I happened to be scrolling through my Instagram explore feed, and came across this particular photo with a glass ball. I thought it looked really cool, and decided that I could try something like this. Seemed like an interesting way to capture different reflections.
There were actually a few people in the comments section who were also inspired by this picture. I threw myself into the comments thread, and went on an Amazon shopping spree. Obviously I remembered to get the MileagePlusX miles before buying it.
Queensboro BridgeA different view of the Ravenswood Generating Station (old Con Ed Plant) across the East River from Roosevelt Island in New York, with the Queensboro Bridge out of focus in the background
Hopped on the F train over to Roosevelt Island. I hadn't been there yet, and wanted to check out the scenery. Roosevelt Island is worth the trip if you want somewhere quiet to walk around. I did the whole loop around the island, taking reading breaks on any benches I came across. Visited the memorial at the southern tip, and saw some guy trying to teach his girlfriend how to ride a motorcycle in the northern lot. There were a lot of stalls. With that many restarts, I'm guessing he had to push jump start his bike at the end of the session. No way that battery still held a charge.
Only thing that really drew my eye was the power station. I guess I've been a chemical engineer for too long. There weren't too many people around so I brought out the glass ball and started playing around with different angles. I don't think my hands are steady enough for holding it up and taking a picture at the same time, and they are definitely not steady enough for bracketing shots. I'm partial to the last one, where you can see the bridge in the background, but see something totally different in the ball. I ended up tagging the three people in the last photo, which I posted to Instagram, who mentioned their glass ball purchases as well. I'm hoping to see some of their shots soon!