NYC in the Snow

Since we've moved here, this has been the snowiest NYC winter I can recall. We have already had four major snowstorms and one more is forecast to hit this weekend. During Monday's snow, I hopped on the N train to the Canal stop and made the short trek to the Manhattan Bridge. I've always loved the view of Chinatown from the Manhattan Bridge pedestrian walkway. The graffiti on the rooftops combined witht the beautiful old signs always makes an interesting shot of old New York meeting new New York. 

It is a bit of a pain to get a good shot from the bridge though. To make it more difficult for people to jump from the bridge, they've put up a substantial wire fence above the handrail and a thick grid below the rail. You can use a small four inch strip between the wire and grid to fit your camera through if you squat down to shoot. 

Chinatown Rooftops  and Street in the Snow from the Manhattan Bridge, NYC

Chinatown Rooftops  and Street in the Snow from the Manhattan Bridge, NYC

Chinatown Rooftops and Water Towers in the Snow from the Manhattan Bridge, NYC

Chinatown Rooftops and Water Towers in the Snow from the Manhattan Bridge, NYC

Graffiti and Water Towers in Snowy Chinatown from the Manhattan Bridge, NYC (CLICK for LARGER VERSION on FLICKR)

Graffiti and Water Towers in Snowy Chinatown from the Manhattan Bridge, NYC (CLICK for LARGER VERSION on FLICKR)

Close up of Chinatown Graffiti and Water Tower from the Manhattan Bridge, NYC

Close up of Chinatown Graffiti and Water Tower from the Manhattan Bridge, NYC

After these shots from the bridge, I stopped off at "The Bloody Angle" aka Doyers Street just off the Bowery. This is a street I visit a lot as the light is always right and the angle of the street makes a nice leading line for your photographs. 

Woman with Oragne Umbrella Walking on Doyers Street, Chinatown, NYC

Woman with Oragne Umbrella Walking on Doyers Street, Chinatown, NYC

Man with Red Umbrella Walking on Doyers Street, Chinatown, NYC (CLICK for LARGER VERSION on FLICKR)

Man with Red Umbrella Walking on Doyers Street, Chinatown, NYC (CLICK for LARGER VERSION on FLICKR)

The above shots were taken with my Nikon D700. I also took my Hasselblad loaded with Kodak Tri-X 400 to finish off a roll of film. The Hasselblad was VERY difficult to use from the bridge. I basically had to wedge it into the gap between the bottom wire grid and the wire fence above. Doing this meant that I couldn't use the waist level viewfinder at all. I just lined up the camera, focused to infinity, and pushed the shutter. The shot came out okay, but I really prefer the look of the Nikon DSLR photographs in this situation. 

Chinatown Street in the Snow from the Manhattan Bridge, Kodak Tri-X 400 Film

Chinatown Street in the Snow from the Manhattan Bridge, Kodak Tri-X 400 Film