These images are for a new series I am doing called, "Nature in the City". They were taken on an early morning bike ride along the Hudson River and around Battery Park at the bottom of Manhattan.
|A low mist hung over the city early this morning as you can see in this shot of the top of the new Freedom Tower as it disappears into the haze.|
In the following images I concentrated on finding scenes that illustrated the rebirth of spring. These are some of the first buds to come out. All of them were very, very small.
|For the close-up of all these buds I used a Nikon D7000 and 80mm macro lens with a wide open aperture that maximized the out-of-focus background.|
|This guy accommodated me by posing next to a green bud. I managed to get just this one shot of him with a quick switch to the 70-300mm Nikkor zoom on the D7000.|
|I liked the way this sparrow's mouth was opened as it chirped against a backdrop of all the delicate buds sprouting from the nearby branches. The sky was hazy but bright and lent a delicate white background to most of the scenes.|