Art Deco skies

When the Observation Deck at the very top of the Rockefeller Center opened in 1933

I imagine it looked something like this…

Moody, Art Deco inspired and with glorious views.

I’ve manipulated this photo that I took in February of this year —

But left in the modern camera on the left as a way of connecting

The past of my imagination

With the reality of the present.

For more nostalgic skies, please visit: Skywatch.

95 responses

  1. Art Deco has many things to learn for architecture students. Great view.

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    April 12, 2012 at 13:09

  2. Loved it.

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    April 12, 2012 at 13:28

  3. Loved the picture and your interpretation.

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    April 12, 2012 at 13:31

  4. glimpseintomidlife

    It looks so spooky. Maybe a New York of the future?

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    April 12, 2012 at 13:40

  5. Bob

    Brilliant shot.

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    April 12, 2012 at 14:00

  6. Wow, I love what you did with this shot!! It’s amazing 🙂

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    April 12, 2012 at 14:11

  7. gorgeous…love it and love the city as well…this def gives it the antique styling a bit…rich

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    April 12, 2012 at 14:12

  8. I am a huge art deco fan. 🙂
    Brussels probably is the best place to see some stunning art deco building in Europe.
    Vienna is not bad too. 😉

    >Is it as warm this year as last?

    No, this year is colder. 😉
    Been raining a lot these days.
    April showers bring May flowers.

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    April 12, 2012 at 14:32

  9. Very nice post-processing, definitely gives it a vintage look. I have a real soft spot for art deco arcitecture.

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    April 12, 2012 at 14:33

  10. Ladyfi, thou makest me speechless again!

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    April 12, 2012 at 14:38

  11. imac

    What a wonderful eye catcher of a photo.

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    April 12, 2012 at 14:54

  12. Jeevan

    Well observed! The tone takes back stage to enhance. Pretty nice

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    April 12, 2012 at 15:10

  13. Great shot! Good eye you have for best shot!!

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    April 12, 2012 at 16:04

  14. Wonderful picture with a stunning frame. Delightful B & W.

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    April 12, 2012 at 16:10

  15. TexWisGirl

    that’s really slick. 🙂 i expect to see king kong any minute now…

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    April 12, 2012 at 16:19

  16. -Beautiful.

    It has the feel of an old movie…

    Xxx ❤

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    April 12, 2012 at 17:21

  17. Pat

    I love it!

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    April 12, 2012 at 17:46

  18. Terrific capture and it is like looking back in time! I love it! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sylvia

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    April 12, 2012 at 17:47

  19. Fabulous bird’s eye view! Love your monochrome skies.

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    April 12, 2012 at 17:50

  20. unknownmami

    It is a great shot. I’m not sure I would have noticed the camera without you mentioning it.

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    April 12, 2012 at 18:34

  21. This is just awesome!

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    April 12, 2012 at 18:59

  22. Stunning photo!

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    April 12, 2012 at 19:04

  23. What a wonderful feat of imagination you’ve shared – that’s a wonderfully moody image!

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    April 12, 2012 at 19:23

  24. Very artistic and beautiful shot.

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    April 12, 2012 at 19:39

  25. I really like what you’ve done with this photo. I like the color (moodiness) and the way you’ve framed lower Manhattan. Very well done.

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    April 12, 2012 at 20:04

  26. What an awesome, timetraveling and time unifying photograph. I love how you did this.

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    April 12, 2012 at 20:26

  27. Hi There, You did a great job with that photo….. Love it!!!!

    I remember, as a little girl, the one place EVERYONE wanted to go to was the Empire State Bldg. I have never gotten there–and now, I’m an old lady!!! ha

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    April 12, 2012 at 20:35

  28. Wonderful view of thew city.

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    April 12, 2012 at 21:02

  29. Maggie May

    Loved the Art Deco look that the railings with the view behind, provided. Very artistic.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    April 12, 2012 at 22:32

  30. sandy

    Very arty, Fiona. I love this shot, and am not really art deco fan.

