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Take part in a new and unique photo shoot in and around New York Harbor

I'm delighted to be able to bring you the opportunity to take part in a series of new and unique photo shoots in and around New York Harbor from the vantage point of our chartered boat.

Our chartered vessel is a 24-foot Rigid Inflatable Boat, built for the US Navy and will accommodate 6 photographers. The boat has water tight compartments to hold our gear while we're moving through open waters.

At the helm is Emmy-Award-nominated photojournalist Bjoern Kils - a licensed Captain running boats in New York Harbor. He holds the Transportation Work Identification card issued by Homeland Security and is a Rescue Diver, Dive Master and Dive Supervisor. Bjoern is a member of NPPA and has worked many years in broadcast television as a cameraman and editor.

Years of television and photography experience allow Captain Kils to position the boat for optimal framing and lighting, so you can take amazing photos.

This unique vessel allows us the opportunity to travel to various sites in and around New York Harbor such as the Hudson River, the East River, the New York Skyline, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, the Intrepid Air/Space Museum, South Street Seaport, the Brooklyn Bridge and many more.

However, for our first series of adventure photography, were going to explore and photograph along the Arthur Kill. The Arthur Kill is a watery grave for historic ships on Staten Island and runs for some 20 miles. This waterway is filled with abandoned and shipwrecked vessels. It is New York's boat graveyard. The photo ops are limitless.

Since we can only accommodate 6 photographers at a time, the first few sailing will key in on the Arthur Kill and Port Elizabeth which will offer some outstanding twilight photo ops.

Port Elizabeth is just past "Shooters Island" where the relic wooden dry docks are.

Our chartered boat is docked in Jersey City and as we leave Jersey City we'll pass Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, around Robbins Reef Lighthouse and through the Bayonne Channel which will have some good industrial activity and tug boats. Past the Bayonne Bridge, we can circle Shooters Island - there are a lot of old stuff laying in the water and the old Singer Factory is across the way from where we enter Port Elizabeth.

For the first few sailings, are plan is to leave our Jersey City Mooring around 7:00 a.m and travel around 45 minutes to the Arthur Kill. We'll then photograph up and down the Kill exploring anything and everything of interest. We'll take a break around 11:00 a.m. when we usually lose the good light and dock for an extended lunch break.

After our lunch break, we'll continue to photograph up and down the Kill stopping whenever opportunities present themselves. Towards the end of the day we'll head over to Port Elizabeth which is on the way home to photograph this fascinating port complete with colorful night lights.

After photographing in and around Port Elizabeth we'll head back to Jersey City and our home dock.

This posting is for an all day photo shoot on Saturday, the July 13th with a rain date of July 14th.

The cost for a full day of photography is $175.00 per person.

In addition, we will offer half day photo shoots (7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) and (3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) at a cost of $125.00 per person per half day. The half day photo shoots will be offered on June 15th and July 27th.

Since this event is weather dependent, refunds will be made if the event has to be cancelled because of adverse weather conditions.

Finally, John Redin and I sailed and photographed on the vessel that we intend to charter for several hours. In addition, John and I as well as Dana Altenreith went to Staten Island and photographed abandoned wrecks in the Arthur Kill from a strategic vantage point. Here are some of the images we captured:







































































































































With the right subject matter and a little imagination, you to can exceed you expectations.

Join us for one of the best days of photography that you've ever experienced.

































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  • Bjoern K.

    Richard, Miquel, Ken, Douglas & Michael,

    Let's plan to meet at 07:00am in the parking lot of Liberty Landing Marina.

    Address: 120 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City
    When you drive down the cobble stone road, the boats will be to your left. Turn left into the parking lot for 'Maritime PARC' & 'Liberty House Restaurant' at the second set of gates (most likely open; if not press the button and take a ticket). The boat is on D-Dock (Fuel dock)

    Google Map:
    Google Coordinates:[masked],[masked]

    Around 11am we'll stop for about 2 hours at Elizabeth marina for lunch (there is a deli & restrooms) and will be back at Liberty Landing Marina by 4pm.

    If you have any questions or need additional directions call/text my cell at[masked] or email [masked] Looking forward to meet everyone!

    July 12, 2013

  • Granvilette K.

    I am very new to all of this. Came into it through a friend. I would love to do a photo shoot around the NY Harbor. I don't know who to send a payment to in order to reserve a space on the trip.

    July 11, 2013

  • Miguel M.

    Hi Martin,
    for this photo shoot where should we park? When I click on map, it takes me to Google map to Audrey Zapp drive but I don't see where to park?

    Also, is there a pier or boat number?
    Thank you Miguel

    July 9, 2013

  • Miguel M.

    thank you for your answer.

    May 7, 2013

  • Martin J.

    The short answer is, no. The longer answer is that I know a photographer from a Staten Island Photography Club that knows someone who has property abutting part of the Arthur Kill. He was able to get me onto the property in the past and we did take pictures with a tripod. I could try to do a small field trip in the future. However, one can't go into this spot in warm weather. Too many insects and too much poison ivy. May try in the fall. Marty

    May 6, 2013

  • Miguel M.

    Hey Martin,
    In this trip, Is it possible to get out of the boat at the Arthur kill ship graveyard and take some pictures with a tripod?
    It would be great for some HDR.

    May 6, 2013

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