empire state building

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I’ve been noticing a trend lately. A trend just between Andrew and I that we’ll agree that we’ll travel somewhere or go somewhere fun and then I have to do all the work. Like pick the travel itinerary, hotel, etc etc etc. But I’m not even mad about it because that means I have full control over everything. LOL. So when we decided we were going to go to New York for his birthday, I was on the hunt for a great hotel.

We used to only stay in Starwood hotels. At one point of time I had so many points on our SPG Preferred Member account that we used to stay in hotels for free all the time. Unfortunately, all those points have gone away so we were debating whether or not we wanted to stay with them this time. We figured staying in a new neighborhood and change of scenery would be nice and let us get to know a different part of New York. So I found this great place in Chinatown for us to stay.

The room was nice and everything but the best part was the rooftop. As soon as we put our stuff down in the room, I grabbed my camera and I was ready to go all the way up. Since the sunset is earlier in the day for winter and it was a cloudy day overall, I knew I had to get up there as soon as possible if I wanted to get a “day time shot”.  The lighting was a bit difficult to work with. I actually re-edited this image 6 or 7 times before I finally came up with something I liked.

My camera settings for this image is F4 at 1/100th sec and ISO 400 with my Sony A7II and 70-200mm zoom lens.

new york, nyc, empire state building, top of the rock, rockefeller center, hdr, photography, landscape, sunset, angela b. pan, abpan

Theres nothing better than being in New York for the holidays. Yes, it was really cold but the lights, people, and christmas decorations made it hard to stay indoors. There were tons of people on the street, mostly tourists, but it was fun being amongst all the people.

We were there for one night for my boyfriend’s birthday. He wanted to go shopping and I wanted to go somewhere to take some new pics. I wish we were there a little longer to take some more NY pics but theres always next time 🙂

Here’s a pic from the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center) at sunset. Let me know what you think by commenting below.

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