The streets of New York City are filled with all kinds of amazing views; beautiful brownstones, city skylines and hidden parks, to name a few. Hello, Manhattanhenge!
The truly amazing phenomenon, Manhattanhenge, only happens twice a year in May and July, when the sunset aligns perfectly with the street grid of Manhattan. ACUVUE® understands the importance of seeing clearly, easily and comfortably, not only with your contact lenses, but with the lens of your camera, too. With help from ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses, you’ll never miss that insta-worthy shot.
We want to make sure you don’t miss the chance to experience the beauty of Manhattanhenge and capture the perfect shot on your phone’s camera we’d like to share tips from renowned NYC photographer, crissibeth below right here!
Top tips for shooting Manhattanhenge:
Have an adventurous spirit
Manhattanhenge is an incredible marvel that occurs in one of the most populous cities in the world, drawing thousands of people every summer who are looking to capture an iconic photo. You’ll have to contend with your fellow shutterbugs and swerving taxis to get your shot. Come mentally prepared for an adventure!
Center yourself (And we don’t mean metaphorically!)
The appeal of Manhattanhenge is that the sun sets in direct alignment with the NYC street grid. To get the best shot of the sun sinking in between skyscrapers, you will actually have to stand in the exact middle of the street. “But aren’t there cars on the street?” you may be asking yourself. Yes, there are. We’ll wait until the light turn’s red, and carefully walk out into the middle of the street (making sure to look both ways for any vehicles and paying close attention to the light changing back!). I’m a big fan of symmetry in my photography, so this is a must for me.
Technical / settings tips
It is very possible to take a fantastic shot of Manhattanhenge with a mobile phone. Here are some of my tips for doing just that.
1. Turn on your gridlines. This will help you compose your shot symmetrically.
2. Use the AE/AF (exposure / focus) lock function on your phone. While looking at the screen in your camera app, tap just around the sun. The phone will adjust the exposure and update the display in real time. Don’t tap the sun itself; exposure will be too dark.
3. As you are looking straight at the sun to capture the perfect shot, don’t worry about your eyes being sensitive to the sun’s UV rays. ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses are the only major brand that meet industry standards for UV blocking. They help protect against transmission of harmful UV radiation to the cornea and into the eye.
4. Bring a pair of headphones with adjustable volume. Did you know the volume buttons on a phone also take a picture when you’re in the camera app? If you plug in headphones, the volume buttons on your earbuds will allow you to take a shot.
5. Don’t use your phone’s zoom. You may be tempted, but don’t do it. It’s the quickest way to degrade your image quality. Using digital zoom means you’ll be using less of your image sensor, and it also means your image stabilization will be thrown off. So if you want to get a closer shot – zoom with your feet (walk closer). ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses feature a unique EYE-INSPIRED™ Design principle that respects that natural function of the eye and enhances its appearance, perfect for people who are nearsightedness or farsightedness.
6. Turn on HDR, but also “keep normal photo.” HDR, or High Dynamic Resolution, takes three photos in rapid succession: one it considers normally exposed, then one slightly under- and one slightly over-exposed. The phone will then layer the pics and you wind up with a photo that has all the lovely highlights of a bright image with all the details of a darker image.
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