NYC

Shooting New York City at night in 30 minutes

I shot all images in that album while walking back from a +Rick Sammon workshop at the Explorer's Club to Grand Central Terminal within 30 minutes. All pictures were shot handhold and using fairly slow lenses - the Canon 24-105 f/4 and the Canon 16-35 f/2.8 - I probably shouldn't call an f/2.8 a slow lens, I know...

The weather was absolutely fantastic as it stopped raining just a few minutes after I left the Explorer's club giving me awesome, wet reflective roads.

I was using poles and dumpsters as tripods and all are single exposures = no HDR.

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30 minutes of NYC at night

Lost in the Rock

We went up to the top of the Rockefeller Center in NYC and had a great time with our kids up there - the light was not terrific but still... When we got down again, we somehow got lost and ended up in a lobby which was totally deserted and all the doors - except for one tiny side-door - were locked.
It was the lobby of the GE building right behind the Atlas statue at 5th Ave. I spent around 15 minutes in there shooting every angle - alone. I couldn't believe I was not approached by a single security guard.

3 bracketed exposures - handhold, of course.

Exif Info:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

  • Exposure Time: 1/5,1/20,1/80

  • Aperture: f/2.8

  • ISO: 200

  • Focal Length: 16mm


 

Collision Course

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is one of America’s leading historic, cultural and educational institutions. Opened in 1982, the Museum has welcomed more than 10 million visitors. The Museum is centered on the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11), one of the most successful ships in US history, and now a national historic landmark and one of the most unique attractions in New York City. In 1943, Intrepid was commissioned and served proudly in World War II. She went on to serve as one of the primary recovery vessels for NASA, three tours of duty off Vietnam, and submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War. Today she continues her service as a premiere educational center and a monument to all who have served our nation in uniform. Source: http://www.intrepidmuseum.org

This is the view from the bridge towards Manhattan's West Side. It was shot handhold in Aperture Priority.

Exit Info:

  • Exposure Time: 1/250, 1/1000, 1/4000

  • Aperture: f/4

  • ISO: 100

  • Focal Length: 24mm


 

Collision Course

The Dumpster Pod

You should always carry a tripod when shooting night-scenes like the one below. Well, let's be realistic, carrying a heavy, sturdy tripod while walking through a city like New York sucks but luckily there are some "natural" tripods available (almost) wherever you go.

I was using some dumpsters to keep my camera steady - you can see parts of them in the lower left corner (shouldn't tell you that, I know).
It's not the perfect solution but for a 1/2 second exposure like this it was quite convenient. Alternatively, I could have used a higher ISO instead to shorten the shutter speed but I wanted the motion blur and light-trails of the passing cars in the frame.


Exif Info:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

  • Exposure Time: 0.5s (1/2)

  • Aperture: f/4

  • ISO: 100

  • Focal Length: 24mm


 

The Dumpsterpod