One of the things you normally do in NY is looking up. You're coming from a "normal" city in a "normal" Country, and you've never seen a 102 stories building before. SHOCKING!
Just like there's a huge difference between a tourist and a traveller, there's super huge difference between looking up, and really see what NY can offer.
Now, let me be very honest with you. If the thought of bringing with you a professional camera, with 10kg lenses (22 pounds) crossed your mind, and you're not a professional photographer, not only you're making the most common mistake a tourist can do, but you're out of your mind!
In NY there's everything everywhere = You WALK! At least 10 miles a day (15km), and you must be prepared for every scenario, so your backpack will be heavy enough. Carrying around 10 kilos of lenses is not a smart move.
Moreover, if you think a 18-55, 200mm, 400mm standard lens will do the job, you're WRONG!
I went there with a 1440mm lens, Zoom 60x.
Before leaving, I bought a small camera, with all the things I needed.
500€ of investment. I know it's a lot of money, especially if you're planning to visit one of the most expensive cities in the whole world, but, trust me, you cannot do otherwise, without an incredible amount of sacrifice.
And, NO, having a good small, light, not expensive machine (Compared to a 6.000€ camera), it's not synonymous of ugly pictures, as you can see!
(Modesty, no thanks!) :)
Another thing you have to keep in mind, before coming home, downloading your pictures on your computer and wanting to smash your head on the wall is this: the buildings are HUGE! It's totally normal your pictures are crooked.
The Empire State Building will be perpendicular to the ground only if you take a picture from far far away. If you're at the bottom of the building, leave room on both sides of the picture, so you won't have problems straightening the picture while editing! (Exactly what I havent's done!) :)
New York is an ancient, modern city. One of the most beautiful thing you can see is this amazing anachronism between old and new buildings.
It's everywhere. Statues vs concrete. Gold vs glass. History vs modern age.
No matter if you're not fond of art. The contrast is MAJESTIC, and leaves you speecheless.
Look up. Always! There's an entire world up there.
If you want to keep trace of the splendid roofs you see in NY, shoot the picture, then write somewhere the name of the building with a little description. I didn't do it, and I regret it. (Google maps with the street view helps a lot).
The picture above? I have no idea of where this building is in NY. I don't even remember taking this picture. Sigh!
(Fifth Avenue - Central Park Thank you Google Maps)
Just so you know, I've never planned to post these pictures. As it's impossible to catch the details from the sidewalk, I wanted a closer look.
Now, I think that, even if these pictures are crooked or not amazing, they are super interesting, and fascinating, so I'm sharing them to you.