Bank of America Tower

I have always been fascinated by skyscrapers. In fact, some of my first pictures I ever took as a kid were of skyscrapers in Philadelphia. I think it is the drama of a skyline, how humankind has managed to build something so massive, so high. It amazes me how one building can dramatically alter a cityscape – like changes to the Manhattan skyline since 2001 or the addition of the Comcast Tower to the Philadelphia skyline.

For someone who loves skyscrapers, Manhattan is heaven. There have been so many new buildings built over the past few years. On a recent visit to New York City, I was walking at night and passed under the 1,200 ft Bank of America tower – the 4th largest building in NYC. The glass facade is really lit nicely at night. The sky was cloudy and the light was reflecting in a very cool way. I wished I had my camera with me. Thankfully cell phones have pretty good cameras and I was able to get a snapshot.

I would have much rather had my camera to get a nicer, crisper picture using settings I chose, but this one didn’t come out that bad. The angle of this picture, the shape of the building, and the lighting is disorienting. There wasn’t much postprocessing needed. I tried to remove some of the noise in the photo in Lightroom, but in the end I didn’t keep the noise reduction high. I like the sharp lines of the building better and can live with the noise.

Camera: iPhone 5S
Aperture: f/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/15
ISO: 640
Postprocessing: Lightroom

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