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
The motivation for revisiting New York was to capture a twilight photograph of the skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. I wasn’t expecting Jane’s Carousel, pictured on the far left of this photograph. Though the carousel is nearly 100 years old it has only been in its current location (after years of painstaking restoration) for two years. In my opinion it doesn’t really distract from the main focal point of the photograph, which is the bridge itself. The tallest building in this image is the new One World Trade Center that is opening in January next year.
Wondering around Brooklyn Bridge Park I had my eyes out for good view points of the New York Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. Essentially I was location scouting for later in the day when I would return with my tripod for some dusk and twilight photographs. In the daytime I try to capture things that might look a little different and this fence was full of interest. Just next to Pier one at the DUMBO ferry terminal the fence features a great poem engraved into the metal from the 19th century poet Walt Whitman. If you look closely you can also see people have locked padlocks to the fence on the left side of this photograph, many of which had notes written or engraved on them. The large sticker on the low right side of the picture serves as a unique focal point. In many ways I agree, Sotheby’s could sell New York as a piece of street art, and I’m in no doubt that it would be the most expensive piece they would ever auction!
The bridge on the right is Michigan Avenue Bridge. By using a wide angle 10mm lens I have been able to include part of the Chicago River at the bottom of the photograph. Whilst there isn’t a “real” reflection in the water the lights from the buildings do make for a unique pattern on the water. I had to wait about half an hour for the various passing boats and water taxis to not be moving along the water so that I could capture this image. Whilst architectural details of buildings are often better photographed in the day. I personally find wider angle view points that show whole buildings, people and traffic are better captured at twilight. Whilst in this case it meant an early start that morning and having the camera on a tripod. The result of the long exposure means that traffic and people aren’t as visible as they would be in the daylight.