Rockefeller Center

Lost in the Rock

We went up to the top of the Rockefeller Center in NYC and had a great time with our kids up there - the light was not terrific but still... When we got down again, we somehow got lost and ended up in a lobby which was totally deserted and all the doors - except for one tiny side-door - were locked.
It was the lobby of the GE building right behind the Atlas statue at 5th Ave. I spent around 15 minutes in there shooting every angle - alone. I couldn't believe I was not approached by a single security guard.

3 bracketed exposures - handhold, of course.

Exif Info:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

  • Exposure Time: 1/5,1/20,1/80

  • Aperture: f/2.8

  • ISO: 200

  • Focal Length: 16mm


The Wet Rock at Night

New York City is one of my all-time favorite photography locations. I've lived in the area for around a year and spent many weekends in the city walking around with my camera. One of the most photographed buildings - besides Time Square and the Empire State Building - is Rockefeller Center. When you google for "Rockefeller Center" and choose the 'image' tab on the left, you get over 2,000,000 hits. The majority of the images show the Christmas tree or the Ice skating rink.

While there might be lots of pictures shot from the location I chose, I haven't seen many good pictures which were shot at night while it was raining. I anyway think that you get the best possible light when shooting New York at twilight during rainy weather.

Here is my take at Rockefeller Center with the Atlas Statue at night in the rain.

Exif Info:
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

  • Exposure Time: 0.4s (handhold)

  • Aperture: f/4

  • ISO: 100

  • Focal Length: 24mm (24mm in 35mm)

  • The reason for choosing a very low ISO of 100 was that I wanted to get light-trails of the passing cars in the frame. I was leaning against a lamp post to stabilize myself and the camera. Using that method you can shoot rather long exposures without a tripod and still get a sharp image.