Sunshine in Madison Square

February 11, 2015

One of the things I love about photography is how even the slightest change in light can have a huge impact on an image, particularly when you’re photographing an incredibly recognisable building or landmark that’s been photographed a zillion times before.

Met Life Tower New York







I took these photos around Madison Square in New York last month, at lunchtime; after quite a grey start the sky suddenly brightened and the sun shone, so that the buildings and spikiness of the leafless trees appeared almost silhouetted against the cornflower blue (this is the Met Life building, which was completed in 1909.).

Flatiron building New York











I particularly love the way the light hits the Flatiron Building, which is considered an icon of architectural design and engineering; it was built in 1902.

SoHo New York



And this photo was taken the following day, in SoHo; I was experimenting, trying to capture something that might be worth getting enlarged and putting in a frame. Not sure I quite achieved it but I do like this photo, the sun behind the apartment blocks and the shadows on the sidewalk; it feels quintessentially New York.








*This is my entry to The Gallery – the theme this week is ‘light’.

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  • Susan Mann February 13, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Fabulous photos x #thegallery

  • Outside The Click February 11, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Gorgeous pictures I like how the position of the sun in the pictures has thrown everything into semi shadow with only a few details visible.

  • Libby Price February 11, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Stunning photos – makes me want to go back to New York right now!
    I loved the architecture and history of the buildings when we were there in October. We run a construction company – and some of our warehouse refurbs have taken longer than it took to build the Empire State Building (the site managers loved me for pointing that one out obviously!)

  • Sarah MumofThree World February 11, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Fabulous photos (and quite jealous that you’ve been to New York!). The Flatiron building looks quite similar to things like the Cheese Grater and the Walkie Talkie, which were built pretty recently in London. Crazy that it was built so long ago!