Hike the Long Path: a day trip fit for your lazy Saturday

Hike the Long Path

You slept in on Saturday and missed that early morning Breakneck Ridge-bound Metro-North but find that you’re still jonesin’ for a hike. Hope is not lost! Head to the George Washington Bridge, where you’ll find miles of trails, including the aptly-named Long Path. Continue reading Hike the Long Path: a day trip fit for your lazy Saturday

Photo tip from an expert leaf peeper: wear sunglasses

In case you missed it, expert leaf peeper and photographer Danny Wild gave us some really good tips for snapping better photos of fall foliage. We especially liked the tip about wearing brown or yellow-lens sunglasses to help spot which trees are changing the most dramatically. Check out the full interview here.

Sometimes a simple edit afterwards on your computer or even your iPhone can correct the shadows and lighting and add back some contrast and saturation to your images (for smartphone users, check out free apps like Snapseed and VSCO). I often use a circular polarizing filter on my lens to enhance the blues of the sky and reduce glare on water. And when you’re out hiking around looking for photos, you just want to keep your eyes out for the brightly-colored trees that are well lit by the sun. A neat way to do this is wearing yellow or brown-lens sunglasses, which can dramatically enhance autumn colors and help you spot which trees are changing. Finding a nice composition—using the rule of thirds, finding a foreground—can turn your photo from a snapshot into a more thoughtful image.

If you’re looking for a little more instruction, check out the free Fall Foliage Photography class that the NYC Parks & Recreation Department is hosting in Staten Island on November 1st.

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We’re bullish on Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain View

Bear Mountain State Park is an amusement park (literally, there’s a merry-go-round) of outdoor activity. You can rent a boat to paddle around Hessian Lake or visit the trailside zoo. There’s swimming and ice skating and even an Oktoberfest that attracts tourists and New Yorkers alike.

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