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    April 12, 2012 at 22:44

  31. Well done, it does have that vintage look about it. I am reminded of the movie with Cary Grant called “An affair to remember”. Thanks for sharing your wonderful skywatch.

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    April 12, 2012 at 23:12

  32. I love the blend of today with the look of the past. The City is so iconic in our collective memory — we do see the past when we visit it in the present. Perfect.

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    April 12, 2012 at 23:31

  33. Elephant's Child

    Sombre and glorious. Thanks.

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    April 13, 2012 at 00:05

  34. Love it!
    Wish you a wonderful weekend.
    Mette

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    April 13, 2012 at 00:15

  35. onceupona

    Great pic! I love B&W films and this one definitely has that feel– a moody mystery. Maybe Hitchcock. -Danette

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    April 13, 2012 at 01:18

  36. Beautiful framing! I really like what you did with this photo.

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    April 13, 2012 at 01:21

  37. Love this shot LadyFi!!! Very Art Deco…almost surreal…

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    April 13, 2012 at 01:29

  38. Wonderful work Lady!!

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    April 13, 2012 at 03:33

  39. A superb photo, and no doubt about it!

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    April 13, 2012 at 03:52

  40. Very creative photo. I like this one very much.

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    April 13, 2012 at 04:16

  41. Al

    Very nice, I love what you’ve done with it.

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    April 13, 2012 at 04:30

  42. This is excellent. Thanks for sharing.

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    April 13, 2012 at 04:42

  43. You have a great way of using the camera to capture imagination…and memories.

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    April 13, 2012 at 05:05

  44. Too bad the photo is made up – I’d love to see it for real. I’m glad you gave us an insight into your own fantasy world. It’s magic.

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    April 13, 2012 at 07:15

    • It’s a real shot. I just added some vintage to it…

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      April 13, 2012 at 07:25

  45. My husband was tall building crazy. When we went to New York about 20 years ago, we went to all the tall buildings. I asked him if he was sad The Twin towers are gone, he kept quiet.

    Thanks for tip about photographing trees. I did take one of a phoenix palm with me laying right under the tree. Shall show it to you for my photo hunt on Sunday. I just went to take more, but because I was at the main road, I didn’t want to lay down. i live and work in this suburb, A kid might tell his parents, Mum, Dad, that’s my teacher. The parents might say,” That crazy woman on the ground.” LOL

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    April 13, 2012 at 07:27

  46. Awesome capture! Love your composition and the colours!

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    April 13, 2012 at 07:44

  47. this is ART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Warm Aloha from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral

    >

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    April 13, 2012 at 07:54

  48. I didn’t notice the camera until you pointed it out. I was riveted to the building. The hazy background adds to the vintage feeling of the photo.

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    April 13, 2012 at 09:15

  49. Awesome photo!I love it!Have a nice weekend!
    http://mausbearsnaehkiste.blogspot.com

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    April 13, 2012 at 09:24

  50. NOT the usual NYC tourist picture!
    I’m gladd you didn’t loose your camera 🙂

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    April 13, 2012 at 10:06

  51. That’s cool 🙂 beautifully captured and well presented.

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    April 13, 2012 at 10:08

  52. That’s a great looking photo Fi – Dave

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    April 13, 2012 at 11:15

  53. interesting work you have done. 🙂

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    April 13, 2012 at 11:44

  54. Linda

    Very beautiful, artistic shot!

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    April 13, 2012 at 12:30

  55. wonderful framed sky 🙂

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    April 13, 2012 at 13:01

  56. Beautifully done!! Boom & gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    April 13, 2012 at 13:29

  57. An amazing feeling of getting a mystical glimpse of the past through the window of the future! Beautiful!

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    April 13, 2012 at 13:41

  58. Such a great photo for SWF. As you can see from the comments above, it is a HIT!

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    April 13, 2012 at 14:37

  59. Love this! It’s food for the imagination!

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    April 13, 2012 at 14:53

  60. This is one nostalgic sky.

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    April 13, 2012 at 14:54

  61. It’s simply beautiful.
    I love the way you left the camera where it was.

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    April 13, 2012 at 15:03

  62. Awesome photo, love the art deco look that you have applied to it.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    April 13, 2012 at 16:18

  63. jbcuvelier

    Fiona, you nailed it! Great job! The 1930’s for sure!

