Thanksgiving, one of the best times of the year. Lots to do, plenty of places to go and lots of people (family) to see. Living in the New York Metro area one of my favorite activities is to attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Lots of unique photos for those looking for great street shots. However, that is not my goal and if you are there with family, working the location for great street shots is probably not on your schedule.
There is an overlooked opportunity that is both accessible and will not rob you of family time. Central Park sits adjacent to the first twenty blocks of the parade and at this time of year is alive with lots of fall foliage. Generally, if you are going to the parade you will be walking through the park just a the sun is rising. This gives you all the right ingredients for a good photo, peak foliage, good light and lots of subject matter.
Central Park is a favorite with photographers because of its many photo friendly composition elements. My favorite is the lines. The park’s walkways, railings, and architecture allow for textbook compositions. After a few shots in the park, the real fun was the parade. Lots of photos there but that is for another time.