Good Morning Everyone,
On our recent visit to New York, my husband and I were walking up Broadway when we saw clouds of black smoke billowing into the sky.
Hearts pounding, feeling like important photo-journalists, with cameras in hand, we both headed to a vantage point, to record the scene!
On that hot, summer's afternoon, no-one seemed to be taking too much notice of this unfolding drama!! But, with true, dogged selfnesness, we continued to record the scene for posterity. (I quickly shot an approaching fire-engine, lights turning and siren blaring! I will place that in the w/s.)
Still, not too much interest from the general public!
Unable to find out what amazing drama we had recorded, later in the day, we spoke to our taxi driver, being sure he would know all about the event.
Layed back and with New York coolness he stated "Honey, those firemen are the most overworked guys in the city!" End of story!!
Many thanks for your interest.
Hope you enjoyed your little peek into N.Y.
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dta (82442) 2010-09-03 0:27
Hello beverley ,
despite of the fact it could be a tragic event , this is an excellent picture . The composition is well balanced , and I like the contratc between the dramatic dark smoke , and the pretty white clouds .
Great capture !
giorgimer (34965) 2010-09-03 0:28
U R right. Excellent moment capture, good reporter work!
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-09-03 0:46
Hello Beverley! What happened? Smoke. Dangerous smoke. Original shot. Well done!
bema (26425) 2010-09-03 1:09
really an terrible outlook, but also fascinating one for all those persons, who didn´t have the chance to be involved in such seceneries every day more than one time..
good photo-job, well done!
have a nice weekend, see you, Bernd
have a nice weekend, see you, Bernd
lousat (97645) 2010-09-03 1:37
Hi Bev,you will be a reporter whit pics like that,remember me a SAME SITUATION that i live in Zanzibar this springtime,very good quality too whit the best sharpness to understand at the best what happen's in this moment.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.
Budapestman (82620) 2010-09-03 1:52
a dramatic moment with effective composition, the black smoke is a rather sinister sight....not an easy work, really.... they deserve all respect. Splendid shot and note, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
hdl (7035) 2010-09-03 4:10
Hi Beverley. Interesting shot. You must have felt like you were working for the newspapers. Nice of you to be thinking about those firemen, risking their lives every day.
Nicou (151132) 2010-09-03 7:16
Suepr captage et compo, avec lenchaînement de ces ba^timent carrés, le graphsique cubuique de l'image, et cette énorme funée qui s'échappe en fond et qui doit pulluer, superbe.
Bravo et amitié
macjake (72623) 2010-09-03 8:18
yes, i have enjoyed this peek into NYC.
this is great work for such a grab shot.
the clarity and focus is outstanding.
love the arches in the FG building, contrasting with the square windows in the BG building.
tourist, journalist...whats next on your ajenda!
saxo042 (37966) 2010-09-03 9:17
Quite a dramatic capture. It is hard not to think of the scenes we saw on 9/11. But this was apparently not so dramatic after all. But you captured a very good view with good colours and a fine pattern of all the windows. The street view with the fire engine is equally good!
rodgerg (55767) 2010-09-03 9:39
An unusula and very efficience view of NYC. The composition left/right in differents plans well delimited give a greta depht to the image. Nice harmony in the colors. I like too the unusualmixt between white clouds and black fog.
Have a nice WE,
Glint (6171) 2010-09-03 10:29
this is a good reportage shot with great clarity and nice colour. I read your note thinking that I would have had the same feelings and reaction had we been there at that time.It may not be uncommon to have fires in high rise building but it sure would be scary!
Bluejeans (64251) 2010-09-04 2:33
Ola Beverley ,
Belo momento capturado com o topo deste edifício a pegar foto , bem densa a nuvem de fumo negro , bonitos detalhes de arquitectura , parabéns!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
gunbud (34066) 2010-09-05 8:15
Wonderfully amusing note to go along with this dramatic urban image.
Very good colors and sharpness and I love the earthen roof belows the black smoke that looks threatening against the clear blue sky.
jlbrthnn (76039) 2010-09-05 13:50
Good evening Beverley,
What a scoop! It was a superb occasion to make a good photograph and to be likely to become famous:) Despite everything this event does not appear banal to me. Excellent quality of the realization.
Have a good evening
John_F_Kennedy (43763) 2010-09-06 2:42
a good documentation here and really intersetign note.
Longroute (19396) 2010-09-06 7:10
First: the photo
I like it a lot for the lovely graphism of this typically American architecture and the strong sense of tridimensionality given by the sideways light, excellent clarity and sequence of buildings. Last but not least: I love those puffy clouds.
Your story tells how people in big cities (everywhere in the world) have ceased to be curious and to be interested in what's happening around them. Indifference is the result of living in a too crowded environment and being exposed to too many stressful events daily...
Better living in a small town...
Kielia (24077) 2010-09-09 3:13
reading your lovely note was like witnessing your unforgettable and thrilling experience that you have documented excellently. The composition is outstanding, especially the POV is very well working. Thanks for sharing this moment and thanks for the humorous note!
danos (103156) 2010-10-02 1:27
Good morning Bev,
very nice presentation of this part of the city with the POV to place the buildings the one behind the other with sharpness and clarity.I like the contrast of the colours as the brilliant light of the image.Well done.
Have a nice week,Danos
Didi (60590) 2010-10-03 7:22
desspite of the drama it's an interesting subject a good reportage even if you were far of the place.
ikeharel (78381) 2012-05-12 1:33
A photographer beeing by chance seeing a fire, is like in a play in the lottery - beeing there is a grand factor in any photography action, as beeing alert too.
You managed to show this drama, and with a foreground of a beautiful typical architecture's on the edifice added on left.
A fine detailed shot, Cheers.
worldcitizen (9384) 2013-05-16 16:52
I was looking at your NYC photos again, and this one caught my eye. I have always loved the mix of old and new architecture in the city, and I really like the building in the foreground of this photo. To my knowledge, I have never seen it before. The repeating arches are lovely. Then in the background there are the newer and more severe modern type buildings, with rows of rectangular windows. There is even some greenery on one of the roofs! It's an interesting photo. The smoke is just an added detail for me, but the buildings are the stars. :-)
Noel_Byrne (33634) 2014-08-04 7:47
Fine photojournalism, this is a great shot. The way the buildings are all placed in the scene makes this look like a scene from a seventies detective show!
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (43449)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-02
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D200, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX, 62 mm HOYA Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): My Trip to New York [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-09-03 0:24