On Saturday I went back to Brooklyn Bridge Park, famous for its stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. Not to mention, basketball clinics, kids playgrounds, picnic areas, park tours, movie nights, a bevy of lovely restaurants nearby and a myriad of special events that are great for the family.
It was a beautiful balmy night, the sky had just the right amount of clouds and the City was bright and beautiful, as always. In the distance I could hear the low boom, boom, boom, of house music. (Ok.. that wasn’t particularly fabulous but it wasn’t a buzzkill either.)
I wanted to practice my night photography and I couldn’t think of a better place to go and I wasn’t the only one. I was one of 20.. our tripods lined up at the water’s edge as if photographing a major sporting event.
I wasn’t surprised by the crowd. Every night photographers from near and far descend upon the park to shoot the City. On a previous visit, I met photographers from England, France, The Netherlands and Russia. On this night, I met a couple from Ireland. It’s also a favorite meet-up spot for the millennial Instagrammer set.
Who you meet is another reason to visit. Besides talking with folks from around the world who invariably share great locations to shoot in their home countries, lets face it, once you’re set up and waiting for the sun to set, there’s not much else to do but chat with your neighbor. I’ve learned a lot from my fellow photography enthusiasts.
If the idea of shooting with a bunch of strangers turns you off, or the fact that the view has been shot millions of times before (don’t be disappointed when you can’t find an original angle) it’s still worth the effort. When it comes to night photography, it’s a perfect spot to enhance your skills. You can play around and experiment for hours. Unlike Manhattan, where most photo-worthy locales require a permit if you want to set up a tripod.
Whether you’re a local or passing through, a DSLR lover or an iPhoneographer, if you haven’t ventured east this summer, don’t miss out.
If you’ve taken photographs from Brooklyn Bridge Park, please share a link in the comments. If you have recommendations on great places to shoot where you live, share those too!