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  • Edith LevyApril 11, 2014 - 6:26 pm

    I love the lighting Mark. Beautiful.ReplyCancel

    • MarkApril 11, 2014 - 7:35 pm

      Thanks Edith. It was actually outdoors in my backyard.ReplyCancel

Randall’s Island Manhattan East River Sunset

Manhattan East River Sunset


I am again posting a Fuji JPG. This time almost straight out of camera, with just a slight saturation boost and  and a slight bit of dodging on the rocks. It’s close enough for me to add the SOOC tag, but I also offer full disclosure here in the text. This stuff is meaningful, I think, because using JPGs with minimal or no edits saves considerable time.

This i salso anbother shot from my trip to Randall’s Island Sunday evening this week. The image is looking directly across the East River from the southern point of Randall’s Island, roughly across from 100th Street. Because it is uptown, it does not show any of the classic Manhattan skyline, but it is still, I think, recognizably Manhattan.

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  • Len SaltielApril 10, 2014 - 5:08 pm

    Great light and a nice silhouette MarkReplyCancel

  • LensScaperApril 13, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    Beautiful silhouette, Mark. And the colour in the water is glorious. SOOC – you judged that one perfectly.ReplyCancel

Kings County Distillery Bookshelves

Brooklyn Distillery


This was taken during my visit to Kings COunty Distillery a couple of months ago with my Minolta SRT-202, 50mm f/1.7 lens, and Ilford Delta 400 film pushed 2-stops to 1600. Not much else to say about this, it’s rather self-evident, and I’ve discussed the distillery and my visit in previous posts on the topic.

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East River Dusk From Randall’s Island

East River Dusk From Randall’s Island (Processed RAW)


This is a thirty second exposure taken last night about 25 minutes before official sunset, from the southernmost tip of Randall’s Island in the East River. Queens is to the left. Manhattan is to the right. And Roosevelt Island is in the middle. I like how the 3–second exposure smooths the water but does not eliminate all sense of motion.  I sepnt about one how at this spot, from this time until 30 minutes after sundown, moving along a roughly 100 yard stretch of the shore.

For a bit of comparison, I’m also showing the straight-out-of-camera JPG below. As I have previously discussed, I am very fond of the Fuji JPGs, but in this case I thought the added dynamic range of the raw added something worthwhile to the image. Also,the Lee Big Stopper filter that I used to take the 30-second exposure adds a cool blue color cast to most images which is easier to correct in RAW versions.  I could adjust the white balance while shooting to help the JPGs and I might want to experiment with that going forward. It’s a bit tricky because the blue color cast varies from image to image. It is barely perceptible, I think, on this image, but much stronger on others, and seems most pronounced on under-exposed images.

East River Dusk From Randall’s Island (JPG SOOC)

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