Manhattan Bridge in Black and White
The Manhattan Bridge doesn't get the same attention as the Brooklyn Bridge. Perhaps that's one of the reasons I'm drawn to it. I love the way the rocks work to create a strong foreground and help build the composition. To emphasize this, I got as low as possible. My Gitzo does not have a center column specifically for this reason. With landscapes, the perspective is often more exciting from the ground.
Once I got home I explored the possibilities of both color and B&W. While the color version was nice, I thought the B&W was much stronger. I bring this up because it reminds me of an important point. I always recommend shooting in color rather than using your camera's B&W mode. You never know which version a client will want and you don't want to limit your options. If you shoot in color, you have the best of both worlds. In the coming weeks I will be posting a new Photoshop tutorial which details how I convert an image to B&W in CS4.