Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square

Times Square from above
Over the next week I will be posting some photographs from New York.  One of my steadfast photography mantras is that if you take a Zen approach by putting yourself in an interesting place and simply wait, the photographs will come to you.  It is just a matter of patience.  Whether it is a unique light, an interesting person, or some event, you need only be ready to capture it.
This is not the case with New York.  New York is more like an all-you-can-eat buffet overflowing with all of your favorite foods.  There always seems to be interesting lighting, interesting faces, and so much activity you are forced to be selective rather than waiting for the next special moment to present itself.
Brooklyn Bridge
The second featured photograph, the Brooklyn Bridge, is not only an iconic New York landmark, but also emblematic of NY’s constant flow of activity.  For those of you who follow this blog, you will recognize this shot as an HDR.  One of the artifacts of HDR photography is the “ghosting” of objects in motion.  These can be edited, but in the case of the constant flow of humanity traversing the Brooklyn Bridge, I decided to leave the “ghosts” in the photograph – an appropriate way to represent a bridge that appears more alive than its steel and stone suggest. 
On a related note, please excuse some of the artifacts in these shots…they have not been fully processed as you can tell from the banding in the Times Square shot.
Stay tuned for more from New York.
Have fun and go make some great photography.

1 comment:

  1. Craig, this is excellent! I'm glad you chose to leave the ghosts in the final image because it adds flow and warm color towards the bridge span.