Emily Kawasaki  

NJ and NYC Skyline by Emily Kawasaki

November 2020 - NJ and NYC Skyline

About the Image(s)

This image was taken on May 27, 2019 at 2:36pm Eastern. The photo was taken at Bush Terminal Piers Park in Brooklyn, NY. It shows the park and Bay Ridge Channel in the foreground. It shows the architecture of Hoboken, Manhattan and Brooklyn in the background. The photo was taken with my Samsung Note 9 phone. The ISO is 50, the exposure time is 1/2000 sec., the f stop is 2.4, and the focal length is 4.3mm. Post-processing edits in Lightroom include slight decrease to highlights and slight increase to dehaze, clarity, and contrast.

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11 comments posted

Cheryl LaLonde   Cheryl LaLonde
Hi Emily
This view does show the architecture in the background and there are some nice clouds in the sky. When I look at this image I think the main subject is the architecture in the background so I think the image would benefit from cropping in on these buildings. The sky is nice as well but there is so much of it that the viewer is drawn away from your main subject. As well cropping would remove some of the distracting elements in the front of the image.   Posted: 11/11/2020 16:18:17
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Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Hi Cheryl, thanks for the suggestions and great edit. I agree that cropping it helps keep the focus on the architecture in the background.   Posted: 11/17/2020 12:21:06

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
I think your instinct that there was a great picture here was correct. To my eyes there are so many horizontals, with the gravel jetty, the red buoys and the far shore with the buildings and their sky-line. I do not think that the fence, the foliage, the road belong and so I wish that you had been leaning over the fence when you took the shot.   Posted: 11/13/2020 09:35:37
Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Hi Gerard, thanks for the suggestions. I will have to return to the park to get some more shots. It's hard to tell from the image, but I was standing about 10-12 feet above the path on a hill/embankment. I tried to get some shots from next to/directly over the fence. But the difference in angle and lack of height meant that much more of the horizon and architecture was obscured by the greenery.   Posted: 11/17/2020 12:24:26

Robert Atkins   Robert Atkins
Hi Emily
I looked at this image for a while. I agree with others that there are some distractions to remove on the front edge and left side, but was really trying to decide what spoke to me. It took me a bit to find the two people standing on the rock jetty, but when I did, I settled on the grandness of the scene behind and above them - their small place in the world. So I took a cut at trying to emphasize that. I found the color distracting to what to me was a very graphic scene with strong forms - I didn't want to go black and white (I'm frankly lost there), but muted the colors considerably. Then, other than the crop, I mainly tried to dodge and burn in ways to create layering - highlight the two people and jetty, then the dominant distant city skyline, then the clouds above. All less careful edits than if I were doing this for final.

It would be interesting to hear what pulled you to this image. I find sometimes I don't know when I take the image and have to figure that out later. And typically we all see different things in an image.
  Posted: 11/14/2020 09:57:53
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Cheryl LaLonde   Cheryl LaLonde
Love what you did with this Robert!   Posted: 11/15/2020 08:34:22
Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Great suggestions Robert and that's actually a great question. For me, living in NYC usually means that from most perspectives around the city, you only see one skyline (i.e. just downtown Brooklyn when there, Manhattan skyline when looking at it from Brooklyn, Brooklyn skyline when viewing it from Manhattan etc.). So, it was a really cool moment to find a place where I could clearly see the Hoboken skyline (background, left), Manhattan skyline (background, middle), AND Brooklyn skyline (background, right) - without having to do a panoramic shot or put/paste/stitch multiple images together. As someone that really loves architecture as well as exploring NYC, there's very few places where you can see almost all the skylines together. I wish the couple weren't there walking on the pier, but I couldn't ask them to move (as it is a public park and they were meandering slowly down the pier).   Posted: 11/17/2020 12:31:54

Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
Hi Emily, I also like Robert's crop and the burning and dodging he did. I think we would all make better images if we had Robert sitting next to us while we edit. He always seems to get to the heart of what an image needs.
The grandness appeals to me. The large cloud on top works well.
The only thing I would do differently is bring back the color in the blue sky in a gradient fashion: Your original color higher up and less color near the horizon.
Robert's last paragraph asks an interesting question. It would be a fun discussion, but not appropriate on your image.
Nevertheless, it's a fine image and for people who love New York, this would be something they'd want on their wall. I admire the way you see.   Posted: 11/16/2020 18:22:17
Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Thank you Dan. I agree that the cropping and Robert's edits are great. I also think that the gradient in the sky gives it a bit of depth. I know that for some people, images of the city might seem to lack a specific purpose or focus. But as someone who loves cities, I enjoy seeing the amazing scale of NYC as well as its unity with nature (i.e. the waterfront - Manhattan is an island after all). I think that the stillness in the scene gives me a sense of calm despite the urban surrounding. So, thank you. I appreciate that.   Posted: 11/17/2020 12:40:30

Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Hi Emily - this is a very good image showing the NYC skyline. I like the color structure and the also the cloud structure, which to me leads me to the skyline in the background. In my personal opinion, I like objects in the foreground when using a wide angle lens. However I generally like to keep these foreground objects as something natural such as flowers, trees, brush, etc. (again, my opinion only). As such I agree with the others in cropping out the fence line in the foreground. Nice work, this is an excellent image!   Posted: 11/20/2020 06:40:57
Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Thanks Dale. I also like to have something in the foreground. Here's another shot from a slightly different angle, taken a bit further up the hill (which looks flat in the image) that same day. I am curious to know what people prefer.   Posted: 11/20/2020 12:29:58
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