I've always been a bit of a sucker for low light shots. I remember being very pleased with this when I first saw it emerge in the developing tray. I still quite like it, in spite of nearly 25 years of visiting NY, it's impossible not to still be impressd by the scale of it.
Of TE type interest, it is a view no longer available, having been taken from the top of the World Trade Centre.
Tech, scanned from print, slight adjustments in PS.
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bgladman (1153) 2004-04-04 6:21
A city that never sleeps - i can see why from this picture. I've never been to NY before, but because of photos like this, have it included on the travel list. The photo suffers from some background noise, possibly created in the scanning? Posted WS let me know what you think
ChrisJ (99338) 2004-04-04 6:24
I'd increase the contrast, maybe even to the point where it almost looks like a lithograph. I'd also try to sharpen edges in APS & despeckle.
Composition is great, & it has a poignant interest, since 9/11.
Steely (895) 2004-04-04 7:09
Richard, it looks like a ArtDeco print of New York!
noise and nightshots goes together
Jeppe (18654) 2004-04-04 8:10
Oh yes Richard - I remember this view - however did I only night shots from the Empire - better try to find them and check - I would like to get my map more yellow ;-)
Thanks for sharing this fine capture - which can't be taken anymore :-(
Isabelle (9046) 2004-04-04 8:32
impressive composition, Richard.
i´ve been there once last year and i got impressed with the height of the buildings which you show beautifully here.
thanks for sharing.
maciekda (19895) 2004-04-04 9:00
nice picture, like a shot from a movie... i really like it, B&W was a great idea, all those bright windows.. very graphical shot, well composed.
and greetings from Cambodia ;)
Kenny10pin (19301) 2004-04-04 9:18
Great work here, I like the courseness of this pic and details can be seen with some difficulty, but on the whole it is quite good . I like hte amount of buildings here
jhonny_blue (4956) 2004-04-05 6:12
Wonderful idea Richard !
It´s fantastic ! The B&W gives a great touch !
ianmcall (1213) 2004-04-05 6:47
That is a LOT of windows! Great angle and a god long exposure. It is grainy; maybe paste in a King Kong and sell it to Peter Jackson ;)
merpb (2001) 2004-04-05 13:30
Great low light shot Richard,
I love the delicate rendition of the mid tones and the crop is typical vibrant New York.
piozac (2065) 2004-04-05 18:44
Great b&e shot Richard.
NY, I'd like to visit that place one day...
Well done, thanks for sharing
amitai (879) 2004-04-07 16:50
This is gorgeous, you have used the available light beautifully. I like the sense of depth this picture gives, and the huge size of the buildings. Very nice.
rabani (9645) 2004-04-15 0:03
Surreally gothic sir.
How New York must have had looked like from the air, if you were Batman. I could feel vertigo creeping into my feet just looking at these, majestic columns of lighted dots.
Even though it is not so grainy, but the salt & pepper noise is noticeable, especially in the grey area.Unsharp mask and Neatimage might do the trick.
desman (2220) 2004-04-22 5:46
voila un photo bien remplie ! bravo
Cependant je trouve que la présentation laisse un peu à désirer. Un dépoussièrage s'impose, ainsi qu'une réduction du grain, qui dans ce cas, à mon avis, n'apporte rien.
sita4ram (814) 2004-04-26 7:34
wow - cool shot for B/w a bit grainy, but thats the darkness fault. not yours :)
I love night shots, they are usually not so easy to take...
pridel (233) 2004-04-26 14:47
Bonjour, c'est hallucinant cette vue, une impression de vertige saisissante. La photo parle d'elle même, c'est superbe. D'habitude je préfère les couleurs au noir et blanc, mais ici ça donne un côté rétro à NY qui est bien venu.
tdanny (663) 2004-05-09 10:30
What a metropolitan view here, like a news photograph out of the "Daily Planet", sort of! Great view which is lost forever, low light and the black + white worked really well. Well done mate
roconnell (327) 2004-05-12 5:45
You've captured the city of lights so well. The perspective is fantastic, and the reminder that it is no longer there is as poignant. Well done.
cool_s15 (4050) 2004-05-13 4:30
This is a great shot! First time i saw this one. This is a great cityscape shot, with a B&W even enhance the photo and made it unique. Those lights from windows, just like someone said... a city that never sleeps. Very nice shot.
pulezan (841) 2004-09-15 3:01
there is a lot of noise in the picture but anyway i like it. good choice b&w version. the fact i don t see the streat made this buildings to look even toler they are.
KevRyan (22952) 2005-01-05 16:35
I really like this one Richard - definitely one for the wall and as you say a historic document.. I can imagine the excitement of developing it and perhaps with this type of shot not being sure exactly what you had got. Wonderful.
capthaddock (28790) 2005-05-25 10:37
Hi Richard - I like the use of b&w here, it gives it a more historic aspect, as does the graininess, which in this case adds rather than distracts.
Prisley (1485) 2005-06-11 5:25
Prise de vue très intéressante, d'autant plus qu'elle n'est plus possible à présent. Le bruit donne l'impression d'une "maquette" accentuée par le N&B.
Thanks for sharing!
KellEy (1237) 2005-08-18 10:50
What talent you have!
Olrik (1645) 2006-02-04 6:23
Il y a un côté invraisemblable dans la perspective, on se demande comment peuvent tenir tous ces buildings dans ce périmètre. Ceci conjugué avec le choix du N&B donne en effet un aspect "maquette" qui m'a immédiatement fait penser à "Metropolis" de Fritz Lang. Très réussi.
- Copyright: Richard Gatward (RGatward) (20062)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 1980-01-00
- Camera: Rolleiflex SL35M, Tamron 85-210 mm, Kodak TRI-X 400
- Exposure: f/2.8, 15 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Photos that have a movie title... [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-04-04 4:53