21 posts tagged times square
New York Night - Times Square and the Winter Garden Theatre
This is an 8 second long exposure of the Winter Garden Theatre located on Broadway looking towards the lights of Times Square. The Winter Garden Theatre’s building was built in the late 1800s but it came to life as a theatre in 1911.
I have always wanted to capture this view in a photo. My earliest memories of it are from when I was 8 or 9 years old. My father worked nights as a pressman for the Daily News which was located in this general area. I accompanied him a few times to the Daily News and he would take me for a walk along Broadway where my eyes lit up wide with wonder at the sight of each and every theatre’s lights and marquees.
The Winter Garden Theatre at the time was home to the musical Cats and I would secretly hope that I could go see Cats every time we passed this theatre. I had the musical soundtrack at home and I played it repeatedly and even taught myself several of the songs on piano. I never made it to Cats since Broadway theatre outings were out of the reach of my parent’s humble budget.
My first Broadway show was Starlight Express which I attended on a public school trip (there were some perks to going to public school in NYC). My 10 year old self was totally enthralled with Starlight Express. What was there not to love about it? All of the performers were on roller-skates and the story revolved around a child’s train set that came to life. But I still remember unfairly comparing Starlight Express to Cats in my mind telling myself that somehow Cats would have been even more enthralling given my level of obsession with it at the time.
I took this photo late at night with the Sony A99. My eyes still lit up wide with wonder while I waited for my long exposure to finish processing. Some things never change.
Winter storm Nemo in New York City. Blizzard set of photos from the Lower East Side to Times Square.
My entire set of photos is up here on my Flickr (there are around 40 photos including a lot more of Times Square in the snow):
I live for snowstorms in New York City. So you can just imagine how bummed I was last winter season when we barely got any snow. Growing up in New York City, I remember quite a few blizzards and its with fond nostalgia that I always wish for at least one great snowstorm during the winter. New York City is extra beautiful when covered in a blanket of freshly fallen snow.
When I heard that winter storm Nemo (also known as the Blizzard of 2013, February snowstorm and other terms) was going to deliver some gorgeous white flakes from the sky I was more than ready for it. The photos in this set are not edited the way I would normally edit them. I just basically imported them into Lightroom and adjusted some contrast in a few cases from the RAW files. I will most likely go through the photos here plus others that I am not posting and give them the Vivienne treatment at some point. I am just floored at how incredible it was to shoot the snow with the Sony a99. I did go out of my way to protect it despite it being weather-sealed since it isn’t technically my camera and since my lenses also needed protection. I must have been quite a sight in my ski-mask, enormous scarf, giant winter boots and a camera covered in plastic. :) It seemed like I had an easier time shooting in this snowstorm than in the two blizzards that I took photos in back in 2010 and 2011. I think it’s because the wind was far more manageable and because I was out before the blizzard hit with full force. While the snow was heavy, the winds were easy to deal with in some respects since the gusts were few and far between.
I decided to walk from where I live on the Lower East Side all the way to Times Square since I do this particular walk frequently and know all of the spots I have always wanted to capture in the snow. I had a blast! The wind did get stronger and stronger as I got closer to Times Square and by the time I made my way home it was full-on blizzard conditions so I think I went at the optimal time. I somehow managed to take photos in the East Village, around Union Square, Chelsea (in truth, I had really hoped that the Empire State Building would be visible but it was completely hidden by the snow and lack of visibility), 5th Avenue, Midtown, the New York Public Library on 42nd Street and 5th Avenue, Bryant Park (which was absolutely ethereal in the snow) and finally Times Square.
And so, the photos here are pretty much almost straight out of the camera save for a few tweaks to levels, no fancy tinkering (but I can’t wait to do so!). And now that I have consumed more hot chocolate than I anticipated, I am off to dream about snow.
Times Square. New York City.
Times Square is its own universe.
It’s New York City filtered through cinematic dreams and commercially-tinged aspirations wrapped up in flashing lights and colorful billboards. There is a familiarity to it that is tinged with a wild-eyed estranged quality that makes it all the more alluring.
And when a yellow New York City taxi cab drives by at the speed of light under all the flashing lights, it’s hard not to smile.
Taken with a Sony a99 using the Miniature setting creative style. The Sony a99 has around twenty different creative styles and while I usually shoot in RAW format and do my editing after the fact, I have to say that the Miniature setting was just way too fun to play with especially in Times Square! The results are similar to a Tilt Shift Lens (or I suppose a Lens Baby as well) and you can adjust where you want the focus and blur to end up.
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My photography in Times Square for Artists Wanted. 43rd and Broadway. Midtown, New York City.
Yesterday was quite a day! It started off when I was notified that this article/interview with me about my photography was published online which then went (mildly) viral during the course of the day: Shooting New York City, heart, art and soul .
To top it all off, I ended up taking a little trip in the evening uptown to Times Square to view my photography on a nice size screen in the middle of 43rd Street and Broadway as part of the Artists Wanted contest!
I wish I had known which screen my photo was going to show up on because I would have positioned myself on that side of the (very crowded) staging area but this photo will have to do. I was so stoked that I burst into a huge and slightly ridiculous joker-smile that must have been so over-the-top that a woman standing next to me nudged me and said “Oh! That must have been your work up there, eh?” with a grin. I guess I couldn’t quite hide my crazy excitement :).
You can view the photo of mine that was chosen from the portfolio I submitted here. I was really pleased that they chose this particular photo out of the nine photos in my contest portfolio since it holds a lot of sentiment.
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