As I mentioned in Monday’s post, a week ago, I embarked on an incredible trip to New York City to meet and shoot with some great photographer’s from around the country. We had a fantastic 18+ hour day of shooting and hanging out. I have followed all of these photographers for over a year or so now and they have really inspired me, and in one way or another, impacted my work. The group consisted of Jesse Pafundi, Brian Furbush, Heath O’Fee, Mike Olbinski, Jacob Lucas, Brian Matiash, Rich Williams, and Scott Wyden, with a short cameo from Dave Veffer. The coolest part was that it felt like we all knew each other just because of the interactions through various social media outlets. If you didn’t catch it, Jacob posted our group shot from inside Times Square…
We started off the day in the DUMBO area and then did a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. After a visit to the high line and some stellar pizza and beer, we headed to Central Park (I was kind of zonked out by then, most likely due to the beers…). Luckily, I caught my second wind right before sunset, which leads us to the image for today.
We we shooting from Manhattan towards DUMBO with the sun setting behind us. After a few long exposure shots, we moved over to the pier to shoot the bridge. I ended up walking down the waterfront a bit because I thought the underside of the Brooklyn Bridge would make an interesting subject. I decided to go with the fisheye and line up the horizon with the center of the lens to minimize the distortion and giving an ultra-wide field of view. I shot at a narrow aperture to get the light bursts, and yes, the white light burst is the moon! We totally lucked out with the moon that night as it passed perfectly over the bridge as the evening progressed. The long exposure blurred the water nicely and the ‘beach’ area gave a nice contrast.
I actually really like this framing and have a similar shot of the Queensboro bridge that I will post at a later date. Get used to bridge shots for awhile (Don’t worry, I’ll mix it up a bit)(Click to view large in the light box!)