THE SPIRIT OF NYC

WHERE WE AT?

As a kid, my grandfather took me for a tour of the World Trade Center (WTC)  and it left quite the impression on me. So like everyone else, I have been very interested to see the NEW World Trade Center up close and personal. Almost 40 years later, the new WTC still left quite an impression on me, but for different reasons.

Standing at the base of the WTC, it’s hard to explain the impressive size without actually being there yourself. It’s kind of like trying to explain to someone the impressive scale of the Grand Canyon with just a photo.

Let me try to put it into perspective for you…the building is 1,792 feet high and 94 floors. That’s tall, man! Did that work? Are you impressed? Yeah well I guess you had to be there (grin).

When I was there you couldn’t yet ride the elevator up to top, but you could do the 9/11 tour down in the basement of the building. This was definitely worth doing and truly shows the spirit of NYC.

I knew the tour wouldn’t be one of those tours that you take the kids to. I mean it’s not Disneyland (the happiest place on earth). What happened here on 9/11 is downright sad and a horrific crime…but I feel that we owe those that were there the respect and courtesy of understanding what had actually transpired here in September 11, 2001.

To put it more in perspective, the basement of the building is the actual basement of the original WTC. Meaning…the subway stop along with the stairs/escalator and the structure are from the original building.

Anyhow, the photo above was taken with a fisheye lens of the WTC and the surrounding buildings. The World Trade Center is located at the bottom/center of the image. The clouds and the reflection of the sky off the widows of the buildings made for a more interesting image that I tried to capture in this shot.

Enough of that…where is the WTC located on a map?!

HOW DID I DO THAT?!

It was cold and bright. The cold part isn’t important to the photography, but the sunlight and the reflections were. Because of this the ISO was at 200…the lowest I could get my camera.

I was shooting with a fisheye lens…so we are all manual in terms of focus and metering. I set the f-stop to f/8 or f/16 (the caption notes say f/1, but that isn’t true) and focused the lens to infinity. To balance the exposure, the shutter speed was set to 1/125 of a second.