Manhattan Sunset from Brooklyn

On Saturday my brother and I went to Brooklyn for a day trip.  We visited Governor’s Island and walked around Brooklyn.  The sunset was at 830 pm and I wanted to do a day to night timelapse of the city from Brooklyn with the sun setting over the buildings.  I was at the iconic Brooklyn Bridge Park with the piers overlooking the skyline.  I got there about 7-715 pm and started taking photos with 6 second intervals.  DSC_7022On a side note, I was closer to the water as the sun was going down originally but a security guard kicked off about 10 photographers to the walkway.  Oh well, I still thought there might be some awesome color as the sun went down and it didn’t disappoint.

I was shooting in manual exposure with my 28 mm f/2.8 prime lens using my Nikon D7100.  My original exposure was f/13, ISO 400, 1/125 seconds.  I took close to 850 photos until 915 pm (45 minutes after sunset).  The clouds and colors were amazing.  The reflections of the water were simply stunning!


I kept shooting after the sun went down to capture the lights turning on in the skyline.  My exposure was eventually 5.0 seconds at ISO 800.  I started to ramp the ISO higher towards the end because I had a 6 second interval and need at least a 1 second buffering time in-between photos.


All my editing was done with LRTimelapse, Lightroom, and Adobe Premiere Pro for some minor warp stabilization since I bumped the camera a little bit during one of my shutter speed adjustments.

Overall this turned out perfect (minus the security guard) but lesson learned make sure you are in a spot you won’t get kicked off if you are going to be there for a long time.

Hopefully you enjoy the video and happy 4th of July!


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