I have wanted to post this photo for a while now, but i have resisted because its not sharply focused - for me and my Obsessional tendencies i just couldn't accept it!
But I will post it today, simply because i enjoy the daily life scene, and also because i've been on sort of a "people" phase lately.
So please forgive me for the lack of sharpness, but when i tell you the reason why i think you'll understand.
As you can see, i'm walking the streets of New York City, and more specifically the Chinatown area.
I'm literally right in the middle of the street with cars directly behind me and some passing by me as well with the flow of traffic.
Its a bit nerve racking! I knew i couldn't set up my tripod here! So i quickly took the shot without much attention to compostion or shutter/apperature settings.
I had to get this one quickly.
Hopefully you will enjoy this one too.
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serp2000 (40036) 2012-02-04 9:59
This scene reminds me the Abbey Road cover. Fine picturesque composition, outstanding capture of the big city daily life... TFS!
mkamionka (30628) 2012-02-04 10:03
I know what you mean. I am a perfectionist as well.
But sometimes I decide to upload images with which I am not entirely satisfied. That is a good part of not being a professional photographer.
I like this busy scene. There is so much going on. The people create one interesting layer in the foreground. But there are also the texts even in Chinese, and the iPad in the very central place.
Very well spotted!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-02-04 10:16
The photo is interesting and amazing. His interest is not diminished, by a very slight lack of sharpness. I love the vast amount of detail visible. Light, the colors are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
worldcitizen (6983) 2012-02-04 10:36
A shot from Chinatown doesn't have to be sharp. Life there is a constant blur. :-) I think you did a great job, considering how crowded these streets are, and how difficult it is to even navigate through the people and traffic at times. There are so many nice details in this shot: of course the stream of people crossing the street, and the giant iPad billboard, but I also like the density of the tenement buildings. Did you get to see the giant golden Buddha while you were in Chinatown? I have a shot in my gallery. The Buddha and the temple it resides in are a great Chinatown surprise. :-)
carlosmarin (11954) 2012-02-04 11:40
I love the scenes of everyday life with people. And you've captured a beautiful scene in the heart of Chinatown in NYC.
I like the frame, with the passage of pedestrians and advertising, with much color.
The little blur, or unsharpness, which may have occurred is not important in this kind of quick photos.
Gigidusud (15891) 2012-02-04 11:51
Beautiful scene of street on NY!I like it!
Have a nice Week End.
bema (26341) 2012-02-04 13:31
one needs not every time a perfect shot and settings, sometimes the mood or the decisive moment is much more important.. as we can see here, looking at this scene, my first thoughts are a scene in good old London, a cover of the Beatles Abbey Road picture, here to be called the chinese version..
thanks for sharing, see you around, with my kindest wishes, Bernd
bukitgolfb301 (35982) 2012-02-04 16:28
Hi my dear Craig
Different subject but always wonderful.
Good idea for focus point, not front but rear, reflecting with your high sense.
Thanks for your sharinig with finest work and have a nice Sunday!
Takero from sunny but cold Nagoya
tyro (20490) 2012-02-04 17:12
How could you ever take a photograph without your beloved tripod?
Never mind. I love this one! Despite the fact that your camera has chosen to focus on the "iPad 2" sign in the background, the hustle and bustle of the people crossing the road is lovely and a fine comment on city life. Lots and lots of things to look at and study in this picture, perfect exposure and lovely colours - and who cares if it's not pin-sharp?
bayno (18342) 2012-02-04 17:23
I do not care much if the picture is not too sharp, or if you move a little, sometimes we have to seize the moment and do not always have time to set as best the camera, the image is very beautiful and the background wonderful, nice moment lovely tones...
Have a good sanday, Valter
berek (38560) 2012-02-04 23:07
I low this daily live view. Nice timing and composition.
have a nice sunday
CLODO (30256) 2012-02-04 23:36
You focused on the background which is sharp, and with a wide aperture, the chinese people are out of focus, but it gives the impression of movement.
Welcome in the humanist photography, my friend, a bit harder than to take buildings pictures!
Have a good sunday!
JFS (32459) 2012-02-05 0:42
Fine daily life scene, very N.Y. very Chinatown otherwise it could be Shanghai! Lately, you are photographying people more and more, I feel very unconfortable when I shoot people because most of the times they look at me in an angry mood. Probably Spaniards are different...
