How Sweet It Is
How Sweet It Is
How Sweet It Is
How Sweet It Is

During my recent outing with some of the guys we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge for some night-time (DAYTIME!) and sunset shooting in Dumbo (facing Manhattan). While walking across the bridge, Bob Lussier and I got separated from the group and wound up on the Brooklyn side of the bridge by ourselves. We hung out for a while, finding different things to shoot. I noticed that Bob was taking a shot from this angle so I decided to steal his shot. Hey, that’s what friends are for, right?

Now here is the fun part. I know that Bob was shooting in this direction and what his goal was (because we talked about it), but I didn’t see his results. With that said, I have no clue whatsoever how Bob’s photo will look. That, my friends, is what makes this fun and exciting. Knowing that two photographers photographed the same place, same time and from the same angle, and not know that the two results have a chance of being identical or completely different.

Makes you want to see Bob’s result, doesn’t it?

The photo consists of 5 Brackets. I used Photomatix to create the HDR, onOne Software‘s Focal Point for the Tilt/Shift effect because I was shooting with a 24-70 lens.  I finished up with onOne Software’s PhotoTools.  If you interested in purchasing any of these products, I have discount codes available to save you some cash.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,


Side note: I had no idea that Brooklyn had a sense of humor, but Brian told me about the welcome and leaving signs.  When entering Brooklyn the sign says “How Sweet It Is” and when you leave “Fuhgeddaboudit”.

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. I think I have to cry “uncle”! I haven’t gotten to the images I shot from there yet, but DAMN — I know they’re not this good! I absolutely LOVE this shot!

    1. Yours is going to come out awesome too!

  2. Great shot, love the tilt shift effect almost looks like a Model village

    1. Thank you very much Chris

    2. Wow, was just thinking the same thing. Looks like a shot of a model railroad setup or some sort of diorama. The heavy selective focus, regardless of the fact it was done in post, is very fitting here.

  3. Very cool shot. I really like the miniature effect. I gotta try that some day.

    1. Thanks you Jan. FocalPoint is a very powerful plugin

  4. Seems like the whole world has gone NYC crazy, maybe I’m just noticing it because I was in this very spot only two weeks (flew in from London!)!

    1. I live very close to NYC but went in to hang out with some friends. Did you get any shooting in while you were there?

  5. Love the treatment of this shot, dude. Really nice use of FP.

    1. Thanks dude! I appreciate that :-)

  6. I know this view well as I used to live yards away and passed by almost daily. Great treatment.

    1. It’s a cool area. First time I was there.

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