This was my first time in New York City and, indeed, my very first photoshoot in this iconic metropolis. Thankfully the weather was on my side.

September 27th, 2013, 12am

The weather had looked quite stormy all day, but I decided to risk going out to capture the majestic Manhattan cityscape from Brooklyn Bridge Park. I’d seen this view from a lot of other photographers, so I really needed to make my image stand out.

Sadly the park ranger didn’t like me standing on the rocks and threatened to arrest me. I took a couple of steps back and this seemed to appease him.

This is a manual blending of two shots; one for the sky and the buildings and another, long exposure, for the water and the city lights. The water was blended in using a layer mask and the lights merged in using overlay modes and some layer masking.

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Conor MacNeill

Fine-art travel photographer, freelance front-end web developer and martial arts instructor. Head to to find out more about me.

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