Capture the unique architecture of one of Manhattan's most well-known bridges. Use a model and play with light, shadows and the intricate metal beams to create your own live-action photo op.
Wide-angle lens (24mm)
Prop (e.g. a soccer ball)
How to get there
N40° 42' 46.5012"W73° 58' 13.3284"
This image was taken on the Williamsburg Bridge Pedestrian Path, which connects Manhattan to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I was on the side of the bridge with traffic heading east towards Williamsburg, but faced west towards Manhattan.
In Manhattan, the bridge is located at the corner of Delancey St. and Clinton Street. The closest subway station is Delancey Street via the F train. The bridge and pedestrian path are southeast of the station.
If you're in Brooklyn, the bridge can be accessed by the JMZ trains. Stop at Marcy Ave The bridge and pedestrian path are northwest of the station.
When to go
Late afternoon, Sunset
The Williamsburg Bridge Pedestrian Path provides great views all year.
To get familiar lighting as I had, I recommend photographing from late-afternoon thru sunset. The setting sun against the bridge will cast beautiful shadows in your frame.
Make sure your shutter speed is high enough so that you can get a clear shot of the subject in your photo. If the shutter speed isn't high enough, your subject could be a little blurry — especially if they're moving.
By framing your subject so that they're in the middle of the metal beams, the beams will act as leading lines, directing the viewer's eyes inward toward the subject.
Try photographing with Manhattan in the background, then switch and have Brooklyn be your backdrop. In the featured image, I'm facing west toward Manhattan. As you switch perspectives, experiment with the light.
New York, NY
If you're in Manhattan, explore the Lower East Side! There are some amazing restaurants, bars and rooftop spots, like The Delancey, which has live performances at night.
One of my personal favorite spots on the Lower East Side is Katz Deli (205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002). It's an iconic deli shop that serves sandwiches and comfort food 24/7.
On the Brooklyn side, there's also a bunch of great restaurants and bars right next to the bridge. It's a great area to grab a late-night bite or head out with friends for a drink.