{PHOTO} Times Square At Cool Dusk

We hit up Times Square towards the end of a long day of walking and I was hoping to catch it before it got dark. I wanted to try for some different light than what I usually see of the images in Times Square, i.e. night time where the neon can be almost overwhelming. It's so nice to see the walking only areas with the little tables and chairs for everyone to relax. It wasn't too crowded, which was nice, but by this point I was so very exhausted and so very hungry, that we didn't stay long. So, I took a couple quick shots, looked at my exhausted husband, and said "Let's go eat".

I knew better than to push this tired & hungry man beyond his limit - PLUS not much later after this we boarded our flight to London.

{PHOTO} I'll Stand In The Middle Of The Road In NYC

Just a warning to everyone - I will be sharing a lot of photos of NYC and London over the next coming weeks/months. I was thinking rather than saving a huge batch of photos at a time, I would just post them as I edit them. This means more posts, more often, but then I am not just sitting on these pictures and can share them right when I am excited and stoked (yes, I use the word stoked - and I use it often).

As some background, at the beginning of December hubby and I went to New York City and, unbeknownst to me, this was a detour on our way to London. When we arrived in NYC, we started planning our next day, to which hubby kept adding more and more things to do - in one day! I was getting nervous at how our relaxing vacation was becoming seriously jam packed (little did I know the next day he would tell me we were flying to London.......more about that later). After planning, we went out to grab some food and hubby noted on our way back to the hotel I should try to grab our street view of the Empire State Building all lit up at night. I couldn't get a good angle from the safety of the sidewalk, so I ran into the middle of the road, looking both ways of course, and took several quick shots before running back to avoid getting run over.

To the pro's - I know this is grainy. I know the lights are a bit overblown. I know the framing isn't dead on and despite my best efforts the buildings still look slightly askew, BUT I really like this. I like the feeling. I like the not perfectness, the rush it conveys.

I also like knowing I had to stand in the middle of a street in NYC, with traffic, to try and capture a memory.

{GIVEAWAY} CLOSED: I Am Holding a Giveaway....

Do you like winning free stuff?!? 
I am holding a giveaway to celebrate my birthday month (Yay February!). To enter, visit my Aspiring Images by Rachel Facebook page and on the left-hand side select the tab labeled "Giveaway". You will be asked to enter your name & e-mail **This information will only be used in order to contact you if you win** There will be multiple drawings - so multiple chances to win! 
What do you win, you ask? 
A free 8x10 - OF YOUR CHOOSING - from my Etsy store. The giveaway will be open for entry until 02/08/12, 11:59PM EST. The drawings and notifications will occur until 02/29/12.
Good luck to you and thanks for your participation!
 Click here for: Aspiring Images by Rachel Facebook page
 Are you not a Facebooker? If so, to enter please e-mail me at AspiringImagesbyRachel {@} gmail.com. Title the subject of the email as "February Giveaway" and in the e-mail please give me your first & last name as well as your e-mail address. I will not use this information for anything other than the giveaway drawing & notification if you win. 


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