I have now had the opportunity to shoot city lights from a number of high places in Chicago and New York City, and thought I would pass on my well-earned advice for getting good shots.
- Check the weather before you go.
(at nearly $30 per visit you want to make sure you get your money’s worth).
- Find out what time the sunset is since this gives you the best light
(to my knowledge these buildings are not open early enough for the sunrise).
- Tripods are usually not allowed, except as a monopod.
(your best bet is to quickly pull out your compact tripod when no one is looking).
And one final thing. The image today was taken this past week on the Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center when temperatures were below 30º F , but it really felt much colder on top with the wind whipping around! While not the best conditions to enjoy the light show, it’s the perfect time to shoot when no one else is around.