The Brooklyner

The view from the Brooklyner is great, because it’s the tallest residential building in Brooklyn, if I am not mistaken. You can see Staten Island, the Statue of Liberty, Downtown and Midtown (and probably Queens) from the rooftop. Metrotech is also right there, and  am not sure what’s up with the blue light on their rooftop, but it looks cool, compared to all the other light sources of Brooklyn. Many thanks to Dan who was so kind to ask me if I would like to get access to the roof.

Brooklyn Bridge (6 Gigapixel)

This is my contribution to the gigapixel race, and it is probably the currently largest night panorama of the Brooklyn Bridge, spanning from Staten Island to the River Cafe and Music Barge.

For those technically inclined, the image is 5.7 gigapixel (and about 1.5 gigapixel of “meaningful content”, if you subtract water and sky, but I feel they are important for the composition). The shoot took about 3 hours during a wonderful summer night. I am planning to get this printed some time in the future, and it will be for sale in two sizes: 240x60in/610x152cm (in 2 panels) and 480x120in/1220x304cm (in 8 panels).

Have a look at the deep zoom.

Bronx Hall of Justice

The new building by Raphael Viñoly Architects looks beautiful during the night…

The largest New York Panorama on Display

I am very happy to announce the probably largest printed panorama currently on display of and in New York City. It is 38×8 feet or 11.5×2.5 meters.
The show at BWAC opens on Saturday, July 17, 1-6PM and is open each weekend until August 21, 2010.
The BWAC gallery is located in Redhook, across the street from Fairway, 499 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA, around the corner from Ikea.

Please direct all sales inquiries to 532 Gallery, Thomas Jaeckel, info@532gallery.com, (917) 701-3338.
Please note that I usually print my panoramas as c-prints and diasec mount them. This panorama is printed on laminated canvas, just to get to this particular size, hence the crinkles and reflections.

And here is how the rest of the show looks like:

Gulf Gas Station, Astoria

Urban gas stations are a fascinating subject, very bright, sometimes nice, sometimes dirty, and they have to make due with whatever location they have (not like highway gas stations which are all built in the same manner).

Astoria Pool

The Astoria Pool (Astoria Park) is the oldest and largest public pool in NYC, and while it was used for olympic trials in the last century, the NYC Parks department is feeling the constraints of a lower budget, and hence the pool opens relatively late in summer, and it’s general state of repair isn’t the best. The main pool is pretty shallow, 40-100cm, and jumping pool is completely out of commission. Kinda sad, but unfortunately a fact of life in the city.

Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria

The Hell Gate Bridge was opened in 1916, and was the inspiration for the Sydney Harbour Bridge (built in 1925). The red paint used on the bridge fades relatively fast, I believe it had it’s last paint job in 2005 (bright red), but has returned to a very dull maroon color.

Wiki entry about the bridge

SciCafe with Astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson

SciCafe talks at the American Museum of Natural History are great and relatively small (maybe 100-150 guests usually), but Neil deGrasse Tyson is such a great and entertaining host, that this talk (last presentation before the summer break) was moved out into the great hall.

iPad and Iphone users: direct path to the interactive panorama

Apologies: sorry for the couple of half people, I usually try to photograph them complete, but a couple were in the overlap area between rows, and sorry for the white areas (I didn’t shot a complete 360×180).

View from Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is beautiful, and I really love when it’s in some of my panoramas. Then I got the chance to actually shoot a panorama from a upper floor… the view was spectacular. I was debating how I can turn this into a horizontal pano, but in the end it became a square pano.

Sugarhill Gas Station, Harlem

My original plan for this panorama was the gas station, but I couldn’t find an interesting angle to it. On the other hand, the mansion on the corner just looked too strange to not take a panorama. The Victorian mansion is supposedly one of New York’s finest examples, built in 1886, and just recently sold, according to locals who stopped to chat with me. Stribling has some more info about the building.

It took me a while to take all the shots, because traffic was random, and significant. Fortunately I was already almost finished when the cops stopped by and started interrogating me, and giving me a quite insulting and intimidating and harassing speech that it is illegal what I am doing here, and other BS like that, and basically insisting that I have to leave right away. Since I was done anyway, I left. I am wondering if they were just bored that night and hadn’t fulfilled their harassment quota, or if they genuinely believed the stuff they said.

Bloomberg Building (test shoot)

Those two panoramas are just location shots for a shoot I am planning later this year. The Bloomberg Building is incredible interesting, and incredible difficult to photograph.

West Village and Hudson Park

NY Advertising Agencies

The area between the West Village and the Holland Tunnel is home to some of New York’s ad agencies, especially Euro (on the left) and Saatchi (on the right). Since this is a 180 degree panorama, I was struggling a bit with the composition: panoramic, or wide angle? I think for this the wide angle works better. And if you are in the area, visit Jaques Torres for some great chocolate :-)

Woolworth Building from Park Place

All three panos are from the same shoot, I just couldn’t decide which one I like better. For one, the Woolworth Building is just New York’s second prettiest old high-rise, so it would be cruel to cut it out, on the other side, the WTC buildings are coming up, and they are just ultra modern and sleek.

Cop Cot in Central Park (II)

This is another attempt to photograph the cop cot. The first one was beautiful, snow and everything, so I was hoping to recreate some of the magic, but I guess this scene is really difficult with out snow, so I will give it another try in winter, given that we will ever see snow again in NYC.

East River Roundabout

The East River Roundabout park is easily the most unknown and inaccessible park in NYC. It’s only use at the moment is a dog run. The structure is an old garbage transfer station, and the sculpture on top of it was designed/installed in 1995 by Alice Aycock. The NYC parks department has a bit more info about it. I love the structure.

59th Street Bridge and Rockefeller University

Wollman Rink in Central Park

Historical Astoria (Part 4)

Guggenheim Museum

Tribeca Parking Lot

Sunset over Jersey City

Historical Astoria (Part 3)

Historical Astoria (Part 2)

Historical Astoria (Part 1)

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