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The Problem with New York City

Away from the more natural environment for a brief respite, courtesy Chris, Al and Donna.  New York is an incredible city for photography. But the problem is, most of the good shots have already been captured. So you try things. This is about experimentation. Columbus Circle is truly stunning at night. But how do you capture the feeling of being there?  One way is to try and freeze the action.  You need a fast shutter speed for that.  That requires that you turn the ISO way up (making the camera more sensitive to light, but also susceptible to digital noise, which is not good).  Since I was shooting with a Nikon D3s, however, that was no problem.  So in this first effort, we freeze the action….

But I much preferred a slower shutter speed that would allow the flowing water to blur.  But no tripod.  What to do?  Luckily, the granite surrounding the fountains had a nice flat surface.  Switching to a time release on the shutter, I could get an effect like this.  But note, stay very close to your camera.  This is the big city.

Still on the prowl, it’s easy to spot other people’s art.  Here’s a window at Bergdorf’s.  Nothing I’d could or would want to sell (and they wouldn’t like it if I tried), but edgy nevertheless.

I’m always on the lookout for Panorama’s.  Here’s a small one, hopefully big enough for you to see, taken along the East River new Sutton Place. This was about eight shots with a 50 mm lens. Panos are everywhere in New York. Click on the photo and it will become a bit larger.

Jay Maisel calls this kind of workout “visual push ups.”  Nothing for your portfolio, but a good exercise in using the eye and in problem solving. Here’s another technique, about which I have mixed feelings.  Multiple exposures (taken from an excellent hotel window).

Well enough experimentation in New York.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sandra #

    Hi James, Thanks for sharing your lovely pics — such a great art show for me, right from my own living room. Love the water shots, and especially like the yellow traffic light highlighting the city. Cheers to you. Sandra

    August 5, 2010
  2. jameshuntphotography #

    Thanks Sandra!

    August 7, 2010

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