Today I'm trying something a bit different. Here is the split view of a New York City bus interior, along with the view outside its rainy window.
I know that the outside view is overexposed compared to the interior, but it did actually appear that way, so the scene rings true to me personally. It might be a bit distracting photographically, but you can let me know if it is. :-) Now about NYC buses...
There are about 5,600 buses in the NYC transit system, and more than 15,000 bus stops. The bus service is divided into three different kinds: local, select, and express. It's a very convenient system, except for two things. First of all, the traffic! Sometimes the buses can really crawl, but that's life in NYC. The other inconvenience is a bit more unique. NYC buses do not accept paper money - only coins or prepaid Metrocards. Undoubtedly a tourist will try to insert a dollar into the slot every once in a while.
I've read that NYC's bus system has the highest annual ridership in the US, with 797 million people a year. Sometimes it can seem like they are all on the same bus at the same time!! :-)
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macjake (45588) 2013-09-02 17:31
haha...whenever I read your notes I feel I should get a calculator out! :)
love hearing about all those numbers, very cool indeed.
So did you stand up to get this photo, or was it standing room only on the bus? Just curious.
the difference in the exposure is expected through the window, so no problem there at all.
so are you in Manhattan here? looks like it.
fun photo, nice to see some rain in NYC to cool you guys off a bit.
I'll be adding a photo of Vancouver before i head off to bed.
fotoguy22 (4516) 2013-09-02 18:34
This is one of those photos that people (non-photographers) really look at you funny as you're taking it because they just don't get it. Nice, dry and cozy inside the bus but nasty outside. Probably pretty quiet on the bus but constant honking of horns outside. A study of contrasts....and making the case for New Yorkers not owning cars.
Greetings from Florida...................Greg
jcpix (6640) 2013-09-02 20:20
Have I lost my mind, did you not have a post before this of "Nighthawks?" I was all prepared to comment on that one, but this is certainly just as interesting. :) Love this concept, you've taken us right along for the ride, I get the sensation of sitting there myself...all while nice and dry!
I've found that buses are actually a great way to see the city, it's a perspective not often achieved otherwise. The downside is of course the accessibility of a decent shot through the windows or around other passengers!? I wouldn't worry at all about overexposure anywhere, this has so much more to offer in showing us part of the every day life in this awesome city through the eyes of a local. Well done! Have a great day ahead.
abmdsudi (32529) 2013-09-02 22:31
This is a nicely observed daily life image that splits into two parts side by side. First glance the eye naturally moves straight to the stunning yellow cab which is vital element adding the punch and balance perfectly connecting each other to make the flow works well into context when two adverse situations meet; one filled with action by the busy traffic speeding by in the rain while the other is in total comfortness. Tricky lighting to deal with I know, the bright window areas and interior shadows but the exposure here has helped the image achieve its potential. I do feel that the bleached window and sense of motion effect out door tend to grab the attention more and bit of orange in the fg adds richness in colour to the whole image.
There is a lovely clarity of shot and an immense amount of detail but more importantly this makes the viewer really feel the brief atmosphere and the essence of witnessing the day to day activity on the street, Love the whole concept and the outcome is superb and every bit is appealing brilliantly observed and captured. Rubbing salt into my wounds does not detract from the pleasure of viewing this wonderful experience everyday subject of yours on which I still remember vividly taking this type of bus in Manhattan eight years ago! as always love reading your narrative very informative. Well done :)
pixelblaster (47) 2013-09-02 22:40
This confirms that once you are hooked to photography, you cannot leave your camera idle/alone back home. The irresistible urge churns out the the better artist from with in. This chisels the raw edges, makes more competitive and above all helps to communicate better with the fellow human beings.
Forget that the outer is overexposed, and I agree with you that it actually appears this way, so no need to change the tonality.
goodwill (4879) 2013-09-02 23:11
I am smitten by the compositions you made, and had a look at your gallery.
No doubt, the outer is overexposed but the focus is on the passengers inside the bus, as such, the outer matters the least.
Sitting or standing behind of others have its own advantages, you can click them at will without being suspicious.
Must browse your gallery now,
Cheers for the upload,
Noel_Byrne (13436) 2013-09-03 5:14
You have a brilliant eye for creating such unusual scenes, and once again this works brilliantly. Something we all see all the time, but never think to snap. Its a brilliant contrast to see the outer world, wet and busy, then the inner world; dry and, well..busy :) That is some statistics on the buses in New York.
