Twice a year, approximately three weeks both before and after the summer solstice, the sunset lines up with the street grid of Manhattan. The term for this, Manhattanhenge, was coined in 2002 by astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson of the American Museum of Natural History as a reference to Stonehenge in England. It only applies to those streets beginning with 14th and going to upper Manhattan that were laid out in 1811.
The photo below showing the Empire State Building with the setting sun was taken at the intersection of 34th Street and Park Avenue using a Fuji X-Pro1 and Touit 12mm f/2.8 lens I am testing for a blog review coming soon.
|Taken with a Fuji X-Pro1 and Touit 12mm lens at ISO 400, aperture of f/5.6, and 1/250 second exposure.|
|Taken with a Fuji X-Pro1 and 18-55mm zoom set to 30mm.|
How to Photograph Manhattanhenge:
|In this case a moderate wide angle focal length of 35mm includes a full view of the city with the Chrysler Building on the right framing the setting sun.|
|Here a long telephoto lens of 400mm compress the space. This enhances the congestion of traffic and provides a solid circular shape to the sun. The refracted blurs over the traffic were caused by shooting directly into such a powerful light.|