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2019 New York Workshop Recap – Day 3&4

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This past September, we had our second New York workshop. Last week, we shared images from the first two days of the workshop, it is now time to show you the images from days 3 & 4!

After exploring the High Line, Downtown Brooklyn, Greenwich Village, and Tribeca, we started Saturday morning very early with sunrise in Queens at Hunter’s Point South Park. It’s a great spot for shots of the Midtown skyline with iconic buildings such as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the United Nations Building.

There’s also a cool pavilion (Weiss/Manfredi) worth shooting.

After stopping for breakfast at a local New York bagel place, we took the subway back to Midtown and Grand Central Station. There are many ways to shoot the interiors of this iconic location, from wide shots of the main hall to detail shots of the chandeliers and ceilings.

Our next stop was just a block away: the Chrysler building. It’s not an easy one for details and abstracts, but you can focus on the top of the building and its gargoyles, as well as the art-deco details above the entrances. We also spent a few minutes in the lobby, which has limited access on weekends but is worth seeing!

Our next stop was a new location and one of the highlights of the workshops: the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Frank Lloyd Wright). We started with the exteriors (image on the left below) to find some details with the curves of the building. We then went inside the museum, where the better shots are. Of course, the main atrium is a great spot to capture the balconies and the skylight.


However, do not stop there and explore further! At the back of the gift shop is another atrium that looks completely different, much more minimalist. Sallie, a workshop attendee, also pointed out the triangular spiral staircase, which we didn’t even know about! Another hidden area worth photographing.


After lunch on the Upper East Side, we headed to the Upper West Side, starting with the Hearst Tower (Foster + Partners). The exterior has some interesting patterns and triangular shapes. Don’t hesitate to get inside as well: while you can only stay in the first part of the lobby, the waterfall wall is worth photographing!


A few blocks west, by the Hudson River, is Via 57 West (Bjarke Ingels Group). The pyramidal building stands out in Manhattan. For abstracts, however, the vertical “backside” is more interesting with its patterns.

A block north was our last stop of the day: Waterline Square (Richard Meier & Partners, Viñoly, Kohn Pedersen Fox), a new cluster of buildings by the Hudson River. The modern glass buildings have some interesting shapes.

We started Sunday, our last day, with an early morning at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. We started shooting blue hour at the iconic view of Downtown Manhattan with the pylons in the foreground.

For sunrise, we moved closer to the Brooklyn Bridge, for some different views, including the view with the bridge in the foreground. It was also an opportunity to capture some details of the bridge with beautiful golden light.


After a stop for breakfast, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, shooting details of the bridge and views from the bridge. Our first stop in Downtown Manhattan was New York by Gehry at 8 Spruce Street (Gehry Partners). A telephoto is a must here to capture the shapes of the metallic facade.

A couple of blocks away is the Fulton Center (Grimshaw Architects), a transit hub with am amazing atrium. There are many ways to shoot it, with a wide or mid-range lens. Including the staircase and the reflections on the railing can add to the composition.

Our next stop was the highlight of the day, and as such, we spent over an hour there. The Oculus (Santiago Calatrava) is the WTC Transit Hub and has a skeletal shape with white wings, similar to most of his designs. We first spent some time photographing the exteriors, where we had some interesting shadows. We can photograph the wings endlessly, as they offer so many compositions.


We then moved to the interiors. It’s a massive building, with many areas to explore, including 3 levels and the pathway to the trains and Brookfield Place.


Speaking of Brookfield Place, it was the last stop of our workshop. The entrance/lobby by the World Trade Center, called the Pavilion (Pelli Clarke Pelli), is a modern addition and has interesting twisted structures.

We then ended the workshop with lunch at Brookfield Place, before heading back to the hotel. We had a great group and a great time in New York City. As you can see in our two blog posts, there is so much to shoot in the city, and we don’t cover everything at all in a 4-day workshop!

We’re planning on going back next September, so if this made you want to join us, stay tuned, we’ll open registration in the spring.

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    Thanks for sharing all the details. Because I live close to NYC, I may visit some of these sites on my own. I certainly hope to join you on another city next year, besides Miami which I signed up for.

    Any chance of Tokyo? I’ve seen some nice architecture there…

    • Michael Muraz
      Michael Muraz

      Thanks, Sebastian! We look forward to meeting you in Miami!
      We haven’t been to Asia yet, but I’m sure we’ll make our way there at some point

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