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April 11, 2012
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Mar 22, 2012, 4:25:53 PM
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New York City Haze by Matthias-Haker New York City Haze by Matthias-Haker
Overlooking Midtown Manhattan facing Downtown.
Taken out of a Helicopter...

İMatthias Haker 2012
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Given 2012-06-06
New York City Haze by *illpadrino ( Suggested by IsacGoulart and Featured by itsfrits )
I noticed this shot before I even logged in. The haze that seems to hang over the city is beautiful - it reminds me of the fog on the moors in Northern England that gradually lifts throughout the day. It's very beautiful; and so is this. But I can see the rays of light coming from what looks like the heavens and I know it can't be mist - what is it? Is it pollution? Whatever it is, the hazy light gives the illusion of the city glowing, even as the buildings stretch towards the peachy horizon, which doesn't seem to stop. Good photos always have a whole feel: as if there's so much more beyond this particular shot and this is the feeling that I get from this.
Another thing I love is the clarity of the buildings. The photo has been shot at such a distance (from a helicopter) but there is still an amazing amount of detail. I love the way that the more I look at this the more detail I can work out: the clump of trees to the right, the river. There's a strongly dreamy feel to this photograph: the haze, the colours - warm and peachy -, the gradient of the sky, the sun looking as if it's trying to break through the clouds in the top right hand corner.
The similar tones in the river, buildings and clouds bring the different features of the photo together. Like a finishing touch, it ties everything together. Then the blue stripe of the sky adds a dash of contrasting colour, which helps to 'finish off' a fantastic shot. I love it♥
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There’s something about having a haze, whether it’s fog, smog, pollution, or simply after a rain-storm, wafting through a city that’s just enticing, invigorating! That's too true for this piece!

The gradual transition from pure clarity of the foreground, to the clearly defined midsection, that has a tinge of blurring (or haze), to the fairly neatly-blurred background area, is exquisite! As I mentioned, the entire piece is sliced into visible sections: forgive me, I’m not particularly fluent with the Manhattan skyline, but the building that sits just above the horizontal mid-line, and to the right of the vertical mid-line (the tallest building in the photo), has a medium blur, whereas the buildings directly behind it are severely more hazed, in comparison. This aids the effect that the haze is trying to add.

The sky is a little confusing. Don’t get me wrong, it’s gorgeous, and I love the sudden contrasting transition (or lack of) from the haze to the medium-mint shade, but two things stick out: the solid clouds on the right hand side, specifically that clearly defined one, are quite distracting. In fact, the clouds behind it aren’t as much - if they extended slightly further, say, to the 2/3 marker, they would make the entire sky more dynamic. But that particular cloud, with the shadowed under-side, pulls my eyes from the cityscape, and to a fairly empty sector.
The other confusing section is the entire sky, itself. Due to the nature of the haze-blurring in the far background, instead of the city and the water having a clearly defined horizon, separating them from the sky, there’s a sheet in front of it (the haze), which makes it appear that the sky is intermixing with the back section of the city – it’s a little hard to distinguish where the horizon actually begins. It’s also even stranger in the top right-hand corner: the blue sky-section seems to be arcing forward, than downward towards the horizon, as would be expected, but is awkwardly interrupted on the left, where the haze has ‘bubbled’.

I’d also love to point out that I simply adore the section of the river on the left-hand side. The dark sections seem almost frozen over, but the wakes from the water-crafts break this with their lighter tones, and I find it fascinating, and somehow alluring!

Overall, it’s a lovely shot, from a delightful angle and perspective, not the mention the haze sets up the perfect atmosphere over the city, with the sun beaming through the clouds, and just generally dousing the entire piece in a wash of light! Another wonderful shot – keep up the wonderful work! Oh, and congratulations on the DD!
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Sidrom Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
This is amazing, this photos represents all of the beauty of this urban masterpiece that is New York. I hope I will move there one day
ChiFeng-dA Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
ui, ist das toll! das bestimmt ein Erlebnis  :) ...
INVIV0 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
I have featured this amazing work at my journal
Alefox88 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing shot!!
TearMyth Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student General Artist
So many buildings!
glange65 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Absolutely STUNNING!!. I've always loved urban and city skylines, especially the very "painted" look of the back drops used in the movies of the 50's and 60's. Like you expected to see out Doris Day's balcony. I know it's a realistic weather view, but it really has taken on a Hollywood veneer. Congrats on getting the shot!
eligit Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing vantage point! wow.
Corvin1975 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Hi, how can I download original? I need a good HQ photo (as much megapixels as possible) to print on my wardrobe. It will be there for the whole life, so I must be very discriminating . Thanks in advance.
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