Let´s concentrate in a day walk from Columbus Circle, and ideal starting point to many of the city’s museums, live music venues, parks, shopping, and above all else, a route where photographers will need to be alert so you don’t miss anything of all the different and amazing photographic aspects you will find alongside. The sight from Time Warner Building, in the circle, will be the perfect focal point, enjoying Central Park views as an inspiration, to trace the route from above and while placing the Canon EF 55-200 lens as closest as possible to the glass wall, opening the aperture in order to maximize the defocusing of the dirt, and choosing a straight angle, start to shoot the unique skyline, looking for 5th avenue, guessing for St. Patrick Cathedral, and admiring the gorgeous Manhattan green lung of Central Park…don’t forget to look through your reflex viewfinder for those many surrealist subjects that you can easily find in Manhattan top roofs. Standing at the crest of New York skyline, witness from a forgotten time, the wooden water tanks are a Manhattan classic, as well as indispensable for water facilities and fire protection and a very attractive topic for shooting with the 400 tele lens, focusing in the contrast between the ethereal glass buildings and the charming army of roof wooden water tanks.
Once you start walking heading to 5th. Av. set the camera ready with the 24-105 canon lens, ideal to trap the peaceful horses attached to the carriage for tourists ride porpoises, or the different street art exhibits, the multiracial people walking, footing, or singing around the park, before you arrive to the famous avenue with a camera anxious to shot the gorgeous shops of celebrated brands that fill 5th Avenue. The light at midday will require a polarizing filter to reduce reflections, though some reflections in the glass buildings will spice up the photos of that world of concrete and glass at a correct angle, being careful about over-exposure blowing out the high lights. Could it be a better way to concentrate New York essence that shooting its reflected fleeting glance?
New York’s architecture obliges you to look up while walking searching for different angles, reflections and light to shot with a 50 mm lens that bend the light as little as possible, the contrasts of the grey high scrapers, yellow cabs below, New York’s Cathedral of San Patrick sandwiched between huge glass buildings, sculptures at the slopes of the concrete high skyscraper as Flatiron Herald Tribune or Empire State, or the always crowded Rockefeller Centre.
Next stop will be Times Square, the triangle intersection were a large variety of thoroughfares happen, the hub of glamour and appeal, flashed with neon advertisement, Broadway’s theatres, skyscrapers…where you will need to change lens, from 50mm for general pictures shooting across the steamy sewers for a very special effect, to fish eye for an embracing building’s picture, to 400mm tele-objetive to trap portraits, close neon and details of the old Broadway’s theatres.
In Soho, the main object for your camera should be the cute little shops, charming cafés and galleries, occupying the lower levels of that old Manhattan reformed buildings, where you can shot a couple of photos of the famous fire escapes, before going to the financial district and, after taking some pictures of the yet unfinished therefore ghostly Ground Zero at golden evening light with 50 mm and eye fish, jump to Staten Island Free Ferry to contemplate and photograph 50 mm lens a lower Manhattan skyline , Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges over East River and the Statue of Liberty. Sailing back to Manhattan approaching night-time you will have the chance to shot some incredible photos at sunset and twilight from Battery Park.
- Time required for this trip: Four days.
- Traveller profile: Amateur. ( What´s this? )
- Itinerary difficulty: Easy.
- Adventure level: Low.
Sponsored byAre You Interested in Becoming a Sponsor? Contact us
- Full frame digital DSLR bodies Canon EOS 5D – Nikon 800.
- Canon 8-15 f/4 Fish Eye.
- Canon 16-35 mm f4 – Nikon 16-35 mm F4.
- Canon new release EF 55-200 mm f4.5/5.6 is light and compact, focuses fast and has a good focal length range, good for skyscrapers.
- Canon EF 24-105 mm – Nikon 24-120 F4.
- Canon EF50mm f/2,5 – Nikon 60 mm f2 Macro lens.
