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Nic Taylor

Photographer from UK

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AF 14mm F2.8 FE @ 1/250 sec, f8, ISO 100

New York is without doubt the most photographed
city in the world and a place that I will go back to time and time again.

It's easily the most awe inspiring city that I've visited. I've been fortunate enough to have visited three times in the last ten years with my last visit in June 2017.
Each time I've visited I've managed to cram in various sites, experienced a lot of what this bustling city has to offer and each time my stay is different
but I still feel like I've just seen the tip of the iceberg.

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AF 35mm F2.8 FE @ 1/30 sec, f3.2, ISO 800

Of the many things I love about Manhattan one of them has to be the geographical layout,

which mainly comprises of a grid system with avenues running vertical and the streets horizontal so it's surprisingly easy to find your way around and get to various places provided you have the street address or avenue that it's on. Using the subway is relatively easy also. I'd recommend downloading a couple of apps for your smartphone to help you find your way around.

It was around the time of my second visit to Manhattan that I started to get into photography back in March 2013.I hired a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens especially for my trip to use with my Sony A65. It was great fun to use to capture unique images with crazy distortions and have the ability to fit so much into each frame. One of the images that I captured during this trip (taken at the observation deck at the Rockefeller Center) is to this day one of the most viewed images on my Flickr account with over 30,000 views and even made it onto the Flickr Explore page when it was first posted. When I shot this image I didn't really know what I was doing when it came to photography. It wasn't shot in RAW, the sensor had a load of dust spots on there (Photoshopped out) and I probably shot the image using Auto settings apart from the manual focus and manual aperture settings on the lens so I think this image could have been significantly better but I'm still happy with it.

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8mm F3.5 Fisheye @ 1/100 sec, unknown aperture, ISO 400

Having visited the Top of the Rock observation deck during a previous visit I knew that this would afford me the greatest vantage point over the city.

In my opinion the view from there is better than the Empire State Building as you can see Central Park and downtown Manhattan (including the Empire State Building itself which makes a great focal point in the frame). It also features a more unrestricted viewing platform to the Empire State Building and even the One World Trade Center which has glass windows obstructing your view making it difficult to shoot good images. While here I shot images with both the AF 14mm f2.8 FE and the AF 35mm F2.8 FE lenses.

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AF 35mm F2.8 FE @ 1/30 sec, f5, ISO 100
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AF 14mm F2.8 FE @ 1/40 sec, f9, ISO 200
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AF 35mm F2.8 FE @ 1/30 sec, f9, ISO 100

Here's another shot of the New York skyline. This time at night with the busy city traffic lighting up the streets below.
This image was taken from the rooftop of hotel Ink 48.

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AF 14mm F2.8 FE @ 30 seconds, f11, ISO 100

New York is well-known for it's skyscrapers and has some of the largest and most diversely designed buildings in the world. This shot was taken near the financial district. At the top of the frame you can just about see the iconic building which houses the famous Delmonico's restaurant. At the time I shot this, the restaurant had scaffolding up so it kind of ruined the concept of an image I had in mind so instead I looked up and saw this composition

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AF 14mm F2.8 FE @ 1/200 sec, f8, ISO 100

Another of New York's most famous landmarks is the Flatiron Building. Situated on 5th Avenue between E22nd and E23rd Street this building is easily one of the most iconic buildings in Manhattan. The Beaux-arts architecture also appears in the Spiderman films due to the Daily Bugle newspaper (where Peter Parker works) being based there. This is one of the most photographed buildings in the world.

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AF 35mm F2.8 FE @ 1/250 sec, f9, ISO 100
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AF 14mm F2.8 FE @ 1/30 sec, f22, ISO 50

When visiting New York it is essential that you walk the Brooklyn Bridge.

Spanning a distance of just over 1.8km it's possible to take in incredible views of the city and create visually stunning images using the lines of the bridge cables and supports but be careful not to get in the way of the cyclists and runners. There's a cycle lane for a reason.

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AF 14mm F2.8 FE @ 1/20 sec, f22, ISO 50
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AF 35mm F2.8 FE @ 1/320 sec, f10, ISO 100
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AF 14mm F2.8 FE @ 1/250 sec, f8, ISO 100

If you venture over the Brooklyn Bridge then you have visit D.U.M.B.O (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).

