Friday Photo 35: New York City Skyline 1999
Pam and I’s last major trip before the Mouse arrived was a few weeks around America in September 1999. We city hopped from New York to Chicago, then onto New Orleans and Orlando before ending up in Miami. It was a fantastic trip – one that we want to redo sometime in the future, but with the Mouse in tow next time.
My photography skills back then were infantile in comparison to the junior snapper I am now. And the equipment was pre-digital. Yes, in the year before my daughter was born all my travel photography was shot on good old fashioned 35mm film with a Canon EOS300 SLR and the standard kit lens that came with it. (A 28-80mm lens that I still have and use on the newer digital version of the camera.) Sadly, I have no way of knowing precise dates and times of the pictures, nor any specific image information.
I remember having fears of airport scanners destroying the exposed rolls of film and forced myself to get the negatives developed as soon as we could whilst on the road. The piles of photos – some good, some pure touristy, many terrible – landed up in a box, in a cupboard, in a back room for many years. We’ve recently be doing some rearranging around the house (read ‘moving stuff from one pile to another pile somewhere else’) and I rediscovered the pictures. I’ve started scanning the ones worth keeping and am slowly building up a digital collection of these older pictures.
This is one of them. The New York City skyline, taken from the ferry on the way out to Liberty Island. It was taken very close to 2 years to the day before the two tall towers on the left that dominated the skyline disappeared in a shower of rubble and a choking cloud of dust.
The scan has had (somewhat obviously) a fair bit of post processing done to it. I played with colour, vibrancy and saturation settings, as well as adding a chunk of lens blur (using a technique called tilt shift focussing) to draw focus to the buildings which appear to be part of a miniature cityscape. I hope it does the incredible energy of the Big Apple some justice.
“New York City Skyline 1999” © Greg Pillhofer, 1999 & 2010
Original Capture: September 1999, morning – New York City, USA
Scanned from Canon EOS 300 print