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FlyNYON flies high over New York City

One of the most unique ways of seeing New York City is by air. If you are a photo enthusiast there  is no better way of seeing New York than a doors off helicopter flight.

FlyNYON offers flights around New York’s most unique icons. On a recent 30 minute flight we flew passed the Empire State Building, the Freedom Tower, Times Square, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty. Having flown with FlyNYON before I can say first hand that each flight is in fact unique.

If you have never flown in a helicopter before you will really enjoy the doors off experience. Each person in the helicopter is secured with a three point seat belt and a quick release harness. Making you feel secure enough to literally hang your feet out the door.

Photographing cityscapes from a moving helicopter is certainly a challenge but most of FlyNYON’s pilots are photographers themselves and are quick to offer advice for shutter speed and other camera settings to help you get great photos.

To learn more or book a flight check out FlyNYON at their webpage at https://www.flynyon.com/

Moose Cove

Recently, I had the pleasure of taking some photos up in Maine with the great Adam Woodworth. Although the weather in Maine wasn’t as co-operative as I would have hoped, we did get a short break on this particular night. We raced out to a spot that Adam has on his list of cool places to shoot. We set up our tripods on some jagged rocks bumping out into the water and shot away for as long as the weather held for.

It was so dark there that the exposure for the foreground had to be separate. The foreground is an 8 minute exposure while the stars are 10 second exposures. It was so dark that I really couldn’t see the composition until after the 8 minute exposure was complete. I just pointed my camera and hoped.

The bright star in the sky is Mars and you can see the clouds creeping in on the left side of the photo. Just shortly after this photo the clouds rolled in and we had to call it a night. But since I got this image, it was a really great night.

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Sunset Park

If you plan on shooting a sunset, why not go to a place called Sunset Park? Located on the north shore of Long Island in Port Washington, this little park is a great place to watch the sun go down. It was an incredibly peaceful evening and I was with my girlfriend who has a way of making everything seem even better. Just before the sun set completely a Great Egret landed just in front of us. He seemed to pose for me staying perfectly still as I took three bracketed photos. He then plucked himself a crab out of the water, had himself a good dinner then flew happily on his way.

Sunset Park in Port Washington, N.Y.

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The Eastern Most Point

Over the summer I had taken another trip back to Lubec Maine to capture some additional images of the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse. This lighthouse sits at the eastern most part of the USA. It is a beautiful lighthouse in a very scenic town of Lubec. Click on the image to see it larger.

The West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine.

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Fire Island Lighthouse

A few years back I had posted a picture of this beautiful lighthouse. After Super Storm Sandy much of the boardwalk was destroyed. The repair and updating of the boardwalk significantly changed what the approach to the light house looks like now. Here is an updated photo with how the lighthouse now appears after the repairs. Additionally, there is now a new smaller building to the left housing the old Fresnel light which once lite the way for sailors at the top of the light house.

This photo is available for purchase here.

Fire isle Light

The Fire Island Lighthouse at the Fire Island National Seashore.

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Into the Sunset

Despite the warm glow of the setting sun, this was a very cold day! Off to the bottom right of the image, left over snow can be seen on the ground. As the sun set though braving the cold became immediately worthwhile. The sun set in spectacular fashion leaving us with this image of it’s warm winter glow.

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New York City – Tribute in Lights

Every September 11th New York City remembers those lost in the attacks on New York with a tribute in lights. The tribute is composed of two vertical columns of light made up by a total of 88 individual spot lights. They are placed in the New York City skyline where the two World Trade Center towers stood 15 years ago. It is said these columns of light can be seen from space.

As I sat on the rocks of the shore line taking these pictures I couldn’t help but enjoy the quiet. Just my camera and I and a cool breeze coming off the water. The weather was perfect. As I enjoyed the quiet I remembered that night 15 years ago. The thing that struck me most about that night was the quiet. No cars, no planes, no trains. No people going from here to there. Just the sad quiet as a nation mourned.

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The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opened in 1964 and at the time was the worlds largest suspension bridge. It towers 693 feet tall and spans 13,700 feet! This bridge is so long that engineers had to factor in the curvature of the earth when it was built.

The bridge, located in New York City, connects the borough of Brooklyn to Staten Island and is largely credited with the population explosion of Staten Island after it’s completion.

Although the bridge is named after Giovanni da Verrazzano, the first explorer to sail this section of New York harbor, the name of the Verrazano-Narrows bridge is spelled incorrectly. The correct spelling is “Verrazzano” (with 2 z’s). Although there have been several petitions to correct the spelling of the bridges namesake explorer, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority states it is simply too costly to correct.

This photo is available for purchase in my online New York City Gallery.

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Click on the image to see it larger.

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Downtown

A shot of the lower Manhattan skyline of New York City. This time from an angle not seen to often, from inside the city looking out. This photo is available for purchase in the online gallery.

The New York City skyline as seen from within. Click on the image to see it larger.

The New York City skyline as seen from within. Click on the image to see it larger.

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Bridge to the City

Here is another photograph from my recent trip in a door-less helicopter over New York City with FlyNYon. This photo was shot at 15mm using the Tamron 15-30mm lens and a Nikon D800 camera. Click on the picture to enlarge it. This photo and other New York City photos are available for purchase here.

 

The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

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