Commuter #734 563A blankly stares out across Times Square, just another number, just another day in the cold soul-less grind of the big city.
I’m never comfortable in an environment such as Times Square, I get all funny at the thought of such well-trodden pavements and total dominance of concrete and neon. I’m definately more of a wood, mud and rock person. Still, its nice to pass through a place like this every once in a while and marvel at Man being his most cosmopolitian, capitalistic. I suppose.
aka NYC’s mandatory pilgrimage for landscape photographers. A friend asked me on Flickr how I held this still , considering tripods arent allowed and this is a very windy location from which to shoot! I was desperate for ISO 100 so toughed it out in the high winds and -20 C temperature, using RAW to help me in PP. The only way i could get it still was to handhold the camera down flat on the concrete turrets they have there, shield it best I could by hunching over the camera and keeping still. I think its a skill I’ve developed from shooting HDR for 3 years and often being caught short with no tripod! Still, none of my “+2″ exposures worked. I dont have a gorillapod zoom but even the guys there using those were unable to shoot it seemed, the wind was that strong! Tripods were out of the question too.
The morning after I arrived in New York, I couldn’t sleep past 4am due to my UK bodyclock. I was prepared for this and was able to put my pre-fabricated plans into action! I grabbed my camera and tripod before heading out to Time Square to capture the dawn and I hoped, some of those mysterious people types that wander our cities at all hours of the night. I love this time of day – you always find yourself wondering what people are up to – taxi’s full of wide eyed kids heading home from the clubs, crazies in suits waking early to get ahead in the ratrace, street sweepers, newspaper delivery guys and the usual glut of glum looking cab drivers.