Thursday 9/11 2013 marked the 12th anniversary for the remembrance of the 9/11 attacks in New York City. A day that will never be forgotten by all New Yorkers and people from around the world… One of the great remembrances for this day is a very iconic public art project called “Tribute in Lights”. The installation is produced annually by The Municipal Art Society of New York. It consists of 88 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs set-up into two 48-foot squares to signify the memory of the Twin Towers.
On this day I decided to shoot from multiple locations throughout the city. My first stop was the Manhattan Bridge where I set-up shop with other photographers around 6:45pm. This vantage point gives you an incredible view over the East River with views of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Bridge and all of Lower Manhattan. The shots from this location are a little difficult because you have to position your camera lens through these tiny triangle holes. I was able to capture some fantastic bracketed HDR images during the magic hour with just a faint hint of the Tribute in Lights staring to show up. Next, I moved on to long exposure shots once my son arrived, who was also shooting in different locations in Brooklyn.
Next, we moved on to Brooklyn Bridge Park to take some shots from pier 1, 3 & 5. The whole area was packed with photographers of all types on this special day. After spending an hour or so in these locations, it was time to move on to Brooklyn Promenade which was also very crowded. I arrived at the perfect time because I was able to capture the above photo of Tribute in Lights piercing through the clouds, pretty cool.
To end out the night, I made my way back to Manhattan to the Wall Street area to get some more shots. My last stop was the Battery Parking Garage on Greenwich St and Edgar St around 11:20pm. On the 7th floor of this parking lot is where the Tribute in Light installation is actually located. It was pretty cool to seeing people just lying down on the ground staring straight up into the lights, it was a great experience. I really wanted to get some shots from New Jersey side, but that did not work on this journey…
Technical Information: ISO 100, 18mm, F13, and 26.0 sec.
Post-processing information: Lightroom 5 Adjustments, Topaz DeNoise, and Topaz Detail.