Yesterday finally the day came around Times Square, NYCthat I went on my very first photo walk with fellow photographers. For two years I had wanted to join Scott Kelby’s worldwide photowalk, but somehow it always takes place around our October vacation – not good. But last week a Photo Expo was held in New York City. Said photographer and a lot of other VIPs attended. Being tied up at work, I did not go. But one or rather two of the VIPs organized a little photo walk around town on Saturday. It was a public event with everybody invited via Google Plus. In the morning when I checked only 15 people had registered. In the afternoon it was up to 32. And when it actually got time to get going, there were so many that we had to split up in two groups. Easily a hundred people were there when we were briefed about where we would be going.

Rockefeller Building, NYCWe started out at the red steps at Duffy Square, just north of Times Square with our 1st stop being the Rockefeller Building. I was a little surprised to see that the ice rink is already there. From there past St. Patrick’s Cathedral, completely covered in scaffolding, towards Grand Central Station. Here I experienced for the first time what I had read before: You are not allowed to take photos in the Station with a tripod, unless you get a permit for it. We exited the station on Lexington Avenue. There you are standing almost, o.k. a small block away, underneath my favorite NYC icon: The Chrysler Building. Naturally I took a zillion photos of it. It was getting close to sunset and the light was just beautiful and warm. But in reality the strong winds made it freezingly cold. This is also where the walking tour ended, right outside the Station on Lexington. Well, actually, some of the attendees finished the evening at 230th fifth Rooftop bar. I kind of wanted to go, but 1) I didn’t feel 100 % (which continued today – migraine…) and 2) what fun is it to have a drink in a bar, if you don’t know anybody? So, it wasn’t for me, although the view from that bar is magnificent: Just imagine the Empire State Building at sunset from up there… I am sure David and I will go and check it out at another time.

For now, here is my first processed image from the tour – of course, the Chrysler Building.

Chrysler Building, HDR, NYC

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self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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