My recent vacation to the East Coast included an unplanned stop in Brooklyn for all of one hour. Because of bad weather during our cruise, a stop at Martha’s Vineyard was scrapped and an extra 12 hours in New York was added. That extra 12 hours allowed my wife and I to take a night time tour of New York and Brooklyn. That tour included a stop to a pier at the base of the Brooklyn bridge. This is the night time image of the Brooklyn bridge I was able to capture with just the use of a lens cap to create a tripod and allowed me take an exposure of over 3 seconds with no camera shake.

The night lights reflect off the East river as the Brooklyn bridge stands above.

Here is the data for the photo. Canon 5D Mark 3, Canon 16mm to 35mm f/4.0 zoom at f/5.0 & 16mm. ISO 500 at 3 seconds.

The lens cap of the Canon 16mm to 35mm zoom works as an on the go tripod for long exposure photos.
I was able to get the correct angle of the bridge by using the lens cap of the zoom to tilt the camera upwards and still get a steady shot while placing the camera on hand railing about 4 feet high. This technique works best if you set the shutter release to a 2 second delay so you can steady the camera and yourself. I usually take a breath before the shutter fires, so my breathing while holding the camera down doesn’t effect the photo. Like most things in life, fortune favors the prepared.

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  1. Brian Wolff

    Hi Keith
    Many thanks for the info

  2. admin

    Hello Brian,
    The tour we did was arranged through Holland America. ($79 I think) It was last minute thing because our ship wasn’t suppose to dock until 7am, but because of bad weather we went into NY at 5pm the day before.
    As for the tour, all we really did was drive into Brooklyn, ( not using Brooklyn bridge ) got told about things of interest in Brooklyn, then stopped at the base of the bridge for a 30 minute stop.
    After that, we were taken to Times square for a 40 minute stop. Times square is only one mile from the cruise port, so you really don’t need to take a tour to visit there.
    Sorry I can’t recommend any tour for you to take. There must be better tours than we took, because all the cruise line did was hire the buses and tour guides. The tour guide was telling the driver were to go because the whole thing wasn’t really planned out like a normal cruise excursion.
    Hope you have a fun and safe trip.

  3. Brian Wolff

    We are going on a cruise in July which will finish in New York.
    Trying to find a night photographic tour for the Brooklyn Bridge, which I see from your article that you enjoyed.
    Do you mind giving us the tour operator.
    Many thanks

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