Here you will find Washington Street and it's amazing perspective of Manhattan and the Empire State Building through one of the archways of the Manhattan Bridge. This is a pretty clichéd shot and one that you may have seen used in the film Once Upon a Time in New York but one that I had to take myself. I wanted to get low to the manhole cover so that you could also read the N.Y.C embossed in the metal. It's virtually impossible to photograph this area without any other people in the shot due to how popular it is.

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AF 14mm F2.8 FE @ 1/640 sec, f13, ISO 100
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AF 14mm F2.8 FE @ 5 seconds, f22, ISO 50

Brooklyn Bridge Park piers offer truly amazing views of "The Big Apple". This area is filled with photographers looking to capture the perfect shot showing the city's skyscrapers in all their glory. This spot is a great place to take in a beautiful sunset.

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AF 14mm F2.8 FE @ 1/200 sec, f10, ISO 125

Whilst on my way to the Roosevelt Island Tramway and looking for interesting things to photograph I stumbled across the Bloomberg Tower (also known as One Beacon Court) at E58th street. Here I chatted with a doorman of the building and showed him this image that I'd just captured. He told me about the building and said that he'd never seen it captured at this angle before.

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AF 14mm F2.8 FE @ 1/400 sec, f8, ISO 100

The Roosevelt Island tramway runs from E60th Street, Manhattan over to Roosevelt Island.

It only costs a few dollars to take the trip over and you get to take in a different perspective of the city.

The World Trade Center Transportation hub or "Oculus" as it is also known is an incredible building with sleek lines which was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and built at a cost of $4 billion. This a most definitely a building worth visiting if you're a fan of modern architecture. I love the amazing sleek, white lines of this beautifully designed building. From the outside it looks quite small amongst the other skyscrapers around it but when you get inside the scale of it is pretty spectacular.

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AF 14mm F2.8 FE @ 1/400 sec, f8, ISO 100

Another place that I recommend to shoot from (possibly a great spot to shoot a nice sunrise) is Exchange Place Waterfront over in Jersey City. This spot is accessible via a short subway ride from the Oculus transportation hub (above). Here you get an amazing panoramic view of the city and it's skyscrapers.

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AF 35mm F2.8 FE @ 1/125 sec, f11, ISO 50

(Yes, that is me in the photo)
A short walk from Oculus, on Fulton St, it's possible to get an image that fits the One World Trade Center building in the frame. It took me a while to get this shot due to the city's crazy traffic.

Tudor City Overpass is another stunning vantage point.

You get a beautiful view virtually from one side of Manhattan over to the other taking advantage of the long, straight roads and the trees make for a beautiful composition. It's also possible (if you shoot in portrait) to get the beautiful, art deco architecture of the Chrysler Building in the shot.

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AF 35mm F2.8 FE @ 1/30 sec, f5, ISO 100
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AF 35mm F2.8 FE @ 1/15 sec, f18, ISO 50
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AF 35mm F2.8 FE @ 1/250 sec, f8, ISO 100

Tudor City Overpass is another stunning vantage point. You get a beautiful view virtually from one side of Manhattan over to the other taking advantage of the long, straight roads and the trees make for a beautiful composition. It's also possible (if you shoot in portrait) to get the beautiful, art deco architecture of the Chrysler Building in the shot.

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AF 35mm F2.8 FE @ 1/200 sec, f6.3, ISO 100

Yet another must-do while in New York is a beautiful green park/walkway known as the High Line.

Built on a former rail line this 2.3km elevated trail offers a great viewing platform over the westside of Manhattan. During the walk you'll come across some cool architecture including the Zaha Hadid Architects' 520 West 28th building which was still in the process of being built while I was there but from what I saw it looked like a stunning building.

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AF 35mm F2.8 FE @ 1/160 sec, f7.1, ISO 100
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AF 14mm FE F2.8 @ 1/15 sec, f22, ISO 50

On my last day in New York I had a few things that I wanted to see and tick off my list.

One was the Guggenheim Museum which is situated in the Upper East-Side area of Manhattan between E88th and E89th Street, adjacent to Central Park. Of all days for me to visit, on this particular day the building was closed. I was so disappointed. I still wanted to shoot the stunning Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and wanted to have a NYC yellow cab in motion going past the building during my shot.

During my most recent visit I clocked up over 55km of walking across the space of three and half days in near 40° blazing sunshine so I think I earned the numerous pizza slices that I consumed during my trip.

