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Streets of NY

A week ago at this time, I was on a train heading to New York. I was going on business and unfortunately, I was only staying for two days. Despite being off Sunday through Tuesday, I had to rush back for a Saturday shift that none of my colleagues were willing or able to pick up. I would have loved to stay in NYC for a few more days.

Although I’ve been recently trying my hand at street photography, I wouldn’t call myself a street photographer. I prefer landscapes and other subjects. Perhaps a big part of that is the city that I’ve done most of my urban photography in – Washington, DC. Anyone who knows me well will tell you that after 20+ years, I’ve had enough of this place. I’m long overdue for a change and hope to end up in a ‘new’ and colorful city very soon.

The next chapter of my life likely won’t be played out in New York City. But being on the streets there with my Fuji X-Pro1 – even if only for a few rushed hours – was a real pleasure. I could see myself indulging in street photography everyday if I lived there. A marvelous stage with a plethora of various characters. I must go back soon.

Since I was working and staying in Times Square, I didn’t take any pictures outside that general vicinity. If I had a couple more days (of personal time) I would have been able to get around more. Hopefully I’ll be back there soon. In the meantime, here are some of mt favorite shots from that handful of time I spent on the streets of NY. Most were shot with my 14mm, but I did take out the 35mm for my last hour. All the shots were processed in Lightroom  some more so than others. At times I used settings that aren’t part of my normal repertoire. Enjoy.

10 thoughts on “Streets of NY

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  5. It’s me. I’m sure of it. However, to me street photography is useless. It’s (at times) lousy images of people who I dno’t know, and don’t care to know, many who live in squalor… Ill composed, and just crappy images. I’m NOT speaking to your images, just street photography in general.
    I have friends who do this type of shooting, and i shudder when they email me images to look at and comment on. I wouldn’t shoot that, I think it is just butt ugly, and we are not HCB’s.
    Sorry. I do LOVE many of your landscapes. And again I’m NOT knocking YOUR images, just this entire wanna be HCB culture that has grown up around these supposed street-shooting cameras such as the Fuji, and Leicas. And I own the X-E1 with mutliple lenses BTW. Just sayin’
    My 2 cents.

    • Thanks for stopping by… and for your feed back. Much appreciated.
      I sometimes feel the same way, even when I’m out on the streets. It’s not really my style and there is something I find creepy about doing it the way I want to. I like that it takes me out of my comfort zone and forces me to be faster. While I don’t think I’ll necessarily become a “street photographer” I do think “street photography” is helping me to become a better photographer. Once I get in the zone, it’s a lot of fun.

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