Manhattanhenge 2014

An hour before Manhattanhenge

An hour before Manhattanhenge

Park Avenue above Pershing Square (in front of Grand Central Station), New York.

I thought it would be interesting not to shoot Manhattanhenge (an interesting sunset between buildings in New York) but to shoot the people who were shooting it. Gary and I arrived about an hour before it was supposed to happen and this series of images documents how the crowd grew in about an hour.

We had a blast and met lots of great people. I was amazed at the range of equipment people brought to Manhattanhenge: everything from nothing at all (just came to hang out) to serious tripods and Canon 1 class cameras with a big bag of L lenses (and the Nikon equivalent was present too). The folks next to us had Canon 6Ds with 24-70 and 24-105 lenses on them and both had point and shoot cameras and phones too.

Gary and I came equipped with Ricoh GR, Sony RX100 III and our iPhones. We shot mostly with the Sonys as the articulated LCD made framing easy (looking down).

As you may note in the progression of images, the folks on the front railing got deeper as it got closer to “the time” and traffic had to go into the oncoming lane to avoid hitting people. About ten minutes before “the time” a police cruiser came by and turned on the bullhorn and told people to disperse or be arrested. It was a reasonable request, the folks on the front site were blocking traffic. We then ran down Park and back toward Grand Central to see if we could catch it under the overpass and of course, after all that Manhattanhenge didn’t happen, it was too cloudy.

Didn’t matter to Gary and me, we came to shoot people, not the sunset, so we were happy.

An hour before Manhattanhenge

An hour before Manhattanhenge

An hour before Manhattanhenge

An hour before Manhattanhenge

Kissing couple at Manhattanhenge

Kissing couple at Manhattanhenge

Girl on stool at Manhattanhenge

Girl on stool at Manhattanhenge

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Manhattanhenge crowd getting bigger

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Manhattanhenge crowd getting bigger

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Manhattanhenge crowd getting bigger

Crowd blocking traffic at Manhattanhenge

Crowd blocking traffic at Manhattanhenge

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Photographers at Manhattanhenge

Gary at Manhattanhenge

Gary at Manhattanhenge

Couple from Japan at Manhattanhenge

Couple from Japan at Manhattanhenge

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Getting serious at Manhattanhenge

The cops arrive at Manhattanhenge

The cops arrive at Manhattanhenge

Shooting under Park Avenue at Manhattanhenge

Shooting under Park Avenue at Manhattanhenge

2 comments

    1. Good eyes 125tel, I didn’t notice that it was the same girl but you’re right. Yeah, the kiss is like “thanks for sitting through this stupid event…” 😉

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