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The Brooklyn Bridge

In yesterday's pic I showed you an aerial view of this bridge that separates Manhattan from Brooklyn, two of NYC's 5 burroughs.

In this view, I am standing in Manhattan, looking across the East River to Brooklyn.  We never crossed this bridge while on our three days of double-decker tour buses because they're too heavy for the bridge, which also has a pedestrian lane. 

This is the bridge that had pedestrians, cyclists and cars going back-n-forth at the early-morning time the Twin Towers were hit on 9/11, 2001.  Of all the pics I took of this bridge, I chose this one from our last rainy, foggy day, to give more of a somber tone to it.  We in America will never see this bridge in the same way again!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


The Brooklyn Bridge

In yesterday's pic I showed you an aerial view of this bridge that separates Manhattan from Brooklyn, two of NYC's 5 burroughs.

In this view, I am standing in Manhattan, looking across the East River to Brooklyn.  We never crossed this bridge while on our three days of double-decker tour buses because they're too heavy for the bridge, which also has a pedestrian lane. 

This is the bridge that had pedestrians, cyclists and cars going back-n-forth at the early-morning time the Twin Towers were hit on 9/11, 2001.  Of all the pics I took of this bridge, I chose this one from our last rainy, foggy day, to give more of a somber tone to it.  We in America will never see this bridge in the same way again!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (31)

  • Kay
  • Portland, OR
  • 3 May 2007, 00:04
Great photo, Ginnie. And you are right. I remember seeing the videos on tv, of all the people walking on this bridge on 9/11. What a sight it was, and it will never be forgotten. This is a wonderful picture of the bridge. It has feeling.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Kay. We had wanted to walk across the bridge, just to feel the ethos of it, but we couldn't cram it in. Maybe some day....
  • Deb
  • United States
  • 3 May 2007, 00:05
That's a great shot, Ginnie! I like the sepia treatment you gave it...it's very appropriate I think smile
Hope you're having a great trip!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Deb.

I know my travels back-n-forth everywhere have got to be confusing to everyone, which is why I now put where I am each day. I live in Atlanta, where I am today, so the trip to NYC has come and gone. However, on the 14th I'll be flying back to Amsterdam, where I am half the year. Don't worry, though, because I never expect anyone to keep up with me and my schedule. It's hard enough for me to do that myslef! smile
have you ever walked into a restaurant with historic framed shots on the wall? This shot reminds me of those frames exactly, very nice treatment.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I have, Dotun. Thanks for the compliment. smile
Thank You.

J
Ginnie Hart: You're welcome, Johhny.

BTW, I thought of you yestyerday when I did my post on street vendors for my other blog. If you click here, you'll find the one of me eating a hot dog, just for you! grin
http://ginniehart.blogspot.com/2007/05/nycs-street-vendors.html
  • petra
  • 3 May 2007, 00:43
Lovely tones Ginnie
Petra
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Petra.
Una vieja fotografía muy bien ambientada. Me gusta.

An old very well acclimated photography. I like.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jose.
  • MarkDM
  • San Diego, California, USA
  • 3 May 2007, 02:01
Gorgeous, moody shot. We're planning a trip to New York this fall, so your last two photos are helping me get psyched for the trip (a bit early maybe, but still ...).
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Mark, there are pics of Venice now on some blogs, where we will be in October, so I know exactly what you mean. For me, my appetite is getting well whetted. smile

