The hub of hubbub in New York City, Grand Central Station!
I was recently browsing through Brendas (worldcitizen) gallery pages and noticed we have taken similar pictures along the way, which prompted me to start looking back through my own to find this one. As you can see here, we have almost the same point of view and effect.
In the midst of the frenetic pace of this terminal, if you look closely between the chaos, there’s an underlying ballet of life in motion. I had taken a good amount of time setting up for this shot, trying to find a proper shutter speed to create the blur of people in passing, when out of nowhere appeared the lady in the bottom center of this composition. I presume she had stopped to zip up her jacket…and with feet crossed, hands coming together, bowed head and a soft glowing backlight to outline her figure, the pose was quite poetic set against the lively scene…and so of course, I snapped away!
No sooner had the camera registered the shot, she had moved on and out of frame. I’d like to say I chose a black & white version because it’s more “artistic,” but truth be told, I was never satisfied with the white balance and couldn’t get a good enough handle on it to correct in post processing…so I took the easy way out. :)
Have a great week everyone. Thanks for stopping by.
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emka (68788) 2014-02-23 23:29
Beautiful black and white shot from Grand Central Station. It was my favourite place in NYC too. I rarely have time to look at my archive.
The girl looks quite poetic indeed. Nice "x" pose. Well shown movement of the busy people. Funny sometimes only one part of the body blurred.
Warm regrads MAlgo
Subhogen (4049) 2014-02-24 2:07
A fine DL composition in monochrome. Like the hustle and bustle of this busy train station that you have captured and conveyed so well through these motion blurs. The off centered positioning of the clock is perfect, it seems it is a keeping watch on the commuters for their punctuality. The lady in the Fg seems to be the only one who perfectly stationery among all this chaos. Well seen and taken, thanks for sharing.
danos (80977) 2014-02-24 2:17
good the B/W snapshot from the hub of the Grand Central Station.The movement of the visitors there with the kiosk in the middle make the image even more effective.
Nicou (111497) 2014-02-24 2:30
quelle vue et iamge sueprbe tous ces personnage mervielleux avec le jeu de lumière sueprbe vue et cpatage.
bravo et amitié
jhm (131986) 2014-02-24 4:08
I think that also in Belgium the stations are very busy, a little bit same as these picture.
The clock is a nice addition certainly in a station.
Really a very good technical picture.
The people care for a wonderful composition.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
mirosu (10942) 2014-02-24 4:23
I am really impressed by this monochrome photo. I love the composition and the perspective with the clock above the counters and the moving in front is amazing. The light is excellent. The framing is very well chosen, in a slight higher-angle view that works very well graphically, and gives a nice perspective to the station hall. The light has a beautiful effect on the elements, and the B&W conversion is magnificent. Well done!
tyro (17314) 2014-02-24 5:32
Whatever your reason for converting this picture to black and white, I think this picture looks wonderful and you certainly don't have to make excuses! In fact, I can imagine that a colour version would have had so many splashes of differing colours that it might have been quite messy and certainly would have taken attention away from the lady in the centre who, of course, is the "star of the show" here.
And you have captured this young lady absolutely perfectly here - right bang in the centre of the lower part of the picture. The picture is, of course, almost symmetrically composed with the stairs on either side and the central clock right above this "main player". And, of course, she's static while most around her are on the move.
I think this is a brilliant picture and you have captured it in lovely light with excellent details and sharpness throughout - especially on her.
P.S. This just makes me wonder about just how easy it is to take pictures like this in a big station in a big city in America. Here in Britain, there's almost a fear culture surrounding people who appear with a big SLR in public places and many photographers have been approached by police or security people and been asked very awkward questions, if not actually having been arrested or taken to a police station. Here, if you flash a big camera in public, you are automatically branded either a terrorist or a paedophile and I think that's a terrible situation. Does that same culture seem to exist on your side of the Pond?
Sergiom (50762) 2014-02-24 5:55
J'aime beaucoup cette longue exposition à Central Station. Une idée originale, très bien réalisée. On dirait que la jeune fille au centre exécute un pas de danse et qu'elle voudrait que tous suivent le mouvement.
Le noir et blanc rend bien le flou.
ikeharel (48454) 2014-02-24 7:42
You have no idea how many times I walk through this impressive hall, countless. And it did not change a bit since the 70th - only the mode of the ladies cloths look different.
Enormous memories recollection I had when looked at this.
mcmtanyel (8303) 2014-02-24 10:05
I like the symmetry in your photo. The light, as I see it, is well-managed and the sharpness of stationary objects/people is outstanding. It is refreshing to see B&W photos every now and then. Whatever your reason may have been in converting, the added benefit has been to emphasize the superb composition you have arranged here by taking away chromatic distractions.
