NYC: "They Were All Yellow"
It definitely feels good to be back on TE again, so let's celebrate it with another photo from one of my two visits to North America, this time from New York City to be precise.
Anyone who has ever been to New York will surely remember the vast amount of taxicabs roaming the grand avenues of The Big Apple. Although they do come in other colours as well (so the title of this photo is somewhat incorrect, I admit..), the fleet of yellow taxis is widely regarded as one of the icons of the city.
I captured this trio in Manhattan, only a few blocks away from the Empire State Building, while in an open top tourist bus. I recall I took the photo rather quickly, because, even though there are so many of them, I didn't know if I would encounter them again in such a nice diagonal line.
For the title I was inspired by, in my humble opinion, the most beautiful love song ever written: Yellow by British alternative rock band Coldplay from their debut album Parachutes (2000). The band don't sing about New York taxicabs though, but about how the stars are all yellow and shining for this one person. :-)
Hope you like this little piece of daily life in this fascinating city, thanks for your visit!
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mesutilgim (97126) 2014-08-13 2:36
Nice crop of this NY cabs; good graphical effect. And interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
alvaraalto (19778) 2014-08-13 2:36
Heerlijk geel. Als ik er zo naar kijk is het toch wel jammer dat we er niet in hebben gezeten, want de metro in NY is ook niet alles.
williewhistler (16412) 2014-08-13 2:37
strange isn`t it that sometimes an image just appears that must be photographed, on this occasion you did ever so well to grab a shot that has lots of impact in an unusual situation.
A colourful grab shot that works well.
danos (102452) 2014-08-13 2:43
the tight frame designate the yellow taxicabs.The brilliant light enhance their colour even more.
lousat (96642) 2014-08-13 2:48
Hi Lars,a very original way to take the typical yellow taxies of NYC,an excellent idea,i like the cut and the perspective from the top,it's nice to see something of different so well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
holmertz (58186) 2014-08-13 7:11
A picture could hardly get brighter and more eye-catching than this, especially considering that it only contains one color, apart from grey. You composed and cropped this neatly along double diagonals.
annjackman (21903) 2014-08-13 10:06
This is so NY! I love the close cropping and the saturated yellow colour. A punchy image and a great subject very well taken.
Kind Regards, Ann
CLODO (35582) 2014-08-13 10:08
Hi Lars (or Larz?)
iconic view of the Big Apple!
Royaldevon (42421) 2014-08-13 11:04
My overriding memory of N.Y. cabs is yellow but then, we were staying in Manhattan, not far from the Empire State Building! Perhaps that accounts for my 'yellow' memory!
This is an original shot, the cabs crossing the frame on a diagonal, a bit like pieces from a jigsaw. The colours and the sharpness are spot on.
My warm regards,
siudzi (34141) 2014-08-13 11:56
You have a really creative and original way to take this image. Like it! An impressive visual effect was achieved. TFS!
pajaran (65002) 2014-08-13 13:58
Interesantan tekst o gradu i zutom taksiju sa opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazan zuti taksi.
Lep zuti taksi.
An interesting article about the city and the yellow cab with a description ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely shown the yellow cab.
Nice yellow cab.
All the better.
jcpix (13930) 2014-08-13 19:30
Perfect timing, I was just listening to some Coldplay at work today. :) And songs aside, the title alone is a perfect match for this picture. An instant association with one of NYC's most well known sights, virtually unmistakable these yellow cabs. Being on the bus afforded you a fun and intriguing perspective, and you did very well to take advantage of the positioning. I really like how the cars are staggered and placed on a diagonal, cutting through the vertical frame. Well observed and smartly composed, this turned out great. Enjoy the new day. Take care.
mirosu (16273) 2014-08-13 23:44
Excellent NY yellow cabs close-up photo in perfect light, very good clarity. Nicely arranged in vertical format. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions.
Very well done.
emka (105408) 2014-08-14 0:20
hello Lars, The yellow cabs are so characteristic for NYC and so picturesque. Simple but very attractive composition, in striking yellow. Nice picture, tfs.
Warm regrad s MAlgo
Nicou (149660) 2014-08-14 2:44
Quelle compo et vue quel graphsime juane et jeu de voiture et de taxi sueprbe iamge et cpatage.
