East River Sunset Shower (New York)

I found this photo in my rejected images while cleaning up my Lightroom travel photography archives. I took it during a sunset cruise along the East River on my trip to New York about 3 years earlier. The fire boat was spraying the water for the tourists’ amusement, and I was taking photographs against the sun though the water.

I remember I saw the potential in this urban landscape, but was never happy with the composition, and after a few attempts to change the framing by applying different crops in Lightroom I gave up and marked it as rejected.

When I saw this photo again 3 years later, right away I knew exactly what to do; I changed the aspect ratio from 3×2 to panoramic and the composition was dramatically improved. It was ready to be posted. I guess sometimes it takes 5 minutes to process an image, but other times, 3 years.

USA. New York. East River
Loc: 40.71165, -73.97082

Camera: Canon 60D
 Lens: Sigma 17–70mm
 Focal Length: 19mm
 ISO: 100
 Aperture: F8
 Shutter Speed: 1/160
 Bracketing: single shot
 Tripod: hand-held