This picture is of the Bow Bridge in New York City’s Central Park. The Bow Bridge is the first cast-iron bridge built in Central Park and the second oldest in the United States. The Bow Bridge is located Mid-Park at 74th St., west of Bethesda Terrace connecting Cherry Hill and the Ramble and spans 60 feet across the lake. Along with being a beautiful bridge to look at, it is always fun when watching a TV show or move to see a place and to be able to say “I’ve been there”. The Bow Bridge is one of those places.
Any time you are around calm water it’s always good to look for pictures that you can get with reflections. I would have liked this picture anyways, but the reflection of the bridge and trees in the water makes it more interesting. In order to get reflections the water needs to be very still, as any chop in the water will prevent the reflection. Because of this windy days usually mean no reflection photography. Luckily for us, on this day there was no wind so I was able to get the reflections I wanted.
This picture is also a good example of why a wide angle lens is usually my favorite for landscape photography. Without it most of the Bow Bridge would have been cut off and the context for the photo would have been lost. Zooming in more would have also cut off a lot of the reflections I like so much in the picture.
Bow Bridge, Central Park New York City Information
- Taken By: Paul
- Date Taken: 22-DEC-2013
- Camera: Canon EOS 7D
- Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
- Exposure: 1/80 sec at F/11
- Focal Length: 17 mm
- ISO: 400
- Flash: Did not fire