Will Korn  

Traffic on and beneath the Verrazano Bridge by Will Korn

October 2021 - Traffic on and beneath the Verrazano Bridge

About the Image(s)

Description: Shot at blue hour from Fort Wadsworth National Park. I waited for a cargo ship to pass under, and timed the photo to blur the motion of the cars and ship, narrow aperture for starbursts. No real post-processing.

Nikon D850. Nikon 24-120 at f/20, 15s, ISO 800.

8 comments posted

Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Nice shot - perfect starbursts and also shutter speed to capture the motion of the cars and ship. You got the exposure right in camera; not easy with this scene!

I've never been to that spot - if there was an option to shoot this without the tree in the lower right - I think that would improve the composition.

This image has great tonal range - and almost no color - I'd consider trying a monochrome conversion.   Posted: 10/08/2021 06:05:33
Will Korn   Will Korn
I dodged the tree I dont want to get rid of it but agree it was distracting due to the lightness of it. Also, I pulled back the highlights a bit and found a starburst around the moon.   Posted: 10/09/2021 14:52:14
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Will Korn   Will Korn
hERE'S A black and white version. I don't love it. It for some reason highlights a lot of lens flare that I didn't even notice before.   Posted: 10/09/2021 14:53:52
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Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Agree the color works best. I like what you did with the tree!
  Posted: 10/09/2021 18:00:41

Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
This is beautiful! I agree with all of Steven's comments, but I don't think the tree detracts-I like seeing the lights through the leaves, and to me, it gives perspective. I also like the moon under the bridge!   Posted: 10/08/2021 19:53:41

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Nice image. I never got quite this good at capturing any of the New York bridges as we never thought of stopping along the way somewhere to compose the image. My loss.   Posted: 10/09/2021 13:39:22

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Very Dramatic composition, Will! Well conceived and captured!

One of a few times you will see me vote for color...LOL!

All thinks considered...I do not see an issue with the trees being part of this comp...and surely unavailable to capture this dramatic scene. Lovely!

On a unrelated note: as a child looking out my 10th floor apartment (Apartment 10K, to be exact) I watched as the landscape changed when the first Tower went up...my apartment was 12 miles from the bridge! Fond memories living in ENY from 1958 to 1963 - near Pennsylvania Blvd.   Posted: 10/09/2021 15:11:15

Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Hi Will! I crossed the Verrazano many times in my childhood, but never got a photo of it. This is very dramatic and beautiful! I love the dark blue sky and the moon peeking from beneath the bridge. And all the starbursts are a nice touch. I definitely prefer the color version, and I don't mind the tree at all. You did a fantastic job!   Posted: 10/09/2021 17:00:32


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