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As Others See Us: Two Hours in 14 Seconds on the Tappan Zee Bridge

“As the new bridge connecting Westchester to Rockland County emerges from under the Hudson, we know that the current skyline will soon become a memory,” writes Ruthmarie Hicks in her blog, And for those of you who already think they spend waaaay too much time on the bridge, Hicks has collapsed two hours of action around the bridge into a sparse 14 secs with time-lapse photography.

“The transition from day into night is one of the most compelling ways to use time-lapse photography. As the sun goes down and we respond by cranking up our electrical grid, the transformation is quite dramatic,” she writes.

Enjoy the video but appreciate the patience and steady hand that helped make it happen. “I ran the time lapse for nearly two hours, releasing the shutter ever 10 seconds. The camera was placed on aperture priority mode so that the shutter speed would automatically get longer as it got darker outside. The intervalometer was set for a 5s interval with a 5s allowed for shutter release. I adjusted the ISO from 400 – 1000 as it got darker outside. The shutter speed varied from 1/40 sec to 4 sec over the course of the cycle. The replay is set for 25 frames/sec,” Hicks says.

Great art, of course, is often a team effort — and Hicks gives credit where credit is due, too. “I must praise my assistant Jade, one of my Siberian huskies who has the patience and grace to put up with a prolonged photo-shoot,” she says. “Not only does she assist with camera angles and tripods, but she is a social network unto herself. Passersby – both human and canine — enjoyed her easy and open manner while I waited for the time-lapse to complete its cycle. It was nice to have some company and I met quite a few people thanks to her presence. Proof positive that Jade is a lot more interesting than I am!”

You can read Ruthmarie Hicks’ blog post about time-lapse photography at the Tappan Zee Bridge at

Ruthmarie Hicks is a professional photographer in the Hudson Valley region whose  primary focus is the real estate industry and local business. Visit her Fotos On The Fly YouTube channel to see other other examples of her work.

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As Others See Us is an occasional feature that publishes what publications outside of Nyack say about the people and places in the Lower Hudson Valley.

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Tappan Zee Bridge with full moon, Apr 2011. Photo Credit: Dave Zornow

Tappan Zee Bridge with full moon, Apr 2011. Photo Credit: Dave Zornow

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