For a while, I’ve been itching to shoot a footbridge at Brooklyn Bridge Park when at night to capture the lights. But a problem I kept facing is that the bridge as a trailbridge so it’s intentionally made to be flexible, in other words, it bounces when people walk. Cool concept, not so great for long exposures at night. A few weeks ago, it was cold and rainy and completely miserable outside. The kind of night you don’t go outside unless you absolutely have to, so it was the perfect night to capture the lights and skyline without having to try and time in between passers-by.
As I was down there, some serious fog rolled in up the East River. I hurried as quickly as I could before it dissipated and grabbed a couple shots with all it’s eerie effects.
On the Fourth of July, I decided to try to make it over to see the fireworks after I got off work. Unfortunately it was so late that I couldn’t get within two blocks of the river to get a clear view. But on the way over, I noticed this guy doing the usual proselytizing religion bit right under the spotlight from a hotel with the crowd continually moving past him. I had to make a few frames.
Since I found out that I can do HDR photos with an iPhone, I’ve been playing around to see how good the quality is or if I’m better off using software to merge images that I’ve bracketed.
The light range seems to be pretty good. There’s detail in both the light on the clocktower, street lights below and in the shadows of the buildings. But at 100% it looks grainy. It’s seems to work well enough for online purposes, but I’d be reluctant to get anything printed larger than 3″x5″ with it.
I feel like for the past two weeks I’ve done nothing but sit in front of my computer working. So before I went all Jack Nicholson in “The Shining,” I decided to grab my camera and tripod. There’s no better stress release than creating something, and I’ve been meaning to get over to the High Line at night, this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Let me say, whoever did the lighting design there is my hero. Everywhere you turn it’s beautiful, dramatic lighting. It just might be the easiest place in the world to create incredible nighttime imagery. Take a look:
And one of my favorites:
I’m not sure why I never noticed this even though I walk by there practically every single day. The building across from Bryant Park offers a great reflection of the Empire State Building, add in some lights from passing cars and it makes for an interesting scene. Maybe at some point I’ve become another jaded New Yorker who doesn’t bother looking up or notice the buildings and lights all around. I guess it’s time to make a concerted effort to pay more attention to my surroundings. I may miss something incredible.