I got to see different sites to my previous two visits and experienced different things this time around also but I'm still left wanting to see more that New York has to offer. I can't wait to go back with my wife again in the future and take our two boys to experience the "Big Apple" and see it once again. Next time with more of the Samyang range of lenses to capture New York from a different perspective

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AF 50mm F1.4 FE @ 1/500 sec, f2.2, ISO 100

Nic Taylor

www.nictaylorphoto.co.uk/

For any enquiries about hiring for Food/Drink, Interior, Commercial photography, events or any other potential projects, purchasing prints or image rights.

三洋で提案する最適の標準画角について調べましょう。

人間との関係、そして美しい空間演出のために小道具を飾る際にも適切な間隙や距離は、必ず要ります。ならば、絵及び写真の作品を正しく鑑賞するために我々は、どれだけの距離をおいて見るのがベスト?

正解は、「作品フレームの対角線の長さ」程度の距離です。

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作品の全体を十分視野に入れて鑑賞するためには、作品の対角線の長さほど距離をおいて鑑賞した方がいいです。あまり近い距離で作品を見れば人間の目が集中できる視野角である50度より広がって絵をそのまま鑑賞できなくなってしまいます。 最適の鑑賞、最適の視線のために必要な理想的距離は、写真術にも適用します。 停止画像を撮る写真術では撮像面の対角線の長さと同じく焦点距離のレンズを標準レンズと定義します。

最適の鑑賞、最適の視線のために必要な理想的距離は、写真術にも適用します。 停止画像を撮る写真術では撮像面の対角線の長さと同じく焦点距離のレンズを標準レンズと定義します。デジタルカメラのフルフレームセンサーの大きさは、36x24mmであり、その対角線の長さは、約43.26mmであるため、標準レンズは、何mmにしたらいいのかについての最善の答は、「43.26mmに類似した値」といい、現在まで標準レンズの代名詞と見なされる「50mm」とは、いいきれません。

過去には、フィルムの対角線の長さに似た45mm画角のレンズがありふれましたが、SLR カメラの大成功によってミラーが入る空間を確保するために50mmレンズが標準とされていましたが、最近 ミラーレス一カメラのすそが大きく拡大しながらフランジバックの短いミラーレス一カメラの特性を考慮してより正確に標準レンズの画角を45mm
と再判断すべきではないのかの問題意識からAF 45mm F1.8 FEに対する開発は、始まりました。 サムヤンのAF 45mm F1.8 FEは、35mm画角レンズより最も最小した歪み、55mm画角よりは、一層広いイメージが撮影できて人物、景色、建築物、ペットなど多様なテーマの撮影で結果に満足していただけます。

DSLR / Full Frame
1D X Mark Ⅱ
1D X
1Ds Mark Ⅲ
1Ds
5DsR
5Ds
5D Mark Ⅳ
5D Mark Ⅲ
6D Mark Ⅱ
6D
DSLR / APS-H
1D Mark Ⅲ
1D
Mirrorless / APS-C
M6
M5
M10
M3
M2
DSLR / APS-S
7D Mark Ⅱ
7D
80D
70D
60D
30D
D60
D30
77D (9000D)
760D (8000D / Rebel T6s)
1300D (Kiss X80 / Rebel T6)
1200D (Kiss X70 / Rebel T5)
200D (Kiss X9 / Rebel SL2)
800D (Kiss X9i / Rebel T7i)
700D (Kiss X9i / Rebel T7i)
100D (Kiss X7 / Rebel SL1)
650D (Kiss X6i / Rebel T4i)
600D (Kiss X5 / Rebel T3i)
550D (Kiss X4 / Rebel T2i)
500D (Kiss X3 / Rebel T1i)
1000D (Kiss F / Rebel XS)
450D (Kiss X2 / Rebel X냐)
DSLR / Full Frame
D850
D5
D810A
D4S
D810
D750
Df
D610
D4
D800
D800E
D600
D3s
D3x
D700
D3
DSLR / APS-C
D7500
D3400
D500
D5600
D7200
D5500
D3300
D7100
D5300
D5200
D7000
D300s
D300
DSLR / Full Frame
Z6
Z7
D810A
D4S
D750
D810A
DSLR / APS-C
D7200
D500
D3300
D5500
D5600
D3400
D7500

* Cameras released within 5 years from 2019 are tested.

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