There is an enormous density of skyscrapers in the financial district. Nearly everything is in the shadow (that´s why I still had ISO 200), only some slots let the sunshine down into the streets, where bankers enjoy their cigarette brake.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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mikeyeats (1019) 2009-11-22 12:37
Christian, good evening.
Now that smoking is banned just about everywhere inside UK public buildings you see lots of these little scenes, people stood outside in all weathers smoking, I have been looking for the chance to capture one myself. You have got this one perfectly, the mans reflection in the window and the light on the steel work and the signs of a fevered drag on his cigarette.
All the best
Jardim (3243) 2009-11-22 12:46
Great composition and wonderfull light/shadow.
kloppenborg (975) 2009-11-22 12:47
Hey Christian. Excellent little pocket of light you've caught here. If I was working in the states, I guess I would be one of those outside-smokers. But even as I haven't been there, you really present a recognizable mood. Very well done.
Luko (13998) 2009-11-22 12:58
Excellent, the light is... spot on. Even with a studio snoot you couldn't be more accurate on lighting. Love the way you kept so much negative space above him, it's like he's surrounded by a black hole...
Well, maybe that's the truth : NYC is a big black hole that attracts anything that passes by... like stock and bonds for instance... now go and find the money back in a black hole.
Now that I am looking at it, it makes me also think about the light spots for stand comedy actors. How about a joke or two on Madoff.
Bartleby (13332) 2009-11-22 13:32
powerful atmosphere here thanks to this spot of light and the attitude of the...what? banker? Perfectly place in the frame...gives a feeling of isolation and powerlessness.
rigoletto (33778) 2009-11-22 15:31
as many times stated above, this is a fine tribute on the contrast between light and shade. how you picked up this poor smoker outside the jungle of dark corners, is another story of appreciation. the vertical line next to him, tends to steal the show.
ninaL (21348) 2009-11-22 21:51
Excellent, classic scene, excellent capture and management of light.
As the little format of TE does not permit to appreciate all small details (I resized this photo (200%) in my screed to can identify some details looking like drops in the little format), I made a WS to clean those white drops wich disturbe me a little here, but wich are very important and not disturbing at all in the original format, I suppose.
Then...Your note is very precious for me.
Yesterday, I broken my Nikon D200 (useless over 400 ISO, and very imperfect by night even with the similar lens you used here (Nikkor 85 mm, f/1.8). Always strong, color noise...Always week definition in the darkness...So...First, I was very sad beceause my broken camera...And then, I found a way to find money and I choose...Canon 5d Mark II !!! The choice of the lense was very difficult...I would some different lenses beceause I didn't find the similar lens like my Nikkor 18-20O for 24x36 capture...But for the while, I will just buy the most popular lense for Mark II : 24-105, f/4 (not clear enough, maybe...But I can't get all I would to get ;))).
I think I will buy it in too weeks (after my bank accord for credit) ;))).
Best regards. Grazyna.
jjcordier (70615) 2009-11-22 23:17
Vraiment excellent! Une impression d'éclairage et de mise en scène de théâtre. du grand art!
Cretense (68681) 2009-11-23 1:22
Looks almost monochrome, fantastic photo, extraordinary daily life scene, looks like a scene from a movie! Great composition and framing, amazing light management! Congratulations!
Coolka (0) 2009-11-23 6:25
It looks like the theatre scene with only one actor performing.
Incredible light indeed.
sayeed_rahman (5987) 2009-11-23 6:54
"where bankers enjoy their cigarette brake" :)) - wonder why it is the same all over the world..we need it more than anyones else..
good use again chris..seems somewhere in park avenue or wall street..
wish you a had been closer but your lens it seems has limited you..
fplohoff (0) 2009-11-23 8:48
a still life of a street photo. It´s silent and monochrome, kind of a cold esthetic.
peppe59 (14551) 2009-11-23 10:04
likeable the image of this man in relax. Optimal the clearness of the image. It compliments
coco (30437) 2009-11-24 2:02
Somehow this one is similar to your previous picture and I liked that and I like this one too.
baba_flies (8829) 2009-11-28 2:30
Hallo Christian! Dieses Restlicht ist grandios, nur ein wenig, aber genug, um diesem Menschen in seiner wohlverdienten Pause etwas Sonne zu goennen. Ich kenne jemanden, der genau deswegen diese Stadt verlassen hat. Seine Wohnung hatte nie Tageslicht und stand IMMER im Schatten der Wolkenkratzer ... ich waere glaube ich trotzdem geblieben, einfach fuer die Erfahrung hier zu sein. Tolles Foto, exzellente Qualitaet! Ja der Mensch zaehlt hier nicht viel, wenn man es nicht mehr bringt, ja dann auf Wiedersehen. Gruss, Barbara.
flashpoint (4002) 2009-11-29 15:09
geniale amplificazione in questa cattura di pausa per nicotina.........