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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

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.

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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 105mm | by EDI CHEN
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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 48mm | by EDI CHEN
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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.

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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 39mm | by EDI CHEN
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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 35mm | by EDI CHEN
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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 44mm | by EDI CHEN
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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
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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 77mm | by EDI CHEN
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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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How to remove tourist from the ​image

I love people as an element in the scene for photographs, but still looking for a nice and clean shot sometimes, or you plan to sell image license to your client. It’s really hard to get a people less image during peak hour, like sunrise and sunset, especially when you travel to somewhere for just a few days. To make sure you can get a high-quality image that worth the money you spent on every trip. I would love to share this tips here to help someone that may need the same request as myself.

First of all, you need a camera, tripod and Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom(maybe optional) for the standard request of equipment and software to start with this tutorial. For more accessories which may help you out with the part of shooting is camera remote control, Neutral Density filter, Graduated Neutral Density filter, and filter holder.

Step #1: Stay steady and take several shots

The very first step is to place your camera at the spot you wish to take photographs, remember to set your camera to Manual mode to keep focus at the same depth. Then create several photographs of the same scene at the different time, try to space them a few seconds. Watching how people walk through and where they’ve stood, make sure people are in constant motion.

Step #2: Editing your images

In Adobe Lightroom:

I edit my photos in Adobe Lightroom when review batch of them at the same time, especially for travel photos or maybe events. Lightroom gives me the easiest way to do the color correction, export to different size and format and write metadata, the sync tool is highly recommended. In Lightroom, we can sync our setting to all of them after the first one has done.

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Open files in Adobe Lightroom
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Correction colors and tones in Adobe Lightroom
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Export to JPEG when you done the job of correction and ready to remove
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Export to JPEG format

In Adobe Photoshop:

Open your Adobe Photoshop select “File” then “Scripts” choose “Statistics”.

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You will see Image Statistics window, then “Browse” all the files for this process, choose stack mode as “Median”. I’m using my JPEG files which edit in Lightroom previously, you definitely can import your raw files here to instead. DO NOT forget to select “Attempt to Automatically Align Source Images” at the bottom.

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Click smart object icon (red area) to open stack layer to edit.
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Disable layer mask can make selection easier by using the brush tool.

Step #3: Filter and finish

The last step is to make the photo perfect, I usually do dirty dot removed, correct balance, cropping and color filter.

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Correct the balance
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Add color filter into photo make it more bright and strong vibration.

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Now, my Grand Central photo looks cleaner, but if I could wait for a little longer those people at the right will be removed as well. That is why one great photograph can take a very long time, the remarkable moment worth to wait.

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I hope you enjoy this tutorial which is the first one I’ve written in my blog. Thank you for reading. Please simply leave a comment or send me a message for any question.

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The Best Urban Camera Backpack For Everyday Carrying

As a professional photographer who walks around the city every day, the weight and size of the backpack are important to me. Especially when I am taking the subway, the bigger backpack takes up too much space and it is also not convenient when to sit down. It was so hard to find a perfect backpack that both have the portable size and handy function. I have never stopped the desire to search for better solutions from various brands until I saw a deal on B&H last month. I finally got my Lowerpro ProTactic BP 250AW at the price of just $65.27 including tax (now $99.99 on Amazon / $118.99 on eBay). After using it for a month, I shared my feelings here:

Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com
Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com
Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com
Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com

Before started I would especially talk about the feeling of backpacking, because it is so comfortable! The wide spacing between the shoulder straps is particularly suitable, and the ventilation system on the back is very well designed and does not feel particularly painful on the shoulders.

Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com
Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com

First of all, the 250AW package is the smallest one in the series, with 350AW and 450AW respectively. The size and capacity of this bag are designed for mirrorless camera users, but I found that my Canon EOS 5D Mark III and 24-105mm lenses are completely problem-free. Even can hold one camera and two lenses have no problem, there is still a lot of space enough to put batteries and accessories. Compared to the Lowepro Flipside 200 I used before, there is more space for accessories and all the grid are flexible, the most important thing is there is a space for iPad and notebook.

Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com
Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com

The padded Touch-Fastened interior dividers can be completely customized or removed. This is particularly intimate can be changed according to fulfill equipment upon different needs. I removed the bottom layer of the partition to put my Lee filter system for long exposure.

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Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com

My favorite back-open design of this bag completely cures me who feel not safe. In addition, the backpack has also designed 3 side access pockets on both sides and above, it is very convenient to take my camera and filters out of the bag, never have to worry about opening the entire backpack on the street.

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Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com
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Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com

When I first got the backpack, I found that the whole bag was solid and tough, like a tortoiseshell. This is also one of the reason make me purchased. I prefer to take the camera from the top, the accessories are placed on both sides, this design just right for my appetite. I like the top opening design, I feel very safe with it.

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Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com
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Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com

In addition to these, the built-in rain cover may give this product a 5 starts rate, it can protect the backpack and equipment when raining and snowing.

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Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com

I’ve used the Lowepro Flipside 200 for many years, which is also a very good one and I like it so much, but compared with the Pro Tactic 250AW, there is less space for iPad and notebook, no side pockets, no built-in rain cover.

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I hope you can know more about Pro Tactic series by reading my review and wish you to get a perfect camera bag to travel with you.

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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.