- Canon 100-400mm – Nikon 80-400mm f4.
- Enough CF cards to store 500 photos per day. A big stack of 8 GB cards (each holds 500 RAW).
- Polarizing Filter.
- Blower Bulb.
- Soft Brush.
- For a lighter weight than the DSLR, Fujifilm X-T1 is an excellent and highly recommended non-full frame camera.
Sponsored byAre You Interested in Becoming a Sponsor? Contact us
- Central Park at day and night light from the top of Time Warner Building. COLUMBUS CIRCLE.
- Manhattan roofs and water tanks from the top of Time Warner Building. COLUMBUS CIRCLE.
- Horses, exhibits, musicians, people at Central Park Entrance. 59TH.ST.
- 5th Avenue shops, buildings and people. 651 FIFTH AVENUE. CARTIER.
- Broadway St. and its theatres; neon, billboards, fairy lights, posters… WEST 40TH.ST. TO WEST 54TH.ST. WEST SIXTH AV. TO EAST 8TH. AV. INCLUDING TIMES SQ.
- Times square, the heart of Broadway, it could be also called Neon Avenue. Take your time there for skyscrapers full of billboards and neon, for the steamy sewers, the Levis, Hard Rock, Hershey Locals. TIMES SQUARE CROSSROADS WEST 42nd ST. BROADWAY, SEVENTH AND EIGHT AVE.
- Soho. Shops, galleries, fire escapes, street market, and the all kinds of people wandering around. BROADWAY WEST TO 6TH. AV.
- World Trade Centre- Ground Zero- There is something magic and strange about photographing the unfinished buildings of the new World Trade Centre. LIBERTY ST. AND GREENWICH ST.
- Staten Island. Great Lower Manhattan Skyline, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges over East River. STATEN ISLAND SOUTH MANHATTAN.
- Battery Park. Breathtaking sunset views from the park of the statue of liberty, Ellis Island and Hudson River. BATERY PARK, BATTERY SOUTH MANHATTAN.
- File format: RAW so you can fiddle with exposure later on.
- New York is a city full of energy, speed, and creativity for all type of photographers. While wandering around set your camera lens 50 mm lens at ISO 100 so you won’t miss a spontaneous scene.
- Skyscrapers, buildings in general, have a lot of angles to shot. You don’t need to trap the whole building at once. Try to look for beautiful angles. Ideal 24-105 Canon lens.
- Photographing buildings will require the tripod and closed aperture to allow a slow shutter speed for creative motion-blur effects.
- Wide Angle accentuates the effect of skyscraper folding toward the centre, producing extreme perspective. Eye fish creates a special curved perspective of skyscrapers. In a 50 mm lens probably you can fit the whole building.
- Look for a nice contrast like a yellow taxicab, a sculpture, or a hot dog cart… to show the building size and to add a touch of colour to the concrete or glass buildings.
- Capture the life and fashion on the streets and you will have the true essence of the city. For street portrait Canon lens 50 mm. is highly recommended to shot at the smallest aperture possible and 400 ISO.
- At night Manhattan becomes another city, where the lighting plays the main role. Place the camera on a tripod, and set it at f/8 and upwards for a greater depth of field. Use a self-timer or a cable release for a sharp photo or the streets. Coming to buildings use f/16 and above, a narrow aperture and let the shutter remain open for a longer time to allow lighter. Advisable 50 mm Canon lens or 24-105 Canon lens.
- Take a light soft hand carry suitcase to fit comfortably the photograph equipment.
- Buy a New York City pass for sightseeing. It will be a cheaper and easiest way to go around Manhattan.
- Insure your camera gear before trip and be sure that your company includes any type of loss and that the coverage is in force worldwide.
- Have a copy of your insured equipment list.
- For special shots on skyscrapers or still-life around Manhattan it will be advisable to spend one day researching for places, angles and light, and the next day go straight for shooting Manhattan.