Brooklyn On My Mind
Two weeks ago me, my wife and my 8 year old kiddo went to visit New York to photograph the famous Brooklyn Bridge. Big mistake, it was a Friday afternoon and going to Brooklyn from Philadelphia through Verrazano bridge was a nightmare, we already drove 90 miles but decided to go back to Philadelphia because we could not bear the traffic.
So today on a Saturday we drove again to New York and man what a relief, there was no traffic at all! Awesome! I was excited!
There was no problem for parking in the area near the bridge. It was still 4:30PM so we decided to cross the bridge on foot together with other tourists. It was a very sunny day at 70F, pretty cool! I don’t shoot at this time of day usually and the sunset was scheduled at 7:30PM according to The Photographer’s Ephemeris. I already have pre-visualized where am I gonna position my camera to be able to capture both the Brooklyn Bridge & Manhattan Bridge in one panoramic frame. After the walk we went to Brooklyn Bridge Park to scout the area and OMG there were so many people, but it’s New York what do I expect? There were two wedding photography sessions and a batch of people doing workshop. Flashes were everywhere.
In this first shot, I used f/8 which was all I need, ISO 100 for maximum sharpness, 36mm for straight verticals and metered the scene to 25 seconds. The scene had an even illumination so metering was not a problem. I used matrix or evaluative metering for the camera to evenly expose the frames. Also I used my Nodal Ninja panoramic tripod head to my Manfrotto tripod and remote shutter release cord to avoid camera shake. When the sun was out I took 9 vertical shots panning from left to right. There were ferries passing by so I avoided them, they would create a light streak in long exposures like these.
This second photo was shot to the left of my first location with the same settings and converted it to black and white to add drama I guess, lol.
f/8, 36mm, ISO 100, 25 seconds – 8 stitched panorama – 6 X 18 cropped – 51 Mega Pixels
The frames were stitched using Photomerge in Adobe Photoshop CS5 and saved as TIFF 16-bit and exported to Adobe Lightroom 4 to adjust sharpness, clarity, white balance etc etc. Pretty easy processing with no over the top corrections. I don’t do it like that.
This place looks ordinary during the day but what a big difference when the lights were on at night. I heart New York!!
Hope you enjoy it,