New York City, NY – St. Patrick’s Cathedral (HDR)

St. Patricks HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

I had a little time in NYC recently and wanted to photograph this statue of Atlas across from St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  There are probably tons of angles to take this shot…I went for the full frame view.  I hope to be back later this year and try it as a fisheye!   St. Patrick’s is special in my heart as my Grandmother and Grandfather were married there many years ago!    I had sent an email to St. Patrick’s to ask if I could photograph inside, they said yes, but no tripods.  I’d like to try one day!

Here is some info form the web on the statue:   In Rockefeller Center (New York City), directly across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, is this two ton statue of Atlas; a companion piece to Prometheus, and the largest sculptural work at Rockefeller Center. Atlas carries the heavens upon his shoulders as punishment for defying Zeus. Designed and cast in 1936 by Lee Lawrie and Rene Chambellan, the statue’s exaggerated musculature and stylized body are characteristic of the Art Deco style.

The north-south axis of the armillary sphere on his shoulders points to the North Star as viewed from New York City. Laid across Atlas’s shoulders is a wide, curved beam that displays a frieze of the traditional symbols for Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Adjacent to Earth (over Atlas’s right forearm) is a small crescent symbolizing the Moon. Affixed to one of the sphere’s rings are symbols for twelve constellations through which the Sun passes during the year.

Quite an amazing view in NYC!  Stop on by and see it if you have the time!  Enjoy!