East River Glow

I’ve made a decision to blog a few less days a week.  I was starting to feel as though my work was forced and hurried and I just didn’t feel comfortable with sharing hurried work.  My schedule has become hectic, especially as the portrait side of my business is starting to move forward.  I still have a strong passion for landscapes and cityscapes, but learning portraits and doing studio work has really sparked another creative chord in my brain. The portrait and studio have given me a better understanding of light and how to control it, whether it is artificial light or natural light it’s all the same concepts. Once  you learn to control light then you can use that to make great photography.

I’ve also learned to be more detailed in reviewing my photographs. Photos for the web don’t necessarily translate to images that show well on a 60″ X 40″ metal print.  I never thought I would ever be the one manipulating pixels at 1000%, but sometimes it makes all the difference in the world in a large print hanging over someones couch. It’s given me a different perspective when I publish images on my blog. My photography is creating memories and smiles for people and that’s what truly drives my passion.

Last week I had the opportunity to visit New York City again. I always enjoy traveling to New York. I don’t have to rent a car and visiting sites is just a short walk, subway ride or taxi ride to my destination.

I made the short trek over to Brooklyn one evening and down along the banks near Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights there are pilings along the pier.  The sun was setting, but still enough light for me to use my B+W 10-Stop filter to smooth out the water.  The added benefit was that the filter gives a warm hue to images.  This gave the water of the East River and the Manhattan Skyline a warm sunset glow while creating drama in with the clouds in the sky.

If you ever get to New York City, take a short walk over the Brooklyn Bridge or one of the subway trains to Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. The neighborhood is clean and has plenty of local restaurants, fantastic park and pier area and to top it off, one of the best views of the Manhattan Skyline.

The glow of the sunset during stormy skies over the East River and Manhattan, New York

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  • Absolutely love this shot Rick. The silky water, the pilings that lead you to the skyline, the warm colors… it just works.

  • Excellent perspective on the famed NYC skyline Rick. The silky water and the poles add a great deal of interest. Good luck with your other work. Will be looking forward to it.

  • I will be there next week and will do just that Rick! A stunning shot here man, outstanding work. Good luck on your portrait stuff too, wish you all the best!

  • Love it Rick! Glad the studio side of your work is taking off, that’s great.

  • Gorgeous tones Rick! Stunning!

  • Very beautiful warm effect, Rick. I like your balance with light in upper left and dark in lower right. Nice job.

  • All I can say is WOW Rick. This is outstanding. I never made it across the bridge when I was in NYC a couple of weeks ago. Definitely on my list for next trip.

  • All I got is WOW! This is seriously awesome work and one of the best shots I have seen like this!

  • Love the details and tones here, Rick, absolutely top drawer my friend!

  • great shot Rick and I like the new look of the site!

  • Wow, I am so going to go here! I’ll be in NY in a couple of weeks and this looks like an awesome spot. Wonderful work on this image.

  • Rick, this one rocks. Love the long exp effect – like a river of mist. Beautiful my friend!

  • Awesome Rick! Love this!

  • it’s really quite exquisite. such a uniquely beautiful city that I hope to visit one day.

  • Very unusual viewpoint but this POV makes the shots so much more interesting. Love the foreground and the silky water.

  • Stunningly beautiful shot, Rick Truly awesome. The pilings add so much to this great scene.

    Love this!

  • Gorgeous! Great shot.

  • This is stunning Rick! I hear you about feeling rushed with images. This is another reason I stepped back from my blog for a bit. Glad to hear your studio side of the business is taking off!

  • This is awesome.

  • Great colurs. I love the pillars in the foreground. Nice composition