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 3 May 2007, 03:28
A great choice that Ginnie, going for the sepia effect. You had me fooled for sure. When I opened the page I thought I was stuck in a time warp.
Ginnie Hart: A time warp sounds like a good place to be in this city, Jimbo. So many things have happened there, both good and bad. Thanks for your comment.
  • Erik Molbach
  • Hudson, NY
  • 3 May 2007, 03:38
Thank you, Ginnie, for this sweet shot of a favotite of mine.
Ginnie Hart: You're welcome, Erik. Thank YOU.
This looks positively 19th century! Surely looks must be deceiving and Brooklyn actually did made some progress in the last 200 years smile I like the shot. Whenever I try a sepia conversion I never get the midrange tones right. Do you mind sharing what you did to get this effect?
Ginnie Hart: I probably don't do enough, Martin, in my PSg but I do all the highlights, shadows, and contrasting first before I Desaturate the image 100%. Then I do a Color Change with (depending on the pic) approx. 20 Red and 20 Yellow to get the sepia effect. There's probably another, easier way, but that's how I do it. Hope it helps?
  • Ted
  • 3 May 2007, 06:10
Lovely tones to this image. It's an iconic bridge and I've glad you've chosen to show it from this angle rather than the typical "from the bridge itself".
Ginnie Hart: I actually wish we had gone over the bridge, Ted. Maybe the next time. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
  • alex
  • 3 May 2007, 06:13
i agree with all, you did a great job here. perfect choice of treatment!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Alex. Thanks.
An awesome picture , you are surely hitting the right notes
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Shakara! smile
Brilliant Ginnie. I'll try this in October. You have given this a very 20's look I think.
Ginnie Hart: In October I'll be in Venice, so I know what you mean. smile Thanks, Chris.
I think that NYC is a timeless city too... stuck in the 30's, that's what your picture suggests Ginnie ! And I like it.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Florence.
beautiful sepia...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 3 May 2007, 10:59
perfect treatment and framing ginnie. i am almost expecting some old long beared person with sailor cap to crab walk sideways into the shot.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Wouldn't we be pleasantly surprised, Neal! Thanks for the image.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 3 May 2007, 11:35
Nice composition, and I agree with everyone, you've given it a timeless feel.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ruth.
Great tones Ginnie - great bridge - took a similar shot of it the last time we visited.
Ginnie Hart: Maybe you and I stood on the same spot, Bernie! I like that. smile
  • Otto K.
  • Atlanta, US
  • 3 May 2007, 14:14
Very nice, Ginnie. Feels like an old shot.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Otto, and thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 May 2007, 16:35
Excellent detail again. It is like a cutting from an old magazine. Good for framing for the wall.

Is this the bridge that was built on pontoons that were sunk for the purpose, the husband died and his wife completed the project on time and in budget? Maybe you know.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Louis.

You are absolutely right about this bridge being finished by a woman after her husband died. We heard that story every time we were on a tour bus, so there seems to be a lot of pride about it in NYC. smile
this is a beautiful shot ginnie. the treatment very much sets the mood. ever since i saw gangs of new york i have longed to visit this beautiful city. it is so rich with history. as for 9/11 for most it is a day of mourning, but for me it was my first wedding anniversary and a very happy day for me. one i will surely never forget!
Ginnie Hart: Maybe some day you can visit it, Genevieve. On one of our tours we actually went by the area where that movie was filmed.

I'm so glad your 9/11 is a day of happy memories. Keep it that way. smile
liking this one...works well in mono with sufficient detail to make it extremely interesting wink....
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sir Sam. smile
  • Ted
  • http://rothphotos.blogspot.com/
  • 3 May 2007, 19:42
I was wondering if you toned this to sepia or that was the day. Your comment suggests the latter. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is one othe great New York experiences.

t
Ginnie Hart: I did indeed convert this to sepia, Ted, though I can see from my comment why you thought otherwise. Of all the pics I took, it seemed the most natural one to convert. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
  • Julischka
  • the centre of EU
  • 3 May 2007, 20:13
It's interesting. The tone and the bridge caught my eye and I thought it's a window in the past. Then I noticed the more modern buildings. Beautiful!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Julia. I guess it does stand the test of time, doesn't it!
You have made a great meeting of old and new IMO smile
Ginnie Hart: I like how you said that, Aksel. Thanks.
Very well done Ginnie. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sir.
Oh wow! Thats fantastic! Love it in sepia. It gives it an old fashioned look that works so well. I really like this one and its going in my likies!!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, DD. I love anything that stands the test of time!
Great old-fashioned look with the sepiatone. I like the lighter feel of this with the fog. Not too many shadows to hide the detail.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Karen.
  • Ellie
  • 3 May 2007, 22:47
... What they said! wink

I'm interested by the trick of perspective too, where the right hand section of the bridge seems almost to be twisting. I know it's only because of the angle, but it fascinates me.

I'm not going to say a lot about 9/11 except that I watched the events unfold live on the television. I think it was the last time I watched daytime TV.
Ginnie Hart: I went and looked back at yesterday's pic, Ellie, and didn't realize that where I was standing for this pic was on the platform of the building that juts into the water to the left of the bridge...looking towards the Brooklyn side. I wanted to see if the bridge is suddenly turning but I think not. Anyway, I see what you mean. Those tricks can get us every time. smile

I was at work when that day happened and we all crammed into a large assembly room to watch things unfold on TV. I still remember it as though it were yesterday. So surreal!
I appreciate really the choice of Sepia tone here, it gives an old poscard aspect to the shot !
Ginnie Hart: Always a big Thank You to you, Zeb, for your support, week after week.

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