The slow smooth departure of a cruise ship from a port is always an event. It's a time to be moving on... to anticipate new sights, and to reflect on where you've been. It also provides a unique perspective, even to a place which you are most familiar. You usually do not look at a place moving from 12 stories high from the water. So, it is a time to be fascinated by something that looks just a little bit different. I've previously shown a selection of shots when departing Venice.
While I am a New Yorker is most every way, and capture the sights from the street with much of my photography, the view from the river is something that is quite strange to me. In this case, struggling to stay comfortable on the top deck of the ship, on a winter's day, with winds blowing at 50 miles per hour, Nonetheless, I knew that the light and view would be rewarding. The ship departed from the Hudson River pier up near 55th Street and moved downtown into the harbor and then out under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
It was a cloudy day, with spotlights of sun. First a classic view featuring the Chrysler Building.
Looking straight up 42nd Street towards Times Square through the entire island of Manhattan and over to Queens.
You, of course, need a shot of the Empire State Building....
I am unfamiliar with these buildings, but the combination of the new architecture with the colors of the pier seemed to create an interesting juxtaposition.
I softened this picture of the Statue of Liberty.
Having reached the Harbor, looking back gives a view of the downtown area, including One World Trade Center under construction.
Eventually the Verrazano came into view as the sun started to descend. The wall in front is the glass barrier of the cruise ship.
Having passed under the bridge, the sun now was centered within the west tower.
And then out to the rocky sea towards the Bahamas.