Manhattanhenge is the most crowded outdoor event that I’ve ever attended to in NYC. What is Manhattanhenge, you may ask which is a common question when people see me shoot on street. Manhattanhenge is an event during which the setting sun or the rising sun is aligned with the east-west streets of the main street grid of Manhattan. It happened only four times a year, the end of May and the middle of July. Unlike other famous photography locations, this event happened in the middle of the street which means traffic and people around you, so a tripods may not a good idea unless some special situation.
When: May 29 & 30, July 11 & 12
Where: Manhattan and Queens
Gear: Telephoto lens, tripods (depends on location)
My secret spot for Manhattanhenge:
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I would highly recommend using telephoto lenses but not wide angle one because the close-up view can help you get out of the people and buildings to make the photo cleaner. Look at this one below I’ve shot in Gantry Plaza State Park where in Queens, It would be much better if by using a telephoto lens to frame the Chrysler Buildings and the sunset.
Locations to shoot:
- 57th Street
- 42nd Street
- 34th Street
- 23rd Street
- 14th Street
- Roosevelt Island
- Grand Central Terminal
- Tudor City
- Gantry Plaza State Park
Camera setting for Manhattanhenge:
You can use any setting for sunset when going to tripods friendly area, but if you plan to shoot on the street just like me to handheld shooting, safe shutter speed is the most important thing you should pay attention to. I was using the Canon 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 lens which is an amazing one I purchased this year, the only problem is when I use 105mm the aperture is F5.6, it makes shutter speed slow. You should use your safe shutter speed forever for keeping camera stabilizable to take a sharp shot. What is safe shutter speed you may say? For example, if you use a 200mm lens your safe shutter speed is 1/200s or faster depends on your hands, or like I was using 105mm focal length, the rule is 1/105s. For safety, I always use faster speed than the basic rule. So for this situation, I choose at least 1/400s. ISO400.
In these photos you may understand how crazy it was, it was a Chaos. If you are a driver, just don’t pass these street at the time.
I hope you enjoyed this event in 2018, let’s see on 2019.