The Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn Bridge Park

Location

This is a photo of the Manhattan Bridge. With downtown Manhattan as the backdrop. And it was taken from Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Workflow

Photography — at least photography that inspires is a delicate mix of composition:

  • Rule of Thirds
  • Balancing Elements
  • Leading Lines
  • Symmetry and Patterns
  • Viewpoint
  • Background
  • Depth
  • Framing
  • Cropping
  • Experimentation

I am constantly running these ingredients through my head. Trying to find the right balance of leading lines, depth and viewpoint. But for me, I find that viewpoint is the most important aspect of a great photograph. I try to look at a subject from a different perspective. I want to convey a different story by taking a photograph from an angle that is not popular.

And in this case I not only wanted to capture the Manhattan Bridge. But these wonderfully colored rocks. Which at first glance you really don’t notice the color.

So what can I say about the Manhattan Bridge? For me — it’s one of the bridges that I rarely travel over. Why — I am not really sure. When I am in downtown Brooklyn or Manhattan I generally take the Brooklyn Bridge. Perhaps it’s the sheer inconvenience of the Manhattan Bridge — that keeps me away.

In any event, whatever my feelings are towards the bridge — it does look rather majestic. Especially during the blue hour morning.

Technical Mumbo Jumbo

  • Camera: NIKON D5000
  • Focal Length: 18mm
  • Exposure: 1/3 sec at f/6.7, 1/15 sec at f/6.7, 1/45 sec at f/6.7
  • ISO/Film: 100
  • Lens: Nikkor 18 – 55mm
  • Software: Lightroom 4.1 and Photomatix 4.2

Question

What is your favorite bridge — Brooklyn or Manhattan?