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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:00 pm 
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I've been to New York City many times. Love that place! At the start of the month, I went with a friend for an extended weekend. It was his first trip there, so I was playing tour guide more than photographer, but I did make a few photos.

The Grand Staircase at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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One World Trade Center (on the left)

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WTC Memorial

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Father & Daughter performing under Bethesda Terrace in Central Park

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I'll probably get back with how I feel about each of these but I can already tell you that "WTC Memorial" is something special. Just reading the names makes you wonder what the story behind them is.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:45 am 
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I can't tell you the story behind the names, but I can tell you that November 7th would have been Fanny Espinoza's birthday.
Roses are placed on the names of the people who would be celebrating a birthday on that day.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:39 pm 
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When I was looking at the first two, they stood out enough for my housemate (who generally shows little interest in the many photos I look at almost daily) to come over and have a closer look and decide she REALLY likes them. Always a good sign!

I love the first, excellent composition (and the way the light tones surround the darker central tones) and I think you've picked just the right amount of motion for the people. It really reminds me of an older film shots when there just wasn't any high ISO film so people were always slightly blurred.
I'm not sure if the one solid figure (I assume a guard?) adds to the image or not. It works in a way of him being solid and watching all these people moving around him, but I'm not sure if he just becomes a distracting element from what is already a scene that holds attention well. - I think I'll need to look at this a few more times.

#2- Great composition, I'm not too sure about the tones though. I'd actually be interested to see a colour version of this.

#3- Not much to say about this besides I think it works really well.

With #4- Whenever I look at it I end up wondering about the relationship between the two people in the frame.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 12:51 am 
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Thanks Laz

#1: You're right, the solid figure is a guard. He wasn't moving no matter how long I waited or shutter speed. I don't mind it though. To me it adds some visual contrast to the motion of the other people. Some may not agree though.

#2: Your comment made me go look at the colour again, and I even re-processed it with the colour. But it just doesn't work for me that way. There's too much cloud coverage to get good reflections in the buildings, and not enough contrast. If there was more blue sky it might work better in colour.

#4: That's an interesting comment. For me, the relationship is supported by the guitar which suggests they are performers. But I was there and know the story, so that may be contributing to it as well. When I started photographing them, he was actually standing beside her, and starting approaching as soon as he saw me get low with the camera. I had to keep moving to the left, because his movement kept causing an overlap with the guitar.

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I did I assume they were Performing together, it's actually the distance between them that made me unsure.

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Have to agree the first two are pretty stunning, and for different reasons. Love the fact you can just make out some faces in those blurred figures.

The last one is really great too, and I got the impression he was singing along to the guitar. I think it's the way they are standing, almost mirroring each other that ties the two together.

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