Today was supposed to be the big Manhattanhenge. Lots of people anticipated the bi-annual phenomenon by hitting the streets of Manhattan with their cameras and phones. However it turned out tonight was big dissapointment, especially for those who missed last night (see my previous post), the reason being that the clouds completely blocked the sun when it was perfectly aligned with the street grid of the city. Only 30 minutes before there was a gorgeous sunset which I was able to capture a little bit at the Meatpacking District were the hight of the buildings is not an obstacle to seeing the sunset. I think they came out alright although they might not officially make it to the Manhattanhenge archives of the world.
One of the things things I love about doing a photo shoot in New York City is the great variety of elements that you can incorporate into your work. You can combine some of the most iconic urban backdrops with some great Fall foliage within a single photo shoot. When you match an aesthetic, vibrant backdrop with a great looking couple that radiates with love for each other, you have all the elements for an outstanding photo shoot. Then it remains up to you to bring it all together for a final product that will be worthy of the uniqueness of a moment such as an engagement. My most recent engagement photo shoot seemed to bring all of these elements together. We started the photo shoot on Washington Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn. This scenic location is famous for example from the movie, Once Upon A Time In America, starring actor Robert De Niro. The Manhattan Bridge peaks perfectly from between the old brownstone buildings at the end of the Street. This gives the set that unique, old time Brooklyn feel. A couple of the streets in DUMBO are covered with old cobble stones and tram tracks, which is another element that adds a great vintage feel to a photo. Along the streets of DUMBO there are also some great looking graffitis which again add to that authentic Brooklyn flavor. A walking distance from Washington Street is a small beach by the Hudson River which has some of the greatest views of the Manhattan Skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge (Yes, there is a beach by the Hudson River! Wouldn’t recommend swimming though!). As if this wasn’t enough we continued our photo shoot by making a 10-15 minute drive to Prospect Park. This is were we were able to get some fantastic Fall foliage photos. The great thing about Prospect Park is that it is not quite as crowded as Central Park in Manhattan which makes it easier to find a quiet spot for the photo shoot. Also there are lots of fallen leaves on the ground which make for fantastic photo props. In Central Park the leaves are often trashed away quickly which is great… unless you are a photographer:)
The Loeb Boat House in Central Park offers gondola rides at the pond for up to six people in a boat. This is definitely one of the most romantic things you can do with with your special someone while in New York. From the pond you can enjoy the unique combination of Central Park’s lush green forest against the backdrop of the stunning Manhattan skyline all at the same time. On a calm evening The San Remo apartment building reflects beautifully off of the pond’s surface. Past and present residents of the San Remo include such famous personalities as Tiger Woods, Steven Spielberg, Demi Moore, Glenn Close, Dustin Hoffman, Bono, Steve Martin, Bruce Willis. Rita Hayworth spent her last years there, alongside her daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan. Bono bought his apartment from Steve Jobs for $14.5 million.
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Spring time is my favorite time in Central Park. The Central Park Conservancy does such an excellent job taking care of the park’s 250 acres of lawns, 24,000 trees, 150 acres of lakes and streams and 80 acres of woodlands. April is the best time to enjoy the magnolia and cherry blossom. Last week I decided to walk around the whole park, starting from the south-east corner northward to Harlem and then walking back southward on the west side. I’ve never actually been north of the water reservoir so I really enjoyed visiting some new places, such the Conservatory Garden around 104th Street on the East side and the North Woods up in Harlem. Spring is also a fantastic time to spot some of the more than 200 species of birds that make their annual migration via New York. Central Park is the one place where you can distance yourself from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan life without actually leaving the city.