Grand Central Station, the main train station of NYC.
A very crowded place, both travellers and tourists come here, either to take their train to the suburb, have a break (coffee/ lunch) or make some shopping (there are many souvenir shops, and a great market of fresh food). It is a very clean place. This is rare enough in NYC to be highlighted! (Indeed: the streets stink, the subway is disgusting...)
Apart from its cleanness, it is a beautiful and colourful place.
I wanted to show what I considered representative of the spirit of this place: colours (red, yellow & gold), motion (black shade) and stillness (girl on the phone).
I cropped a little the image and rebalanced the colors (decreased the red and added green).
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don_narayan (2014) 2005-06-05 17:31
very cool photo. remarkably still for what I assume was done handheld. the only thing to critique would be that it is slightly crocked. sometimes crocked is good but i think in this case, with the symmetry, straight is better.
RGatward (20086) 2005-06-05 18:18
Welcome to TE Prisley, this is a very nicely worked out shot for your first posting. Great concept, and expertly realised.
eza1701 (3345) 2005-06-05 18:43
Hi, welcome to TE. I like the shot, its nicely composed with good colours and I like the blur emphasising movement.
BAKO (1689) 2005-06-05 18:49
this is really outstandin' image
motion blur and good comp.
Btw welcome to TE
poulinp (4530) 2005-06-05 21:46
A very interesting realization technically. I would have perhaps preferred a time exposure a little slower, for better distinguishing the silouettes moving. Anyway good work and welcome to TE!
vapours (8264) 2005-06-05 21:50
Interesting shot and quite abstract which is what attracts me to the photo. The fact that the phones are not straight in comparison to the frame, as well as the oddly placed phone on the left makes it interesting to look at.
Furachan (0) 2005-06-06 3:24
That's a really lovely shot, Stan. The "ghost" of course adding dynamism and mystery, but you lknow what does it for me? The red girl's cocked left leg is somehow balanced by the sloightly lower phone of the left hand side. A thoughtful, very snmart compo. Welcome to TE! Francis
ps. I took a somewehat similar but more crowded shot in Shinjuku Station, Tokyo recently, entitled "Lost in translation" if you feel like taking a look.
SoupDragon (652) 2005-06-06 6:08
Absolutely terrific catch.
colinbrenchley (6431) 2005-06-06 17:56
A good bit of lateral thinking used with this composition here. I like it.
peter1892 (1681) 2005-06-07 16:12
Good image - lots of motion but the girl in red is almost frozen in what she is doing. Good composition!
ale_castano (18) 2005-06-07 16:18
very very nice pic...you really caught the contrast..beautiful..
cobraphil8 (84) 2005-06-10 8:41
J'aime beaucoup ce genre de photos où l'on voit des ombres, on perçoit un mouvement... Bonne composition, des couleurs sympas et chaleureuses.
Luko (14000) 2005-06-21 11:20
Yep, I see what you mean about this place, "Prisley"... a quick comparison to Saint Lazare's "salle des pas perdus" would be quite ridiculous, wouldn't it?
And what about the oysters they serve with ketchup (eeek!!!) at the GCS oyster bar?
If I were you, I think I would have cropped that too bright reflection on the top of the image, "Prisley"...and perhaps added some more contrast overall.
On the composition side, I think I like your photo because it strikingly reminds one of my attempts in Bangkok with some phones and a ghost.
("Prisley"...or shall I call you Stan... pffffff... mdr...)
Oh yeah, I forgot... welcome to TE... ;-D
tongapup (0) 2005-06-21 18:49
Oysters with ketchup?
Anyway, this is a great photo. I love the colours and the dynamism. You caught this scene at just the right moment. I've never seen yellow phones before -- funky. You were very lucky she was wearing red! Good work.
softflower (0) 2005-07-09 13:09
Terrible cette photo, j'aime beaucoup la composition.
mlopes (494) 2005-07-15 12:02
Hi Prisley, very cool composition with great final result!
Your title couldn't be better, my only remark goes to the photo size!
jbweasle (9393) 2005-09-27 14:37
Hi Prisley, a clever shot. I wonder how long you had to wait to get the right moment or did you just grab it as you saw it? A good contrast between someone rushing by and another stopping to chat. Everyone has their own thing to do at a station.
kludwig20 (437) 2005-10-18 16:53
Great composition and choice of shutter speeds to lead the eye to the point of interest. Perfect representation of an original idea, thanks for sharing.
Titom (10) 2005-11-02 16:11
I like this picture. It shows the life style of NYC, some on a hurry and others no. Great work!!!
postvikram (1199) 2006-03-02 3:59
A great capture this one. Nicely seen and good timely shot.the girl is absolutely still and this makes the pic look remarkable.Good work and thanks for sharing - Vikram
maciekda (19895) 2006-05-10 5:55
very nice image - great moment - i like the way the girl in tred is standing and that passing by person adds a lot of dynamism to the scene, very good composition. i only wish the image was a bit sharper. very good stuff
entrelec (8328) 2006-05-22 4:00
Je choisis celle ci dans ta gallerie; belle compo; cette tache rouge c'est vraiment réussi, à l'extrémité de ce rythme de combinés jaunes.
Merci pour la visite.
scalerman (26900) 2006-09-24 15:03
Prisley: here is photography as art. Maybe it was an accident on your part, but the result is a nice canvas. regards, c
ParisRomaNYC182 (25) 2007-12-12 11:06
Hey, don't forget about Penn Station too! It might be even better for capturing this sort of thing..
Great picture though; you got the "ghost" image that makes photography interesting. Nice job!
rabani (9645) 2008-02-13 6:09
This is a good example of making an artform of what you are visually studying Prisley.
tamatree (243) 2008-04-02 23:40
jimkilgallon (0) 2008-09-22 1:26
A fine balance of stillness and motion movement with strong yellows and reds. The quality is good considering you had no tripod. It is a class image.