New York, New York

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New York, New York

Over a period of 5 days Nicole Loos was on the go in Manhattan with the Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD. In the interview she reports on getting to the best photos spots in the metropolis.

Manhattan, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Hudson River … doesn't everyone dream of taking photos of these sights in New York? This dream came true for photographer Nicole Loos from Munich when she crossed the Atlantic. In the interview, the very keen Tamron user talks about unique moments at those dizzy heights and gives away her secrets as to which are her favourite spots for photos in the world's most exciting metropolis.

What fascinates you about New York?

Nicole Loos: Travelling to this city had for years been a cherished dream of mine and had been planned a long time in advance. I have relatives in Miami and therefore I was acquainted with the United States. Even so, there was an added enthusiasm within me for New York.

And what was the reason?

I had the impression that everything would be totally hectic in this major city. People seem to be so busy in all New York pictures. But everything in fact was so much different. Although right in the heart of the city there were quiet oases in natural surroundings everywhere. A countryside, small-town atmosphere prevailed at various spots, such as in Greenwich Village. The people there were extremely friendly and approachable.

What did you see in New York?

An incredible amount. We were there for 5 days with no let-up. We were lucky in having private accommodation at the bottom end of Central Park right in the middle of Manhattan. We looked at the city from above and below: Empire State Building, Times Square, Hudson River, Central Station … I took over 2000 photos – fortunately my husband is sympathetic to the photographic passion I have. (smiles)

Have you caught the photography fever yet?

Time Square is a definite must for any photographer. The boisterous, colourful atmosphere there is just great. The more than 100-year-old Grand Central Terminal is another true highlight. I also managed to take away great photo impressions from the 9/11 Memorial and the Circle Line boat trip. I found great photo opportunities everywhere, I was virtually inundated with images.

Do you have a secret you want to share?

The High Line Park, a discontinued overhead railway line in the west of Manhattan, which has become increasingly overgrown in the past few years and is turning into a unique park high above the streets of the city. Here you experience a different, alternative New York. The contrast between the expanding natural scenery there and its urban environment is fascinating.

When you’re on the go all day, how much photo equipment do you carry with you?

As little as possible – but that’s still quite a lot. I take pictures using a Canon EOS 7D and my standard lens is the fast Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD. It is razor sharp and virtually free of colour fringes. Also, it’s not that heavy and has an excellent image stabiliser, which means that I often don’t need a tripod. This is an advantage in New York, where in many places you’re not allowed to set up a tripod.

On the half format sensor of the EOS 7D, 24-70mm becomes an effective focal length of 38-112mm …

For me that’s the ideal zoom range. Although the wide angle is quite small, in most cases that’s absolutely sufficient for me – especially since it’s completely distortion-free and the lines don’t converge as easily. What’s more, I can use the Tele to select individual sections and zoom into specific details.

Do you have any standard settings?

Although the lens has the largest possible aperture of f/2,8, I always try to stop down at least one step. At f/4, the resolution is great and you can almost touch the sharpness. When fully open, the focus plane can shift quite easily. If the exposure time is too long for sharp images taken by hand, I increase sensitivity. But I never go above ISO 3200, or image quality would suffer too much.

What does your workflow look like?

I only take pictures in RAW format and I develop the pictures in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. I limit myself to pure image enhancement, a digital darkroom, so to speak. I seldom do much processing in Photoshop.

What do you do with the images?

We design a photo book for almost every trip and we organise a photo exhibition. I also have the best photos enlarged, which I hang up in my flat. The current theme in my living room, by the way, is New York, of course. Whenever I sit on the sofa, I see the Chrysler Building. Beautiful!

Thank you for the interview, Nicole!

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