From the George Washington Bridge, we drove over to the other side of Manhattan to the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. The bridge, also known as the 59th Street Bridge, is located between 59th and 60th Streets in Manhattan. Construction of the bridge was completed in 1909. Designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Queensboro Bridge is a double-decker bridge that carries 9 lanes of traffic and is the first entry point into the Manhattan course of New York City Marathon.
Loren took us to a relatively unknown spot, Sutton Place Park North, which has a connection to the Woody Allen film Manhattan.
The film’s most memorable image is the one from the poster with Woody Allen and Diane Keaton sitting on a bench at sunrise on the banks of the East River, silhouetted against the sky.Tammy.
This is the smallest park I have ever visited. I tipped my hat to the Woody Allen film (which I have not seen) and processed this in black and white, but I have included colour versions using the Classic Chrome Film Simulation.
By the time we arrived, the sun had faded behind the clouds. There is a red railing that runs the length of the bridge. Despite being one of the more colourful bridges we toured, I could not find a way to pull out the colour.
I was lucky enough to catch a few photographs of the Roosevelt Island gondola passing overhead. This is an aerial tramway that runs parallel to the bridge and spans the East River. It connects Roosevelt Island to the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Opened in 1976, The tramway is the first commuter aerial tramway in North America.
This past weekend I attended a New York City Bridges Photography Workshop with Loren Fisher and a group of photographers from New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut. The New Jersey group met at the Bridgewater Train Station. Loren drove to Penn Station where we picked a photographer from Weehawken, then we zipped over to Grand Central Staton to pickup photographers from Greenwich and Manhattan.
Our first stop was in Fort Washington Park where our group photographed the George Washington Bridge GWB and The Little Red Lighthouse under the watchful eye of a Port Authority guard who insisted that we exclude the east support pillar in any of our photographs. Just to be sure we behaved, an NYC police patrol car was on the scene. Fort Washington Park runs along a section of the Hudson River from 72nd Street to 158th street.
Under construction from 1927-1932 by Swiss engineer, Othmar Ammann, the 1,450 m GWB is a double-decked suspension bridge spanning the Hudson River. The bridge connects the Washington Heights neighbourhood of Manhattan with the borough of Fort Lee in New Jersey. The GWB has 8 lanes on the upper deck with 6 lanes on the lower deck and transport over 103 million vehicles per year between.
The forty-foot Little Red Lighthouse was originally built as the North Hook Beacon at Sandy Hook, New Jersey, where it stood until 1917 when it became obsolete. The Lighthouse was moved to its current location in 1921 by the United States Coast Guard as part of a project to improve Hudson River navigational aids, and originally had a battery-powered lamp and a fog bell. It was operated by a part-time lighthouse keeper. In 1948, the lighthouse was decommissioned by the Coast Guard. The lights from the George Washington Bridge provided better lighting.
These are two of the images I captured of City Hall in the Center City section of Philadelphia taken during the night photography course Philadelphia After Dark field trip led by the instructor, David Hartz.
These are both HDR images with one image used as the main element for the light trails. I applied the perspective correction and a film filter to both HDR images.
I'm not sure which one I like better.; the one that was captured at blue hour while the sky was overcast or the one captured during the cross over to full night.
Which one do you prefer?
NOTE: The feature image license is Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial.