Top 10 of 2016 (#4)

We're getting close!  This is #4 of what I feel are my top 10 images for 2016.  This one takes a slightly different turn once again, away from landscapes and nature and toward urban life.  Back in early October, I took a few days to visit New York City with some friends and we explored the city with our cameras.  You may recall a few posts that I have written about that trip, which will continue after the "Top 10" is completed.  

There are so many amazing things to see in New York that it is difficult to choose a favorite. However, the 9/11 Memorial and One World Trade Center ranks right up at the top of the list.  It's not a place that one wants to exist, because it memorializes a dark and sad time for our country. On the other hand, it also exemplifies the undying human spirit and our persistence to press onward.  In these United States that are rife with divisiveness, this would seem to be a perspective we could all embrace.

This was a particularly gray and rainy day in New York.  The low-lying clouds partially obscured the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.  However, the tall building graciously rose above, and to me is symbolic of the strength of the American psyche, even in the toughest of times.  It is a sobering experience to visit here, and one that I'll always remember.

Camera Tech:

  • Focal length - 10 mm
  • Shutter speed - 1/60 of a second
  • Aperture - f/14 
  • ISO - 640

I liked the monochrome look better, especially since there wasn't much color on this day anyway.