08.26.18: Crossing the bridge

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge on a November morning, New York City. 


Technical information

Nov. 29, 2005,
11:43 a.m.

40°42'13.997" N 73°59'39" W
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Canon EOS 20D

Canon EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 (16mm) 


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Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is still one of my favorite things to do in New York. The bridge is about a mile and a quarter long (it was, by far, the world’s longest suspension bridge when it was completed in 1883) with a wide pedestrian walkway above traffic. More than 4,000 pedestrians and 3,000 bicyclists cross the bridge each day, although I’ve been on the bridge on some nice-weather weekend days when it seems like all 7,000 walkers/cyclists are on it at the same time.

But the crowd was rather small on the late November day when I grabbed this photo in 2005. It had rained in the morning. They sky was gray. And it was cold and breezy. Walking across a long bridge in those conditions apparently didn’t sound attractive, so few people were around.

The conditions also weren’t the best for photography. The thick overcast sky created low-contrast conditions. Colors looked muted and everything seemed to blend together into one monotone scene.

As I walked across the bridge I noticed that the center yellow line was about the only feature that stood out in the mass of browns and grays. So I decided to use it as a featured element of my shots. I tried several different compositions, but this one utilizing the suspension wires and a tower seemed to work best. 

I like how the yellow line leads the viewer into the scene from the bottom of the photo and the converging suspension wires does the same from the top of the scene.

Each week I will post a photo from my collection with an explanation of how I got the shot. Previous photos of the week are in the archives.