Tarrytown Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse Sunset

This past weekend I drove out to Tarrytown (Sleepy Hollow) New York which is right on the Hudson River near the Tappan Zee Bridge.  The lighthouse overlooks the Hudson River, north of New York City.  I was going to shoot sunset since the sun is setting behind the Hudson River in the summer.

20170729_195422The lighthouse was open at Kingsland Park which has easy access to the waterfront.  After about a ten minute walk you arrive at the little lighthouse which sits on an island with a bridge to access.

I set up my tripod with a good angle for a leading line with the bridge and then I was going to let the sun set on the horizon on the right hand side of the photo.  The sun was initially behind the lighthouse when I started.  I was hoping to have the sun peak through during the video and then set on the horizon.

Tarrytown Lighthouse-1As the sun set, I changed my shutter speed. I was using manual exposure, auto white balance, at f/11, ISO 400 with my 28 mm f/2.8 prime lens.  My initial shutter speed was 1/200 seconds and I ended at 5 seconds with 594 total phots at 8 second intervals.  The color in the sky turned a great orange / pink / purple color as the sun set.  The colors were awesome all around too.  See below for the Tappan Zee Bridge!


Overall this turned out really nice!  I would definitely recommend this spot for a nice afternoon trip!

Tarrytown Lighthouse-414Thanks for reading!



Timeslice Obsession!

Recently I’ve been on a Timeslice obsession which a several photos in 1!  Since I have several sunrise and sunset timelapse I can combine photos I shot from the video into 1 through Photoshop layers.  I usually take about 24 photos per each timeslice and stitch them together evenly spaced.  I have some from California, New York, Japan, Spain, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC.   Hope you enjoy!  I’ll be doing more of these in the future for sure!

What’s your favorite?



New Croton Dam – New York Waterfall

This past weekend I drove to Connecticut for a wedding and decided to check out the New Croton Dam which is in New York State just outside the city.  The dam is part of the New York City and Hudson River waterway.  The weather was turning a bit warmer this weekend so I thought it would be a nice chance to check out the dam waterfall after some snow melting.

The waterfall was really cool and sounded great.  Check out some of the behind the scenes shots and video below!  I wanted to have my timelapse shot with long exposure (>1 second exposure) for the waterfall.  I also tried to get closer since I think its a more intimate shot rather than a far away-generic shot.  The sun was also hidden behind clouds which didn’t create harsh shadows.  So overall there were a lot of wins with this scene.


My exposure was set at ISO 800, f/8.0, and 1.6 seconds with Auto White Balance and Manual Exposure at 18mm using my 18.0-55.0 mm lens.  I had my interval at 3 seconds and did 300 shots for this timelapse.  The panning was completed with LRTimelapse cropping adjustments on the first and last photo.






Bear Mountain State Park, New York – Fall Timelapse


Yesterday afternoon I went to Bear Mountain State Park in New York.  The park overlooks the Hudson River and is just on the border of New York and New Jersey.  Yesterday was an awesome day for hiking with perfect weather.  The leaves are turning colors now for fall and I was doing some research for good locations around the area.  Bear Mountain had an awesome overlook towards the Hudson River and the Bear Mountain Bridge.  We got there and drove up Perkins Memorial Highway and then hiked down towards the overlooks.  We saw plenty of beautiful trees and lots of dogs (there were plenty of hikers)!

My only complaint for the day as you can see is that there were no clouds in the sky.  The hillside overlooking the bridge was amazing although not necessarily at peak fall colors yet.  But still, the colors of the shot were really cool.  The Hudson Rivers had plenty of boats going by so that is what I focused on for my motion since there were no clouds in the sky.  I thought about using the Syrp Genie Mini but rotation would start to bring trees into the shot that were close by the openings for the picture.  Since I was shooting boats, I decided to use a 3 second interval.  My camera settings were also low noise and high focus since there was a lot of sunlight.  I had f/22 and ISO 100 with a 1/15 sec shutter speed.

The result was pretty good.  I only ended up shooting 120 shots since most of the boats had gone by already and none were coming upstream of the shot.  I would have liked a longer video, perhaps a 2 second interval might have been better but I still give this a B considering the scenery and lack of clouds or any other external movement minus the boats.

Camera Settings: 3 second interval, f/22, ISO 100, 1/15 seconds, 28.0 mm f/2.8 Prime Lens

Let me know what you think!

P. S – Japan Countdown = 4 days!