Here is another slice of NYC life from the Times Square.
NYPD, NY Cab, Neon lights and the Steam rising from the stack. These steam stacks are omnipresent in the Manhattan. In case you are wondering where this steam comes from, here is my brief explanation that I am not hundred percent sure about being correct:
Steam is used as an energy in Manhattan to keep the offices and other buildings from being frozen. Steam us rushed through an array of underground network of pipes; Once in a while there are some leaks in the pipes, and that is when you get to see the white stuff billowing up through the (hu)man hole covers and grates. For more details please check the Con Edison, who happens to be steam energy providers of the Big Apple.
PS: I can't remember where was this intersection, so there will be no map view for this photo unless someone can point it out.
Pls see the WS for a shot of steam billowing up from another place in NYC.
Speical thanks to Ricardo for telling me where this photo was taken. I was able to use that information for the map view.
I am not sure about the accuracy of the co-ordinates I used for the map view
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ksoloduc (324) 2006-01-22 15:29
very nice shot, it has that casual look, I love that you've got so many colors, since most of the night shots tend to be only gold and black
weswang (18223) 2006-01-22 15:37
Hi Sarju, A nice capture of the characters of NYC: the neon signs, the big boards, the taxis, the pedestrians and the steam out in the cold days. You have well captured the life in this big city.
tabora (0) 2006-01-22 15:46
Beau portrait de vie,la fumée va réchauffer la jeune femme Lol.
rosiegirl (1596) 2006-01-22 16:01
I think this is my favorite capture of yours from NYC. It has that plastic, dreamy, chaotic feel that you think of as New York. The billboards are such a contrast to the bedraggled pedestrian. Great work.
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-01-22 16:05
I love NYC and I love your view of it. Great shot of Times Square. Great composition. Nino
Luan (12971) 2006-01-22 16:27
Tres bon shoot, bien nette, pourtant ca devait manquer de lumiere, bravo pour cette image. Ca sent le Time Square, j'adore cette place et toute l'animation qu'elle procure.
peter1892 (1681) 2006-01-22 16:48
Superb NYC shot, capturing the night time view that many of us think of as well as the other NYC items, such as the taxis & of course the steam rising.
Good exposure here & a very clear image despite the (necessary) longer shutter speed - for example the pedestrian on the right side of the photo has only minimal blur (his right hand & briefcase).
ancevski (3358) 2006-01-22 18:26
this is excellent night photo of the life in NYC. I like the colors, well done.
klennon79 (0) 2006-01-22 21:04
Yup, that's NYC. Great night shot! Nice and clear. Your note is great as well. :)
Clairedelune (4923) 2006-01-22 21:25
Yes, I think it is one of your best ones from New York City! You achieved with this picture, in a portrait format at that, to put so many informations, so many symbols of what is New York, or at least, what I thought is New York! ;) You already pointed out the NYPD, NY cab, neon lights and the steam. But, I will add the man with the suitcase, the image of the watch (the "time" factor, fast, oh! so fast!), the image of that blonde woman (tall, slim, a bit provocative). Am I biased? Is that "Canon" on the middle left side? :D No complaint for this one, light is well managed, sharpness is good, colors are just perfect! Well, a simple conclusion: a very good one Sarju!
singuanti (15250) 2006-01-22 22:52
Hi Sarju. Yes I had the same problem with never knowing what intersection I was in for my NYC shots. I learned my lesson so in Victoria and Vancouver I was taking pictures of the street signs all the time. I'm not sure if you hand-held that but if you did that would be incredible steadiness. Good one Sarju!
ramesh_lalwani (3211) 2006-01-23 2:11
Nice night time shot with interesting note.Steam is adding beauty to shot.Good that car in front were stationary during 1/6 sec exposure
alon (1289) 2006-01-23 2:14
Fantastic shot of NYC at night. The photo is very dynamic and vibrant with very good exposure and nice perspective.
bibiweb (8) 2006-01-23 3:28
A typical NYC view with the cabs, cops and lights! Good night shot and an interesting note to explain the presence of these steam stacks. It's funny because when I was living there (over 30 years ago), I don't think there were any of these and the steam would just come out directly from the manhole on the ground. Of course this was probably more dangerous as it meant that cars actually had to drive through the clouds of steam.
Have a nice day.
