Downtown Rochester


Nikon D3x, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8, 70mm, f/9 ISO 100, 5 exposures

I shot this from the west end of the Broad Street Bridge and I have really been trying to come up with a good title for it.  I haven’t.  I originally thought about naming it “Orange Cone”, but realized after I saw the image for the post it wouldn’t make any sense to anyone. I really love this photo and it’s almost exactly how I imagined New York before I saw it.  I will admit, New York was way different than I expected and there was a lot more green and open, rural land than I thought there would be.  To me, this image symbolizes New York, it looks old, sort of ‘vintage’. Having never been to any eastern states I thought they might all be full of city. Obviously, that’s not true, but for me, this image came together and really summarizes my experience in downtown Rochester.

Now, why did I want to name this “Orange Cone”?  Well, I was viewing the image at full resolution and the orange cone in the upper window of the building below the flag was pretty clear.  I thought it would be a cool name.  When I actually uploaded the image I decided it just wouldn’t work as a name, so decided to write about it instead.  I do have to stop here and put out a few biased comments: First, I love my D3x, I’m constantly amazed at the amount of detail I get from this nearly 25MPixel camera.  Of course the down-sides are the amount of space raw and processed images eat up and the amount of time it takes to download and process files of this size. Second, I really like using Nik HDR Efex Pro for urbex photos – it leads me to some really fun processing.  For very natural looking HDR photos I really like using Unified Color’s HDR Express or HDR Expose and I’ve found nothing better for very natural looking photographs.  But for stuff like this, Nik HDR Efex Pro wins every time for me.

The red brick building is the Wilder building and the building in the back with the flag on top is the Powers building – you’ll see more of both of these buildings in upcoming posts.  Okay, for those of you who actually read the text (thanks!) [those who went straight to the photo have already seen it and moved on :)], here is a crop of the window with the orange cone – I just love the detail.

Nikon D3x, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8, 70mm, f/9 ISO 100, 5 exposures

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