Empire State Building Skyline SC – Shooting Through Windows

Empire State Building Skyline SC – Shooting Through Windows

I had an opportunity during my latest trip to New York City to shoot a series long exposures through the glass window in my hotel room on the 21st floor. This is much easier than I expected. Just make sure all the lights in your room are off and you’re using a very stable tripod with the lens a few centimeters away from the window. The window was a little dirty on the outside, but that did not matter as I was focussing at infinity and shooting at f/7.1.

There is no trick to get a room on a top floor…just ask. Most people do not. The hotel will save those upper level rooms for guests checking in later in the day, so if you check in early and don’t mention it you can count on a low floor room. So on your next trip just politely ask for a top floor room. You’ll probably be surprised!

Empire State Skyline SC

Technical mumbo jumbo:
・Canon 5D Mark III
・Canon TSE 24mm f/3.5 L
・ISO 100, f/7.1, exposure time of 421 seconds
・Formatt-Hitech ProStop IRND filters (16 stops)
・RRS BH-55 ballhead
・Induro CT214 tripod
・Adobe Lightroom 5.3

Photograph by Mabry Campbell, New York City, 2014

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