Another Night in The City that Never Sleeps
The Trump Tower
Anyone who has read any of my New York City posts knows that I absolutely love this city. Any time of day, any time of year, midtown Manhattan is a fantastic place to visit. It’s also one of the most diverse locations that I have ever been to in terms of architecture, art, culture; which makes it one of the best places in the world to photograph. How can you get tired of shooting the typical iconic places like the Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Plaza, Times Square, and of course the NYC Skyline! Those are all great locations and yet, let’s face it, there are dozens of other iconic New York City locations and thousands of incredible locations period. Whether you are using your phone as a camera or the top of the line DSLR, you will get great photos in NYC, I promise. Hell, you could just drop your camera on the ground and have the shutter click and chances are that you’d get a cool shot. Mind you, I would not recommend that.
Hope you enjoy today’s photographs. Shooting while looking up is something you should try in your own cities as well as in a place like New York City. I find that when I’m home in Montreal, I tend not to look up half as much as I do when I’m in a new city. It’s surprising what I miss in my own town by just walking around as if I’d seen everything. There are some beautiful architectural details that can be seen just by taking a moment to stop and look up. Try it in your home town the next time you’re in the downtown area or part of the city where there are tall buildings, you’ll see what I mean.
The Solow Building
I’m off to Toronto next week for some meetings and to catch up with some friends and family. Oddly enough I have never done any of the travel photography that I share here on my blog, in Canada’s biggest and busiest city. This is gonna be a fun opportunity for me to put my best walking shoes on and get some cool shots to showcase in some future blog posts.
What do you think I should photograph?
I’m looking for some suggestions of what you think I should try to photograph while I’m in town. Do you know of any interesting vantage points that would make for interesting views? Leave a comment here on the blog if you have any ideas. It’s the best way for me to refer back to them all in one place. The United Nations has cited Toronto as the most culturally diverse city in the world! It is truly a world class city, even if they have the worst hockey team in Canada ;)
Just imagine, in Toronto more than 100 languages and dialects are spoken, and over half of the population of the city was born outside of the country. It’s part of what makes Canada such a special place, we truly are a multicultural country, where people from all over the planet are happy to make their new home. It also allows us to have an amazing variety of neighborhoods in our larger cities, many which are based on one predominant ethnicity. Pretty cool if you think about all the delicious types of food that we get to experience in the ethnic restaurants and local specialty food shops.
I’ll be shooting both in the day and evenings, and at the same time I’ll be testing out my brand new Guru camera backpack from F-Stop. Look for my review of the Guru soon right here on my blog. I’m hoping that it will be the camera bag solution to smaller shoots like this, where I need a more compact bag, instead of my standard Loka backpack that I use all the time.
West 42nd and 7th
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Carlos Garcia says
Ken! Once again you have processed some fantastic images! Enjoy your time in Toronto!
Calle Schrader says
If you ever need an assistant or travel buddy, let me know!! haha.
This is just perfect!!!! ;)
& observation decks of the CN tower
♥ ur pics
your #1 fan
Jane Stewart says
Hi Ken, Toronto is my fav city! Centre Island is a fun place to visit. A short ferry ride from the Quay downtown. What a skyline, blend of old and contemporary architecture.
One day I walked from High Park (far west) to Yorkville district along Bloor Street. Unique neighborhoods all along the way with aromatic bakeries of many cultures, quaint little shops, book stores – some graffiti too. For a scrumptious lunch, the Pear Tree in Cabbagetown district on Parliament Street offers informal dining and delicious stirfry. Great atmosphere too, with artworks by local artists displayed on the walls. (I cheer for Montreal’s hockey team lol!) Have a wonderful adventure Ken!
Nice work Ken. Have a good trip to T.O. Hockey Hall of Fame is always a great building to shoot. Maybe Maple Leaf Gardens and City Hall? Cheers!
art lover says
I love New York too but I have never experienced it the way you portray it. Next time I will remember to look upppppppp! Amazing shots as usual.
TORONTO——-are you ready for Ken Kaminesky’s photography??? He will do you proud.
Clare Appleyard says
You. Are. Amazing. #thatisall
The Travel Chica says
Amazing! I really want to learn to do night photography in big cities.