PixelTerror (0) 2006-01-23 5:28
still alive and kicking ;-)
Good and colorful street perspective, I don't know as well where it is exactly but the lighting leads me to think it must not be so far away from Times Sq. I like the smoke here it gives the scene a little "Blade Runner" touch that makes me want to watch it yet another time ;-)
Have a nice day,
rosaline (0) 2006-01-23 7:07
A steamy shot Sarju, and very clear indeed. It seems an odd way to warm up buildings; we don't have this system in England, but it must be a sight to behold in the flesh. A great chaotic scene you've captured here and one that shows the life of the city. Nice clarity as usual. Well done.
xavshot (69835) 2006-01-23 12:59
Très belle photo Sarju... Les couleurs et la netteté sont grandioses. Le format vertical va très bien. J'aime beaucoup cette fumée qui s'élève en plein milieu de cette rue
maphoto (8082) 2006-01-23 18:56
Nice capture Sarju and good compositon, It's a chance that there were a bit of wind with the smoke at the right place :-) Well done.
Tue (42820) 2006-01-23 19:05
Great shot of the busy life in New York, with the cars, lights and advertisements. Good composition of this part of the city. Well done!
saki_makedon (0) 2006-01-23 19:38
I like the realisation.
Clear picture with a nice POV
PJE (20758) 2006-01-23 22:11
Sarju I love this scene! The steam as you say is a vital part of of NYC. I love the lighting in the signs and billboards. Very nicely done indeed!
john_c (24666) 2006-01-24 10:41
What a bold slice of life you have captured here! The special lighting, the police car, the vivid billboards, and the steam all contribute to a mood of dynamism which so characterizes this city. So much colour, even in the night hours. I also like the reflections on the pavement and the figure walking. Superbly framed and cropped for high impact. Very fine work, Sarju.
t0mmm1 (5442) 2006-01-25 15:35
nice shot and good description. I like this steam coming out and how is enlightened by neon lights in the night.
chaity (1539) 2006-01-25 19:28
Hi Sarju, I like the view of this city. You have a very nice night photo and surprisingly sharp. The steam added a lot of dynamism in the photo.
svo555 (1028) 2006-01-26 10:19
Very typical NYC shot, but very interesting at the same time. Showing the great movement of the big apple, I love it!
Good colour definition and sharpness, in difficult lighting conditions.
banyanman (7789) 2006-01-28 5:55
Great shot, Sarju, which really captures the atmosphere of NYC at night. As others have mentioned above, there are so many elements in this that are typical of New York. The steam really adds to that winter Big Apple atmosphere. Exposure is spot-on. Cheers . . . David
fabio_ts (13696) 2006-01-28 9:11
Another beautiful night shot of times Square my friend, I really like it, escpecially how the smoke seems want to hide the commercial ...
have a nice week end,
riclopes (35577) 2006-01-30 5:48
Another great urban capture of the 'big apple'.
Very interesting note about the steam. I confess that I don't really remember it in so many places as you refer, although it's a common scene seen in movies. It sure gives a nice urban atmosphere for shooting. The visual stimulation on this well known place (it surprises me that you couldn't find the right spot in the google map - I'll try it later...) is increadible, specially at night (because of the bright neons lights) and you captured it very well!
I like this police car dominating the foreground and the composition in the background - the giant watch, the lady on the ad and the steam in between.
Also like the common scene captured in the ws.
Good work with the NYC life scene series!
Have a nice week,
Take care my friend,
p.s.- I've look for the coordenates and I think they are the following ones, in the midle of the time square:
Lat 40º 45' 23,93'' N
Long 73º 59' 11,13'' W
dsidwell (9783) 2006-01-30 14:32
Slice is right, Sarju! I like the many things to explore here, and each seems to have its own special weight. The steam/smoke going up through the middle brings a welcome line that leads the eye along. Nice work!
rahul__rahul__ (2250) 2006-01-30 15:57
nice picture, like the colors and it seems very lively. I went to NYC a year ago.
Stepan (27210) 2006-01-31 14:07
Si typical from NYC : the adds, the police car, the cab, the steam... Thanks for sharing that and bringing me back there in such a pertinent way !!
tcht (7565) 2006-01-31 15:31
Superb pic! Typically NYC feeling. Bright neons and the yellow caps & NYPD, too. Steam's also very interesting, too. Very nice compo - may not that 'clean' - i.e. top right corner but it doesnt really matter. Good pic. Like it a lot.