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    April 13, 2012 at 17:04

  64. Exquisite! Have a great weekend.

    Sunrise, please come and see when you get a chance.

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    April 13, 2012 at 17:40

  65. Fantastic, a bit fairy-tale view. I am greeting

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    April 13, 2012 at 18:02

  66. Perfect, even I think it would have looked like that. Looks like a shot from an old movie.

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    April 13, 2012 at 18:36

  67. Awesome!!

    SWF

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    April 13, 2012 at 19:01

  68. lindyloumacinitaly

    Very clever and creative.

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    April 13, 2012 at 19:21

  69. A perfect image, wonderfully composed.

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    April 13, 2012 at 19:58

  70. A very artistic capture… i love how you framed the tall structure with the that fence. 😀 happy weekend!

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    April 13, 2012 at 20:41

  71. m

    Beautiful photo, so nice to look at!

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    April 13, 2012 at 20:43

  72. this is one awesome photograph!

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    April 13, 2012 at 21:45

  73. Pat

    Awsome shot! I love the monochrome and the art deco look of your photo. It looks like right out of a 1930s or 1940s movie!

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    April 13, 2012 at 23:54

  74. I love your processing – a true work of art!! Would you mind revealing what editing program you used?

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    April 14, 2012 at 00:06

    • Sure! In fact, I can’t quite remember how I achieved this as I was just playing around with some pre-sets in a Mac program called Snapseed.

      I may have turned it into black and white and then applied a vintage pre-set to it… Not really sure. (I don’t have Photoshop so it wasn’t anything complicated.)

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      April 14, 2012 at 07:21

  75. A nice composition and processing. – Margy

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    April 14, 2012 at 00:12

  76. A classic shot, perfectly composed. But that camera out on the ledge makes me a little nervous!

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    April 14, 2012 at 00:38

  77. Redrose

    A very beautiful photo. I love the nostalgic image.
    Thank you for visit Green Tomato. I have joined you!
    RedRose from Japan.

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    April 14, 2012 at 02:36

  78. I love your vision of the past.

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    April 14, 2012 at 02:46

  79. Anu

    What a lovely photo!! It makes me feel I am looking into the past!!

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    April 14, 2012 at 05:20

  80. Really great shot!

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    April 14, 2012 at 05:33

  81. Amazing shot–very arty and creative. Have a lovely weekend. Mickie 😉

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    April 14, 2012 at 07:02

  82. Great shot. Love the composition.

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    April 14, 2012 at 08:40

  83. Wow LadyFi!!!! Love love it! I like the idea of the old photo next to the modern camera.
    Great picture taken from a nice place.

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    April 14, 2012 at 12:27

  84. JM

    This composition is fantastic!

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    April 14, 2012 at 16:13

  85. Great piece 🙂

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    April 14, 2012 at 22:00

  86. wonderful creation 🙂

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    April 15, 2012 at 04:15

  87. Love the pattern of the foreground! Jesh from FB

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    April 15, 2012 at 09:48

  88. WOW!! STUNNING!! =) I like the angling of the photo, very good work!! =)
    I wish I could go to NY one day! 🙂

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    April 15, 2012 at 22:22

  89. Great shot, very atmospheric – reminds me of Batman’s Gotham City…

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    April 15, 2012 at 22:37

  90. lovely thoughts and a brilliant photo!

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    April 15, 2012 at 22:42


  91. · I remember that amazing building from Empire state. What two wonderful little cottages!!!

    · hugs

    CR & LMA
    ________________________________
    ·

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    April 15, 2012 at 22:55

  92. What a great effect. I could easily believe we were looking at the past.

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    April 18, 2012 at 15:53

  93. epreuve

    fantastic image, the post processing absolutely works

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    April 25, 2012 at 14:42

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