Carousel in Brooklyn

It never fails.  Wherever you are, there is always more to shoot than there is time in the day! Somewhere along the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge, Shannon from www.seeingspotsphoto.com and I parted ways after a day full of photography and fun.  I knew that the New York City skyline from Brooklyn was something that I was hoping to see, but there was only a few trains left that could get me back to the hotel at a reasonable hour.  Well, as with most things, my motto is to go for it.  After getting off the bridge, there was a convenient little map that I snapped a photo of with my iPod to get me around the waterside, and had all my gear out and ready to speedy get a few shots and get back to the train.

As I made my way down one rocky shore, I hit a rock that had quite a bit more slip to it than I was expecting, and my legs took a little air time vacation.  First reaction, get the camera up away from the ground!  Well I landed not so gracefully, and I’m sure if anyone saw me they had a nice laugh, but I was on a mission.   For shots like these, at night over water, I really try to get the water nice and smooth looking.  A good ‘rule of thumb’ for you to use, get the camera set to bracketting mode, and bias the middle exposure a bit to the bright side, maybe +.7 or +1.0, then make sure your middle exposure is right around 6-8 seconds long.  This will ensure that you have that glossy water surface, full of reflecting lights.

Brooklyn NYC William Woodward
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