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New York State of Mind: Central Park -- The New Yorker's (Not So) Secret Garden

It's a classic -- a must-see tourist place. But even the true New Yorkers love it and spend time on its many amazing spots. Central Park is a 341-hectare park, filled with trees, flowers, ponds, zoos and statues. If you're a Lomographer, here are the reasons why you SHOULD spend time in this green rectangle.

Photo by alicebee

Central Park is an amazing playground for photographers. If you are running out of ideas, here is what you should try to do in this gigantic park:

  • Flower Shooting: In Central Park, you can find more than 21,500 trees from more than 152 species and thousands species of flowers. Don’t tell me you have already shot them all! You can try close ups, multi-exposures with flowers… Grab your camera, it’s time to make your film bloom!
Photo by alicebee
  • Sunset Capturing: All my favorite sunset pictures come from this place. You can either have a sunset on the trees with beautiful back-lights of branches, on the amazing skyline or on the lake so you will end up with a gorgeous reflection of the landscape on the water. See you there!
  • Tourist Playing: Since I lived in Japan, I kept a little “Japanese” way of visiting places. I like to have a picture of me and my friends saying “cheese!” in front of memorable places. Central Park is definitely one! So New Yorker or not, don’t be snobby and show us your best pose!
Photo by alicebee
  • Skyline Stealing: Yes. Stealing. Because you are going to appropriate yourself with this beautiful skyline and build something with it. You can try a simple back-light shot to end up with a Chinese ink style picture, or if you are lucky enough to have a Spinner 360, you can do an amazing panorama, or you can try to experiment with a panorama in Fisheye or a horizontally-split picture with the Diana splitzer.
Photo by alicebee
  • Animal Photo-Hunting: In the park, there are also animals. Tons of them. Either in the zoo (adult ticket price starting at $12 for the Main Zoo), where you can approach and capture red pandas, sea lions or even a polar bear with your camera! O perhaps in the park, where ducks, squirrels and swans roam free.

I am currently developing three rolls shot during this spring and I’ll update this post as soon as I get them scanned! And if you got some Central Park photos that you want to share, Leave them in the comments section, I can’t wait to see your pictures!

So go ahead and put some nature in your daily life!

written by alicebee

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