As many of you know, my dad was a photographer before I was born. We had a "photography room" in our basement my whole life. Who knew what was there? It was a room my dad setup as a dark room after he closed his studio in North Bergan, NJ. Seems trouble photographers have today they had way back in the 50’s, not enough work to feed a family on photography.
We were not allowed to play in that room but oh it had this smell to it that would draw me into it all the time. A kind of sweet smell I later learned was Developer and Fixer. To this day sometimes I process my own film and remember the smell again and it brings back memories of that mysterious room.
In that room my dad had stored all his hopes and dreams of the career he had hoped to have. Cameras, negatives of all the weddings he had shot. There was also this little silver box with 3D slides in it. I loved looking at these slides. Some of the pictures were of me as a baby, some of the NYC skyline taken from an amazing view in NJ.
Along my travels before I moved to Florida I was searching from where my dad took those shots. It was back around 2004 I found the spot. It was amazing. 200 feet above the Hudson River on the tops of the Palisades Cliffs there it was. Right above where the Lincoln Tunnels cross the river, directly across from 42nd Street. I call it the view. This was the shot I took when I found the spot. Amazing. Not the best Panoramic I ever shot but my first. Enjoy.
This is only 4 images stitched together and the moon was there but much higher in the sky, I moved it down into the shot with Photo Shop. Just to the left of center is the bright lights of 42nd street and to the right the Empire State Building. The bright lights to the left of 42nd street are from Times Square and in the foreground on the left is the Intrepid Air Sea and Space Museum.
Some time later I got a little better at this, here is another.