So after the last post I did about Earth Hour, I went up to the ‘Top of the Rock’… basically the roof of the Rockefeller Center in New York, to see the lights go out on the Empire State Building. Above, you see the picture of the ESB in darkness…
Unbelievable how you think you have a full hour of time to take a picture, then the clouds plan otherwise. There must have been a gap of literally 10 minutes when this view existed. The lights went out. Everyone cheered. Then the clouds began piling up. Very quickly the whole scene was completely clouded over. Soon you couldn’t see the Empire State Building at all. Or the Chrysler. Or the Metlife Building.
Chrysler and Metlife had already joined in the fun, and were completely ‘switched off’ by the time this picture was taken.
The picture was taken with a tilt-shift lens, propped up on one of the binocular stands on the Top of the Rock (they don’t allow tripods without a full questionnaire). I used the tilt-shift to narrow down the depth of field so that focus was purely on the Empire State Building.
For more about the Earth Hour project, click on the link.
Also, see this link for another photograph of mine of the Empire State Building.
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
1/3 sec at f/2.8
45mm (Tilt shift)