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Brooklyn Bridge skyline, New York USA

Probably the most famous and standard spot for all photographers who are coming to New York is this one with an amazing view over the East River towards the skyline of Manhattan with Brooklyn Bridge coming from the left. It's a great place to meet other photographers and the stone steps are serving perfect as a seat for a relaxed photography session.

The best time to be there is before sunset around September 11th, because that's usually the time when the city activates these two memorial lights called "Tribute in Light". This way the standard perspective gets an additional nice detail, but you have to be early! The last time I've been there we were about 100 photographers just at this spot. Normally there is enough space for everybody, but if you want the best view, you shouldn't be late!
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You can walk over the Brooklyn Bridge or use the subway to Brooklyn to get there with just a few additional minutes by foot.
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A decent amount of people

Sunset & blue hour/nighttime during fall

07:05 16:28
40°42'16.1039" N 73°59'25.1044" W

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Alona Azaria
Alona Azaria 25.08.2019
Gorgeous photo, Manuel, and an excellent tip about going in September during memorial activities but I don't understand the "The best time to be there is before sunset around 11" ... what time is sunset and what time is it before?
Manuel Becker
Manuel Becker 25.08.2019
Hey dear Alona, I guess I should explain it in other words. It's just important to be there during 11. September just before the sun settles. Sunset is around 7pm, so I would be there around 6pm, so that I would have enough time to find a good composition. Besides that, there will be quite a lot of local photographers, so depending on your spot you might need to be there even earlier to get a good spot. Did I explain it better this time? :-)
Alona Azaria
Alona Azaria 25.08.2019
Terrific!!! the full-stop after 11 confused me :-) and indeed September 11th is patriot day :-) thank you so much!!!
Manuel Becker
Manuel Becker 25.08.2019
Ah now I understand. I changed that to "September 11th". "11. September" is the German way to write a date... sorry about that... ;-)
Alona Azaria
Alona Azaria 25.08.2019
Seriously, at least I leaned something, it might come handy very soon :-)
Manuel Becker
Manuel Becker 25.08.2019 , edited
I really like that you are always so optimistic! :-)
Alona Azaria
Alona Azaria 25.08.2019
Manuel, final question, what lens did you use and at what focal length from that spot! thanks for all your help
Manuel Becker
Manuel Becker 26.08.2019 , edited
This photo is quite old, so I used my Canon 7D with a 17-50mm F2.8. For this photo, I was at 21mm / 25sec / F11 / ISO100, but keep in mind that the Canon doesn't have a fullframe sensor. And no worries about asking questions, always happy to help.
Alona Azaria
Alona Azaria 26.08.2019
Ok, thank you so much, so it will be around 33mm for full frame. BTW, I see the cabin underneath the bridge, you have done a great job controlling the light - your photo really stands out :-)
Manuel Becker
Manuel Becker 26.08.2019
That's a children's merry-go-round (such a beautiful place for something like that) and I guess I took multiple photos to prevent areas that are burned out, but I am not sure anymore. Thank you very much for all your feedback :-)
Rajesh Kumar
Rajesh Kumar 13.11.2017
Wow...love the composition!
Manuel Becker
Manuel Becker 13.11.2017
Yeah, it's definitely one of the most iconic photo spots in New York for this reason and I am pretty sure that you would enjoy this place too.

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Thank you Manuel Becker for creating this photo spot and Christian Lamine, Fotografie-Kurs.Koeln, Christian Lorenz, fototante.de, Johan terH, Pustefix2109, Mark Keating, Axel Etcheverry, Adelheid Smitt, Maximilian Kaiser for improving it with additional photos or content.

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