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!!
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.
A little stop at the Statue of Liberty:
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:
We then walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, shooting on the way.
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.
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.
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:
I couldn’t help but find some very simple and clean compositions too:
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:
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.
We ventured near the Path Station, finding some different things to shoot:
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:
I also tried to capture the Oculus fins against the surrounding buildings:
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:
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.
It wasn’t fully completed at the time, but there’s some nice photo opportunities, especially with a longer lens.
Finally, we crossed the Hudson River to shoot from J. Owen Grundy Park, which offers great views of Downtown Manhattan:
You can also see the Midtown Skyline in the distance:
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!!