Happy New Year everyone. Hope you all had a wonderful break. I would like to start today's post by apologising. I have been neglectful of this for a few weeks. I have been so busy with pre Christmas orders and the weather has been utterly dreadful stopping me getting out shooting new material. Anyway, a throwback to a trip to New York for today’s landscape photo of the week.
Because I get asked from time to time, a new feature for my landscape photograph of the week is to give you the shot information. See the bottom of the post if you really want to know...
Grand Central Terminal is literally stunning. So incredibly photogenic too - although you need to work within the rules regarding setting up tripods (in other words, you’re really not supposed to).
So, how did you manage to get this long exposure photograph then I hear you all ask?
Well… (I’m glad you asked) I very carefully balanced my camera on the beautiful stone balustrades and hoped no one knocked it off! The shot itself is a 0.4 second exposure, but what makes it particularly interesting that the people literally come in fits and starts. I imagine down to trains arriving and departing from the terminal, but the difference can be quite remarkable.
It took a number of attempts to get a photograph that was not only sharp, but also had the right balance of people moving through the frame. This through up several other issues to consider though. The more people, the less reflection on the marble floor, so the shorter the exposure. It was quite a challenge but very rewarding.
Very little post processing has gone into this image. I have retouched a stray foot from the bottom of the frame, and more importantly, I have corrected the rather harsh perspective caused by the wide angle of the lens. I much prefer the vertical columns over the original image - something that would have been impossible to achieve in camera given the circumstances. I do have a colour version but I just love the black and white conversion of this beautiful New York landmark.
I do hope to get back to New York one day and spend a lot more time there - there is just so much to photograph. In the meantime, you can catch my New York Landscape Photographs here.
Canon 5D Mk2 / Sigma 12-24mm lens
Focal length: 13mm