Here’s a view you don’t see often: the inside of the Met Life Building. I was able to get this view because of an NYC summer program called Summer Streets, where Park Avenue is open to only cyclists and pedestrians for 3 weekends each in the summer. One way to get great shots like this is be on the lookout for opportunities where you can access places that are normally off-limits.
This shot is interesting because of it’s extreme shallow depth of field (focus). By keeping the aperture very wide at f/2.2, I was able to keep my friend Cristian sharp, while blurring out Radcliffe Camera (the round building) in the background. Unfortunately, many inexpensive lenses do not allow you to get very wide apertures, but the lens I was using is a real cheap one, the Canon 50mm f1.8 II which retails for only $100. I highly recommend this lens even if it’s very chintzy looking.