New York Photography Spots

Manhattan on Fire (New York)

I took this photo years ago while visiting New York. I clearly remember that day because that was my first experience to be harassed as the photographer for taking pictures. I was in the Financial District in the morning with the camera around my neck and no tripod. While working along State Street, I found myself in front of this famous building with the curved facade. I saw it on many postcards and famous photos and I knew…

New York Skyline with One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower)

I just returned from my latest trip to New York. It was amazing to see how One World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower) changed the skyline of Manhattan. As a Canadian living in the eastern part of the country, I visit New York fairly often. It is only 6 hours away from Montreal by car. Over the years I compiled the list of my favorite photography locations in different parts of New York. I also learned how to use…

Ground Zero Sunset Reflections (New York)

Once again I went trough my Lightroom archives and selected the photo I took a long time ago. I was never happy with the final result even though I made multiple attempts over the years. I decided to take another shot. It was 2006 and it was the very first time I visited New York after 9/11. Although it was almost 5 years past since the tragic event I still could see the traces of the destruction…

Manhattan Sunset Skyline (New York)

This view was like the grand prize of my latest trip to New York. As usual, it was a busy and exhausting day with lots of walking in hot and sticky weather with multiple short, yet intense rainfalls. I was very happy that instead of driving to my hotel through busy tunnels I was taking a ferry ride to Staten Island where I stayed this time. It is not very often that you see such a beautiful summer…

Midtown Sunset Reflections (New York)

This photo is an addition to my Photo Location Guide post “An Unconventional Way to Photograph New York”. In my guide, I share with you my experience of how to hack one of the most touristy activities in New York to improve and distinguish your travel photography. The main disadvantage of using the upper deck of the tourist bus as your photo platform is that you don’t get to photograph sunrises and sunsets since the tour line…

New York City – the Best Spot to Photograph Panoramas of Manhattan

I have to start by saying that I love New York. It’s probably the most rewarding place for any travel photographer or any photo enthusiast because there’s something interesting around every corner. It’s a rare place where you can walk around aimlessly without any plans for what to photograph and still be rewarded with endless photo opportunities. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of visiting and photographing New York on may occasions. Here are some personal…

East River Sunset Shower (New York)

I found this photo in my rejected images while cleaning up my Lightroom travel photography archives. I took it during a sunset cruise along the East River on my trip to New York about 3 years earlier. The fireboat was spraying the water for the tourists’ amusement, and I was taking photographs against the sun through the water. I remember I saw the potential in this urban landscape but was never happy with the composition, and after…

Photographing New York from the River

In my previous Photo Location Guide articles on the exploration of New York as a travel photographer, I have shared my favorite ways to photograph the stunning panoramic views of Manhattan from Hamilton Park, New Jersey, and unveiled my hack on how to photograph the city from a very unconventional perspective; the top deck of the tour bus. New York is a very rewarding location for any photographer, and by walking along the streets of the city…

Lower Manhattan Morning Reflections (New York)

After completing my flagship product Lightroom Rapid Editing for Landscapes, I am working to cover the next most important type of my photography: Architecture Photography. My goal is to cover all aspects of travel photography by the end of the year. I am hoping to help people interested in travel photography in the following areas: Landscapes, Architecture, People and HDR photography. As I was going through my archives trying to collect the best examples for the architectural segment of my Lightroom…

Manhattan Sunset Bird (New York)

New York is only a 6-hour drive from Montreal and when I feel I need extra inspiration for my photography I simply drive down south for a day or two. I took this photo last summer in New York when I stayed not far from Staten Island. Staten Island is not exactly a spectacular location with regards to photography, but it gives you the unique opportunity to use Staten Island Ferry when visiting Manhattan. During my short stay, I…

A Trip Down Memory Lane: Photo Which Changed My Life Ten Years Ago Today (New York)

For years, I’ve been using an online photography service called PictureLife. It collects all of my photos shuttered across the web (Flickr, Facebook, G+ …) and stores them in one location at PictureLife. It organizes them by date and tries to recognize duplicates and hide them. Therefore, you enjoy access to all of your photos in one location with a beautiful interface. I do not use this service professionally, but for managing my family photos, PictureLife is…

Photo Location Guide: The Best Spot for Photographing New York City from Above

It was the middle of August, and probably the hottest weekend of the year in New York. With temperatures way above 30 degrees and the humidity close to 100%, it felt like walking on a frying pan. Of course, that was the week we picked for our first non-work related visit to New York. It was afternoon and we were slowly navigating our way from Greenwich Village to Midtown with our final destination being the Empire State…

Lady in Green (New York)

I took this photo from the Staten Island Ferry during my morning ride to Manhattan. It was hazy summer morning and I had little hope of getting any interesting shots. I was waiting for the sunset ride back to Staten Island in the evening (check photo from that evening). The reason for me taking a gazillion of shots that morning was my recent purchase of a brand new Canon 70-200 lens and I wanted to test it in…

From Staten Island to Manhattan (New York)

After visiting New York on so many occasions in the last decade I realized that I never had a chance to ride Staten Island Ferry. I have taken different types of courses and rides around Manhattan but never from Staten Island. Last spring, before going to New York, I decided to compensate for my earlier shortcomings. I booked my hotel not far from Staten Island and every day, during my stay, I took the ferry instead of driving…

Brooklyn Bridge Wires and the Flag (New York)

The Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic element of the New York landscape. It is easily recognizable with its historical roots and you cannot go wrong by including it in your composition.  I have plenty of photos of the New York skyline with the presence of the famous arch. Every time I visit NY, I make sure to take at least a few shots of the bridge. On my last trip, I found the new bridge perspective for myself…

Photo Location Guide: An Unconventional Way to Photograph New York

Living in Eastern Canada (Montreal) near the US border has a big advantage for any travel photographer or photo enthusiast; it puts you within driving distance of two beautiful and extremely photogenic cities; Boston, and New York I have a tradition where I visit New York at least once a year. Even if I have happened to visit during my business trips, I still try to find time to return on my own. Since I am not…

Manhattan’s Tilted View (New York)

I know that some photographers try to avoid well known and recognizable places when they travel as they are always in search of new and unique spots. I have a different approach when visiting iconic locations. I treat them as a personal challenge and, instead, work hard trying to make my photos unique. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not; but, I always have fun trying. That was the exact challenge I faced while visiting Rockefeller Center…

Manhattan Skyline from Brooklyn Bridge (New York)

This is one of those images I had to wait four years to process to finally achieve the look I intended from the beginning. I took this photo during a mid-August visit to New York. It was one of the hottest days of the year, with the temperature way above 30°C and with 100% humidity. It was probably the worst weather for any photography; the air was hot and hazy, and everything looked dull and grey without…