PS. My love affair with the BMW is purely platonic, no funny business here. Honest, even from childhood I have been attracted to BMWs and my wife knows and is OK with that.
subhendu_bagchi (24447) 2014-02-24 10:20
wow! Jason, you discovered the beauty from it. Interesting frame in monochrome and the motion blur really added some rhythm to it. Just poetic. Nice title and a very good composition. Tfs.
carlo62 (23828) 2014-02-24 10:46
mi piace l'effetto dei movimenti delle persone e il b&w contribuisce positivamente a determinare l'eccellente risultato.
ourania (22868) 2014-02-24 13:25
I clicked on the link to Brenda's photo and immediately remembered having seen the still and calm photographer amid the hectic movement of the station. People don't look as fast in your photo but the sense of movement is spread evenly throughout the frame and deep in it, it's almost harmonious and delightful like a choreography. The lady in the foreground is like the first dancer about to start a scene that will give meaning to the arrangement and attitudes around her. This anticipation adds a story to a scene that is mesmerizing anyway (and doesn't even need a story really:) I also like very much the b&w atmosphere, the soft light and the flowing shadows. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
worldcitizen (6141) 2014-02-24 14:43
I really like this! I think the decision to go with B/W worked well; it has a classic, timeless look to it. I like taking photos in busy places with a slower shutter speed; you never really know what you're going to get until the photo pops up on your screen - who's moving, who's standing still. This woman was in the perfect spot, with a great pose. I also like the play of light and shadow in Grand Central, and you captured a lot of that, too.
Now about the title...I guess I'm the only one who instantly thought of the 1980's song "She Blinded me with Science"! I heard the lyric in my head immediately: "it's poetry in motion..." There was some fun music in the 80's... BTW, thanks for the mention in your note. :-)
krzychu30 (14996) 2014-02-24 23:51
it´s like the best tribute to this splendid Station!And I like the fact,you´ve focused this time on the travelers and less on the architecture of GCS.I don´t know how to explain it,but there´s really something fascinating about it.I like especially how you "single out" and "frozen"in motion this woman in the FG.
Brilliant composition my friend!
PS.you know how lazy I am,so my new lens is gathering dust now:)But next week starts Carnival in Cologne,so that means I have finally two days off(sunday and monday).So will have to finally forced myself to go to the city:)
Have a nice day
SnapRJW (27158) 2014-02-25 10:05
Hi Jason - As the clock never ceases to tick out the minutes of the day the people at the station hurry hither and thither. Meetings, dates, shopping, work... life is a whirl. What a super B&W shot. Warm regards Rosemary
nikkitta (11212) 2014-02-25 15:56
Hola Jason, mi palido amigo
Can t count the photos (bad ones) I took at differents hours at this station, staying at 38 st and Park, never got a decent capture
The idea of B&W is great, no mix of colors, blured ambience that gives sense of mouvement
Very well done, enjoy watching and remembering this place and the Green line 5/ 6
Felicitaciones y saludos desde el lejano sur
Reading the note of Andrews remember how kind police are in NY, last time here, one of them , offer me a chair to leave my bags and jacket, making me easy to shot from the up of the stairs, at the side of Apple store, while at the British Museum in London a police women grab me in a bad way along with a crying woman
My photos of group of children, good mix of fair and african ones!!!
macjake (49384) 2014-02-25 23:30
wicked shot my friend! just plain wicked.
It still ticks me off that I didnt visit here during my time in NYC, guess there's just so many things to see and do you can't fit them all in.
the lady grounds the photo, and instantly becomes the primary focal point. without her my eyes would be scanning left right up down...but not with her standing there. Its perfect.
well done with it being handheld too!
i wonder how it'd look at an even longer shutter - but she'd have to be very still.
excellent balance in the bg set up too.
maybe one of your best posts?
I think so.
keep them coming.
serp2000 (35892) 2014-02-27 9:34
Hi, my dear friend!
Oh, I know this famous place in New York. we have got the TE-meeting with Brenda here. And this kiosk was a point of our meeting. I see this photo was taken 10 years ago, but I think we can see the same view today too.
I have got less one month till my next experience ))
jemaflor (77532) 2014-02-27 11:45
Well managed with all these people in movement, good effect with this b&w version for the contrast, exposure is well managed.
Noel_Byrne (17381) 2014-02-28 10:28
This is brilliant. It is like a scene from a music video (Ajare by Way out West springs to mind). A beautiful name and a wonderful shot. Even in her calm stance, she seems so soft, and has a strange ethereal glow about her as the world around is frenetic and full of chaos. she stands among them, smiling, gentle and standing like a dancer.
And what an iconic place to capture this too, Grand Central? Wow, is this place created for photographers?? In fact, I am amazed you are allowed set up a tripod in such a busy place. Not that I complain, this is a stunning result.
Waylim (24562) 2014-03-04 15:16
NY is a great place for such a shot and at the Grand Central is probably the ultimate place for it. I love the sense of motion, it depict so well the bsy lives we lead. and almost everyone here is alone. there are so many people yet somehow we are so alone. No one people feel so depress at time and so out of place lost themselves in the crowd. I love the shadow, almost like reflection and people seem to be almost floating on air.
B&W is an ideal way to present this. I love it.
adores (32724) 2014-03-22 12:58
A very good b&w shot! It's so full of movement with all those people around and the clock on top of the ticket office is just great. Looks an old photo and somehow I guess I would never say this is in NY!