Wake at 830, shower and head to Starbucks for a breakfast croissant and coffee. Edit till around 3pm, stopping for a walk but not getting far in the rain. Around 5 I stop editing and head down to meet everyone, there's a loosely planned end of year 'party' planned. We head to 46th street to Daisy May's BBQ :

Daisy May’s BBQ specializes in authentic regional BBQ from all over the country. Under one roof, we bring the best BBQ has to offer together. We’re located in Midtown Manhattan, on the corner of 46th Street & 11th Avenue. We also provide BBQ Delivery & BBQ Catering services; we bring the BBQ straight to you!"

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Alt text I went for pulled chicken, brisket, 'good ol' Mac n Cheese & wait for it...Peaches, which I knew would be good, and everyone dips in and agrees (they're hot in a syrup)

Brad and James after one almighty meal

After the BBQ joint we head to lucky strike and are told we have at least a two and a half hour wait for a lane and we need two. James, Con, Fin and I decide we'll head back, opting not to sit and wait for that long in the loudest bar I've ever been to. I order an uber and head down to Brooklyn Bridge, getting the driver to drop me off in Dumbo for some good views and a nice walk.

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Taken with my Sony A7SII and the Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 lens, a manual lens that I love. I almost sent it back as I wasn't using it a few months ago, now it's my go to lens on this camera. Haven't quite worked out the best picture profile for stills yet, and I wished I had my X-T1 with me, but the shots still look ok, just a little grainy, but I don't mind that too much.

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Also tried out the panorama mode, which as always gives too low a resolution for the images to be useful for me. If I'd had my tripod with me I'd have reeled off some manual panoramas, but alas...

Whilst walking round Dumbo I see a couple trying to figure out how to take a selfie and get the bridge in shot. I walk over and offer to take a photo for them, which they seem happy about. I walk a bit more before ordering a car to take me up to the Rockefeller so I can see the tree and maybe get some extra footage as well, which I do.

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The Rockefeller at night and that pretty special Christmas Tree.

I head back to the hotel in the rain happy that I've managed to get what I thought I wouldn't get chance to today, when I arrive in my room I offload the footage and edit some pictures in Lightroom, posting this one to Instagram before hitting the hay around 1am.

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Always looking up in New York