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New York

Discussion in 'Photographic Locations' started by loothapub, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. loothapub

    loothapub Well-Known Member

    Im off to New York on Thursday and have a question for those who have been before.

    We are going to do the obvious and go to the top of the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Centre but I have heard there may be restrictions on Camera Equipment ?

    I have a Canon 5D MkII and will be using my 24-105 lens for the trip.

    Will I be able to take it to the ESB and Rockefeller ?

    or just stick to my Panasonic TZ7 ?

    any advice on this and anything else New York appreciated :)
  2. AlanClifford

    AlanClifford Well-Known Member

    I had my dslr and gorillapod for this one at the Top of the Rock.

    Can't remember if I had the tripod at the Empire State and it is getting too long ago at 2009 but I had a dslr. I had to give up my tiny swiss army knife but got it back at the end.

    See if you can get up to the crown on the statue of liberty. You need to book online beforehand. Take a point and shoot as well as a big camera so you can stick your hand out of the window and shoot the torch. I didn't :(

    Brooklyn Bridge.

    Night ferry to Staten Island (free) is good for night shots looking back at Manhattan.

    Take a bike.
  3. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    I've used my 5D II and 24-105 up both, as well as lots of other lenses from my 15mm fisheye to my 70-300 L.

    To Allan's list, I would add the Guggenheim in particular.
  4. rjbell

    rjbell Well-Known Member

    I had an dslr on the empire state in 2007 no problems then. Take lots of memory cards there is so much to shoot there you will love it!
  5. AGW

    AGW Well-Known Member

    Triopods are banned at the ESB....far too busy. You can get good results using the parapet for support. Buy the advanced express ticket online...tis a sound investment, you walk passed all three q's and dont q to get back down either.
    In general I did not encounter any anti-camera attitudes.
    Must spend a long time in the Met museum.

  6. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    It's nearly 6 years since I went to NYC but I don't recall there being any restrictions on cameras/lenses anywhere except at the airport security places. The Statue of Liberty.... no bags were permitted but there were luggage lockers at $1 where I left my bag and coat. I only had a 3 megapix Canon Powershot at the time so that went with me inside the plinth; the statue itself was closed to people climbing up inside. I took the second boat of the day, it's a round trip to the Statue then Ellis Island and back to Manhattan.
    Also there is the Interpid museum of air, space and sea if you wish to see an aircraft carrier and a Concorde from the inside.
    Try to catch Times Square at twilight so you get some decent shots of the crowds and advertising lights, plus natural ambience of the buildings.
  7. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    One of the most interesting new sights in NYC is the High Line, an elevated walkway/open space in lower Manhattan that used to be the main freight delivery railroad for the area. Some interesting details and different vistas from this viewpoint.
  8. AGW

    AGW Well-Known Member

    Found these...both hand held.



  9. rjbell

    rjbell Well-Known Member

    I love the place along with Barcelona are my favourite cities i've visited.
  10. Baz94

    Baz94 Well-Known Member

    I Went to NY and had no problems with my camera, no restrictions. I went to the top of the rockafella but some ideas for you...

    DEFINATELY go to central park, get some subway station shots, maddison sq Gardens, any night shots are great because you get the steeming sewers.

    The place is absolutely full of amozing photo opportunities :eek:)
  11. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Can't fault your style. :cool:
  12. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    Just checked the details on line and the Statue of Liberty, including the plinth and museum therein, closed last October for a 12-month refurbishment.
    There is still access to Liberty Island and the outside of the Statue, but seemingly no internal access at all.
  13. AlanW

    AlanW Well-Known Member

    From the National Parks website :

    As of October 29, 2011, all spaces in and on the Statue of Liberty are temporarily restricted while upgrades are made to the 125 year old pedestal and the 200 year old fort base from which the Statue rises. The work is expected to be completed in approximately one year. During the interior renovation project Liberty Island will remain open to visitors and rangers are available to provide tours. So, come on out for a visit in 2012!

    New York is a street photographers paradise so keep your camera strapped to your wrist as you walk about, you never know what's around the next corner!

  14. Paul-G

    Paul-G Member

    I had no problems in 2007 but it's too busy to get a tripod up there, even at 11pm when the crowds aren't as bad.

    Try one of the many boat trips and you can get some great shots of lower Manhatten from the water.

    The best shots are found just walking about.

    It's a great city!

    Edit: Sorry all just noticed the date.
  15. BrooklyNYC

    BrooklyNYC Member

    Shooting in New York can be difficult at times because police will randomly question people who take pictures of any of the landmarks. You can use a monopod in many places where a tripod is restricted.
  16. J H Foto

    J H Foto Well-Known Member

    NYC is my favorite city in the world, never encountered any problems having a camera but I shot all hand held. After all tourists tend to have cameras with them ?

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