Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is still one of my favorite things to do in New York. The bridge is about a mile and a quarter long (it was, by far, the world’s longest suspension bridge when it was completed in 1883) with a wide pedestrian walkway above traffic. More than 4,000 pedestrians and 3,000 bicyclists cross the bridge each day, although I’ve been on the bridge on some nice-weather weekend days when it seems like all 7,000 walkers/cyclists are on it at the same time.
A panorama image of lower Manhattan, taken from across the East River in Brooklyn while standing south of the Brooklyn Bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge is on the right. The Manhattan Bridge can be seen beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. The Financial District and the South Street Seaport are across the river. This panorama was created from seven vertical images.
But I didn’t realize until a few months ago how many photos I’ve taken on, of or from the Brooklyn Bridge. For some reason my mind had always separated the photos into three separate categories: photos of the Brooklyn Bridge architecture taken while on the bridge, photos of the Brooklyn Bridge taken from either the Brooklyn side or Manhattan side of the East River, and New York City skyline photos taken while standing on the bridge.
A panorama image of lower Manhattan, taken from across the East River in Brooklyn while standing in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Brooklyn Bridge is on the left. The Manhattan Bridge is on the right. The Financial District and the South Street Seaport are behind the Brooklyn Bridge. This panorama was created from 10 vertical images.
It turns out that the bridge is a great subject for photographs as well as a great base from which to photograph.
When photographing the bridge while standing on the bridge I tend of focus on the limestone and granite towers and the suspension cables. The two towers stand approximately 275 feet tall, providing great subjects for architectural photographs.