Royaldevon (29635) 2012-02-05 3:21
Good Morning Craig,
I understand perfectly why you wanted to share this shot, although technically not your best, it contains strong memories of this busy, vibrant part of N.Y. I have a similar shot (not subject wise) that I know is not wonderful tchnically but is just a favourite. I may emulate your bravery.
Your shot is full of energy, full of bustle; I can almost conjure up the noise. Surely that is what photography is about, recording an experience and transmitting it to others. Although not sharp, instinctively you have a good composition.
Have a good Sunday,
I remember my first visit to Chinatown. I could not quite understand why these people kept whispering in my ear and what they wanted, and felt a little threatened. Then I realised, they were street sellers offering jewellery, watches, cds, sunglasses ... obviously surreptiously! I relaxed and had a great time after that.
sacimar (25975) 2012-02-05 9:39
this is a different image, I like your idea and composition, people walking gives dynamism to the scene, I hope apple pays you something for the ad also....hehe,
dkmurphys (49372) 2012-02-05 11:20
Lovely street scene. Crowdy city fits my taste. Well captured atmosphere, good work.
Have a nice week.
mesutilgim (84402) 2012-02-05 23:40
Nice capture from NY !
Your pov is just amazing. As if the iPad at back is organising the walkers in the foreground walking over the zebra stripes !
TFS and have a nice day
Silvio1953 (122315) 2012-02-06 2:55
Ciao Craig, great urban view, lovely composition with a lot of people, splendid perspective, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, have a good week, ciao Silvio
weetrees (15) 2012-02-06 9:35
I know the area this would be around Mott Street i think!
Dont be afraid to crank up the ISO when shooting freehand though this one captures the area well with strong movmement.
Conversely i very seldomly if ever shoot with a tripod when i am on the move.
I shoot low to the ground and just stop in mid flow to get that moment.
My last uploaded shot was taken just around the corner from here. and also taken looking down a street.
weird how we shoot the same things on the whole but get very different results :-)
Get the camera off that tripod and put it on a sunsniper or black rapid strap... These will i warrant shange your outlook on photographer for ever.
patdeph (35748) 2012-02-06 10:53
you know that I like very much when there is people on the pictures,and I find here that the blur enhances the sensation of movement, and then, this is not disturbing at all.The street in background is very interesting , with numerous details to look at,and the beautiful colors and graphism that it brings to the picture.Excellent!
npecanhuk (65566) 2012-02-07 3:51
Very interesting street photograph!
Special regards to the chosen pov, composition, colors, horizontal format, slim black borders and management of light!
TFS - congrats,
skippy007 (12510) 2012-02-07 19:40
Hello Craig, Read your note about in the middle of the road & being more concerned with the traffic than the taking of this but I think you may have focused on the big IPad sign in the BG and because of the 5.6 aperture setting a very shallow depth of field, how does that sound? Interesting shot, although not as sharp as you would like still worth while posting & looking at.Thanks
Robert1969 (7028) 2012-02-07 22:45
What you wrote: a picture with a daily life scene.
This picture tells more than a thousand words, great
timing, composition and light management.
eldancer1 (27939) 2012-02-11 9:01
The New York City streets I remember is much more crowded than this! I still don't know why people like to live in NYC. Great pov and dof with sharp details. Very well done, tfs.
ikeharel (57256) 2012-02-13 2:24
This is a known moment we see on TV and/or movies about the big City, Craig, yet you managed to take it in a very colorful background.
I assumed right away this was on Chinatown, and looked on face's expression of the by-passers.
Fine shot, vibrant ambiance as NYC at a whole.
ChrisJ (98008) 2012-02-14 5:28
I was torn between 3 of your recent gallery images but eventually settled on this one. Good sharpness (really, I've seen much much worse!), & the three legs left of centre caught my eye in the thumbnail. Almost like time lapse photography of a single person. Excellent color & sharpness. I would rope off the whites, add a feather margin of about 25 pixels & boost contrast to compensate for the haze. It looks a much grittier city than Vancouver. Tfs!
delpeoples (53009) 2012-02-23 0:12
A little like the Beatles album Abbey Road, done Asian style - or should I say "NY Style"? Excellent blur which accentuates the dynamism. Nice work.
Thanks for sharing
wolf38 (31280) 2012-04-09 23:11
Hi craig. Public space, urban city, stunning architecture, cars. And in between the people walking through the streets. People need to hurry. The slight blurring of the previous shows this. Overall, a very lively and colorful picture of metropolitan life. Rgds, Wolfgang.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (56632)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-09-08
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 17-70mm F4
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-02-04 9:42