New York City Sunrise from Jersey City

This weekend I went to Jersey City, NJ at Exchange Place to shoot a sunrise timelapse.  Jersey City has some great views of the Manhattan Skyline, especially during sunrise as the sun comes over the skyline.

I started shooting my timelapse at 530 AM (about one hour before sunrise).  The mood was pretty foggy which I thought might lead to some nice colors but what happened was surprising!

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The fog was clearing and coming back the entire morning and staying in the city which was weird!

I was using my 28 mm f/2.8 lens in manual exposure.  I set my interval to 11 seconds.  My first shots were at ISO 500, 6 second shutter speed and f/11.  I gradually decreased my ISO, then shutter speed and aperture during the course of the shoot.  I ended up at ISO 100, 1/40 seconds, and f/22.

I ended up staying until 830 AM which was about a three hour shoot since the clouds were so majestic.  The clouds were moving through the city and the sun even started to peak through the skyline!

20170916_072623After the sun started rising with the clouds and skyline it even formed a shadow with the World Trade Center which I never could have imagined seeing! I tried to capture it with my phone below.DSC_1918

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Overall this turned out to be a pretty nice timelapse with the city and clouds! Glad I woke up early for the shoot and stayed for the three hour and 800 + photos!

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