Out of New York Conference Wrap Up

Out of New York Conference Wrap Up

Back in October, I was invited by Chris Smith to speak at the Out of New York conference. The conference was in the heart of Midtown, with many photowalks and workshops all over Manhattan.

Arriving a day early, I had plans to shoot a couple of buildings for myself first. My main goal was to shoot Via 57, a new pyramid-shaped building on the Hudson River. I’ll share the images of the building in a separate post, but the point of view from New Jersey was so awesome that I had to shoot the skyline as well. Here’s a panorama, click to view large!!

Midtown Manhattan - New York, NY

Sweeping Through

The evening before the conference, there was a cruise for the teachers and attendees. Departing from Midtown, when went all around Manhattan, to the Statue of Liberty and then back to Brooklyn. When we left Midtown, the weather looked gloomy, but right before sunset, the clouds cleared in the west and we were greeted to a beautiful sunset. Here is a view from the Hudson River looking south to Downtown Manhattan.

Downtown Manhattan - New York, NY

A Turn For The Better

A little stop at the Statue of Liberty:

Statue of Liberty - New York, NY

Statue of Liberty – New York, NY

After presenting at the conference, I led a workshop on architecture photography with Angie McMonigal on the Sunday. It was a crazy day, shooting literally from sunrise to sunset. We started off at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, shooting the skyline:

Brooklyn Bridge Park - New York, NY

Missing Souls

We then walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, shooting on the way.

Brooklyn Bridge - New York, NY

Shining Through

After breakfast, our first stop was New York by Gehry at 8 Spruce Street. An impressive skyscraper, from an architect that usually design low-rise buildings.

8 Spruce Street - New York, NY

Stuck

Here are a couple of closer shots. I wish I had a longer lens for that building. I would have been able to get more abstract shots.

8 Spruce Street - New York, NY

Hard Edge

8 Spruce Street - New York, NY

Tilt

The next stop was the Fulton Center, which I had photographed in 2015. This time, I focus on getting other elements beyond the ceiling, especially these reflections:

Fulton Center - New York, NY

Into The Vortex

Fulton Center - New York, NY

Looking At The Other Side

I couldn’t help but find some very simple and clean compositions too:

Fulton Center - New York, NY

Troubling Serenity

Fulton Center - New York, NY

Hideout

After the Fulton Center, we headed to the Oculus, by Santiago Calatrava. It’s the building I was the most excited to shoot and it did not disappoint. I found it hard to shoot, but it’s absolutely stunning. We first caught a glimpse of the Oculus from Fulton street:

World Trade Center - New York, NY

Disrupt

We started shooting inside, spending a lot of time in the main hall. As you’ll see, I have many shots! The lines, the structure, the geometry, it’s all quite incredible.

The Oculus - New York, NY

Infinite Oculus

The Oculus - New York, NY

Ghosted

The Oculus - New York, NY

Filtered

We ventured near the Path Station, finding some different things to shoot:

The Oculus - New York, NY

Point Me In The Right Direction

The Oculus - New York, NY

Backbone

We finally headed back outside. I didn’t get any wide shots of the building, as it is surrounded by construction (3 WTC is right next to the Oculus). I really want to head back there when the area is entirely completed.

The curves of the facade are just gorgeous. I played with them in a mini-series of sorts:

The Oculus - New York, NY

Undulations #1

The Oculus - New York, NY

Undulations #2

The Oculus - New York, NY

Undulations #3

I also tried to capture the Oculus fins against the surrounding buildings:

The Oculus - New York, NY

Oculus Ribs

World Trade Center - New York, NY

Urban Puzzle

The Oculus - New York, NY

Soar

We made a quick stop at Brookfield Place. I had already shot the Pavilion, so I wasn’t as inspired, but I do like that one shot:

Brookfield Place - New York, NY

Junction

Before heading out to New Jersey for the sunset, we went to see 56 Leonard, just a little north of the World Trade Center. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the building looks like a Jenga tower.

56 Leonard St - New York, NY

Jenga World

It wasn’t fully completed at the time, but there’s some nice photo opportunities, especially with a longer lens.

56 Leonard St - New York, NY

Steps To Another Reality

Finally, we crossed the Hudson River to shoot from J. Owen Grundy Park, which offers great views of Downtown Manhattan:

J. Owen Grundy Park - Jersey City, NJ

A New City

You can also see the Midtown Skyline in the distance:

J. Owen Grundy Park - Jersey City, NJ

Midtown

It was a crazy, 13-hour day of shooting all over Downtown Manhattan. We were exhausted, but we had a blast!!

The workshop wrapped up the Out of New York conference. For me, who shoots architecture, New York City is just so fantastic. There are many buildings I still want to shoot. I know I’ll be back, hopefully for the next Out of New York!!

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