The Mall, Central Park, NY

Photo Destination: New York City

To me, there is no better city to visit at Christmastime than New York City. The lights, the decorations and the busyness all combine to give one a “feel good” attitude. There’s something magical about skaters floating by at Rockefeller Center while the large tree glistens in the background.

I normally carry my camera gear in a backpack, but because this time of year is so busy with people all around, I like to travel light and brought a small, Lowepro over the shoulder bag. For gear, I went light with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 kit lens and the Olympus FL-600R flash.

Because of the 2 times crop factor, and a 35mm equivalent length of 24-100mm on a full frame camera, this is the perfect walk around lens. It’s wide enough to get expansive views or capture the height of a skyscraper and has enough telephoto length to zoom in for closeups. Plus, as with all Olympus lenses, the quality is top notch and very sharp. The one downside is that it can be a little slow if you’re in darker areas.

New York has a lot to see and do, and one of my favorite things is Central Park. During this trip, we went to The Mall, which has been photographed many times with gorgeous trees hanging over the path, and many movies have been shot here.

A lot smaller, but still very beautiful, is Bryant Park, located just west of Grand Central Terminal. It’s definitely worth a visit. In the winter you can go ice skating, and if you visit at Christmastime, small shops offering a variety of crafts and other goodies are setup throughout the park. If you go to Grand Central, be sure to visit the Whispering Arch. It’s really fun, especially with kids.

And no Christmas visit is complete without a stroll down 5th Avenue to admire the beautifully decorated shops or a stop into one of the historic and spectacular churches. If you plan to visit New York and have any questions, let me know. I will try to answer any questions you may have.

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