Bravo et amitié
ourania (50541) 2014-08-14 3:09
this composition is very interesting and appealing, I like how you used the taxis as patterns that convey dynamism, fill the frame and make an effective reference to daily life in NYC. The strong yellow tones are irresistible, textures and details are superb and contribute to the overall graphical effect as well. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
PS I've used I line from this song as a title too. I chose "I drew a line" referring to a yellow rope on a fishing boat:)
jhm (158820) 2014-08-14 4:29
De samenstelling is zeer spectaculair met de gele taxie.
Dit allemaal genomen van zeer dicht bij.
Zeer goed gedetailleerde foto.
Dit is op zijn Amerikaans, out of the big city.
Goed foto werk. Bedankt.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2014-08-14 4:44
We can almost feel the motion and the crowd atmosphere of this city. Excellent pov, light and colors and details.
Very dynamic. I like it a lot.
Have a nice evening,
nikkitta (17068) 2014-08-14 13:56
Coldplay is my favorite group and Yellow is a very beautiful song
The creative composition ( from a bus) works really good because of the diagonal they made
Color contrast yellow and black is quite eye catching
Well seen and captured
willperrett (11760) 2014-08-14 14:41
In many ways an iconic subject, but you've raised the bar here and very successfully avoided cliche with your daring, graphic, frame-filling photograph. Beautiful composition and of course those zinging colours.
berek (50506) 2014-08-14 21:03
Taxi ,One of the things I love most in NY, and. I've got a lot of photographs. This image was very creative. . I really like the frame.
rychem (41572) 2014-08-14 21:11
Eyecatching photo, the color of these taxicabs is really intense, very nice capture with interesting crop, bravo
Cricri (124756) 2014-08-15 5:02
Excellent le cadrage de ces trois taxi, le contraste du jaune avec les zones sombres, bien vu et réaliser
worldcitizen (9274) 2014-08-15 18:57
This is an excellent taxi photo. The tight crop and zoom are great. I like that each of the three taxis is shown in a different position: the top one shows the back half, the middle one shows most of the taxi, and the bottom one shows the front. It's a strong composition, and one that I can appreciate as a New Yorker. :-)
Fis2 (105036) 2014-08-16 11:22
Excellent composition and POV.
Color make impression.
adores (46329) 2014-08-18 17:07
This is a really well thought composition. I like a lot the way you framed them in diagonal and their colour is so eye catching. Well chosen vertical format!
Waylim (25436) 2014-08-18 18:19
Classic NYC shot, very recognizable and yet very different and unique than the rest. Excellent quality the large version is almost too large for its own good, because we can view it in one frame, we have to scroll up and down, and then left and right. we can see the whole compositioin. it lost the impact.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-08-26 10:15
I like the composition, it represents all parts of the taxicab industry especially in New York City. Good tight cropping with sharp details. Well done, tfs.
Gigidusud (21247) 2014-09-12 5:34
Great capture to the iconic yellow taxis from NYC with an original framing. Well done!
clic (18186) 2014-09-14 7:31
I get the strong feeling of being a security officer by a racetrack watching the track stars through a 'slot' between the concrete protective blocks!
Quite an hectic cropping, indeed!
Met vriendelijke groeten.
fritzi007 (12104) 2015-08-14 14:59
I've never been to NYC, interesting photo and comment, congratulate!
beatrox (780) 2015-08-30 8:52
A very nice compo, for an amazing visual effect...
The vibrating yellow of the cabs give to a shot a pop effect...
Karolina999 (0) 2015-12-31 1:00
fine yellow cabs, fine composition, perfect take, good sharp, funny effect.
A Happy New Year!!!
Periko (6180) 2016-02-15 17:35
Nice diagonal, as you say. These yellow cabs are iconic to NYC undoubtedly, as the red buses are to London.
jmdias (67861) 2016-03-23 17:33
nice use of the typical yellow cabs of NY. I liked the creative framing in the vertical. nice result.
mcmtanyel (27928) 2016-12-18 18:28
I like the way the cars are aligned in the photo, roughly a third of each car is shown, each a different third - starting from the front to the middle and then to the rear.
iainsp (3296) 2017-01-16 8:26
As you suggest in your note, even for those who have never been there, the yellow taxis are iconic New York images. You have a great interpretation here, with your personal stamp in it. A nice, tight crop and the inclusion of three cars for a bit of translational-symmetry works very well. Nice work, thanks, Iain.
- Copyright: Lars Zwemmer (Tue) (42820)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-02
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix S9300
- Exposure: f/10.5, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-13 2:23