Summer Golden Hour In Central Park, NYC

central-park-nyc-summer-golden-hour-photography-1In some ways it feels like just yesterday that I blogged my 34 NYC & Central Park Snow Pictures of the 2016 Blizzard, and in other ways it feels like a lifetime ago. One of my favorite things about living in Manhattan this past year has been the weather. No, seriously! Having grown up in the UK it’s transformative to live in city where the sun shines almost everyday. Even when it’s cold, the sky is often blue and the sun shining. If it rains in the morning, you can bet that the sun will be back out for golden hour. I love it! Recently, I was walking through Central Park at magic hour and thought about how different it looked to when I had done my last photo tour through the park’s twist and turns in last winter’s historic blizzard. I’ve been sharing my golden hour snaps from around the world on Instagram for several years, but today I’m sharing a photo story of a magic golden hour in Central Park, NYC. Click through after the jump to see all the beautiful and surprisingly quiet, touching moments from my walk.

central-park-nyc-summer-golden-hour-photography-2Bridge no.27 is one of the three decorative cast-iron bridges that spans the bridle path near the 86th Street Transverse road. It’s right next to the Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, too.central-park-nyc-summer-golden-hour-photography-3Another view of Bridge 27.central-park-nyc-summer-golden-hour-photography-4The light felt ethereal and magical. Fireflies filled the skies and the scent of summer flowers was intoxicating.central-park-nyc-summer-golden-hour-photography-5As the sun lowered in the sky, the rays intensified as they skimmed the tops and sides of the buildings that surround the park.central-park-nyc-summer-golden-hour-photography-6Quiet, intimate moments like these are so restorative in a city as fast-paced as NYC.central-park-nyc-summer-golden-hour-photography-7The park was rich with a palette of gorgeous green hues.central-park-nyc-summer-golden-hour-photography-8Did you know that there are stables in the park? These lovely horses are very well cared for and quite handsome, too!central-park-nyc-summer-golden-hour-photography-9Look at that light – wow!central-park-nyc-summer-golden-hour-photography-10I love how the iconic NYC skyline almost pales in size when you view it from the treetops of Central Park.central-park-nyc-summer-golden-hour-photography-11That hazy, rich summer light brought out the beauty in form and color of the greenery.central-park-nyc-summer-golden-hour-photography-12It’s easy to find empty walkways and privacy in the park. I love getting lost in the maze of small tracks and paths.central-park-nyc-summer-golden-hour-photography-13Texture inspiration central (above). | The last light (below). Where do you like to walk to soak up the golden hour?central-park-nyc-summer-golden-hour-photography-14// Photography by Will Taylor


  • Reply Carly A. Heitlinger July 1, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    These look like postcards!! Perfect captures.

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar July 1, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      @Carly – Thank you so much! I had a blast capturing these moments. Have a great July 4th weekend!

  • Reply Azu July 1, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    These photos are stunning. So dreamy looking <3

    xo Azu

  • Reply Jackie (York Avenue) July 1, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    These are STUNNING! You’re an amazing photographer!

  • Reply Greg July 2, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Neat shots Will! Thanks for posting them!

  • Reply Mariane July 2, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    The most beautiful pictures! Wow!!!

  • Reply Rowena July 2, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Golden hour is one of my favorite times to shoot as well. The light just casts the loveliest glow. That said, your captures of Central Park at golden hour are absolutely magnificent Will!

  • Reply Igal Reysher July 3, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Wow, love this photos, so calm and beautiful

  • Reply Gemrick July 3, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    These photos are beautiful! I love Central Park and these just make me want to visit again.

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar July 3, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      @Gemrick – Glad you enjoyed them as much as I did taking them! Thanks!

  • Reply Colin Michano July 3, 2016 at 2:38 pm


    Thank you so much for your photos and blog posts. A lovely stroll through the park is so beneficial for the mind, body, and spirit! A favourite spot of mine is Point Pelee National Park. It has perfect viewing spots to see the sun as it sets over Lake Erie. It is a great place to breathe.


    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar July 3, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      @Colin – I completely agree! Point Pelee National Park sounds beautiful! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Paula March 28, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    I love the pictures! I am trying to find the best time to have a photoshoot at Central Park in June, early in the morning. Exactly, around what time in the morning is the golden hour?

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar March 28, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      @Paula – Thank you! The best thing to do is Google the sunrise and sunset times closer to your shoot date!

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