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The George Washington Bridge is a suspension bridge over the Hudson River, that connects part of New York CityNew York to Fort LeeNew Jersey. It is 4,750 feet (1584 meters) long and was designed by Othmar H. Ammann. Building began on October 21, 1927, and it was opened on October 25, 1931, at a cost of $59 million A second level was added below the main level and opened to traffic on August 29, 1962. There are also walkways for pedestrians and bicyclists on the north and south sides of the bridge.

The main span of the bridge is 3,500 ft (1,067 m) long and it is 119 ft (36 m) wide. It is suspended by four cables, each cable weighing 28,450 tons, and each is made from 26,474 individual wires. The total length of all the wire in the four cables is 107,000 mi (172,200 km).

Ammann chose the site for the bridge because the river was narrower at this point. The banks on either side were high, which meant the bridge could be tall enough for ships to pass underneath, without having to build long rising bridge approaches.

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Shutter Priority Mode is used when our main priority is getting the right shutter speed. Shutter speed controls how fast the shutter opens and closes and is responsible for stopping action and getting crystal clear images when our subjects are moving. To read the basics of shutter priority Go to the Shutter Speed Page.

Shutter speed is used to get the milky water look on moving waters but the best way to do it is to also control your aperture and your shutter which is done in Manual mode. You can read about How to Shoot Waterfall Photography here.

During the day you would also need a neutral density filter when trying to blur the moving waters. Go to the Neutral Density Filter page and read about how to use them.

Aperture Priority Mode is used when our main priority is controlling the depth of field. It is often used for macro or close-up photography on things such as flowers so we can blur the background. It is used in school class photos when we focus on the first row and we want the 3rd row to also be in focus.  If you are not familiar with shooting in aperture priority you can read our Aperture Priority Page here.

Shooting in manual mode is a little more difficult. You will have to adjust your shutter speed and your aperture instead of only setting one and letting the camera do the other. It is used for waterfall photography, night photography, portrait photography and a few other things.

You can read more details about waterfall photography here. You can read about night photography here. They both explain the basics of shooting in manual mode.

Shooting night sky photography is actually very simple. It may appear to be complicated at first glance but if you read our section on Dark Sky Photography you can see how it is not as overwhelming as you would think.

There is also some good information that will be useful on our Dark Sky Photography Information page.

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Shooting waterfall and milky waters photography require a tripod and some knowledge in shooting in manual mode. We have simplified it for you and you can read all about blurring waters here on our Waterfall Photography page.  You may need a neutral density filter for daytime waterfall photography and you can visit our page on Neutral Density Filters here.

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Basic Photography Information for The George Washington Bridge Hot Spot Location

You can go here any time of the year. The Ross Dock Park is located directly under the George Washington Bridge, (GWB) on the New Jersey side in Fort Lee. It closes at dusk and they lock the gate to the park even if you are inside. When you see the patrol car doing rounds they are clearing the park so they can lock it down for the night. It is a very long walk to walk in, over a mile and limited parking out on the main road leading into the park.

This is a great location for the winter months when the leaves have fallen off the trees and photography locations are scarce. You can go over to the other side of the water and photograph it from New York as well. We were just here and it was ten degrees out so we did not venture to the other side. We wanted to go back here to get some images with the ice in the water to of course, as usual, do something different than the rest of the world. Yes, some have done this of course but far less than the regular shot.

A few birds flew by but not many. Bring your widest angle lens, circular polarizing filters, ND filters, tripod and shutter release to this location. To get the depth of field you will need to shoot in aperture priority. Here is our page on Aperture Priority if you need a refresher.

There is a Korean area just nearby with a ton of Korean barbeques. We explored our options for food and there were not many American restaurants in the area so we gave it a shot and we loved it. Our meal was all vegetables. Vegetables at a barbeque? It is not your standard barbeque. They brought us a pot which we cooked ourselves on our table and added in what we ordered.

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Hotel Information

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Park Information

Ross Dock Park Area Information.

There is a parking free from May through September CASH ONLY – $5.00 weekdays and $10 on the weekends.

Ross Dock Picnic Area features picnic tables, some grills (visitors are permitted to bring their own), a large children’s playground, restrooms, water, and waste receptacles, as well as access to fishing and crabbing, access to our trail system and Henry Hudson Drive, and access to a boat launching ramp for both trailered boats under 24 feet and car-top boats (canoe and kayak) at Hazard’s Dock.

A refreshment stand, with drinks, snacks, ice cream, and picnic and barbecue supplies, is open on weekends in the summer.

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Chart House – Great Food and a Great Photography Hot Spot

1700 Harbor Blvd., Weehawken, N.J.

Located right on the Hudson River and directly across from Manhattan, Chart House Weehawken at Lincoln Harbor offers gorgeous panoramic views of the glittering New York skyline – from the Empire State Building to Wall Street. An unforgettable seafood restaurant, Chart House thrills diners not only with its views and million dollar remodel.

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