline at Sunset from Top of the Rock

New York City Skyline & Hudson River at Sunset from Top of the Rock ~ HDR image ©2011 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

NYC skyline at sunset from Top of the Rock

NYC skyline at sunset from Top of the Rock ©2011 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

I got a good deal of a variety of images from Top of the Rock that I hope to be able to process soon as quickly as I can catch up with editing my images from 2003 going forward. LOL

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  • Norma - Stunning city night shots, Susan!

  • Nick Palmieri - Very nice Susan. I love them all!

  • Susan Candelario - Thanks again for visiting and for your comments. I should of mentioned that the Red, Green & White colors on the Empire State Building where in Honor of Columbus Day.

  • Oscar J Dulzaides - Very nice shot of the relatively new Bank of America building. New York’s skyline is always and there are always new opportunities to see new angles of it. Good job!

  • Klaus-Dieter Schleim - Hi Susan,
    Just went through your blog posts… absolute fabulous work! As I often tell you in our conversations I do not expect anything less from you!

  • Dorothy - Spectacular view and photos!!!

  • Jennifer - Terrific images, Susan. The clarity and colors are truly amazing.

  • John - Susan,
    I think these images from the city are spectacular!!! The perspective & different view is GREAT. BTW I really enjoy following you and visiting your blog.

  • Ben Venezio - Great Job again Susan.
    Question- How did you get then to turn on The Italian colors
    on the Empire State Building. Ben

  • anthony candelario - Your photo’s to say the least are wonderful. Many people can go to the Rock and take photo’s, however it takes a great eye to bring us the true beauty that is there to see.

  • Susan Candelario - Hi there,
    Thanks for taking the time to leave your comments. I really appreciate it.

  • Roman Kurywczak - Great stuff Susan and great gear tip! I have to look into the f-plate! I love them all but my favorite is the twilight image with the glorious colors!

  • cathy miller - soooooooooooooo beautiful to look at, you really did a great job!

  • Bob Sayegh - Great lesson about adapting your strategy and equipment
    to the conditions. Your resulting HDR images give a new face to an old city,

  • Cary Gentile - Beautiful… another set of Masterpieces, Congratulations!!!

  • David Mills - Hi Susan, great time of day with the lit buildings surrounded by glowing, soft light. Another example of light being everything in photography…Well done!

  • Susan Candelario - Hi Tom,
    Thanks so much for your comments but more so for the Geography clarification. I deleted that part of the caption and can’t thank you enough for the clarification. LOL

  • Tom Babich - Susan,
    I recently visited Top of the Rock but it was in the middle of the day. Even though it was a very clear day – you could literaly see forever – your night shots are beautiful to say the least. So time of day makes all the difference without a doubt.

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