THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTOS
To know New York City is to love it. Having grown up there and recently returning to the East Coast after many years in California, I have always been drawn to that iconic skyline. One Sunday, I decided it was time to capture it with my camera.
It was a beautiful Fall afternoon. I had been in the house all day and was getting ready to settle in for the evening with some dinner and TV. But I had this nagging, restless feeling that there was something else for me to do. I had been thinking about shooting the NYC skyline from Weehawken since moving back to New Jersey three years before.
It was around 3PM and I poked my head out the front door. I noticed how blue the sky was. Gazing to the west, my eyes caught sight of these amazing, wispy, high-altitude clouds. It was going to be a glorious sunset.
I knew I could be to the New Jersey side of the Hudson by 5PM and the sun wouldn't be setting until around 7PM. Not having been there before, this would give me plenty of time to find just the right spot to shoot the New York skyline as the sun gave up its light for the day.
My first stop was Hamilton Park overlooking the Hudson and mid-town Manhattan. I was immediately taken by the views this hilltop perch provided and did a series of panoramic images with my camera. After a short time however, I realized that the view from the park was limited, so it was time to move on. I wanted to be right down on the river's edge.
Moments later I rolled into parking lot near the Port Imperial Marina. I felt a rush of awe and excitement as I saw the Manhattan skyline in the distance. It was the perfect spot to shoot Manhattan along the river's edge.
Over the next two hours I was mesmerized by the ever changing face of Manhattan as the sky made its transition from day into night. Those white, wispy clouds I had spotted earlier came alive, gradually shifting from pink to red to violet and then disappearing completely. As the sun dipped below the horizon, I was awestruck as the glass and steel facades of the modern buildings reflected the distant brightness, lighting up these structures in incredible and beautiful ways.
As the daylight faded for good, the lights of the city came up. I was treated to yet another show, courtesy of the buildings reflecting off the Hudson. All-in-all, it was an amazing and breathtaking display of sun, sky, clouds, glass, steel, and water.
By the time I headed home, it was almost 11PM. I was tired but certain that my time photographing the skyline of New York City was well spent.
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