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Capture the Manhattan Skyline at Governors Island

One of the most extravagant things is to have green land in the densest and busiest city in the world. Now, not only the most famous Central Park we can spend time with our friends and families, but also there is a new place to go – Governors Island, only 15 minutes by ferry from Lower Manhattan. Time to experience this paradise away from the noise.

Pack List:

  • Weather appropriate clothes
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Lenses
  • Extra batteries
  • Snacks
  • Beverages
  • Water
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Governors Island entrance vie
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 59mm | by EDI CHEN

Governor Island, a small island that served the US military and its families, has been rebuilt since 1911. In 2003, it became a public place for sightseeing. During this period, the land of the island area has expanded nearly three times than before, to be the shape of today’s cone ice cream. Using the material of blown up the original buildings and parking lots on the island to build up the hills and recycling the stones of the old coastline. There are not only hotels, houses, and school on this small island, but mini farms, all in order to provide a new outdoor space for people who living and visiting in New York City to enjoy nature. They have spent so much effort on this small island, and today we only need to pay a $3 round-trip ticket to enjoy it, is it very cool?

My Secret Photography Spot

New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Lower Manhattan Skyline view
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 28mm | by EDI CHEN

On this trip, you can take photos with the full view of lower Manhattan from the east river and also Statue of Liberty Island.

New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Lower Manhattan Skyline view
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 105mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Governors Island and Statue o
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 48mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Governors Island entrance vie
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 28mm | by EDI CHEN

Governors Island opened to the public in 2016 and now offers ferries to and from Manhattan and Brooklyn every day. The ferry runs from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm every day, and only Friday night is open until 10:00 pm and Saturday at 11:00 pm. So every Friday and Saturday is the perfect time to take a photo of the sunset. Due to the location and time of the sunrise, we have no chance to see it until the general supervisor is fully open in the future.

New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Oyster bar of Governors Islan
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 39mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Oyster bar of Governors Islan
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 35mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Governors Island entrance vie
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 44mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Wheeler Ave street sign of Go
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 98mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Landscape environment of Gove
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 48mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Fort Jay and Landscape enviro
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 77mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: The giant granite scramble on
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 70mm | by EDI CHEN

My recommendation lens for the better shooting here is 24mm to 200mm, even longer focal length like 400mm to get close up shot of Statue of Liberty.

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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 24mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: The giant granite scramble on
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 24mm | by EDI CHEN
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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 50mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Lower Manhattan Skyline view
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 44mm | by EDI CHEN
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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 24mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Lower Manhattan Skyline view
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 24mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Lower Manhattan Skyline view
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 24mm | by EDI CHEN

Do You Know: The giant granite scramble on Outlook Hill is made entirely of  GRANITE BLOCKS  from the old Island seawall. In 2012, The Trust replaced 1 mile of seawall with more resilient rip-rap revetment. The Harbor-facing side of Outlook Hill is made of  LIGHTWEIGHT PUMICE  – the same material used on your feet when you get a pedicure! Without it, the hill would be so heavy it would push the old Island fill below out into the Harbor.

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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 24mm | by EDI CHEN
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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 46mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Escape in New York outdoor fi
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 50mm | by EDI CHEN

More event info please visit: https://govisland.com

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Early morning walk in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Financial District

Manhattan Bridge | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Manhattan Bridge | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Brooklyn Bridge Park | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Manhattan Bridge | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Sunrise at Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan Skyline | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Manhattan Bridge and east river by Edi Chen
Manhattan Bridge | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Brooklyn Bridge Park by Edi Chen
Brooklyn Bridge Park | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Jane’s Carousel | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Lower Manhattan Skyline by Edi Chen
Lower Manhattan Skyline | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Brooklyn Bridge Park by Edi Chen
Brooklyn Bridge Park | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Water taxi on east river by Edi Chen
Water taxi on east river | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Brooklyn Bridge Park by Edi Chen
Brooklyn Bridge Park | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Brooklyn Bridge Park | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Early morning in Wall Street by Edi Chen
Early morning in Wall Street | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Pier 15 South Street Seaport by Edi Chen
Pier 15 South Street Seaport | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Financial District by Edi Chen
Financial District | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
New skyscraper building in Financial District by Edi Chen
New skyscraper building in Financial District | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Pier 11 South Street Seaport by Edi Chen
Pier 11 South Street Seaport | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Take shower for dogs on the street by Edi Chen
Take shower for dogs on the street | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Front Street at Seaport area by Edi Chen
Front Street at Seaport area | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Fulton Street Seaport Area by Edi Chen
Fulton Street Seaport Area | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Union Rat at Fulton Street by Edi Chen
Union Rat at Fulton Street | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
UPS guy working on the street by Edi Chen
UPS guy working on the street | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
One World Trade Center in Sunny day by Edi Chen
One World Trade Center in Sunny day | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Woman are talking on the phone on Fulton Street by Edi Chen
Woman are talking on the phone on Fulton Street | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
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I’m a professional photographer and travel blogger. If you like my artworks and want to support, please feel free to share this page. Fine art prints are available on Etsy and more. Photo licensing is available on many stock agencies. Follow me on social media (Instagram: @ccyminum, Facebook: @ccyminum). Leave a comment or send a message to me are welcome.

