New York

Postcard: Blue Manhattan (Bonus: Great Low-Light Smartphone App Recommendation)

Brooklyn Bridge Park Manhattan skyline

I’ve so enjoyed playing around with night photography lately. However, I’ve learned that finding a photogenic scene without construction, ugly wires, ugly buildings or other aesthetics impediments has been more difficult than I thought.

I went back to Brooklyn Bridge Park but to a different area to the north of Pier 2 where dozens of old wooden poles dot the water (what are those for?). These remnants added a texture to the image that I really liked, but on the right a cement peninsula built for the park obscured the skyline which annoyed the crap out of me.

Oh well, you can’t have everything.

I did meet some delightful travelers from Lyon, France who read about the location online and were there with their tripods in hand. We had great fun discussing photography, New York and France.

There was also a group of what seemingly professional Instagramers, shooting away like mad, who gave me some great recommendations on a couple of photography apps they were using.

My favorite is Cortex cam, a remarkable app for low-light conditions. It costs $2.99 but it’s worth every penny. It makes a world of difference in the quality of the shot.

If you try it, let me know what you think. I love it.

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    • Hi Brodi, glad you like the shot. It was the middle of the summer and sunset was on the late side. If I remember correctly it was around 8:30pm or 9pm. Most of my exposures were around 1 minute. Hope this helps.

  1. Its a shame Susan you cant press the “LIKE” button more as I would press it a few times… wonderful shot and you know I don’t mind the greenery it adds another aspect of the city.

    • Thank you very much and I’m glad you like the greenery. I would have preferred a sprawling manhattan skyline from end to end of the picture but you’re right, it heads some flavor. 🙂

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