The East River is a tidal straight in New York City that separates Brooklyn from the island of Manhattan. A friend suggested visiting the Skipper’s Pierside Cafe down by Pier 15 on the north (Manhattan) side of the river. Unfortunately not only was the cafe closed for referbishment but the security guard on duty wouldn’t let me shoot from the deck in front of the cafe. Fortunately just a bit further back from the Brooklyn Bridge is the Pier 15. The above photograph was taken from the end of Pier 15 looking east. Behind the Brooklyn Bridge is the Manhattan Bridge and in the far distance is the Williamsburg Bridge
When I first explored Central Park in 2006 I knew that given more time (and a tripod) there was a lot of potential for some great dusk photographs. There is a small foot bridge over the pond at the south east corner of the park. Looking back down the pond I felt that at dusk with the water still it could make for beautiful reflections. Framing the photograph with the iconic Plaza Hotel in the centre with the more modern office skyscrapers around it I love the contrast of the park in the foreground.
The San Remo is one of the most luxurious and expensive apartment buildings in Manhattan. Built in 1929 it’s architecture is very iconic. Particularly the way the building splits at the 18th floor into the two 10 floor towers. Going to the south side of The Lake I noticed people in boats rowing around which added to the image. Walking along the lake shore line I wanted to find a spot where I didn’t have any trees or tree branches at the top of the frame and get low enough to capture the full reflection of the building in the frame.
View from Bethesda Terrace at the end of the Mall in New York’s Central Park. The fountain in the middle is also called Angel of Waters. It was taken from the Bethesda Terrace looking down on the fountain with The Lake behind. When taking the majority of photographs I do my best to avoid crowds of people, here I wanted to show how busy this area of the park was. The highlight for me was seeing the Free Conversation inflatable sofas in the foreground.
Walking down the length of Wall Street it surprised me how short the street itself was. Less than a mile (only 8 blocks) which in Manhattan terms is not a long street. The world famous entrance to the New York Stock Exchange seen here is on Broad Street. This photograph was taken with a 10mm wide angle lens and I used Lightroom and Photoshop to correct the distortions. It is a narrow street so I couldn’t get any further back than I was when this was captured.