Admittedly, I don’t visit my family back in New York City nearly as often as I’d like to. One thing leads to another and the next thing I know, half a year has gone by. So, when I do get the opportunity to visit, I want to make the most of the time I have with them. Recently, I was able to fly out to NYC for a few days of downtime. On one of those days, my sister and I spent all of it roaming around various parts of downtown Brooklyn, which was a wonderful change of pace seeing as we normally default to visiting Manhattan.
Despite it being a very long and very hot day taking in way more than my daily goal of 10,000 steps, I had a blast. It has been SO long since I explored downtown Brooklyn and I could hardly believe how much has changed. After a manic lunch and a relaxed dinner (of pizza, naturally), my sister and I decided to pack it in and walk back to her car.
On the way there, we crossed a very famous street in DUMBO—Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass—that offers up a striking view of the Manhattan Bridge. At night, you get a bonus because when the Empire State Building is lit up, it is perfectly framed under one of the bridge’s arches. As it so happened, when we crossed this street, I stopped in my tracks because of the view but after a few seconds of consideration, I kept walking.
I told myself that it wasn’t worth shooting because I didn’t have my tripod with me, so we continued onto the car. When we reached it, my sister could tell that it was bothering me, so she insisted that I return and get the shot while she waited in the car. I know it sounds foolish, but when a particular workflow gets so ingrained into you, it can be difficult to deviate. Because I didn’t have my tripod, I instinctively told myself that there was no point to attempt the shot.
Fortunately, my sister had more sense than I did. When I returned, I cranked up the ISO and set the camera to high speed shutter. I figured that at least one of the exposures would be in focus. Thankfully, when we got back to my sister’s apartment, I reviewed the photos and found one that I’m genuinely excited about.