New York, New York – Empire State Building

From before my love of HDR’ing…here is a normal photo of the amazing Empire State Building.  If I can recall, I took my first HDR ever on the visit to NYC.  It is my most popular HDR ever – Times Square.   As for the photo…I always try to get a different view or angle if possible.   Kinda makes it a challenge..of course I take the standard shots, but photography is fun…so try something different!   I’ll call this one “The Leaning Tower of the Empire State”.

Whats crazy to see is the window washer platforms on the buildings side.  Yikes!!!  Not a job for me!!!  Wonder how much they get paid for that job?

Some intersting info from the web:  In New York, commercial window washers are protected by a special labor law that makes a building owner liable for injuries due to defective equipment such as a safety harness or scaffold. “If the job is not safe, you have the right not to work,” said Mark E. Seitelman, a lawyer who represents a window washer injured when his arm got lodged in a hole in the scaffolding on a skyscraper last year. In New York, unionized window washers must learn basic regulations, and also how the equipment works, whether it’s a ladder, scaffold or belt anchored to a window. Apprentices earn a $35,000 salary for the first two years in the union safety program, but can make up to $70,000 a year after earning journeyman status. Horton says many of New York’s non-union workers are immigrants who get paid off the books in cash.

Talek Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 VR f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 28.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/500 sec
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe Cs4