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NYC - A little of this and a little of that (broadband)

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by RFCGRAPHICS, Sep 21, 2008.



    Apr 30, 2005
    Star trails over the George Washington Bridge - nikkor 12-24, stacked frames 2 hour exposure

    Star trails over Manhattan - nikkor 12-24, stacked frames 45 minute exposure

    Americana - nikkor 12-24
    NIKON D200    ---    12mm    f/8.0    1/200s    ISO 100

    Reflections at Rockefeller Center - nikkor 12-24. (click for larger image)
    NIKON D200    ---    12mm    f/6.3    1/80s    ISO 100

    NYSE Before and After 1921 & 2007 - (click for larger image)

    Top of the Rock Vintage - nikkor 35-70. (click for larger image)
    NIKON D200    ---    14mm    f/8.0    1/250s    ISO 100

    St. Patrick's Cathedral & Atlas - nikkor 50mm, 6 image panorama
    View attachment 255628

    Dusk at Central Park - nikkor 35-70, 5 image panorama. (click for larger image)

    FDNY at Ground Zero 2006 - nikkor 35-70, 6 image panorama. (click for larger image)

    The End of Summer
    View attachment 255631
  2. ArtO


    Jun 14, 2008
    Wonderful images. Certainly brings back memories of one of the greatest cities in the world.
  3. Lou_C


    Jul 11, 2008
    All great shots, but I love the first two
  4. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    beautiful series once again Robert
    your panos never cease to amaze me
    great stuff..........
  5. kpstatz


    May 13, 2008
    Great shots as always, RFC!

    The NYSE one is my favorite, my office is in the building visible behind George Washington. Interesting to see how it all looked 87 years ago (not that much different, actually).
  6. ghursh


    Jul 3, 2007
    Gilbert, AZ
    amazing work... love the church
  7. More than a little :wink:

    Another fine set...
  8. Great work! I enjoyed the last one most actually, the colors and the second light in the background are awesome. Keep it coming!
  9. beautiful images... all of them. not sure the vintage look will work with the tor since the buildings are clearly new.. :) 

    the last one to signify end of summer is great.... love the warmth. surely will miss this summer.
  10. Robert, thanks for posting these. I always look forward to your panos.
  11. Bright Angel

    Bright Angel Guest

    Very nice as per usual Sir :smile:
    Is shot no. 3 "The Tripod Police" (Boo Hiss :wink:) 
  12. #1 and #2 are my favorites of the lot but
    besides that, it is difficult for me to decide
    which is the best one
  13. Wonderful shots of a breathtaking city. Thanks so much for posting these.


    Apr 30, 2005
    Thanks ArtO for the kind comments. NYC is definitely full of life :) 

    Thanks Lou_C. I have grown bored with my balcony view so I wanted to try something different....hence star trails :) 

    Thanks Mood :)  You street photography is inspiring me to go out and explore.

    Hi Kpstatz
    You work in the financial center of the universe...way cool !

    Thank you Ghursh. I had to use noise reduction on that shot...kinda wish i had a D3 or D700 :) 

    Thanks DeZ


    Apr 30, 2005
    Thanks Nik for the kind words. That shot was taken at top of the rock while I was waiting for the sunset.

    Thanks Leung

    Thank you Mitchell for the kind comments

    Hi Bright Angel
    He actually was very cool. When they xrayed my bag they told me I couldn't use my small table top tripod. While I was up there I used it and he didn't seem to care :) 

    Thanks Leo. I prefer the bridge #1 for its longer arcs

    Thank you Frank


    Apr 30, 2005
    For those interested in the star trials, here is a primer on the technique first brought to my attention by twinturboteddy at the cafe - https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=183077&highlight=star+trails

    Star Trails Made Easy

    The 2 hour exposure for "Star Trails Over The George Washington Bridge" was made by stacking ~ 850 continuous frames taken with a D200 with the stacking program called startrails.de. http://www.startrails.de/html/software.html

    I used a short shutter speed of 8 seconds for each frame, and thereby minimized the noise and the need to use (LENR) long exposure noise reduction. Additionally, by not using LENR there is no delay between frames which results in smooth star arcs


    iso 200
    nikkor 12-24 @ 24mm
    8 secs
    incad WB
    JPEG Fine

    1- setup camera
    2- make a test shot and evaluate if you have captured stars. Adjust exposure as necessary
    3- set camera for all manual settings including focus
    4 -set camera shutter for continuous frames
    5 - use a wired remote (MC30) to lock the shutter
    6- go back inside and do something else :) 

    During this shoot I periodically checked the camera and changed the battery/CF when necessary

    The stacking software listed above does all the magic. It stacks the images for the star trails without blowing out the rest of the composition.

    Bottom Line

    QED...quite easily done :) 
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 15, 2017
  17. hawley088


    Sep 9, 2008

    quick question. how to do you set the camera for cont. frames (i have a d90)
    and im assuming you MUST have a remote for this
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 15, 2017
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