A view of lamps and arches on the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City.

A runner crosses the Brooklyn Bridge toward Brooklyn on a March morning, New York City.

A New York water taxi travels on the Hudson River under the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City.

A panorama image of lower Manhattan, taken from across the East River in Brooklyn while standing south of the Brooklyn Bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge is on the right. The Manhattan Bridge can be seen beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. The Financial District and the South Street Seaport are across the river. This panorama was created from seven vertical images.

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge on a November morning, New York City.

Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty on an overcast morning, seen from the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City.

Traffic on Brooklyn Bridge with lower Manhattan in background, New York City.

A lady in a red coat stands out as she walks across the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City.

The Manhattan Bridge (left) and the Brooklyn Bridge cross the East River from Brooklyn to Manhattan, New York City.

Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park with lower Manhattan in background, New York City.

Cables frame the flag atop the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City.

A panorama image of lower Manhattan, taken from across the East River in Brooklyn while standing in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Brooklyn Bridge is on the left. The Manhattan Bridge is on the right. The Financial District and the South Street Seaport are behind the Brooklyn Bridge. This panorama was created from 10 vertical images.

Cables connect to a tower on the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City.

Water taxi cruising on East River past lower Manhattan in this seven-photo panorama, New York City.

New York City's Pier 17, as seen from the Brooklyn Bridge, extends into the East River on the lower east side and holds restaurants and shops.

Clouds seen through the Brooklyn Bridge cables reflect the setting sun, New York City.

A flag stands atop a tower on the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City.

The Empire State Building (center) and the Metropolitan Life Tower are illuminated against the night sky when seen between buildings from the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City.

The Brooklyn Bridge extends above pilings in the East River, New York City.

The lower Manhattan skyline and the East River as seen from the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City.

10.23/Bridge scenes

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is still one of my favorite things to do in New York. The bridge is about a mile and a quarter long (it was, by far, the world’s longest suspension bridge when it was completed in 1883) with a wide pedestrian walkway above traffic. More than 4,000 pedestrians and 3,000 bicyclists cross the bridge each day, although I’ve been on the bridge on some nice-weather weekend days when it seems like all 7,000 walkers/cyclists are on it at the same time.

But I didn’t realize until a couple of years ago how many photos I’ve taken on, of or from the Brooklyn Bridge. For some reason my mind had always separated the photos into three separate categories: photos of the Brooklyn Bridge architecture taken while on the bridge, photos of the Brooklyn Bridge taken from either the Brooklyn side or Manhattan side of the East River, and New York City skyline photos taken while standing on the bridge.

It turns out that the bridge is a great subject for photographs as well as a great base from which to photograph.

When photographing the bridge while standing on the bridge I tend of focus on the limestone and granite towers and the suspension cables. The two towers stand approximately 275 feet tall, providing great subjects for architectural photographs.

The view looking north from the bridge features the Empire State Building standing above the midtown skyline. Look to the south of the bridge and you see the tall buildings of the Financial District, Pier 17 and the Statue of Liberty. Turn slightly to the west and you see the new One World Trade Center tower.

Brooklyn Bridge Park on the Brooklyn side of the East River provides excellent views of the bridge with the Manhattan skyline in the background.

Walking the bridge and the surrounding area is a fun way to spend part of a day in New York City, with or without a camera.

It turns out that the bridge is a great subject for photographs as well as a great base from which to photograph.

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