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New York City Haze by Matthias-Haker New York City Haze by Matthias-Haker
Overlooking Midtown Manhattan facing Downtown.
Taken out of a Helicopter...

©Matthias Haker 2012
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Given 2012-06-06
New York City Haze by *illpadrino ( Suggested by IsacGoulart and Featured by fritsenator )
There’s something about having a haze, whether it’s fog, smog, pollution, or simply after a rain-storm, wafting through a city that’s just enticing, invigorating! That's too true for this piece!

The gradual transition from pure clarity of the foreground, to the clearly defined midsection, that has a tinge of blurring (or haze), to the fairly neatly-blurred background area, is exquisite! As I mentioned, the entire piece is sliced into visible sections: forgive me, I’m not particularly fluent with the Manhattan skyline, but the building that sits just above the horizontal mid-line, and to the right of the vertical mid-line (the tallest building in the photo), has a medium blur, whereas the buildings directly behind it are severely more hazed, in comparison. This aids the effect that the haze is trying to add.

The sky is a little confusing. Don’t get me wrong, it’s gorgeous, and I love the sudden contrasting transition (or lack of) from the haze to the medium-mint shade, but two things stick out: the solid clouds on the right hand side, specifically that clearly defined one, are quite distracting. In fact, the clouds behind it aren’t as much - if they extended slightly further, say, to the 2/3 marker, they would make the entire sky more dynamic. But that particular cloud, with the shadowed under-side, pulls my eyes from the cityscape, and to a fairly empty sector.
The other confusing section is the entire sky, itself. Due to the nature of the haze-blurring in the far background, instead of the city and the water having a clearly defined horizon, separating them from the sky, there’s a sheet in front of it (the haze), which makes it appear that the sky is intermixing with the back section of the city – it’s a little hard to distinguish where the horizon actually begins. It’s also even stranger in the top right-hand corner: the blue sky-section seems to be arcing forward, than downward towards the horizon, as would be expected, but is awkwardly interrupted on the left, where the haze has ‘bubbled’.

I’d also love to point out that I simply adore the section of the river on the left-hand side. The dark sections seem almost frozen over, but the wakes from the water-crafts break this with their lighter tones, and I find it fascinating, and somehow alluring!

Overall, it’s a lovely shot, from a delightful angle and perspective, not the mention the haze sets up the perfect atmosphere over the city, with the sun beaming through the clouds, and just generally dousing the entire piece in a wash of light! Another wonderful shot – keep up the wonderful work! Oh, and congratulations on the DD!
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k-kapp Featured By Owner Edited Oct 17, 2016
My apologies, I'm not a New Yorker, so I'm not familiar with the directions this taken at sunrise or sunset? Absolutely, stunningly beautiful by the way, cannot stop looking at it!
oabinader Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016
Excellent image!
AveragePhotographer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Beats111 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
perfect ! :D 
theheek Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
RobertMCarter Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful depth effect, who thought smog could look so good!
Pincons Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hi, I used your stock here :…
Thanks for image Hug 
Manacim Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
I hope you don't mind but I used your photo here inspired by a movie:…

It's was for fun, only used here and of course you get credit!
Sidrom Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
This is amazing, this photos represents all of the beauty of this urban masterpiece that is New York. I hope I will move there one day
ChiFeng-dA Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
ui, ist das toll! das bestimmt ein Erlebnis  :) ...
INVIV0 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
I have featured this amazing work at my journal
Alefox88 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing shot!!
TearMyth Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student General Artist
So many buildings!
glange65 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Absolutely STUNNING!!. I've always loved urban and city skylines, especially the very "painted" look of the back drops used in the movies of the 50's and 60's. Like you expected to see out Doris Day's balcony. I know it's a realistic weather view, but it really has taken on a Hollywood veneer. Congrats on getting the shot!
eligit Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing vantage point! wow.
Corvin1975 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Hi, how can I download original? I need a good HQ photo (as much megapixels as possible) to print on my wardrobe. It will be there for the whole life, so I must be very discriminating . Thanks in advance.
dudkina Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wish I were there..
minepenne Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
fantastic!! light is amazing..
ColourfulRhythm Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
New York New York... I don't know U, but I love U :heart: :)

Batjoke12 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
can i use this, and edit it a little i will give u credit...
burock1985 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
i send you a note can you answer it? have got big of this?
Todiinho Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Woooooooooow, beauty! *-----*
lauramejer Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Featured here: [link] :)
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :)
unwicked Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Best. City. Ever.
harimau-apa-kucing Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
great shot and i like the color very much
Biapaws Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Holy crap O_o This is amazing.
Jakit Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Stunning!! ^_^
Porschepokefan Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely shot, it's outstanding.
I've never seen the great city light up like this, and this photo ignites the true beauty of it. Well done.
RockyHiggins005 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I miss this place :(
Bonbori-chan Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
an absoultly wonderful view*-*
Nice timing! when i take a look at the sky,i wanna fly lol!
jdisaac Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
nice job on the colors.
TheHawkeyeStudio Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
I love the orange haze
bp2007 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Nice. Congratulations on DD.
James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Whoa awsome!
SidicusMaximus Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice shot
Wafflley123 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Is that.....smog???? I've never actually seen smog before except in pictures so....please pardon my not knowing what smog looks likeness.
GottaLoveMushrooms Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Wow, that's great!
Th3WorldOnFir3 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Its a really purdy picture, despite the fact that most of the color comes from the smog.
Looks awesome, but I could never live in New York.
Classtiel Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student General Artist
I love New York- That city's special :)
hermengarde Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   General Artist
Beautiful shot, the light and perspective and the Haze and... ALL OF IT is simply breathtaking. Such a well-deserved DD!!
ladydeatacita Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Altarior Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Nice shot. Thoooouuuuuuuuugh that city looks really dirty to me o_o;
ketene Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
Breathtaking. <3
thestjohnlady1 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes me want to head back there now...
(Not that I didn't want to go back anyways!!!)
calgarc Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Artist
colours are fantastic
CKuta Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the colours in this shot.
rocketypo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Amazing!! :jawdrop:
diddles43 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Absolutly beautiful picture !!! New York has got to be one of my favorite places and this picture has really captured the city in all it glory !!
Miss-Golden Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so perfect i used as background " if u want me " :)
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