Even photographers have holidays! When we went to New York for a special birthday there was no room for a tripod in the luggage, and there was no way I was lugging a chunky tripod all round the Big Apple.
We left our luggage in our Midtown hotel and went for a walk just as the sun was beginning to set. I had my camera and was keen to take some pictures, but the light was fading fast. Then we caught our first glimpse of Grand Central Terminal. I had to take a shot!
Fortunately we found ourselves standing on a bridge over an underpass. The parapet was flat and solid. I took the camera and placed it squarely on the parapet (but still held on tight), and framed the shot. As you can see from the end result it worked out brilliantly. Because it was dark the exposure was long – 5 seconds long, but because of the solid surface I was able to hold the camera completely still. The motion blur actually adds the icing on the cake in this image.
As an added bonus, the timing was just right. There comes a point in every sunset when the light in the sky balances with the light on the ground. If you wait as the sun sets you can snap the shutter just when the whole image is balanced.