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Christmas Day Photowalk ’14

It’s been our family tradition to take an early morning photowalk to see the department store window Christmas displays and end up at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (actually, I’m the only one doing the “photo walk” — everyone else is just walking and viewing).

So, once again, my images of the various Christmas window displays we toured and my review with my flashbulb ratings.

Bloomingdale’s

Overall, cute displays, but like past years, Bloomingdale’s seems to want to have social media connectivity built into their displays that they want people to interact with. Except for the window where you could take a selfie from the window and have it display super size on the screen in the window, I personally think it’s too much interaction they want of viewers (and my other “photo walkers” agreed). Two flashbulbs 2_flashbulbs

Barney’s

Always creative, Barney’s nailed it again this year. With a theme based on beauty, truth, love and freedom, their windows were very engaging, one with a mechanical mobile that was captivating. Five flashbulbs 5_flashbulbs

 Bergdorf Goodman’s

Bergdorf’s windows are always highly creative and elegant and consistently stunning. The images tell it all. Five flashbulbs 5_flashbulbs

Sak’s Fifth Avenue

The one thing that Sak’s uniquely does each year is tell a story through it’s Christmas windows. This year’s theme was “Once Upon a Time in NYC” and was quite clever. It too gets five flashbulbs (though I do wish the glass was less reflective for better photos). 5_flashbulbs

Honorable Mentions. . . 

Go to Tiffany’s and Salvadore Feragamo, which both had large and elegant decorations on their buildings.

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Window Displays NYC – View and Review!

Every year my family and I wake up early Christmas morning and stroll down to midtown Manhattan to view the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and the department store window Christmas displays. Naturally, I photograph the windows and have been posting them here on my blog.

So of course I’m doing the same thing here but with a twist: At my wife’s suggestion, we are now going to rate the store window displays with a totally unscientific rating of 1 to 5 flashbulbs (what else?). Here goes:

Bloomingdale’s

Our first top along the way to see the Rock Center tree and it was a bit disappointing. Bloomingdale’s had a 2-part display. The first was an interactive display where your picture was taken, put into an animated picture that you can download off the web by scanning a QR code. My opinion: people just want to see the cool window displays and not start messing around with a 2 or 3-step process like this. Their other half of their display were Cirque du Soleil windows, which were nice but didn’t feel too Holiday or “Christmasy”. Two Flashbulbs. 2_flashbulbs

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Bergdorf-Goodman’s

Always very innovative and stylish, Bergdorf’s did not disappoint, with a Roaring ’20s theme. 4 Flashbulbs.   4_flashbulbs


Sak’s Fifth Avenue

Last year, Sak’s was a bit of a disappointment but they came back strong this year with a more nostalgic, if relatively unoriginal, child-centered Holiday theme: 3 Flashbulbs. 3_flashbulbs

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Tiffany’s

As always–and expected–Tiffany’s has a jewelry theme to it’s windows. Tiny and exquisite, yet traditional, they are always a marvel to view.
4 Flashbulbs. 4_flashbulbs

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Barney’s New York

This was our last stop on this year’s Christmas walk (yeah, I know, we didn’t do Macy’s or Lord & Taylor–maybe next year!). Barney’s is known for it’s eclectic Holiday windows and they dazzled once again this year. Teaming up with Disney, for an “Electric Holiday“, Barney’s showcased an animated short of a fashion runway theme complete with Disney characters, animated fashion critics and photographers. It made for great entertainment. 5 Flashbulbs. 5_flashbulbs

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I hope you enjoyed my thoroughly unscientific and highly opinionated rating of some of NYC’s department store windows. Have fun looking at these images and Happy Holidays!

Christmas Day in New York City 2011

It’s become a tradition to get out early on Christmas morning to view the department store Christmas window displays and the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. It offers an opportunity for some interesting photographs, if done right. The challenge of shooting though store windows during the day is glare off those windows, depending on the incidence of the light.

To offset some of glare, a polarizing filter is key. And taking your flash off-camera and shooting at an angle will virtually eliminate your flash’s output reflecting back into your lens and ruining your shot.

Here are a few images from Christmas morning. Word to the wise: Better to see the store windows and the tree early in the morning. When family came in at night and wanted to see the tree at Rock Center, Fifth Avenue was so packed on both sides of the street (not to mention wall-to-wall street vendors adding to crowded sidewalks) that you couldn’t even make it into the Rockefeller Center Plaza.

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Christmas Day, NYC

A Christmas Day tradition we’ve had in our household the past few years is to get up early, walk down to see the department stores’ Christmas windows (from Bloomingdales down to Macy’s) with a stop at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, about a 40 block walk. Then it’s back uptown to one of our favorite local diners for breakfast.

Here are a few images from yesterday’s outing:

 

Bloomingdale's Window

Barney's NY Had a Foodie Theme this year

Bergdorf Goodman's with a Zodiac window theme

Cartier's Jewelry Store on Fifth Avenue all wrapped up

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree