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New York

In January 2015 we travelled to New York for a few days to celebrate Ethan’s 21st birthday. Between the celebrations we had an intense time sight seeing that allowed for very little sleep. This, naturally, resulted in a massive amount of images being taken and a good deal of head scratching when we returned home as we tried to recall where each was taken. Ethan was armed with his brand new K-3 Prestige Edition and a gaggle of lenses while I deferred to my tiny Leica X1. Reproduced here are a few of our favourite pictures from, what turned out to be, one of our favourite locations.

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    We wasted no time on arrival in New York City and, after dropping our bags off at the hotel, we were immediately out exploring our surroundings. The landscape could not have been more different to our local area and our heads were immediately filled with ideas for photographically justifying what lay before us.
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    This shot, taken on the corner of Lexington Avenue, was nothing more than a typical street scene, humanised by a family who had just checked out of a nearby hotel.
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    A quiet image of Grand Central Station, taken early on a Sunday morning. We spent a couple of mornings having breakfast here, people watching and steeling ourselves with coffee and bagels, in preparation for a very cold days sightseeing.
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    Another image of Grand Central Station, given a monochrome treatment.
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    The facade of Grand Central Station - just beautiful architecture.
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    A challenge was laid down to photograph three iconic buildings in one frame. A caveat to this was that the image should be original and not a typical holiday snap. This one shows Grand Central and MetLife (once PAN-AM’s offices), shadowed by the Chrysler building.
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    The Chrysler building as seen from 42nd street.
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    Another view of the Chrysler building taken from 42nd street. There is so much fine architecture in this area, so we decided to capture a little of it in the same frame to add more interest.
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    A view along Third Avenue.
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    Statue outside of the New York Public Library. Shame the library was closed when we stopped by - it was on our list to take a look around. We intended to return but things didn’t go quite to plan.
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    High on our list of ‘must sees’ (no pun intended) was a visit to the observation deck on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. The day had turned very cold and at this height the wind chill was biting. From this aspect, Central Park can be seen in the distance.
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    A vertigo inducing image.
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    Use of a short telephoto lens was great fun from the Empire State observation deck. It is very easy to get caught up with the wider view, missing fascinating tighter crops of the city below.
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    Looking towards the financial district with Broadway crossing Fifth Avenue in the foreground. We have a whole bunch of images similar to this, but a monochrome conversion seemed to work best.
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    Another short telephoto shot looking across the East River.
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    An incredibly lucky image of the Empire State Building reception area. Beautifully ornate in its Art Deco style, the crowds parted just long enough to give the illusion of peace.
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    After an obligatory couple of hours spent shopping in Macy’s, we headed along Seventh Avenue towards Times Square.
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    Who would have thought it?…a cycle race down Seventh Avenue :-)
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    What can be said…Times Square. We came home with dozens of what were more or less the same image.
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    Night (and the temperature) fell and we were still at Times Square, and still taking pictures…
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    See what I mean?…the traffic of life…awesome.
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    A visit to Madame Tussauds allowed us to thaw out in the company of Johnny Depp!
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    The real fun started on January 26th, when a ‘superstorm’ was predicted to make landfall over Manhattan and beyond. Blizzards and plummeting temperatures were predicted and we watched on, feeling pretty hopeless, as the city was slowly shut down. It seemed a good idea to view the onslaught from Central Park. This image was taken just as the clouds were gathering and the city began bracing itself.
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    Central Park…waiting for the storm.
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    The plunging temperatures eventually drove us to the American Museum of Natural History and a good excuse to wander around the extensive collections.
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    The stuff of nightmares…
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    Back outside, the snow had started to fall harder so we decided to head back to the warmth of our hotel room. Amidst the excitment, there is something quite scary about seeing an emergency alert popup on your iPhone stating that you must not be on the roads.
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    By now I was getting concerned about using my X1 in these conditions. Snow and water were covering it and it sports no weather sealing. Ethan's K-3 on the other hand was built for these conditions so he continued to shoot while snow built up on it!
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    Things were getting very interesting and we were getting very cold and wet. After thawing out in our hotel room, we headed out again to celebrate Ethan’s 21st birthday in a cosy Italian restaurant on Second Avenue. Having bagged a window seat, we watched the city slowly grind to a halt under a deep blanket of snow. And then we found out our flight home was cancelled.
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    The day after tomorrow; the storm had passed and clearing skies ushered in temperatures even colder that previous. Dressed in many layers of shirts, jumpers, hoodies and coats, we were back out in it, looking for somewhere to breakfast.
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    The Rockefeller Plaza looked pretty awesome covered in snow.
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    A corner on Times Square, untypically quiet for a morning. Most shops were closed but we did eventually find a small coffee shop that was open for breakfast.
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    After eating we hailed a cab and headed for the site of the World Trade Centre. The temperature here was stupefyingly cold and everywhere was closed up. Most of the site was cordoned off because of ice, so our attempts to photograph it failed and apart from a few distant images, we consoled ourself reading the memorial plaque before heading back.
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    The old and the new; there are so many places like this where new high rise buildings overshadow older structures of equal beauty.
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    The interior of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
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    One day on and flights had been resumed. This included local helicopter flights - we originally booked one of these two days previous but it had to be rescheduled due to the bad weather.
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    This image takes no explaining.
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    Looking up the east river from the air.
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    Before our flight home we just had time to jump on a ferry and get up close to Lady Liberty.
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    The challenge to capture a non standard image of what must be one of the world’s most iconic landmarks, culminated in this.
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    Looking toward the financial district with the One World Trade Centre soaring above all else.
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    A final image of a sculpture in Battery Park. Little did we know that the journey home to the UK would take 29 hours…but that’s another story…