You know, when I was a child and I heard these kind of statistics for Ireland (for example, Dublin Bus carries 10 million passengers a year), I insisted this meant that there must be at least 10 million people living in the city and they all used the bus once each. This is why I didnt excel in Maths :)
Great shot, thanks for sharing a cool idea.
All the best
macondo (18461) 2013-09-03 6:41
I like this shot a lot, with its strong contrast, rich colours, well exposed bus interior, and interesting composition - in the bus and through the window. The viewer is IN there with the passengers. A humdrum bus has become so much less mundane in this view, and one even wonders if the people looking out the window are having the same thoughts, about the rain perhaps, as oneself; your viewpoint has allowed us to share that of the passengers. I don't find the outdoor section over-exposed; the light/darker split only enhances the composition, and as you say, it would obviously be lighter outside. By the way, I love the shiny metal railing and reflection on the ceiling of the bus. Great note, too, thanks.
holmertz (31380) 2013-09-03 9:57
This photo could be used as an ad for the NYC bus company (or one of them, maybe there are several). Why get wet outside while trying to find an expensive cab, when you could travel safely in the comfort and cosy light of a cheap bus? I think this is a very good shot which really makes me want to be inside that bus. And I don't think the outside view is overexposed at all.
clic (12467) 2013-09-03 16:02
Thanks for the free city tour!
You achieved an original street picture despite lighting difficulties that you overcame masterfully.
Next time, join the vocal touristic informations!
divail (7904) 2013-09-03 19:37
J'aime beaucoup votre essai intérieur-extérieur. C'est un beau contraste entre couleurs, clareté et lumière vives pour l'intérieur et grisaille et pluie pour l'extérieur. Les taxis jaunes mettent un peu de joie.
saxo042 (33940) 2013-09-04 9:17
You give us two different pictures here, one fom a pleasant bus ride and another picture from a quite unpleasant street, with rain and traffic. The bus looks quite comfortable, in comparison withe hectic traffic on the other side of the glass. A very fine TE contribution.
annjackman (15581) 2013-09-05 8:03
I like this split view very much. It gives the impression of everyone on the bus being glad that they are there, sheltered from the rain. The yellow taxis,symbolic of NYC, add a good shot of strong colour to help balance the composition.
A super shot of everyday life in the Big Apple.
Kind Regards, Ann
mesutilgim (73080) 2013-09-07 13:55
Nice observation,nice capture ! Most probably the spactators in the bus are more happy than those outside !
TFS and best regards
adores (30855) 2013-09-16 14:45
It's a really interesting composition! Taxis on the left and bus on the right. I like the photo and the rain gave it a very special atmosphere.
kato (9572) 2013-09-16 23:15
You're capturing well this scene by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see both of city bus interior and the outside with yellow cab. It's an interesting approach. And, water drops on bus window draw out a tasteful atmosphere.
PaulVDV (17333) 2013-09-22 12:47
Beautiful strong contrast between the pin sharp image of the interior of the bus and the because of the rain blurred street view.
Looking first through the window and then inside the bus, we get a pleasant and almost cozy impression of the NYC-public transport.
Best regards, Paul
mjw364 (6142) 2013-09-27 3:07
Fantastically well exposed shot - especially given he competing colour temperatures from inside and outside the bus here. I guess given the weather the bus is the place to be! I love how you have caught the yellow cab in the window too which balances the image very well.
TFS - have a good weekend
npecanhuk (56382) 2013-10-08 19:54
Very interesting and attractive daily life photograph!
Special regards to the colors, exposure and, of course, unique composition!
TFS - congrats,
josepmarin (56517) 2013-10-13 5:19
a good composition here, this is the real daily life in NYC, caught from inside the bus.
I like the view of the traffic and the buildings outside, under the weak light of a rainy day.
An excellent graphical chronicle of your beloved city, a city which I love also.
serp2000 (33225) 2013-11-12 19:31
I like this kind of daily life photos very much. This is also familiar view for me now. Very comfortable point of view for this rainy day )) Good report about the NY buses.
willperrett (4099) 2013-11-22 4:00
I'm a fan of street photography, and it's nice to see plenty in your portfolio. This one particularly took my fancy for its sense of everyday realism and the clever use of the double image. Exposure may have been tricky I imagine.
CLODO (26482) 2013-11-29 6:22
You chose well your seat, close to the window and elevated in order to catch this stunning picture: cosy inside, rainy outside.
The little overexposure of the outside is not disturbing at all, it helps separate the 2 "worlds".