Day 3 - New York  
    The Empire State Building - Good thing I had gone there yesterday!.    
Minolta X-570 with 50mm f/1.2 MD Rokkor-X Film: Kodak Portra 400UC, Desaturated

My third day in New York dawned and I looked outside to see that the great weather of the previous two days had disappeared, and in its place was a miserable wet day with heavy, low cloud and a slow drizzling rain. While I could have been disappointed by this, instead I thought that it would show me a whole different side of New York. I couldn't wait to get out into it. After swallowing down a New York breakfast of a bagel with cream cheese and a coffee, I grabbed my camera and set off into the streets.

First stop for the day was Adorama, a camera store situated at West 18th St, between 5th and 6th Avenue. Adorama has a large web presence and is very well known in the online photo community, with a profile virtually on a par with B & H Photo where I had visited yesterday. Accordingly I was expecting a similar type of photo megastore. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Adorama was much more like the way I would expect a photo store to be. In a relatively small store (in comparison to B & H) there were several staff standing at glass counters, in which were layered hundreds of second hand and new cameras and lenses. The staff were extremely helpful, and to my great delight, they had the Minolta Flashmeter VI that I had been so keen to buy. While the Adorama price was $10 more than B & H ($429 vs. $419) I got well in excess of $10 service and advice from the experienced staff there. I recommend Adorama as a great camera store to visit in New York.

After leaving Adorama, I walked up to 34th Street, looking for some new shoes (to save my aching feet) and some souvenirs to take home. I didn't find any shoes I liked, but I did get an umbrella, which was handy as it was starting to get a bit wet!


Rainy Morning, New York.


Minolta X-570 with 50mm f/1.2 MD Rokkor-X Film: Kodak Portra 400UC


After an hour or so of shopping I decided that it was time to drop my purchases back at the hotel. After all, I was in New York, a city that is world famous for its museums and galleries, and I had yet to visit one. On a wet day, what better way could you spend time than by visiting a great museum?

I caught the subway from 33rd Street up to 77th Street, and then caught the crosstown bus across Central Park to the American Museum of Natural History. After hearing about it the day before from my guide Fran, I was very keen to visit, as it had sounded like the sort of place I would love.

Tyrannosaurus Rex at the American Museum of Natural History, New York
Minolta XD11 with 24mm f/2.8 MC VFC Rokkor. Film: Kodak P3200 TMax

The American Museum of Natural History was opened in 1869 and is today one of the preeminent museums in the world due to the breadth and depth of its collections. With education as the central component of its mission, it has endeavoured to dispay its collections in a manner that helps to educate visitors while keeping them interested and entertained. A visit to the museum is a very rewarding experience, and one I would recommend to everyone who visits New York.

While I took dozens of photos in the museum, here are some that I particularly liked.

Easter Island Statue.
Minolta X-570 with 50mm f/1.2 MD Rokkor-X. Film: Fuji NPZ 800
The Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life

Minolta X-570 with 24mm f/2.8 MC VFC Rokkor. Film: Fuji NPZ 800

An interesting view of a Mammoth

Minolta X-570 with 17mm f/4 MC W.Rokkor. Film: Fuji NPZ 800 (Desaturated)


After walking around the museum for several hours and viewing its great exhibits I felt it was time to move on. Thankfully, in the meantime the rain had disappeared and while overcast, the weather was pleasant. I caught the bus back across the park to Fifth Avenue, and started walking North to see the various galleries and sights that I had only had a chance to glimpse yesterday. Unfortunately, it was already late afternoon, and so I didn't have the time to visit the Museums that line Fifth Avenue, but I could still admire the amazing architecture, and soak up the atmosphere of New York's Upper East Side.

The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum of modern art
Minolta X-570 with 35mm f/1.8 MD W.Rokkor-X. Film: Fuji NPZ 800 (Desaturated)

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1940's the Guggenheim Museum took decades to complete in it's entirety, but it now stands in New York as a triumph of form combined with function. It is probably one of the most beautiful buildings of the latter twentieth century.

Even now, over 50 years since it was designed, it is still every bit as striking and modern as it ever was. In contrast to traditional museum design, visitors are taken to the top by elevator and then proceed down via a gentle slope, never having to retrace their steps as they view the collection. With influences from nature, the design is reminiscent of a nautilus shell, with individual galleries like segments of a citrus fruit around the building. Despite this influence, the building shows strongly its Modernist style, with the structure an amazing combination of arcs, ovals, triangles, circles, and squares.

The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum - Detail.
Minolta X-570 with 85mm f/2 MD Rokkor-X Film: Fuji NPZ 800 (Desaturated)

It was getting late in the afternoon in New York, but my day was still young. I knew that it was my last night in the Big Apple, and so I wanted to go out and about, and see Times Square and Broadway at night. Before this, I needed to make my way back to the hotel, and take a break. To see the rest of what I did on day three in New York, simply click on the link below.

New York Day 3 - (Continued)
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