Photographer Iwan Baan on How He Shot That Haunting Half-Dark New York City Photo from the Sky – Inhabitat

“I knew I wanted to capture these two cities – one, a vibrant and pulsating Manhattan that we recognize so vividly, and its antonym – a life-less city turned pitch-black and ominous,” writes photographer Iwan Baan about the Hurricane Sandy aftermath photo that everyone has been talking about. The almost unbelievable image appeared on the cover of the latest edition of New York Magazine with a small overlay reading “The City and the Storm” and captivated the nation with its unique vantage point of a half-dark city. As you can imagine, though, it was no easy feat to capture this once-in-a-lifetime (hopefully) shot. Read on to see what Mr. Baan wrote to us about what he had to go through to get this picture worth a million words.

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