I've tried to stay away from taking too many shots of the Empire State Building. It's not that I don't like the building, it's just that I work there and well... ok, I'm of sick looking at it.
Plus, I have already taken way too many pictures of it. I mean how many more ways is there to take a picture of a building you see every day? I look up from the street and it's the same angles, same lines, same damn sign in the way of my shot.
So this one is a little special. Taken while having drinks with friends at a roof top bar a block away from the Empire State. The clouds slowly drift away as the setting sun cast it's final light of the day onto the building. No signs blocking me, no tourists running into me, just the wide open sky and the Empire State. Seeing that and getting a picture of it absolutely made my night.
It is amazing that a change of location, however big or small, allows you to see an everyday part of your life in a different way. Giving you the chance to once again be fascinated by it, to look at it in awe as if it was your first encounter.
It's amazing the difference going a block down and ten flights up makes.
8:31pm on 16/7/04
12-24mm dx zoom nikkor