I set off this afternoon to join a group of NYC photographers for a night shoot of the Brooklyn Bridge and there-abouts.
We got to town a little early and grabbed a bite to eat before heading down to Chambers and Center to meet-up with everyone. I took a bag full of lenses as well as my tripod but mostly worked with my new 70-300mm and the 24-105mm. Changing lenses in the dark amidst the blustery wind on the Brooklyn Bridge is no mean feat so I rather contented myself with just using the wide angle.
There's definitely an art to taking photos in the dark. Not just extending your exposure but a good many shots had way too much movement in them and I was not using my remote, so even pressing the camera trigger bumps things around too much. Plus the Brooklyn Bridge moves and vibrates with all the traffic running underneath it, and you don't really think about that.
It's also not easy to be patient and picky while you are trying to keep up with a moving group.
None the less, it was a great night. We met-up at 7:30pm and it was nearly 12:30 am by the time we got home.
I'd like to shoot the same scenes again, by myself and with a bit more thought and less (group) pressure, but on the whole it was fun and I've at least 20 good night shots to keep and a great many more that I took earlier in the day which I am pretty pleased with.
I'll leave you with a few of my faves, including the Chrysler Building captured in the afternoon ....
(And no, I did not use ANY plug-in's to process the images. Just a little tweak in Camera Raw and a few nudges in Photohsop)!!