Just 15 minutes before taking this shot I was up the embankment about 50 yards away, on the esplanade, under a beautiful canopy of yellow and orange taking pictures of those pretty fall colors as people passed by underneath them. But as I continued to take pictures I noticed a quick and considerable change in the lighting conditions. Looking to my left I could see that a fog bank was descending down over the Hudson. In just a few minutes my entire view of the water and Jersey shore was completely blanketed in fog.
In the picture just before this one, fog turned out to be the key missing element to that shot for which I had been trying to capture since last summer. For some time now after trying different times of day, and almost every time of season, I had concluded that less light would be the final piece to greatly improve the scene, and so I tried coming back during dusk, and cloudy conditions but still I wasn't satisfied. Now as I somewhat absentmindedly admired the wonderful mood setting weather pattern as it settled in, my brain slapped me in the face, shocked that it took so long for me to realize the missing ingredient to the scene was fog, and if I didn't hurry I was going to miss it. I sprung up grabbed my gear, then raced down the path to the vantage point I'd come to so many times before, and squeezed off several shots.
Finally satisfied with what I saw through my viewfinder of that scene, (for the first time in 18 months) I then walked over here to this spot to capture a few more photos before the fog lifted (and it did just a few minutes after this). I kept peering into the fog hoping for a really nice looking ship to sail by to complete the scene. Now this ferryboat really wasn't what I had in mind, but you know what they say about beggars.
fogscenicfallBattery Park Cityblack and whiteSouth Covesld1