Manhattan Sunset – New York, USA

Picture Edit:

As in quite some of my pictures, I tried in this picture to compress the whole period from sunset to total darkness in one picture. As the before picture I chose the shot, being my baseline. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t that good so that there was a big cloud at the horizon minimizing the color in the sky. This is why I chose to use a long exposure for the sky and the water. I really like the dynamic effect and it compensates a bit the missing colors. The reason why you should stay until blue or even back hour is the light of the windows. As if it gets darker and darker more and more Windows get illuminated. Thanks to the “lighten” blend mode, it is super easy to get it together with your baseline layer. After finishing my blend, I decided to correct a bit the perspective. My camera was pointing a bit down to capture more of the foreground, casing converging lines. Last steps are contrast, color correction, sharpening and noice and you are done. Always do these steps after your blend is done. This helps to make it look like as if it was always only one image.

Camera Setup:

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L II @27mm, ƒ/11, 6 frames 4s-120s, ISO 100, on tripod, triggered by remote control, two frames with Lee ND Big Stopper


Like every picture, also this one started with finding a/the location. In this case I found my favorite spot in Brooklyn, New York. Right next to the Brooklyn Bridge there is the Old Pier 1. The only thing left from the pier is the basement – the old wooden posts. I really loved them in the foreground of the picture. If you are already in Brooklyn just go to the east river. The Brooklyn bridge should be on your right site when you look in the direction of Manhattan. The spot with the old pier posts is pretty unique, so its not that hard to find. If you come from Manhattan, use the chance to cross the Brooklyn Bridge by foot. Even if the huge number of tourist can be annoying, the view is worth it. After crossing, you have to go a bit back to come to the waterfront. If you leave the bridge on the left site and go straight to the water you are crossing another famous photo spot. You can shoot the Empire State Building framed by one of the bridge pillars of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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