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52 in 2014 Challenge – #9: Upside Down

February 20, 2014

Intricate designs adorn a ceiling in the NY Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman building at Bryant Park in NYC.


Sony DSC-RX100. Processed in LR, PSE and Topaz DeNoise and Detail.

We took the tour of the building this past Sunday.  It is a beautiful Neo-Classical building opened in 1911, and is the flagship of the NYPL.  By my rough estimate, 50% of our tour group were visitors from outside the US – which I found pretty amazing.  I would never have expected the NYPL to be such an attraction. However, after visiting, I better understand the attraction. In addition to the architecture and the iconic Rose Main Reading Room, they have several exhibitions, a portrait gallery, and one of the 42 existing copies of a Gutenberg Bible.

They maintain a great infographic on their website, found here. The system holds some 51 Million items, and our tour guide said there was something on the order of 7 Million books in the collection at the Schwarzman building (which contains just research material – it is not a circulation library). They are doing renovations which will double the amount of storage at the library (storage which, to my surprise is apparently under Bryant Park).  When done, I believe she said it will contain 70 miles of books storage.

To give readers who aren’t familiar with the library or the Rose Main Reading Room, here is an I-was-there shot (related to a comment I made on another blogger’s post).  I did a faux-HDR effect in LR using a tutorial Laura Shoe just posted on her blog.


Sony DSC-RX100, Processed in LR.


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  1. Bet there is a lot of No-ing (Knowing) and shushing going on there


  2. This is a tour that I hope to do. I love your processing!


  3. Love the detail in the first and the over view of the second. Very nice processing in a difficult lighting situation.


  4. Tammy permalink

    Wowzer, so beautiful and such details! I would love to visit there someday! I love the second image, it really shows off the rooms beauty!


  5. Beautiful images.


  6. It really is a beautiful building, and these images don’t in any way do it justice.
    I have to say I am happy with the low-light performance of the Sony – much better than my previous P&S.


  7. I agree with Tammy, love the details in the second image and would enjoy a tour as well.


  8. Ahh, great shoots! I have many shots of this library on my blog. It’s one of my favorite place to go when we skate at Bryant Park in the winter. Like that faux effect too, will have to check that out!


  9. You’ve done such a magnificent job showcasing the beauty of this room. Awesome!


  10. I would be completely unable to work in a room such as this, so much grandeur to take in would just be too distracting, those clouds above would have me daydreaming forever.


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