Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

By Vladimir Brezina

We love to kayak around NYC at night!

(For one thing, we paddle faster at night…)

Night falls as we paddle down the East River
Manhattan shines forth
George Washington Bridge nocturne
Midtown Manhattan illuminations
Paddling down the East River at 3 AM

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Nighttime.

63 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

  1. The ship with the pink/purple lights–some cruise liner in port? It looks huge!

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  2. Stunning pictures! And a unique perspective, as if they were taken from the ocean itself.

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  3. Nice – thanks for sharing

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  4. very very kewl V :) Very Kewl :) … maybe ill get there sumday but if not well ur shotz are way kewl close as one can get :) .kewl stuff as alwayz :) Q

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  5. Lovely pictures! I live in NYC too, and jog where you are kayaking almost everyday. This summer we sailed in NY harbor too, my first sailing lesson. I think the free kayaking is still going on? Perfect activity and place for night photos!

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    • So you were one of those sailboats we are always tangling with? ;-)

      Some of the free kayaking may still be going on for a week or two, depending on the location, but it will all probably shut down very soon. But there’s always next summer!

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  7. Awesome! I’ve linked your post to my entry….we are New Yorkers and how different our pictures are….you get beautiful shots from the waters around the city!

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  8. Wow, such courage to go out in that busy harbor in a kayak at night. The photos are really awesome!!

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  9. I definitely need to do this before it gets too cold!

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  10. Nice photos Vlad. Thanks for the infusion! Ha! Time for a night time sequence of ALL the bridges?
    George

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  11. Nice, must be hard to do a night shot on a kayak! I can barely keep my hand steady on dry land at night.

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  12. so cool – and love the “paddle faster” too :) <3

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  13. Wonderful entry 💞

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  14. Love seeing the blue hour shift into the black and gold hour :-)

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  15. Reblogged this on needumbrella and commented:
    wonderful !!

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  16. These are great Vladimir but it would definitely scare the crap out of me doing the river at night! Can the other boats see you? Have you had any close calls???

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    • Johna Till Johnson

      HI Tina,
      Vlad is never scared, but we have had the occasional close call.

      Not that long ago we were crossing the Kill Van Kull at night, and somehow managed to miss a gigantic (poorly lit) container ship headed our way. Fortunately we were crossing at a very narrow part, and we just paddled like heck until we were safely out of the way. But that’s why we carry radios… and wear lights… and try our best to see in the dark!

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  17. Awesome night colours!

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  18. I always enjoy your photos – and of course the adventures which go along with them! Have a great week.

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  19. Wow! Vladimir those night time shots are fantastic… :-)

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  22. Wow that is a lot of pink/purple lights on that ship!

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  23. As a kayaker I am used to the low traffic waters of Lake Superior and can’t imagine what it must be like to dodge the boat traffic you must encounter. I assume you have had some close calls?

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    • Actually not as many as you might think. Yes, boat traffic can be extremely dense at times, and it becomes a two-dimensional ballet to weave through the traffic. It really helps to know the harbor intimately, to recognize the types of boats and ship and even the individual boats and ships, to know where they are going, how fast they are going, where they dock… Then it becomes relatively easy.

      One thing, though, you do need to be mentally alert all the time. People get into trouble in groups, when they start chatting and lose track of what’s going on around them.

      At night, the problem is a bit different. Traffic is usually less dense, but you need to be able to spot the lights of a ship against the many fixed lights in the harbor. That can be tricky, and if we’ve had close calls, it’s been when we’ve not been able to do that until a bit later than we would have liked. :-)

      It’s also important to be able to paddle fast to get out of trouble if necessary…

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  24. Gorgeous pictures…

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  25. Dat purple ship! Cool lightings and nice pictures Vladimir!

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  26. I love it when your posts appear in my reader, they are always wonderful.

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  27. I’ve kayaked the Hudson a lot near palisades state park, but never in The city. Looks like a blast!

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    • Come on down!!

      Once you get south of the George Washington Bridge, however, it’s advisable to have a firm destination in mind (as well as to know how the currents will affect your trip), as they are few and far between…

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  28. Emmi S. Herman

    Beautiful photography. Some brave shots. I am interested in one of your GWB photos to accompany my blog post. https://windagainstcurrent.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/imgp0145-cropped.jpg
    Kindly supply the preferred credit line. Thanks!

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    • Sorry, didn’t see your comment until just now.

      Feel free to use it! Preferred credit line is Vladimir Brezina / Wind Against Current.

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      • Thank you! Will do if used next time. The editor went with another shot for The Jumper And Me And The GWB.
        BTW, I kayaked for the first time this summer on the quiet Charles River in Cambridge. What a great new perspective but I can’t ever imagine doing it on the challenging Hudson!

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