Looking at his photos of New York City, you would think Navid Baraty used a tripod to stick his camera way out off of rooftops. Not so, Baraty reveals. His actual way of taking photos would be quite frightening for most folk.
Baraty, a former engineer turned pro photographer, says his photos are intended to reveal "the immense scale" of the cities they're taken in. His "Intersection" photos are taken from skyscraper rooftops by leaning out as far as he can and then snapping away. He says he never uses any tripods or any additional gear — just a good camera tightly wrapped around his wrist: "I lean out as far as I can and extend my arms to get as vertical a shot as possible."
The real challenge comes with shooting at night, where a tripod is a staple to help photographers get photos without blur. Baraty doesn't reveal how he does it, but he says it's done in the same fashion as his daytime photos.
“Obviously, the biggest challenge at night is the darkness. I have to shoot at a much higher ISO and faster shutter speed to get a crisper image. It’s also challenging to have the buildings properly exposed nicely and not have the bright street lights too blown out.”
Baraty's next challenge? Taking photos leaning over rooftops in more aggressive weather, which sounds like a terrible idea even if we're excited to see the results. Take a look at his collection of photos below and let us know how far you would go, without any special equipment, to get the perfect shot.