BlaiseCendrars (0) 2006-01-31 16:48
This is packed with interesting details man! Excellent idea and realization. Perhaps the police car is stealing a little too much attention away from Madonna and the smoking pipe by its proximity to you but on the other hand it delivers a punch!
My last post has some similarites to this one incidentally, although it's from another world..
jbweasle (9395) 2006-02-01 8:15
Hello Sarju, this image is filled with light colour and action. It shows the hustle and bustle of NYC well.
vincent24 (9060) 2006-02-01 16:46
Very well tittled!it's colorful and lively,the smoke gives dynamisne,there's so much things to watch,congrats,for me your best of your NY pictures,
alvaraalto (19782) 2006-02-01 17:20
What an excellent picture. The colours are splendid, the composition is thrilling and the steam looks dramatic. So there is very much adventure in this picture.
jafadabret (56501) 2006-02-02 14:49
Sarju, c'est une photo comme on en voit peu. Tout est bon pour donner l'ambiance nocturne de cette grande métropole : la composition, les couleurs et les lumières... J'aime bien ce panache de fumée si caractéristique des lieux. L'oeil a beaucoup de choses à voir mais tout est bien répartit. Félicitations !
greg64g (11193) 2006-02-04 4:08
Impressive view on the street, i like the advertisiing here, the clock as the life in NY must be speed speed speed.
DLM (6479) 2006-02-04 5:34
A great slice of life from New York which captures the mood real nice,well done.TFS
thebig_d81 (777) 2006-02-09 11:27
Great shot of the big apple. Excellently composed.
Steam, Taxi's, Police, Bilboards. Its all in there. Tells the NYC story.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-02-18 7:47
I like this urban picture with nice lignt, nice color and good composition. The smoke in the city; It's typical from NYC.
Have a nice day
cloverstar (0) 2006-02-21 11:29
Brilliant shot. Love all the bright lights and colours. The steam adds a lot of interest. Well done.
Quentin (5280) 2006-02-21 12:21
I love all the lights in your shot and the quantity of
beautiful details to look at. This is a very good street
view. Well done!
pitai (3985) 2006-02-22 15:38
Can’t get more New York that this one. You included all the subjects that portraits this city. Its like if you had frozen the time for a small lap of time. Thanks for sharing, Gabriel
dHitman (0) 2006-02-23 9:37
This picture is a great travel picture especially it can speak for itself. Very NYC! Thanks for sharing!
Porteplume (3470) 2006-02-23 14:36
This is now precisely the way I imagine NY at night. Busy life, coloured with thousands lights, big advertising boards, taxis, steam, police cars, high buildings... All the ingredients are here and I almost can hear the noises of the Big Apple! :o)
Thank you a lot for sharing and make us enjoy, it's really good!
alekpet (4663) 2006-02-24 2:55
Hi Sarju, I appreciate this image so much. It's a typical and only Newyorker shot, aka "Sex and the city" style.
I like the richness of colours and the steam adds another dimmension.
all the best, Aleks
feather (51130) 2006-02-25 6:27
Fantastic night shot Sarju. The vertical format is well chosen to emphasise the plume of steam. So much life is captured in this small slice of NY.
Fixfocus (9385) 2006-02-25 11:51
Wow,looks like i missed some great shots here.
I never been to the big apple but your picture looks very New Yorkish to me.Excellent nightshot with a lot of atmosphere.
gebala (0) 2006-03-01 7:34
hello, great night shot, I like this rush there, I was there also but it was really quiet:) nice shot with great sharpness:)
aloyho (6798) 2006-03-18 9:37
An exciting night scene with beautiful lighting management and of course, plenty to see. The steam really provides the drama in the composition and it guides us up the buildings so as to enjoy what we normally would ignore. I also like the clarity and colours. Splendid shot!! Have a pleasant weekend.
capthaddock (28790) 2006-03-28 10:25
Hi Sarju - yes, the essence of NY is perfectly captured, in addition to the 4 elements you mentioned, add the feeling of congestion and the sense distractions all around to bewilder a first time visitor, and bring back memories to a former resident.
ewa1 (222) 2006-03-28 17:41
Nice shot:). Good perspective and exposure. I haven't been to NY, but that's the way I imagine this city.
- Copyright: Sarju Sooch (sarju) (5324)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-11-15
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon Powershot A75
- Exposure: f/4, 1/6 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: New York City
- Theme(s): Times Square, New York, NEW-YORK CITY [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-01-22 14:56