366 days project in New York City

I’ve never done any personal project since the day I become a professional photographer, even don’t know the real meaning of the personal project. I’ve lost my own creation and lifestyle since I start my own business as fashion and event photography studio around 2010. I spent 80% of my life to learn and find out the rules of the game, try to catch more client, deal with the problem, manage the studio team. Then I moved to New York City in 2015, I was excited when standing on the street in this city like dreams come true, but in meantime, I feel lost. I have no idea what should I do and don’t want to go back my wrong way again. I have to find a way out while maintaining a livelihood, paying my rent and feed my family. I’ve always had the idea to shoot a personal project, but I don’t know how to start till one day. When I went back to a building and found that it had ceased to exist, I realized that the city in which I lived was quietly changing, and each one of us was here looking for balance. As I drove down the road to Sedona, I decided to name the project “BALANCE”. This one year-long project would be the most challenge thing to me in my tire life, and I will step on way of finding myself.

I took the first picture for this project on January 7, 2016 when back from Arizona, and continued daily through January 6, 2017. During this time I photographed 366 symmetrical subjects in and around New York City completing my project. I focused on diverse structures and perspectives of architecture as well as different views of the city enhanced by mood, harmony, proportion, and balance. Each day I traversed the city going from neighborhood to neighborhood and all five boroughs in search of symmetrical beauty. On these daily shoots, I had to be prepared for weather, lighting or any other random occurrence which either hindered or helped my work.

I went through the biggest snowstorm in New York in 2016. And I saw the most beautiful sunrise and sunset.
This project start from Jan 7, 2016 to Jan6, 2017

This concept of urban symmetry photographs was inspired by the fascinating and remarkable architecture of the city of New York. Everyone has their own idea of New York….what makes this city great? New York is a place where scenes, images, and events can appear at any time. I felt a calling and noticed how the environment where we live is ever changing. I explored the city and visited countless buildings, subways, museums, bridges and historical landmarks. Some of these places were chosen through extensive research and others just by happenstance. At times I would have to revisit locations for the perfect shot and in doing so noticed that some buildings either changed or even disappeared upon my return. Looking closely at some of the photographs you can see these changes that occurred, such as a pigeon standing on a structure or missing bricks in a building. These “imperfections” reflect the realities of life and that which surrounds us.

With an endless passion and a long list of shots to start with.
Cold temperatures are the biggest enemies of my own.
It usually takes a long time to capture a perfect moment.
The weather is getting warmer, take the tripod and start the long exposure.
There are few shots on the list, and I have to walk on the streets to find more targets.
Have to go farther to find, sometimes to travel a few hours of subway.
Waiting alone for a few hours to take a picture has become accustomed for me.
Sometimes I need to get the location 2 hours early before the job starts with only 4 hours sleep. I almost gave up the project, I was exhausted. Luckily, I kept it down.
One months of mental exhaustion, no target, no time.
The benefit of reduced work is that there can be a lot of time to explore this city.
The more tense I am when close to completion, the less I can do without relaxation.
When it’s almost done, it’s only just begun.

Some people hear the noise.

Some people hear the rhythm.

Some people seem glamorous.

Some people seem lonely.

Some people talk about fashion.

Some people are making history.

Sunrise, sunset.

Four seasons in one year.

One city. One person. One camera.

 
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I’m a professional photographer and travel blogger. If you like my artworks and want to support, please feel free to share this page. Fine art prints are available on Etsy and more. Photo licensing is available on many stock agencies. Follow me on social media (Instagram: @ccyminum, Facebook: @ccyminum). Leave a comment or send a message to me are welcome.