As part of my job, I occasionally travel to other cities to train digital agencies in a content management system used by particular client of ours. (Could that be any more cryptic?) Sometimes on these trips, I have a few hours to spend some time in the city I'm visiting. Recently, my travels took me to both Chicago and New York City. Now, if you've paid attention over the last few years, you know I love photographing Chicago, but this time I found myself with time in The Big Apple. My visit this time was to Manhattan near the Flatiron Building, but the Empire State Building was just a few blocks away.
Now, I'm working on my sixth decade on this planet, but I had never visited that building and I decided to rectify that. I bought my ticket and rode up to the 86th floor observation deck. It was much more crowded than I anticipated, but eventually I got a turn at the outside wall. The sight was, of course, awe-inspiring. The light was starting to go as dusk settled in and so I jammed my M9 tightly into the protective fencing and gently pressed the shutter, a little worried that my Leica was about to take an 86 story plunge to the street below. I took a couple of shots to be sure, then made my way over to another part of the observation deck and tried a different view, but it just wasn't the same. I was pretty sure I already had what I wanted.
Sure, it's a cliché shot, but it's still a stunning view of what many still call the greatest city in the world, so I thought I'd share it with you this month. To download yours, simply click on the image above. I hope you enjoy it.