Moon Over Manhattan (NYC, May 2007)

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    This photo may explain why there is a Moon over Manhattan.

    I came upon this juxtaposition one early evening in early May, 2007. The crane was stationed on East 32nd St. in Manhattan. I took this shot looking east from 2nd Ave. This is not a Photoshop trick folks -- just a lucky shot.

    Well, it was a lucky shot, of course -- but it also took some positioning and some daring on my part to stand in the middle of 2nd Ave. as cars barreled down on me. To get this shot I had to stand exactly at the right spot (and I do mean spot), steady my nerves (and hands) and take the shot before the cars could reached me. Those rush-hour NYC drivers DID NOT seem to be willing to slow down for me.

    It's amazing how quickly the moon moves across the sky. Normally, this is almost imperceptible... unless, that is, you try to align the moon with something (such as a stationary crane) only to realize, 20 seconds later, that the Moon has moved. I took about 8 shots during this sequence and had to reposition myself 3 times.

    As of 5/30/07 the crane was still there. The moon, however, has since moved on.

    Thank you to all the bloggers who blogged this image to their sites and made this my most popular image.

    NOTE: Thanks to for blogging this photo!

    Hossein Shams, Photo Twister, watsonk, and 84 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. thompson.bishop 95 months ago | reply

      really like the traffic sacrific...
      shows dedication....
      i keep wondering how those pictures of the old skyscrapers being built,
      with the walkers up on the sevety floor hanging with no ropes,
      were took...
      any clues.

    2. Bill Ruhsam 95 months ago | reply

      Sweet image. It's always a challenge to get "the shot" when you see it. I'm glad you pulled this one off.

    3. DraconianRain 95 months ago | reply

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    4. a paulchu shot 92 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Let's sing BLUE is the color., and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    5. broddi 89 months ago | reply

      That's a great idea and a great shot.
      You're so right about the speed of the moon. I've caught myself looking at the moon from my office at work and thought about what a great angle I could get, and then once I'm finally out of the office, it's totally lost.

    6. anomalous4 89 months ago | reply

      I just saw this on Bad Astronomy. (Can you tell I'm just a tad behind on my blog-reading?) It is so bleepin' COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!

      p.s. Right now the cow is thinking: "You'll never get me up in one of those things!" and I really think we ought to listen to her. I wouldn't want to be underneath her when she gets scared $#!+less.

    7. (matt) 87 months ago | reply

      well seen, very creative capture.

      [discovered in the photophlow main room] (?)

    8. Sergio Ivan 09 [deleted] 87 months ago | reply

      yeah cool photo

    9. CarolynHW 82 months ago | reply

      Congratulatons to getting this shot!

    10. jsmithphoto20d 81 months ago | reply

      awesome shot......cant say ive seen anything like this before.

    11. leesfields [deleted] 80 months ago | reply

      wow. Great..

    12. Mike Keenan 79 months ago | reply

      Superb sir, fantastic shot.

    13. slow shutter finger 79 months ago | reply

      You rock! Pay your health insurance before you go out with your camera again, great so see someone thinking and shooting on thier feet.

    14. Ivory Elizabeth 78 months ago | reply

      Wow. This is amazing.

    15. Carlo Magni 70 months ago | reply

      WOW, grande idea!
      nice shot"!

    16. rommel1942 58 months ago | reply

      Nicely done.

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