While in New York last week I was able to find some time to explore. This image was made in front of the NY Public Library facing away from the entrance. I have always wanted to go inside and explore but it was closed for a private event; next time…
I prefer to shoot on a tripod as often as I can. Manhattan is not an easy place to do this. It was a particularly busy night in front of Radio City Music Hall last October and there wasn’t much sidewalk to spare. To make this image, I set two legs of my tripod on the edge of the curb and the other between two parked cars that were nearly kissing bumpers.
The real challenge of making this photograph was getting the timing just right. I wanted to show people and cars in blurred movement with this iconic building in the background. I had this image in my head way before I showed up: all I had to do was execute.
One of the “secrets” of photography is to take several images. This is especially true when timing of subjects within your image is critical.
For this scene I set up my tripod, dialed in my settings and began shooting. I took about 15 images total but this is the one that best matched my original vision. This might seem excessive to some but the goal is to get the shot – it doesn’t cost anything if you are using a digital camera and even if you are shooting film, take multiple shots.
Remember, your goal is to make the photography you intend to make. Don’t worry about having a couple extra files on your memory card or the cost of film processing. Regret of not taking more images is a much higher price to pay.
When I think about New York City, I tend to think about architecture and the many iconic buildings in Manhattan. My favorite building in New York is the Flatiron Building. During construction, many people believed it’s wedge shaped footprint was not strong enough to hold under the high winds exerted on buildings of this height. It was a very modern building for the time.
So far so good: 100 years later the Flatiron is still standing tall. I view the Flatiron as New York City’s underdog. I can think of several times in my life when I was the underdog. I may not have come out on top every single instance but I have also overcome circumstances when some believed I would fail. Can you relate? The Flatiron reminds me of those victories.
Just returned from a short trip to New York City. I was there for meetings and for Photo Plus Expo. Very productive trip; had a great time at the Expo and was able to spend a couple hours photographing in and around Central Park.
If you watch 30 Rock you are familiar with this shot. Here is my take on an image they show on nearly every episode…