|Bryant Park, NYC|
In December I took a trip to NYC so I could experience a bit of the Christmas season there. My hotel was right across from Bryant Park, a perfect location to see all the sights. I arrived late in the afternoon so it was dark and cold before I could venture out. An ice skating rink, large blue lite Christmas tree, vendor booths and a restaurant were in the park and it was full of people. I captured a few images but found it difficult to capture it well with the people walking into my shot.
I then ventured on in the direction of Times Square and Rockefeller Center. I had a terrific time mingling with the people while walking with my head up and mouth agape in awe of the big city decorations, sights and sounds. As I returned to the hotel it started snowing, which was absolutely beautiful. No where else is quite like NYC.
The next morning I decided to wake up at 5:00am so I could be out the door at 5:30am and hopefully beat the crowds to some of the more famous locations particularly Rockefeller Center. When I arrived, the only people in sight were about 5 security guard protecting the tree. So I took out my iPhone and started to extended my tripod legs when one of the guards rush over to tell me that "no tripods were allowed". I laughed. How could my tripod with an iPhone cause any problems at 6:00am? A rule is a rule so I hand held some images and slowly walked back to the hotel.
When I arrived back at Bryant Park I saw this postcard like scene. The table and chairs looked as if they were just waiting for a couple to arrive. The snow from the evenings fall was just enough to cover the ground and give it a crisp appeal. So for this image I set up my tripod and went "click". (Well not really but you get the picture!)
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