Location – New York City

New York City is simply iconic. High rise buildings are everywhere; in most urban environments, a 50 story building stands out. But not in New York City, where buildings like One World Trade and the Empire State Building dot the skyline.

To view Manhattan from above requires a helicopter or to go up inside one of these extremely tall buildings. To get a perspective of the city, it is best viewed from across the East or Hudson Rivers. I choose to go just south of the Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1, where some pilings are located.  These remnants of the shipping yard that was once located here provide a great view. The pilings that held the pier in place still remain and provide some protection in the water from the boats and barges as they roll through the East River.

New York City - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Lower East Side Skyline as seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park

When these where captured

On an August night, a friend and I decided we would make an attempt to capture the beauty of the city after dark. After scouting several locations, we decided the Brooklyn Bridge Park made the most sense. We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge just as the sun was setting and over into the park. We waited a bit for the light to completely fade and to find the perfect spot. I believe we found it here.

Lower East City - New York City
Remains of a dock at the Brooklyn Bridge Park looking on to Lower Manhatten

How the images where captured

These photos were captured on a Sony A7R Mark II with a 24-240mm lens. ISO 100 @ 27mm f/8.0 30 second exposure. Lightroom for adjustments and a couple minor edits to lighting levels in photoshop.

The Extras

Reflections of One World Trade and other buildings in the North Pool at the September 11 Memorial
Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral just of 5th Avenue in NYC.
One World Trade
One World Trade Center as seen from Hoboken at night.

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