Last week I was in NYC photographing Alan, a photogenic twenty-something NYU graduate student living in Brooklyn. Alan’s main objective for the shoot was to capture photos with an “urban feel.” With his background in urban planning and given our surroundings, this wasn’t difficult to accomplish.
To be totally honest, the logistics of the shoot came together at the very last-minute. We knew only two things; 1) we wanted a view of Manhattan in the background and 2) we had only one morning to get it done. To shoot from Brooklyn with Manhattan in the background, and to avoid harsh lighting and shadows, we had to be out there at sunrise. The tough thing about photographing at sunrise in the summer is that sunrise is at about 5:20 am! By the time we got to the Brooklyn Promenade (late start) we had only around 10 minutes before the sun would be up so we scrambled to get into position, setup the lighting, and start shooting.
After we finished at the Promenade we knew we could get a few more shots from the awesome morning glow. We ventured to Washington Street and Brooklyn Bridge Park to get some shots with the Manhattan Bridge and city in the background.
All-in-all this was a fantastic, and exhausting, shoot. Once we saw the final result it was clear that the early morning hours and sleep deprivation were well worth it!
Below are a few shots from my trip through Philly a couple weeks back. I was only there a few hours, but I managed to snag some night shots with the help of my tripod. A great city with great views (and food), it warrants a trip back soon!
Yesterday I passed through Philly on the way back from a wedding in NJ. Besides having a fantastic meal at Jim’s Steaks, we passed by the Philadelphia Museum of Art to watch the sunset and snap a few shots. After making a loop around the museum, we walked back up to the top of the famous “Rocky Steps” to get an evening view of the city. Having been there a few minutes earlier, I wasn’t expecting to see a group of Harleys parked at the top. I chatted a bit with the riders and they let me snap some photos of their hogs. This is one of my favorite photos (I’ll post others later).