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The Brooklyn Bridge—perhaps one of the most iconic and photogenic bridges in NYC, was the location of a recent photo walk/safari hosted by the B&H Event Space. Comprised of seven different way points spread across the general area of the bridge, the event was swarmed by attendees all across the bridge—even on the cloudy day!
The day was cloudy, humid and it felt like it was going to rain any second, but the Brooklyn Bridge was actually very packed between 3-6pm. Lots of attendees showed up to the safari for some fun outside of the store.
Want to know why you can't see what's going on here? On the Manhattan side of the bridge was a model on a red Vespa. She was lit by Profoto gear, and everyone wanted to get a chance to photograph her.
We weren't kidding about that, the model was surrounded on all sides; and it was hard to get in to get a shot at times. In fact, the crowd was so huge that I remember looking down at the giant mass of people from the Instant Film station on the bridge.
Steve Salmieri was present on the Manhattan side of the bridge shooting large format images with a gigantic film camera (8x10). Attendees were both amazed and intimidated by just how large it was.
When you look into the ground glass, you see an inverted image (which probably instilled some nostalgia in lots of people.)
On the Brooklyn side of the bridge next to the pier, two B&H road marketers set up a tripod and HDSLR gear for attendees to play with. The attendees had lots of questions about the cameras, follow focuses, rigs, etc.
If you were on the Brooklyn side of the bridge, this was one of the starting points, but not the only one. Both Manhattan and Brooklyn had two different stations set up.
Rafael Fuchs, photographer and Digtial Photo Academy instructor, was also on the Brooklyn side doing a fashion shoot with a model and off-camera lighting. A Canon speedlite was fitted into a Lastolite softbox to give off wonderful soft lighting with the Brooklyn Bridge and sky in the background.
Back on the bridge though, people were lined up at the various stations. One that drew a lot of attention was the setup with the Canon 1D Mk IV and 400mm F/2.8 with the 1.4x converter attached. Holding the goliath combo was a Gitzo tripod and CB gimbal mount. Attendees were encouraged to put their CF and SD cards in to take photos with the camera.
Some attendees couldn't wait either.
People waited patiently to get their turn with the camera and lens; and a B&H rep was available to answer any questions they had. They were conveniently located right next to an old Italian ice cream station, so even more people stopped by out of curiosity.
Then, there were some stations with huge crowds of people due to their location. One of these stations was the EyeSee360 area: which allowed people with cameras, camcorders and iPhones to shoot panoramic videos and photos very easily.
At the Fujifilm Instax, people had so much fun with the different cameras and films. Fine art photographer Mindy Veissid was also present to lend a helping hand (and pair of eyes.) She helped to shed light on her techniques for, "intuitive photography."
Of course, everyone got to keep their photos.
People tried different techniques to get interesting angles as well: such as hopping onto a ledge.
There were also attendees that came to us to ask for help with their camera. For example, the woman pictured kneeling down stopped me and wanted to know how to capture a better image with details in the bridge and the sky.
Did you attend the event? If you did, show us your photos on the Brooklyn Bridge Flickr Group.