New York. One of the most iconic and photogenic cities in the world. The sheer energy of this unique sky-scraping city will have you snapping photos left right and centre just to capture a few pixels of the atmosphere of this amazing place. There’s so much going on in this 24-hour city that it’s hard to take a bad photo, but what are the most iconic place that should be on every photographer’s photo shoot list? Here are our top 5 most iconic places to photograph in New York and some tips to capture the perfect shot.
Stretching across the East River, Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York’s most iconic sites. Opened in 1883, this glorious cable-stayed and suspension bridge has featured in so many movies and television shows it is instantly recognisable the world over. The bridge is beautiful from every angle. Take a great photo on the pedestrian walkway, particularly of the cables rising up to the towers. Or, shoot through the cables to the Manhattan Skyline. You can’t not take a photo of the Brooklyn Bridge from land. Perhaps the best place to take a photo of it is from the shoreline from the DUMBO area of Brooklyn especially at sunset when the New York skyline and bridge glows a brilliant warm orange.
Lady Liberty has stood on Liberty Island as an imposing and inspirational beacon of hope and freedom since she was gifted to America by the French in 1886 – and she’s very photogenic. Not only is the statue fantastic to photograph but you get spectacular city and harbour views from her crown. For the best up-close shots, head straight to Liberty Island (book tickets well in advance). Or for the most iconic view, catch the free ferry to Staten Island which cruises right passed the statue.
There’s something mesmerising about the Empire State Building and the fact that it stands out in a city full of skyscrapers is testament to its unique appeal. Opened in 1932, the Empire State Building looks fantastic in photos taken from street level and from other skyscrapers but it’s the view from the top that everyone wants. Book tickets online. The best time to take photos is early morning but tickets for sunrise are limited to 100 per day so book ahead.
In a 24 hour city where the streets hum with energy, Times Square is the energy epicentre. This brash, bold, noisy and crowded place is quintessential New York and deserves to be on every photographers’ wish list. The bustling theatre hub attracts more than 40 million tourists every year so your challenge will be to try and capture some of the energy in your photos. At night, Times Square comes alive in a garish, neon wonderland – perfect for that long exposure shot.
This incongruous rectangle of lush greenery and nature is a vast oasis in the heart of the craziness that is New York City. Central Park offers photographers rich pickings in terms of iconic photo opportunities and it’s spectacular whatever time of year you visit. Belvedere Castle offers panoramic views over the park or head to the neoclassical Bethesda Fountain – familiar from a million movie scenes. Wherever you wander in the 840 acres that is Central Park you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to taking photos. And capturing the monumental skyscrapers that hem in this majestic park will take your photo to the next level.
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