Last night seemed like the opportunity of a lifetime: Manhattanhenge and the Supermoon would occur within minutes of each other! How could I not try to kill two birds with one stone, right? But despite my planning, I couldn't find that perfect spot to observe both astrological phenomena. And my efforts were also foiled by clouds hovering close to the horizon, so I lingered at my Manhattanhenge spot longer than I should have. (I was hoping that perhaps the second sunset would prove better than the first nonexistent one. I researched staying for a second sunset, which occurs about 20 minutes after the sun dips below the horizon; however, since I couldn't see the sun behind the clouds, I kept staring at the spot where I thought the sunset should be and hoping there would be some sort of sunset miracle.)
Anyway, here are some of my Manhattanhenge shots:
|At this point, the chances of seeing a Manhattanhenge sunset were 50/50.|
|Panic started to set in and onlookers started snapping their cameras at anything in the western sky.|
|At this point, the sunset was taking place behind these clouds and onlookers crazily took photos of anything, and mumbling how they were going to fix their shots in Photoshop.|
After I left my Manhattanhenge spot on 42nd Street, I ran around until I could find a secluded spot to take pictures of the Supermoon. I forgot to change the white balance on my camera, and this is the only decent shot I took.
|It looks like the sun. Oh, no!|
I have another opportunity to take pictures of the Supermoon on August 10. Let's hope I don't forget to change my camera settings!
To make myself feel a little better, I went to Grand Central Station and took some photos of the Grand Hall. Here is one that I like:
|Saturday night ghosts of Grand Central.|
I hope that my luck changes on August 10 and I can get some decent shots of the Supermoon. As for Manhattanhenge, I hear the sunrises are also worth a photo shoot. They occur in the winter, so I'll have to bundle up--what a strange thought to have on a hot, humid summer day!