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vvcarpio Aug 9, 2010 4:41 PM

Downtown Manhattan from Liberty State Park
We went to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. The Statue of Liberty is actually closer to New Jersey than to New York -- you get a good view of her (albeit sideways or facing back) and historic Ellis Island where immigrants passed through from 1892 to 1954 (

But those are not what we came there for. We went there to take pictures of the NYC skyline and to reminisce because we lived close to the park and went there occasionally many years ago.

#1) Downtown Manhattan with Liberty State Park in the foreground.

#2) Stepping close to the railing this is what you see.

#3) Downtown Manhattan with dilapidated pier in the foreground.

#4) Liberty Walkway.

#5) Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ is 1,212 acres big according to most of it landfill.

#6) But I don't think the Jersey side is what made you look into this thread so enough of that here's another shot of the New York City skyline. Despite the skyscraper structures of nearby Metlife and Chrysler Buildings, the Empire State Building still looks unnaturally big.

Thank you for looking. C&C welcome.

shoturtle Aug 9, 2010 5:03 PM


These HDR look nice, but the cloud on the last pano looks off.

vvcarpio Aug 10, 2010 10:06 AM

Thanks, shoturtle. Yes, that's the cloud moving across five frames in the HDR-edit.

BTW, in case anyone's interested, I used DPHDR then Topaz Adjust's "mild details" preset. Shooting from afar even on a clear day introduces a bluish haze. Topaz Adjust's "mild details" preset I found out is a one-click operation to bring back clarity (without overdoing it as its "detailed" preset does).

Hards80 Aug 10, 2010 11:05 AM

i rather like the shot that is directly into the sun. its rather unique and i like the perspective with the path leading into the sun.

vvcarpio Aug 10, 2010 4:13 PM

Thanks, Hards80. I noticed while taking the shot that I could center the sun by moving slightly to the left. I think I could have moved some more and the sun would be perfectly centered and the walkway perfectly symmetrical.

#7) Flares removed.

#8) Old NJ train terminal is one of the main attractions at Liberty State Park, housing a museum with permanent and rotating exhibitions.

#9) Interior of the terminal shot through a glass window.

#10) Old train cars on display.

#11) I saw a similar HDR shot from a book and thought Id try it. This is the only picture in this series processed by Photomatix. The rest are by DPHDR.

#12) Not the best angle but Liberty and Ellis Island are very close to the NJ shore.

Hards80 Aug 10, 2010 4:51 PM

#9 and #10 are really nice here.

love the geometry in the architecture in #9. and i love the mood imparted in the old railways set #10.

vvcarpio Aug 11, 2010 9:01 AM

Thanks, Hards80. I had a good feeling about those two shots. I'm glad you liked them.

DSProtection Aug 11, 2010 3:19 PM

Thats some great shots. I especially love 7, 9 and 10.

Best regards/Daniel

vvcarpio Aug 11, 2010 4:13 PM

Thank you, Daniel. I appreciate it. #7 is what caught my wife's eye, too.

condorman Aug 11, 2010 6:29 PM

Hi Vvcapio,
Brilliant, I reeeeeally like no7. Then the train wheels,no.11, like the gritty look and the angle.
Then the train no.10 really fab.
Regards Mark

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