I would suggest you walk along the waterfront. There’s a path across the entire city more or less. Lots of stuff to shoot.
Hey Ken, Toronto is beautiful, can’t wait to see what photos you take :)
Try Kensington Markets and Queen Street West – some eclectic areas, and my personal favourites!
Amazing. Every time I drive into the city from the airport (I lived there for five years btw), I get the feeling you capture here. Excitement, lights, brightness, that wow factor that only Manhattan has…
Glenwood NYC says
Ken your cityscapes totally knock my socks off! You even make Times Square feel like luxury Manhattan real estate. Fabulosity.
Ken Kaminesky says
Carlos, Thank bro. I’m looking forward to Toronto, hopefully I can make it to Chicago one day soon!
Calle, I’ll add you to the list :)
Thanks Gaby! Big hug for you too!
Jane, thanks for the great suggestions! You have impeccable taste in your hockey teams :^D
Pete, thank man. The HHOF could be cool. I’ve never been.
Art, looking up in NYC is great, just be sure to stop first!
Clare, You. Are. Too. Kind. ;)
Stephanie, Start by getting a tripod, it’s not hat difficult, you’ll see!
Robert, the waterfront sounds great! Cheers.
Chloe, Thanks for the tips!
Abby, I LOOOOVE driving into NYC. I feel like I’m in a movie or something each time. I’m kinda surprised that I haven’t been in an accident, since I get so distracted with the amazing views of Manhattan’s skyline. NYC rocks!
Hey Ken!! Welcome….many places to photograph in T.O…The Distillery District is one of my Fav’s…cheers! T.
An absolute must for Toronto is checking out the Evergreen Brickworks in the Don Valley. The brickworks is a heritage site and a former brick-working factory that have been restored to eco-tourism glory. Being in the Don Valley, there are ravine trails all around, and the site itself features wetlands. At the same time, there is a sense of grittiness in the original buildings, which feature some amazing graffiti. The National Geographic Traveller recently named the Brickworks as a top 10 sustainable tourism destination.
A great spot for some interesting vantage points is the Leslie St Spit (Tommy Thomson Park) – a man-made spit that juts out 5km into Lake Ontario, originally built as a harbour expansion, but now a clean-fill dump on weekdays and bird-sanctuary/conservation area on weekends. Fabulous views of downtown, but surrounded by wildlife.
Enjoy your trip
Awesome shots as always Ken. In addition to the many great suggestions I’m sure you could do some amazing things with the some of the tourist attractions like Casa Loma, or just walking down town.
Matthew Karsten says
Great shots of NYC! I especially love how you framed the West 42nd & 7th image. :)
Very nice pictures, what lens did you use? I recently bought Sigma 10-20, and although I like it very much, I’m still learning how to use it…
Dave and Deb says
Great shots Ken. New York is a special place with so many great places to shoot. Looking forward to catching up in T.O. another city full of opportunities for you and your camera.
How did you process these photos? They look like paintings, amazing!
How did you process these photos? The look like paintings, amazing!
Siddhartha Joshi says
Great pictures…and you are right about clicking in this slightly unusual perspective. Maybe I should also try this in my town…
Ken these pictures are absolutely amazing! You are right New York is a great city. I loved it when I was there couple of years ago and definitely want to go back soon.
Welcome to Toronto – I’m just celebrating my first 6 months here!
I loved photographing around lakeside and High Park in winter but it’s a bit late for that. Two places I like though are just inside Roy Thomson Hall and there’s a bridge on Bathurst St with some cool skyline views. Otherwise you’ll find heaps of urban scenery. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
crazy sexy fun traveler says
Shots from a different dimension! Lovely!
Awesome. absolutely loved the pics. as suggested soon I will also post some images of my city. and will share with you. All the pics are amazing, West 42nd and 7th is my favorite, loved the tones :)
These photos are amazing and so unique! Next time you are in New York you should look into a tour with Family In New York. They specialize in custom private New York tours. It’s a great option for NYC newbies but it’s also great for people who are familiar with the city! They can show you the typical sights but they can also take you off the beaten path!