From the top of the Empire State Building just after sunset without a tripod – it was confiscated by the security goons at the entrance…

This is perhaps an image to explore: note the contrasting (darker) buildings at bottom right, the prominence of the Chrysler, and the aircraft lining up to land at La Guardia…

Processing: HDR generated from five exposures of a single image using Photomatix.

“Featured* in:
Cityscapes and Skylines, 03/04/09
Bubblers’ Weekly Challenge, 04/06/10
All About New York State, 20/01/12

4th, Bubblers’ Weekly Challenge, City lights at night, Jun 10
6th, Cee’s Fun Nikon Group, Nikon – of the night, Jun 11
8th, Shutterbugs, Cities at night, Jan 12
10th, Alphabet Soup, Techniques challenge – night photography, Oct 11
10th, Cover Shots, Lights of the city, May 12

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(ref. 0039, 11/2008, Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-70)

Sold as a framed print to an unknown buyer on RB, April 2011

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Originally from Manchester, UK, now living in Warsaw, Poland and Tarifa, Spain, but also travelling frequently.

I currently use a Nikon D300 with Sigma lenses (18-250, 150-500, 105) and, for travel, a Sony NEX-7 with Sony (18-55, 55-210) and Tamron (18-200) lenses.

Enough of the boring stuff… on with the show.

aka AJM Photography

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  • ChristineBetts
    ChristineBettsover 5 years ago


  • berndt2
    berndt2over 5 years ago

    love the detail in the lights – it’s almost a 3-D contour effect

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago


  • John Beamish
    John Beamishover 5 years ago

    Amazing shot, congrats.

  • PJS15204
    PJS15204over 5 years ago

    you caught the city at its best here stellar exposure and scene here!

  • Susanne Correa
    Susanne Correaalmost 5 years ago

  • Wow, thanks Susanne! I have always felt that this shot got overlooked a little, so I’m really happy to receive a featured spot here.

    – AJM Photography

  • Alex Preiss
    Alex Preissalmost 5 years ago

    Nice and crisp. Excellent image.

  • Owen Zammit
    Owen Zammitalmost 5 years ago

    An awesome night photo!!!

  • Sangeeta
    Sangeetaover 4 years ago

    Stunning capture.

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 4 years ago

    Please enter this great image into our current challenge!

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