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How to Photograph Manhattanhenge

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)

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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.

Sunset Manhattanhenge at Midtown Manhattan Skyline, New York Uni

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Gantry Plaza State Park
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Gantry Plaza State Park

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Locations to shoot:

  • 57th Street
  • 42nd Street
  • 34th Street
  • 23rd Street
  • 14th Street
  • Roosevelt Island
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Tudor City
  • Gantry Plaza State Park

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New York City / USA - JUL 13 2018: Manhttanhenge street view fro

New York City / USA - JUL 13 2018: Manhttanhenge street view fro

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.

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New York City / USA - JUL 13 2018: Manhttanhenge street view fro

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.

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New York City / USA - JUL 13 2018: Manhttanhenge street view fro

I hope you enjoyed this event in 2018, let’s see on 2019.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 50mm | by EDI CHEN

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

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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.