Empire State Building, NY

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Comments (14)

terenceunlv08 on April 15, 2007

Nice picture. There aren't really any tall buildings except for the Empire State Building which is the focal point. You captured it really well.

Hank Waxman on April 15, 2007

Thanks. The Empire State Building is such a magnificent structure, I love cityscapes when it becomes an element of the background. This time, the street (5th Avenue, actually) and the shadows were just begging me to make the building the focus here.

xuyuliang2000 on November 12, 2007

I am from China,welcome to china !!!

Hank Waxman on November 12, 2007

Thanks for the greeting from China, and thanks for visiting my city, New York through this photo. Cheers,


xuyuliang2000 on November 12, 2007

Yes,if I go to your city ,I will vist for you .And go to my country ,you can see the old history of this country.The country is developing so quickly ,you can hardly image that.We love peace ,every person here is kind ,if you come ,you can feel it.By the way ,I am new in using the Google Earth,and can talk to a foreigner makes me excited,maybe we can make friends.I can also learn english from you !so happy.....

Hank Waxman on November 12, 2007

This just posted before I go to bed. It is just after midnight here right now.

I have great respect for the Chinese people and for your culture. A number of friends of mine have been lucky to visit China, but I have not had the opportunity yet.

I am reading a very interesting book about China called 1421. Have you heard of it?

Greetings from Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA.

A.Lebacq on November 23, 2008

I like the way you have captured this famous tower building Hank ,i like the contrast between light and shadow, excellent composition too, nice work.

Greetings Arthur

Hank Waxman on November 23, 2008

Thank you Arthur. That is Fifth Avenue we're looking up in the picture, and we're around 26th Street. The Empire State Building is at 34th St, and Fifth so we're only 8 blocks away. I'm glad you like the shot; I too found the shadows very dramatic.

Best regards,


Roman Eugeniusz on April 27, 2011

Hi!Thanks For sharing.Very impressive shot.I'm planning this summer visit the well-known New York City and I need some your advise how to take a great pictures like yours.My gear is Nikon d40 (kit) and pocket point shoot Canon s95 I'm going to invest in Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens.I'd like to get a Nikon 12-24mm but I can't afford it,mucho dinero!Take care and so long.Greetings from Safety Harbor,Florida,USA.

Hank Waxman on April 29, 2011

Greetings Roman and thanks for your kind words. We all have opinions about how to take better shots, and since you've complimented my "style" I will share some of my rules. Start with the fact that you have a good eye. I went through your gallery, and you frame scenes well.

So I'd start out by concentrating on your favorite camera, and getting good with IT. There's plenty of time to bring in other cameras, but jumping from one to another will not make you better. Master one.

Next, get the best lens you can afford. I use only an 18mm to 200mm zoom. There are times I'd like a 300mm, but I don't want to carry that much equipment. You may miss an incredible shot, but as you get better and better with the camera/lens combination you're using you'll be producing much better work overall.

Next get a basic photo editing program. Make sure you can rotate the images to make certain your verticals are truly vertical and your horizon is always horizontal. I did notice a couple of lapses in that area.

I think you have a good eye, so these basic suggestions are intended to improve the general quality of your work. I hope you can accept my constructive criticism.

And finally don't apologize for not being able to buy the most expensive lens. Get the best one you can afford and work with it. Learn it; your photography will improve and it will remain fun. Hank

Roman Eugeniusz on May 1, 2011

Greetings Hank,thanks so much for your conclusion and I appreciate all your write-up.Roman

Hank Waxman on May 4, 2011

You're welcome Roman. I hope it helped. Lot's of good luck to you.


Diggory Venn on April 10, 2012

Hi Hank!Having looked the movies about yesterday!!New York is town of toilers!Only by hardest working it may create such a Castle!With best regards,Diggory Venn!:)

Hank Waxman on April 11, 2012

Diggory, you are touching on a very political subject. The work New Yorkers are toiling on is changing; it's not like it used to be, and you see the effects of it on the evening news programs. In general, you're right though. Hank

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